Fred Armisen's Thoughts on GTA & Red Dead (via Adult Swim)

Posted on February 20 2012, 10:05am | Author: R* Z | Filed Under: Games

Saturday Night Live veteran, Portlandia co-creator/star, and longtime Rockstar friend, Fred Armisen, recently sat down with Adult Swim to confess his obsession with Grand Theft Auto as well as Red Dead Redemption...

"[Grand Theft Auto] means more to me than just me saying I really like it. First of all, when I play it, it takes me a year. I get so into it that I get very emotionally attached to being in the game. There are times I'll be away from Grand Theft and I'll be thinking of new strategies to try to finish the mission. I used to play it on PlayStation, and then I started playing it on Xbox. The first one I ever got was Vice City, which is the Miami-looking version. Then I got into San Andreas, and I even bought the guidebooks and everything. I never did any of the cheating codes, but I really tried to utilize the symbols and buttons.

Then I went onto the Niko Bellic version [in Grand Theft Auto IV], which is like New York. Each of these took me a year. When I finish all the missions, I don't go back and replay them—it just makes me too sad...

The most logical continuation of all is the one in Red Dead Redemption, which I consider the next step. That's a truly emotional game

Thank you for the awesomely kind words, Fred - we are honored.

You can all read the entire interview here which also includes backstory on how he wound up doing a cameo appearance as a voice in Grand Theft Auto IV (you can hear Fred calling up radio shows as various characters while you cruise around Liberty City in the game).

  • W3LCOM3T0MIAMIon February 29 2012, 3:06amReplyFlag
    I would like Rockstar games to make manhunt 3.
    • G8TAKUMAon February 28 2012, 1:48amReplyFlag
      man hopefully they make another Red Dead soon!!

      R* > all
      • ShaneSevenon February 25 2012, 10:08pmReplyFlag
        Well spoken Mr. Armisen. Well spoken.
        • tamisasimulator3on February 23 2012, 9:25pmReplyFlag
          What about GTA 3 Cartoony Beta being released for iOS?
          And what about a iPad version of Red Dead Redemption :-D?
          • R* Aon February 23 2012, 4:29pmReplyFlag
            @CrazyNiko187 Ha, sounds like a plan - and thank you for the support.
            • Mojo_Risenon February 22 2012, 7:35pmReplyFlag
              R* Games and Adult Swim. Two of my favorite agains. And you guys did the Bruce Lee/Fake Bruce Lee article not too long ago.
              We have so much in common R*, we need to go hangout sometime and get drunk at the "Triangle Club" or "Maisonette 9".
              • R* Yon February 21 2012, 11:07amReplyFlag
                @JASON12355 @pyroserpent @Startledstoat @scareface1970 @Cartman28279 @mlrtlDuke Thanks all

                @Megadeth1994 Please contact us so we can try to help regarding your Grand Theft Auto for Game Boy Advance question:
                • art1373on February 21 2012, 6:47amReplyFlag
                  first game i played on pc was GTA 2 AND I Really proud of R*
                  Me as a PC Gamer really like the making L.A Noire for PC Move And what we like from R* IS This 2 things in the future

                  1) Continue Make each one of your games for all the main platforms including PC AND Release it with a same date and quality
                  2) if possible RDR FOR PC ( WHICH I Know you mentioned before about it but because you are a great company we know you will consider this )

                  Thanks and cheers.
                  • ferguson99on February 21 2012, 5:32amReplyFlag
                    rockstar games make open world free roam games no barriers no timers that is why i love these games, who wants to play games like black ops,modern walfare 3 and battlefield with the small single level areas to run around in with a timer of 5 mins oh and you don't even get a full character on the screen just an arm with a gun on the end of it.

                    • JASON12355on February 20 2012, 11:36pmReplyFlag
                      rockstar=G.O.A.T(greatest of all time)
                      • pyroserpenton February 20 2012, 9:59pmReplyFlag
                        Who doesnt love rockstar games?? They are simply the best!!!
                        • Megadeth1994on February 20 2012, 7:41pmReplyFlag
                          Yo R* i want the game boy advance Grand Theft Auto? But the only place I've seen it for sale is on eBay... which sucks because i want it brand new from the warehouse. i was wondering will you be doing a Grand Theft Auto Grand Collection or whatever! That would be AWESOME i'd definitely pay £200 for every GTA and memorabilia/items/figures etc

                          Oh yeah! and i hope in grand theft auto 5... you know what you're doing! This Ned Luke guy that is rumoured to be the main character? he doesn't look as though he can roll into cover slide over the cover beat up/shootup the enemy etc.. or even step off a kerb? What is he like 53??

                          GTA's have always had athletic characters... Claude is just badass. If the main character is claude. I jizzed.
                          • ChicagoEnigmaon February 20 2012, 7:02pmReplyFlag
                            Nice to see we're not alone in our group therapy. Even busy entertainers catch the R* bug. :)
                            • TWO_Sundanceon February 20 2012, 6:38pmReplyFlag
                              Does this mean another RDR?!?!?!?!?!
                              • Startledstoaton February 20 2012, 6:28pmReplyFlag
                                I was a late comer to GTA starting with 4 but now I'm a full fledged fan I allso love Red Dead Redemption!
                                • scareface1970on February 20 2012, 6:00pmReplyFlag
                                  A Huge R* fan like me i agree with Fred Armisen's Thoughts on GTA & Red Dead.
                                  I liked the GTA reeks i got all the games in my collection from GTA, and yes RDR is a emotional game that game i going to be a classic after 10 á 20 years.
                                  I know that the western and R* lovers then still play that game 'Me To' (lol)

                                  I like the interview R*

                                  Let this see more, those interviews it's Fun to read :)

                                  THNX ***Rockstar*** Your The Best :D:D:D
                                  • Cartman28279on February 20 2012, 5:26pmReplyFlag
                                    This is what I've been saying for years!

                                    Haha never knew Fred Armisen was a fan and cared as much about Rockstar Games as much as we all here do.

                                    R* your amazing. :D
                                    • Fjordsonon February 20 2012, 5:06pmReplyFlag
                                      Awesome quote from Armisen. GTA is certainly one of the greatest gaming franchises of all time, and RDR is right up there with it (I guess you could call it a franchise as well, though Redemption in the hands of R* was worlds better than Revolver).
                                      • MuDvAyNe10on February 20 2012, 4:41pmReplyFlag
                                        "When I finish all the missions, I don't go back and replay them—it just makes me too sad... "

                                        I love replaying the missions! I notice a lot more when I play the missions through again!
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