Rockstar Red Dead Redemption 2

Last updated date: July 25, 2019

DWYM Score
9.5

Rockstar Red Dead Redemption 2

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Overall Take

The constant twist and turns in the storyline ensure Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2" never gets old, no matter how many hours you play. If you're looking for a multiplayer experience, you'll have the option of either Free Roam, where you invite others to hang out while you play, or joining a posse to commit missions together. One of the best things about "Red Dead Redemption 2" is the realistic renderings of various American landscapes. In our analysis of 96 expert reviews, the XBOX ONE XBOX ONE 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 July 25, 2019:
Checkout The Best Multiplayer Game for a detailed review of all the top multiplayer games.

Expert Summarized Score
9.9
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
4,810 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The ability of this game to keep itself fresh after so many hours is extraordinary, and not entirely due to just the size and diversity of the world; it’s how alive all of those places feel.
- IGN Southeast Asia
October 25, 2018 | Full review
A positive, meta side effect of Dutch’s strategic messiness is how failure makes for memorable and unpredictable missions. In previous Rockstar games, a series of missions anticipated a big heist. In Red Dead Redemption 2, a conversation at camp can be interrupted as Arthur is given a gun and a mask and a plan with little notice and less foresight.
- Polygon
October 26, 2018 | Full review
Story-wise, this is perhaps the boldest triple-A game ever made. Arthur’s tale undergoes the least predictable, most ambitious twists you could ever imagine.
- Games Radar
It's a stunning return to the Wild West for the developer, and proves once more that it is just as capable outside the world of modern-day crime and supercar capers.
- Pocket-lint
February 15, 2019 | Full review
There’s a clear devotion on display, both to a type of storytelling that doesn’t cut corners and a style that puts the player into the role of a morally conflicted outlaw.
- Game Rant
Its world is a collage of capsule versions of real American landscapes: the crisp cold of the mountains; mesa-studded plains that offer views for miles; foggy, humid mornings in the bayou in the fictional Southern state of Lemoyne.
- The Guardian
Technically astonishing audio-visual production
- Kotaku
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 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
What experts didn't like
About my only major logistical gripe is that the weapons I was previously carrying are regularly swapped out for others. Oftentimes it’s clearly mission-related to ensure you go into a task with a scoped rifle or bow when required, which is fine. More irksome are the times I end up with mismatching pistols for dual wielding, with the game trading out my preference.
- IGN Southeast Asia
October 25, 2018 | Full review
The trouble with presenting a fully interactive world is that, when the internal logic fails, the unrealistic reaction is all the more jarring.
- Polygon
October 26, 2018 | Full review
If there is a deficiency for Red Dead Redemption 2 mechanically, it’s the gunplay. Once again Rockstar has relied on its lock-on-based cover shooting with an option to go into first person outside of cutscenes. The lock on makes the gunplay serviceable but is hardly an ideal situation. Turning the lock-on off, however, feels even more clunky.
- Games Radar
Its pace can feel very slow for those reared on action-centric titles
- Pocket-lint
February 15, 2019 | Full review
Its story has weight but it is paced in such a way that the focus isn’t always on the central plot.
- Game Rant
Fudgy controls and animation-based interactions can be frustrating
- Kotaku
October 25, 2018 | Full review
Elements of semi-realism take you out of the experience rather than draw you into it
- GameSpot
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

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

Activision Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
1. Activision Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 9
Rockstar Red Dead Redemption 2
2. Rockstar Red Dead Redemption 2
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 9
Capcom Monster Hunter: World
3. Capcom Monster Hunter: World
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 9
Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
4. Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 9
XBOX ONE Grand Theft Auto V
5. XBOX ONE Grand Theft Auto V
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 8
XBOX ONE Halo: The Master Chief Collection
6. XBOX ONE Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 9
PS4 Injustice: Gods Among Us
7. PS4 Injustice: Gods Among Us
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 9
PS4 Days Gone (Bend Studio)
8. PS4 Days Gone (Bend Studio)
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 7
PS4 Jump Force
9. PS4 Jump Force
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 9
PS4 Fallout 76
10. PS4 Fallout 76
Overall Score: 5.4
Expert Reviews: 9

An Overview On Multiplayer Games

You’ve been a gamer for years, honing your skills and dominating at even the higher levels. Only competing against yourself can get old, though. Your competitive spirit wants to go head to head with other gamers at your skill level.

