In terms of “Cowboys vs. Aliens”, it’s no contest thus far as to which video game is most desired for backward-compatibility with Microsoft’s Xbox One console. Red Dead Redemption, released in 2010 by Rockstar Games, leads a current poll via Xbox feedback as the number one choice to play on the new-generation system. At the recent E3 (2015) conference, Microsoft announced that coming backward-compatibility would soon make Xbox 360 games playable on Xbox One.

Red Dead Redemption is set in 1911, with the Old West fading and gamers playing as John Marston, a reformed outlaw forced by the US federal government to track down his former gang. Geographic regions in the open world game parallel those of the Great Plains, the US southwest, mountain areas, and specifically include Mexico itself. A popular online multi-player option allows players to form “posses” to take on each other and/or complete assorted missions as a team; they can do so as a male or female from a range of racial backgrounds. Red Dead Redemption won “Game of the Year” at the 2010 Spike Video Game Awards and rumors persist of a coming sequel (or will it be a prequel?) for the newer gaming consoles.

In terms of legalities, Rockstar Games would need to approve the game for backward-compatibility. It is quite interesting to this writer to see a Western video game lead the current poll over games so heavily-based upon futuristic technology and weaponry. As Clint Eastwood once remarked about Westerns, it is the story that is “king” and Red Dead Redemption, for those that have played it, know that the game indeed has an amazing and singular story….no lasers necessary. 😉

Here is one trailer for Red Dead Redemption (2010):

(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)

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