Every year there are dozens of big video games released. It's like clockwork. In August there's going to be a new "Madden" football game. In the fall there will be a new "Call of Duty" and probably an "Assassin's Creed." Although they're popular and fun and their developers work extremely hard on them, they're harder for me to get excited about because you just count on them coming out and being good.
However, there is a game coming out later this year, and it's getting harder and harder for me to contain my excitement about it.
"Red Dead Redemption 2" is the next game from Rockstar Games, the brilliant developers behind the "Grand Theft Auto" series and the original "Red Dead Redemption."
A lot of non-gamers probably only know "GTA" as that game in which you can kill hookers, which is a shame because the games are wonderfully designed and offer so much more than that. Rockstar has nearly perfected the open world video game genre that allows players to go where they want and do what they want and not just follow a linear story from point A to B to C.
The original "Red Dead Redemption" came out back in 2010 and is my favorite open world game. Although this is part 2, it's actually a prequel to the last game and is set in 1899 near the end of the Wild West.
Its first gameplay trailer was released Thursday, and it looks stunning. I have a feeling that starting Oct. 26 I'm going to be spending a lot of my free time in the Old West.
In other gaming news that dropped Thursday, Sony will celebrate the sale of its 500 millionth PlayStation system — which includes the sales of the PlayStations 1-4, PlayStation Portable and the PlayStation Vita — by releasing the 500 Million Limited Edition PlayStation 4 Pro system later this month.
It's a cool-looking translucent dark blue so you can see inside the system, and each one is going to be numbered and come with a matching controller and camera.
I already have a PlayStation 4 Pro, so I won't be buying one of the limited edition consoles. However, you can never have too many controllers, so I'm definitely planning on picking up one of them.
Dusty Ricketts is the editor of The Destin Log and The Walton Sun newspapers and can be reached at email@example.com. He is currently playing "Star Wars Battlefront 2" and "Friday the 13th: The Game." You can find him to play online through his PlayStation Network ID, DustRAG316.