Red Dead Redemption 2

Last updated date: May 18, 2019

DWYM Score
9.1

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 219 expert reviews, the Rockstar Red Dead Redemption 2 placed 7th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.6
34 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.5
6,464 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Having the biggest open-world map of any of the studio's games and just a horse to travel on, it can take a considerable amount of time to get between far reaching locations.
- Pocket-lint
February 15, 2019 | Full review
ven if you’re ‘only’ playing at 1080p on a standard Xbox One or PS4, this supremely pretty open-world is filled with incredible environments and super expressive character models.
- Games Radar
October 25, 2018 | Full review
Red Dead Redemption 2 has a central storyline, plotted on a map of the game’s world in yellow dots.
- Polygon
October 26, 2018 | Full review
Visually, Red Dead Redemption 2 is stunning, to the point you have to stop and stare at regular intervals.
- Game Rant
This world is not only relentlessly beautiful, but has such a lot going on that you often find yourself on unexpected adventures.
- The Guardian
I sometimes struggled to enjoy Red Dead Redemption 2’s most impressive elements because I knew how challenging—and damaging—some of them must have been to make.
- Kotaku
October 25, 2018 | Full review
Red Dead Redemption 2 is among the most ambitious open-world games ever produced, packing an extraordinary amount of content into an equally enormous world.
- CNET
October 25, 2018 | Full review
It is visually impressive, and radically faster than skinning an animal would be in real life, but the action takes several seconds to complete, which is hardly riveting gameplay when all you need to do to perform the action is hold a button.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
November 29, 2018 | Full review
I loved the comforting routine of the camp, and how I knew where everyone would be based on the time of day.
- The Verge
October 25, 2018 | Full review
The story has incredible weight as a prequel with the anticipation that comes from knowing how it all ends
- GameSpot
Red Dead Redemption 2 not only exceeds expectations but blows them away. It moves gaming forward as a medium. All its pieces —story, gameplay, characters, world, systems, animations, direction, and music — come together to form a nearly flawless experience.
- Digital Trends
Comparably there are invisible or otherwise subtle meters that dictate anything from "honor" (how people react to you) to bonuses like more loot, but they're not obvious.
- Destructoid
October 28, 2018 | Full review
It's a great game. It's an impressive game. Just know what you're getting into, and do your best to make it through the story to what's on the other side.
- Forbes
October 25, 2018 | Full review
One of my favourite things was when I returned to the doctor’s office in Valentine a few days after I had a massive gunfight there. I’d uncovered some shady goings on in a back room, and he didn’t like it at all.
- God Is A Geek
October 25, 2018 | Full review
Before we wrap this review up, we have to give special mention to the soundtrack, which is phenomenal. One of the best musical scores we've heard this generation, it's everything you could want and more from a follow-up to Red Dead Redemption.
- Push Square
October 25, 2018 | Full review
Thankfully Rockstar has gifted us with an old-world camera, which allows you to capture the amazing views and Arthur himself, in era-appropriate, fully-standing shots with numerous manly poses to strike in them.
- Digital Spy
August 17, 2019 | Full review
The character customization is just as deep as that of the horses and guns. There are a ton of different clothing options to choose from, and you can have Arthur look like a down and out pauper or a turn of the century aristocrat and everything in between.
- Game Revolution
While both the storytelling and gameplay bring Red Dead Redemption 2‘s Western world to life, the visuals and soundtrack truly stand out and make Rockstar’s newest open-world striking and beautiful.
- Dual Shockers
Visually, this is far and away Rockstar’s best-looking game. There’s a surprising variety to the environments, as users will explore rocky mountains, industrialized cities, and dangerous swamps.
- Heavy
October 25, 2018 | Full review
The game is engaging and compelling, sure, but I wouldn’t say it’s balls to the wall fun. Like, cleaning your weapons to maintain their stats isn’t something I particularly enjoyed, even if it only took a few seconds at a time.
- Pure Playstation
October 29, 2018 | Full review
Incredibly detailed and technically astonishing environment visuals that set a new bar for this console generation, despite a few minor issues.
- New Game Network
October 25, 2018 | Full review
Graphics alone won’t make a game. Thankfully, Red Dead Redemption delivers where it counts, storyline and characters. I thought Rockstar did an excellent job with the storyline here.
- That Videogame Blog
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a brave prequel that isn’t afraid of taking risks. It is innovative, surprising, stunning, dramatic, and generous – a highlight of this generation and a benchmark for other open world games to aspire to.
- VG247
November 29, 2018 | Full review
The first-person mode is better than fans could have dreamed of, and the physics system in the game is absolutely mind-blowing.
- Highsnobiety
October 30, 2018 | Full review
One of the biggest grey areas of the game, but not one that’ll down vote my Red Dead Redemption 2 review is surrounding how Arthur Morgan makes money while traversing the Wild west.
- Star Struck Gaming
August 17, 2019 | Full review
It is an incredible achievement in open world gaming, an intricate machine that disguises its machinery better than just about anything else that's come before.
- Giant Bomb
October 26, 2018 | Full review
The fact that all of it is accomplished in a massive open world environment only makes these achievements even more impressive.
- Gaming Bolt