At one time, playing against someone else meant sitting side by side, sharing a console. That isn’t always practical, though, especially as you get older and your gaming time is limited. Fortunately, the internet has made multiplayer gaming virtual. From the comfort of your home, you can compete against players on the other side of the world.

Most multiplayer games will match you with others who have a similar skillset. You can even form a team that you regularly play. This team may be made up of strangers, friends or a combination of both, but knowing they might be online brings a social element to gaming that you wouldn’t have in single-player mode. One of the best things about multiplayer mode is that some games let you chat with your fellow players, so make sure your game features this before you buy.

Of course, the top decider when you’re looking for a multiplayer game will relate to how well you like the game itself. Many big-name games now offer multiplayer mode, so chances are you can find a game you like that will give you this feature. For multiplayer mode, though, you’ll need to make sure the storyline is built for working in teams. If not, you may find the experience is less than satisfying.

If you have a mobile gaming device like a Nintendo Switch, you’ll find the multiplayer options are more flexible. You’ll be more likely to be playing your team in person, so it will be set up to accommodate that as well as the option of playing online. Look into the multiplayer options for games that sound interesting to you and choose one that seems like it would be fun.

DWYM Fun Fact

If you have a Nintendo Switch, multiplayer mode is part of a suite of features designed to bring friends together. Even when you aren’t playing, you can launch a chat with one of your online friends, although you’ll need a mobile app to do so. You can also pair one of your Joy-Cons with your Android phone, Mac or PC and play there. You’ll need a Nintendo Online subscription to go online and play in multiplayer mode. But once you’re set up, you can input the friend code of the person you want to play with, and they’ll receive an invitation to join you.

The Multiplayer Game Buying Guide

  • If you want the game with the best multiplayer experience, check out PS4’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.” You’ll get the choice of several different modes, including Control, which pits two teams against each other to alternate between attack and defense. Heist has two 5v5 teams that compete to capture a bag of cash, and Hardpoint puts two 5v5 teams against each other to capture and hold various objectives on the map.
  • XBOX ONE’s “Red Dead Redemption 2” has a new online multiplayer experience, which brings other players into the game. You’ll have the choice of joining a posse to complete missions together or play in Free Roam mode, where you can invite people to your session if you want to hang out while playing. If you choose the Quick Join option, you can quickly be matched with someone who can join you on missions.
  • If you want to participate in PS4’s “Monster Hunter: World’s” multiplayer options, you first should create a squad. Invite all the people you want on your squad and choose a clever name. You’ll then be set up to join a session in progress. You’ll just select Squad Session Search and, if one is in progress, jump right in if you want.
  • With Nintendo Switch’s “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,” you have multiple options for joining others in your gameplay. If you’re in person, you can launch a local wireless game with up to eight players by linking up your Nintendo Switches. Online play gives you the option of playing against up to four players, matched based on your preferred rules and Global Smash Power. If you want to play with friends, just set up a private room, or you can play against only one friend who also has a Switch by setting up a single console and playing online in two-player mode.
  • “Call of Duty” has long been a gamer favorite, but PS4’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” is better than ever. Not only does it provide multiplayer mode, but it has fluid shooting and a smaller map that intensifies the game. With this release, multiplayer moves to the next level, combining great gunplay with the ability to be more tactical in your gameplay.
  • One of the best things about XBOX ONE’s “Red Dead Redemption 2” is that no matter how many hours you play, it never gets old. The story is full of twists and turns, ensuring that no two gaming sessions will be alike. One of the best things about XBOX ONE’s “Red Dead Redemption 2,” though, is the beautiful, vast, realistic depictions of various American landscapes. You’ll truly feel immersed in the world.
  • PS4’s “Monster Hunter: World” is also impressive for its landscapes. This third-person action game will let you choose between high-resolution gameplay, if you have a 4K display or framerate gameplay to ensure your combat is as smooth as possible. In addition to the breathtaking visual detail, you’ll also enjoy the ongoing downloadable content updates you’ll get once you buy the game, ensuring you’ll always have something to anticipate.
  • Impressive, customizable music sets Nintendo Switch’s “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” apart from competitors. Choose what you want to hear and start playing. You’ll also get familiar characters and fast, fluid action that will keep even the most experienced gamers satisfied.
  • One complaint with PS4’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” is that its quest to dominate the multiplayer experience has come at the expense of single-player mode. PS4’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” doesn’t have a single-player campaign. If you plan to play in single-player mode, you may be disappointed. The overall goal of the developers is to eventually have a game that you can play solo or in groups and do completely away with the single/multiplayer binary.