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Video Game Heroine of the Month: Sadie Adler, Red Dead Redemption 2

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Nov 15, 2018

If you're a gamer, by now you've likely already heard of Red Dead Redemption 2, the massive Western open-world adventure from Rockstar Games. It's a sprawling, magnificent world that's got everyone talking, and for good reason: it's fantastic. It's also home to November's Video Game Heroine of the Month, Sadie Adler. 

From tragic beginnings to a makeover as a total badass by the game's conclusion, Miss Adler is one of the game's coolest characters, by far. Despite the fact that you play the game as outlaw Arthur Morgan, Sadie is an important and vivacious part of the narrative that you'll want to see much more of. 

Sadie's a new member of the Van der Linde gang, joining after she's rescued from her home following a robbery gone wrong — no spoilers here, but under some pretty tragic circumstances. But no matter how much pain and hurt Sadie goes through, she's not going to stand for it. Instead, she toughens up considerably and becomes one of the most intriguing characters in the game. While many may assume Sadie is meant to be a character with limited screen time, she becomes an integral part of the gang early on, the first to head out and volunteer during missions, and one of the most relatable women in the game. 

Sadie is an independent character who's never content to stay alone and do "womanly" things, opting to go out and cause trouble and a ruckus at any opportunity. She's not happy with sticking with the status quo, and for that, she makes one of the coolest partners you could potentially team up with in-game. Most importantly, she doesn't need someone else's "protection" and can hold her own in any gunfight, which is more than we can say for so many other ancillary characters in games. It's refreshing to see her given so much agency, even if we don't always agree with her decisions and opinions. 

Unfortunately, she isn't a playable character, but with Red Dead Online, the game's online multiplayer portion, launching at a later date it's highly possible we could see more of her then, or in possible DLC going forward. Seeing more of her life apart from the gang while she's on her own for a short time would make for an intriguing side mission, especially if you fill in the blanks for a certain robber that really thinks he's going to get away with taking her spoils. 

If you want to see Sadie in action, check out Red Dead Redemption 2, which is currently available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. 

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