The gameplay is tight, as we said, whether you’re entrenched in a gunfight or riding your steed out into the sunset, everything feels authentic to real-life.
- Hypebeast
October 26, 2018 | Full review
Aside from the award-worthy main story and the groundbreaking graphics, what makes Red Dead Redemption 2 an achievement in gaming, specifically with regards to open world games, is that it contains a truly living and breathing world that presents actual consequences - both good and bad - for players' actions.
- Screen Rant
November 1, 2018 | Full review
In other words, Red Dead Redemption 2’s evocative, often beautiful sense of place exists insofar as it is still convenient to the player, which harms some of the desperation and hardship the game means to convey.
- Slant Magazine
October 25, 2018 | Full review
The open world is stunning even on a standard PS4. From the great plains to the snowy mountains to the murky bayou, the variety of environments is vast.
- Video Game Revolution
Visually, the animators went to great lengths to replicate a horses’ natural behavior and body language, capturing everything from their ear swivels, to the swishing of their tails.
- PSU
October 25, 2018 | Full review
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a gorgeous and enormous open world game that you can easily get immersed in while the hours tick away.
- Video Chums
October 25, 2018 | Full review
Red Dead 2’s conversation function is practically simple but systemically fascinating.
- EGM Now
October 25, 0201 | Full review
What experts didn't like
We're all for bigger maps but it does come at a price, it seems: it's another mechanic that ends up slowing the pace of the game further.
- Pocket-lint
February 15, 2019 | Full review
Are there criticisms? Of course. For large parts of the game, there’s no fast-travel, which is bound to rub time-poor people up the wrong way.
- Games Radar
October 25, 2018 | Full review
Safe to say, Red Dead Redemption 2 is the weirdest, slowest, most confounding big-budget game of this decade — if not any decade.
- Polygon
October 26, 2018 | Full review
Cowboy life is slow and sometimes Red Dead 2 can drag, especially early on. Infrequent graphical bugs and glitches can pop up.
- CNET
October 25, 2018 | Full review
I also came across issues with the controls, which made me accidentally input a command I didn't intend to perform because of how context-sensitive actions are mapped on the controller.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
November 29, 2018 | Full review
The main issue is that it’s really easy to accidentally commit a crime, and when you do, you’re punished for it.
- The Verge
October 25, 2018 | Full review
Elements of semi-realism take you out of the experience rather than draw you into it
- GameSpot
Fishing mechanics get somewhat dull after a few trips
- Digital Trends
There's also some silly moments that require suspension of disbelief; like when your crew robs someone wearing the same clothes they always wear, while calling you by your real name, and expecting not to be caught because they have small bandannas over their mouths.
- Destructoid
October 28, 2018 | Full review
It feels like the writers here wanted to create a feeling of being penned in and desperate with no good options save what's in front of you.
- Forbes
October 25, 2018 | Full review
Movement can sometimes feel clunky, like many Rockstar Games can, and remembering to put your gun away when talking to innocent people could have an easier way to do go about it, but complaints are minimal.
- God Is A Geek
October 25, 2018 | Full review
The map is a very decent size – although it seems slightly smaller than GTA 5 – and takes even longer to cover by horse due to their limited stamina and those numerous distracting side-quests which pop up on your travels.
- Digital Spy
August 17, 2019 | Full review
Where Red Dead Redemption 2 stumbles a bit is in its combat.
- Heavy
October 25, 2018 | Full review
Gameplay is… not so clear cut. While the presentation is a step above anything I’ve previously played, the gameplay formula hasn’t been changed up all that much, and this is to the game’s detriment.
- Pure Playstation
October 29, 2018 | Full review
A few typical open-world issues and technical troubles found their way into the game.
- New Game Network
October 25, 2018 | Full review
If there’s one thing I got frustrated about with the game, it was how often I killed my horse by smashing headfirst into a tree while shooting at lawmen.
- That Videogame Blog
There’s also a lot of riding around.
- VG247
November 29, 2018 | Full review
Although bounties can be annoying, this our mention of law-enforcement within our Red Dead Redemption 2 review.
- Star Struck Gaming
August 17, 2019 | Full review
Lots of travelling from point A to point B; Cover mechanics are occasionally stiff.
- Gaming Bolt
Crafting is a big deal in this game. You can craft meals, health cures, tonics for you and your horse, and improvements on your ammunition and equipment.
- Hypebeast
October 26, 2018 | Full review
Other aspects that could've been refined are the combat and movement systems. Combat, for many reasons, is too analog, and there are times when moving around a room can be difficult.
- Screen Rant
November 1, 2018 | Full review
The gameplay is too tanky and imprecise, requiring the player to rely on the Dead Eye system while I spent way too much time struggling with the UI for simple tasks like saving and opening the map.
- Video Game Revolution
Though Red Dead Redemption 2 lacks a traditional Photo Mode (you take out a camera from your inventory, point it at the environment and take a snapshot.
- PSU
October 25, 2018 | Full review
Basically, the controls and gameplay can be too sensitive at times and may result in you having to replay large stretches again even though you messed up entirely by accident.
- Video Chums
October 25, 2018 | Full review
I would say the odd graphical glitch if they weren’t more humorous than annoying.
- EGM Now
October 25, 0201 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

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