So it seems like Grand Theft Auto is lastly getting its first playable feminine protagonist – a Latina girl who will apparently be one half of a ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ type legal duo in GTA 6. If we’re to be actually technical, you could possibly argue that the unique GTA again in 1997 allow you to select from one in all a whopping 4 feminine protagonists, however this was basically simply choosing a portrait, and didn’t even a lot as change your look in-game.

That’s nice information and every thing, particularly if it’s going to feed right into a ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ that sounds prefer it might transfer away from the everyday ‘criminal enterprise’ story that has formed so many earlier GTA video games. What’s just a little irritating about this, nevertheless, is that Rockstar already had a first-rate candidate for a compelling playable feminine character in Red Dead Redemption 2, and like so many issues in that game, didn’t seize the chance.


The character in query is Sadie Adler – a key member of the Van der Linde gang after they rescue her from the O’Driscolls early within the game. Quickly evolving from widowed spouse to vengeful, sharp-shooting outlaw, she’s one of many extra honourable members of the gang (even when she’s among the many most reckless), whereas on the identical time clearly being wounded by the horrors of her previous. She’s a fancy character whose complexities by no means actually get explored, which is comprehensible given the powerful world she lives in.

See, earlier than she’s taken in by Dutch’s gang, Sadie’s was a contented housewife whose entire household was murdered by the O’Driscoll Gang; the trauma the occasion left her with makes Sadie extraordinarily untrusting. Despite her evolving right into a sharp-witted and useful member of the gang, she at all times retains a distance from the group. She’s neither fairly one of many guys nor one of many gals, neither getting concerned in on a regular basis camp upkeep chores together with the ladies, nor consuming or getting pally with the boys.

Even within the epilogue, when John, Uncle, and Charles – the nice eggs of the previous gang – reunite to construct themselves a homestead, Sadie chooses to not be a part of them regardless of the apparent safety that might provide, and continues her work as a wayfaring bounty hunter, often pulling John alongside for her missions. Sadie’s fearless, however that fearlessness is a byproduct of her having no attachments and nothing to dwell for besides revenge. She’s glib, nearly cheery, in her disposition in the direction of loss of life, however once more that relates again to her tragic previous.

Elusive but partaking character that she is, Sadie would’ve been an ideal story DLC accompaniment to Red Dead Redemption 2, which might’ve supplied some insights and vulnerabilities that she was clearly by no means going to divulge to different members of the van der Linde gang (with the attainable exception of Arthur).

With seven years between the ending of the principle game and the epilogue when Sadie reappears, we had been left questioning what she bought as much as in that point: associates? Travel companions? Fleeting lovers? Did Sadie get near anybody in that point? It would appear viable, for instance, that after admitting to Arthur that he ‘was the only man she trusted,’ maybe a few of these deep-seated belief points would’ve alleviated simply sufficient that within the intervening years between Arthur’s loss of life and the epilogue she opened as much as somebody earlier than another main traumatic occasion occurred that battened down her emotional hatches for good, resulting in the lonesome however nonetheless sharp-tongued bounty hunter that John later meets.

Something else that we by no means bought to see of Sadie was how she coped whereas using solo in what very a lot was a person’s world of the American West on the flip of the twentieth century. 

Sure, Sadie was as powerful as they got here, and one of many perks of dwelling on the sides of civilisation was that women and men alike might forge new identities for themselves free from traditions and societal constraints. But after years of being a housewife adopted by years underneath the collective safety of the van der Linde gang, to be really alone would’ve been a brand new type of problem for Ms. Adler; how did folks regard a gunslinging girl like her? How did she overcome her bodily deficits in relation to males? What prejudices and hurdles did she have to beat to grow to be one of the vital revered bounty hunters within the West?

Sadie was an enchanting character who wore a masks all through Red Dead Redemption 2 – a product of trauma and desirous to move in a brutal world that required her to match its brutality. She suppressed who she was – her previous, her wishes, her vulnerabilities – to grow to be one in all Rockstar’s most badass characters, and her distinctive place of being a girl doing ‘man’s work’ on the flip of the twentieth century would’ve made her a powerful feminine icon for Rockstar, and gaming.

The indisputable fact that Red Dead Redemption 2 by no means bought any type of single-player story DLC, not to mention a Sadie Adler one, is indicative of Rockstar’s shifting priorities, with the ‘Online’ parts of their current video games being the principle focus for post-release content material. Not solely that, however with Rockstar’s current announcement that it wouldn’t be supporting Red Dead Online any extra, it’s clear that GTA trumps all in Rockstar’s books, as a result of that’s the place the intense cash is at for them.

The Latina heroine of GTA 6 could but show to be a fantastic character, however the Red Dead video games have at all times had stronger characterisation than GTA’s extra poppy protagonists, and it’ll take one thing particular for her to prime Sadie Adler – Rockstar’s unsung feminine hero, and essentially the most harmful girl within the West.


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