Rockstar Red Dead Redemption 2

Last updated date: July 1, 2019

DWYM Score
9.1

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Overall Take

Go back to the Wild West with Rockstar's "Red Dead Redemption 2," which puts you in the perspective of Arthur Morgan as he runs from bounty hunters and federal agents. This open-world game lets you decide which way Arthur goes next, making it an immersive experience. This game boasts a rating of Mature 17+, so it's suitable for players ages 17 and up. In our analysis of 101 expert reviews, the Rockstar Rockstar Red Dead Redemption 2 placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 12, 2019:
Checkout The Best Online Game for a detailed review of all the top online games.

Expert Summarized Score
9.6
12 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.3
16,663 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Red Dead Online is great addition.
- Pocket-lint
February 15, 2019 | Full review
Easily the most surprising story in open-world history.
- Games Radar
October 25, 2018 | Full review
Expansive, rich open world.
- Windows Central
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
The story has incredible weight as a prequel with the anticipation that comes from knowing how it all ends.
- GameSpot
October 29, 2018 | Full review
New protagonist Arthur Morgan gets a better supporting cast, an absolutely beautiful open world with more visual variety, and a ton of things to kill or collect.
- US Gamer
October 26, 2018 | Full review
Interesting optional missions and encounters.
- Game Axis
November 12, 2018 | Full review
Huge range of opportunities to involved yourself in.
- The X Box Hub
October 25, 2018 | Full review
The visuals and audio are up there with the best I’ve ever seen and heard on a console.
- Xbox Gamer Reviews
Epic story that spans tens of hours.
- Xbox Tavern
October 25, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Its pace can feel very slow for those reared on action-centric titles.
- Pocket-lint
February 15, 2019 | Full review
Lack of fast travel makes this one looooong game. The ending isn't as brave as it's predecessor.
- Games Radar
October 25, 2018 | Full review
Slow pacing at the beginning of the story. Occasional performance issues. Awkward camera angles in small interiors.
- Windows Central
October 25, 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
Elements of semi-realism take you out of the experience rather than draw you into it.
- GameSpot
October 29, 2018 | Full review
The controls fight you occasionally. Rockstar planned for a number of situations, but it's still difficult to do basic stuff like follow a partner while shooting targets behind you. I love Rockstar games, but the play isn't tightest part of them.
- US Gamer
October 26, 2018 | Full review
Too much riding back and forth.
- Game Axis
November 12, 2018 | Full review
Strange reddish glow on some character faces during the odd cutscene.
- The X Box Hub
October 25, 2018 | Full review
Gameplay might be too slow for some people.
- Xbox Gamer Reviews
There's occasional minor bug.
- Xbox Tavern
October 25, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The highest rated game on XB1* America, 1899. The end of the wild west era has begun as lawmen hunt down the last remaining outlaw gangs. Those who will not surrender or succumb are killed. After a robbery goes badly wrong in the western town of Blackwater, Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang are forced to flee. With federal agents and the best bounty hunters in the nation massing on their heels, the gang must rob, steal and fight their way across the rugged heartland of America in order to survive. As deepening internal divisions threaten to tear the gang apart, Arthur must make a choice between his own ideals and loyalty to the gang who raised him. From the creators of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America at the dawn of the modern age. *Sourced by Metacritic

Overall Product Rankings

1. Rockstar Grand Theft Auto 5
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 13
2. Rockstar Red Dead Redemption 2
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 12
3. Square Enix Final Fantasy XIV
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 9
4. Blizzard Overwatch
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 6
5. Capcom Monster Hunter World
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 8
6. Mojang Minecraft
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 9
7. EA Sports FIFA 19
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 8
8. EA Star Wars Battlefront 2
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 10
9. EA The Sims 4
Overall Score: 6.8
Expert Reviews: 7
10. Gun Media Friday the 13th
Overall Score: 6.2
Expert Reviews: 7

An Overview On Online Games

Gaming is far more fun when you can do it with friends. Even gameplay with one or more strangers can ignite the spirit of competition, taking your experience to the next level. At one time, if you want a group game night, you had to invite friends over to your place. Today, though, thanks to the internet, you can hang out at home alone and play against people located across the world.

When you think of your favorite games over the years, you probably specifically remember the setup of the game itself. There were likely characters and a story that engaged you, but simple games can be just as enthralling. As games have evolved, though, gamers have begun to demand an immersive experience, allowing them to feel as though they’re part of the game, rather than simply watching as a spectator.

