Pachter: Rockstar Has Erased My Red Dead Skepticism
Red Dead Redemption is one of the better games (and better overall experiences) of the generation. But analyst Michael Pachter wasn't so convinced heading into the game's launch.
He was skeptical about its potential success but in speaking to CVG, he admitted he was just plain wrong. He said Rockstar definitely did the right thing by tackling the Western theme that nobody had really done right in the video game industry (up to this point). Therefore, Pachter probably had good reason to be a little skeptical; although the analogy is a tad inaccurate, it would almost be like expecting a superhero game to score high and sell like mad ('cough' Batman: Arkham Asylum 'cough'). But the "visionaries" at Rockstar most definitely proved themselves. Said Pachter:
"I suppose we should call them visionaries. I have been sceptical [for] a long time, but they always believed that a Western, if done well, would sell well. It looks like they were right all along. Nobody can doubt that they made a great game."
He then jokes that he wants a copy from Rockstar, but they haven't sent him anything since he predicted that Bully wouldn't sell very well. ...maybe this guy needs to put a bit more emphasis on review scores. Anything that scores as high as RDR is bound to sell, almost regardless of setting and premise. And besides, how many have been waiting for the quintessential Western-themed game?
5/20/2010 10:54:58 AM Ben Dutka