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.
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.
Red Dead Redemption 2 has a central storyline, plotted on a map of the game’s world in yellow dots.
Visually, Red Dead Redemption 2 is stunning, to the point you have to stop and stare at regular intervals.
This world is not only relentlessly beautiful, but has such a lot going on that you often find yourself on unexpected adventures.
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.
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.
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.
I loved the comforting routine of the camp, and how I knew where everyone would be based on the time of day.
The story has incredible weight as a prequel with the anticipation that comes from knowing how it all ends
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Incredibly detailed and technically astonishing environment visuals that set a new bar for this console generation, despite a few minor issues.
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.
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.
The first-person mode is better than fans could have dreamed of, and the physics system in the game is absolutely mind-blowing.
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.
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.
The fact that all of it is accomplished in a massive open world environment only makes these achievements even more impressive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a gorgeous and enormous open world game that you can easily get immersed in while the hours tick away.
Red Dead 2’s conversation function is practically simple but systemically fascinating.