But while today’s online gaming landscape may be crowded, there are some games that stand out from the crowd. They’ve managed to find a way to capitalize on the popularity of online multiplayer gaming and create games that draw players in and keep them there. With each new release, these games provide crisper graphics and more realistic settings, further drawing players into their imaginary worlds.

But violence is an always-present concern, particularly for parents of teens who play. The Entertainment Software Rating Board helps with that, creating ratings for each game similar to the way movies are rated. Games that are rated E are suitable for everyone, while E 10+ is for players 10 years of age and older. Teen-rated games are approved for those ages 13 and up and games rated Mature are suitable for 17 and up. Some games are for adults only, and those games are marked with an “A” and warn that there can be prolonged scenes of intense violence or graphic sexual content. Games that involve players gambling with real currency are also rated for adults only.

DYWM Fun Fact

Playing others online was nothing new in the ’90s. It all started in the late ’70s when ARPANET connected universities across the U.S. in a way similar to what would eventually become the internet. Through ARPANET, end-users could connect a computer to a central mainframe, and then communicate with others who were also connected. In 1980, two students at the University of Essex in England created a game called MUD, which stood for “multiuser dungeon.” Users were able to connect up to play MUD in real-time, engaging in the first-ever online multiuser gameplay experience. As internet technology rapidly evolved in the 90s, several software manufacturers strove to make connecting and playing online easier, which pushed internet-based gaming to where it is today.

The Online Game Buying Guide

  • “Grand Theft Auto” fans have watched the game evolve over the years. Rockstar’s “Grand Theft Auto 5” brings interesting characters and interwoven storylines that enrich the experience. You aren’t stuck following just one story. Instead, you’ll weave in and out between three characters’ viewpoints, keeping things interesting throughout.
  • Players have become fascinated with the Wild West-era setting of “Red Dead Redemption.” Rockstar “Red Dead Redemption 2” introduces new protagonist Arthur Morgan, who goes on the run with the Van der Lidne gang as they try to evade federal agents and bounty hunters. The depth of the story does make it seem slow to some, as cowboy life sometimes can be, but the length of the game can deeply immerse the player in the story.
  • “Final Fantasy” has been a force in gaming since the 1980s, and Square Enix “Final Fantasy XIV” brings a new chapter. You’ll find the story in this one moves quickly as you battle other players.
  • Mojang’s “Minecraft” is popular for builders, giving you the opportunity to use supplies to create a 3-D generated world using building blocks and other materials. At the same time, you’re adventuring. With “Minecraft,” you get unlimited supplies and the option of playing either alone or with others online.
  • The gaming experience itself is what typically draws gamers to a specific online game. If you like an action-packed experience, you can’t go wrong with “Grand Theft Auto 5” and “Final Fantasy XIV,” which keep you on the edge of your seat throughout your gameplay. A richer, deeper experience comes with “Red Dead Redemption 2,” which lets you make decisions on missions. The gaming experience with Mojang’s “Minecraft” is more of a creative one, appealing to those who like building things.
  • At full 1080p resolution, “Grand Theft Auto 5” looks better than ever, giving you sharper detail on the characters and their surroundings. If you’ve played earlier versions of GTA, you’ll be surprised how far it’s come in recent years.
  • For those who prefer a more retro gaming experience, “Minecraft” has maintained its original block design, setting it apart from many other games on the market today. Square Enix “Final Fantasy XIV” has also remained true to its original design, allowing players to pick up and start playing even if years have passed since the last time they played.
  • Rockstar “Red Dead Redemption 2” is an open-world game, a genre that has become popular in recent years. You get to choose your own adventure as you make decisions throughout the game, enhancing the experience.
  • Violence is important to some buyers, especially those who have kids. “Grand Theft Auto” has always been on the violent side, but “Grand Theft Auto 5″” takes it to the next level once you progress farther into the game. It’s a level of violence not previously seen in the series. It does have an ESRB Mature rating, recommended for players 17 and older only. Rockstar’s “Red Dead Redemption 2” is also rated Mature 17+ due to violence and sexual content, among other issues.
  • If you’re looking for a more family-friendly option, Mojang “Minecraft” is safe for all ages, and  “Final Fantasy XIV” is rated safe for ages 13 and up.
  • One problem with online gaming is that it can be prone to technical issues. You’re relying on an internet connection, as well as the dependability of the server storing the game you’re playing. You may notice some dropped flames and visual glitches occasionally with “Grand Theft Auto 5,” and the rare graphical glitch can also affect gameplay with “Red Dead Redemption 2.” Although “Minecraft” is largely bug-free, you may find it lacks the polish of some of your favorite games. It’s better suited to those who like a retro gaming experience.