Red Dead Redemption 2 Game Review: A Wild Wild Masterpiece

Jordan Samuel Jordan Samuel
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October 22nd, 2018

Content Editor, Film Critic and Writer for ComiConverse.com, the Founder and co-host of the official Nerdcast Network Podcast


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5
On October 22, 2018
Last modified:October 25, 2018

Summary:

Red Dead Redemption 2 is not just the best sandbox game there is. It’s not just one of the best 3rd-person shooters ever. It’s not just a great action title, a great cowboy or horse riding game. It’s not just one of the biggest entertainment experience. Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the best titles in a generation.


Reviewed by:
Rating:

5
On October 22, 2018
Last modified:October 25, 2018

Summary:

Red Dead Redemption 2 is not just the best sandbox game there is. It’s not just one of the best 3rd-person shooters ever. It’s not just a great action title, a great cowboy or horse riding game. It’s not just one of the biggest entertainment experience. Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the best titles in a generation.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Game Review: The Beast From The West

Credit: Rockstar Games

America, 1899. The end of the Wild West era has begun. 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 has to rob, steal and fight their way across the rugged heartland of America in order to survive. As deepening internal fissures threaten to tear the gang apart, Arthur must make a choice between his own ideas and loyalty to the gang that raised him.

The Wild, Wild West - Cowboys haven’t had the best time in gaming with various titles failing to utilise and recapture the iconic era in American History. This was the case for western video games for years, with the game lacking the respect needed to tackle this iconic era. But all that changed in 2010 with the release of Rockstar San Diego’s Red Dead Redemption that brought back to western video games back to the forefront.

It utilised the power of Sony and Xbox’s line of consoles, successfully adapted the western era and brought together one of the most impressive stories in the medium. Fans across the world adored the sombre and realistic tone of Red Dead Redemption which transported audiences into the dark western world. Gameplay felt fluid, with the focus on survival and hunting feeling at home within the setting.

Rockstar Games put effort into proceedings with massive open-world design, complex gameplay systems and a heavy focus on exploration impressed gamers across the land. It threw away the dense cityscapes seen in Grand Theft Auto, for a more intimate affair which gave players more room to breathe outside of the bombastic missions. This slower tone made the series stand out from the pack and turning into the most interesting next-generation exploration game. Red Dead Redemption also brought together one of gamings best characters, with iconic John Marston - a charismatic once bad man trying to right his wrongs in life.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 feels like the perfect celebration of Rockstar Games roots with the developer utilising everything that has come before, including their push for realism. Transporting users into a beautiful and rugged adaptation of the iconic western era, filled with insane attention to details. It delivers the best open world experience ever, making each NPC feel alive and have a purpose within the 60-hour long storyline. Exploring is fluid with the developers pushing you to go off the beaten track to find goodies. The game offers so much content and boasts some of the best gaming moments in years.

Gameplay

Credit: Rockstar Games

You rob banks, hunt animals and help the gang - but most importantly what you do in Red Dead Redemption 2 is shaped by player choice. The focus on shaping your own adventure, allows the game to stand out against scripted moments which plagued Grand Theft Auto V.  Deep customisation and survival mechanics is the core of Rockstar Games latest outing, as Arthur Morgan will need to help his crew grow stronger throughout the 60-hour campaign. All making for an impressive simulation of the old west.

Red Dead Redemption 2 continues Rockstar Game’s push for immersion, as the player will have to wash and feed Arthur Morgan during his journey. Everything the player does affect the story, with the ability to chat with NPC avatars changing the flow of proceedings and offering more reparability. For instance, getting caught in a crime might have consequences with NPCs running to the sheriff and giving the player bounties. Seeing the world react to your actions is unlike anything seen in open-world games, reigning home the idea of immersion. I loved these elements as reinvents the open-world formula, making sure players pay more attention to their surroundings and choices within their own adventure. Allowing for more varied experiences, than the static moments in prior games.

Gunplay is always refined with Arthur Morgan only allowed to carry two weapons on his person (and the other on his horse), marking shootouts more strategic and detailed. Your weapons jam overtime now which reign home the idea of realism which is scattered throughout each in-game mechanic. Rockstar Games also brings back the iconic “Red Eye” slow-motion ability, as players can now pinpoint limbs within gunfights. Arthur Morgan abilities can be upgraded throughout the 60-hour campaign, with guns being able to be customised (including attachments and skins)

Horse riding has the biggest upgrade, as Arthur Morgan will form a bond with his horse (which can only be broken with death) which can be improved throughout the 60-hour campaign. As the bond level grows, horses become more resilient and dedicate to sicking by your side through all the rough moments. At the beginning of the game, horses can be spooked by gunfire and might run away in the heat of moments, but longer you ride with it those moments disappear and the horses become fearless. I adored these changes, which makes up for the lack of cars as each bread have different elements.

Story

Credit: Rockstar Games

Fans of Rockstar Games prior work will be happy from a story view as Red Dead Redemption 2 brings the studios iconic comedic nature and more mature themes to the table. While the first game focused on redeeming oneself - Arthur Morgan’s adventure focuses on teamwork and a rebellious family that would die for each other. Rockstar Games brings together some of the best voice-acting, as each scene takes note from Hollywood pictures. Telling an immense story against the simply outstanding gameplay, which takes multiple risks.

World

Credit: Rockstar Games

Following up from the deeply acclaimed Red Dead Redemption, which blew everyone away with the sense of scope and heavy gameplay mechanics focusing on survival within the west. Red Dead Redemption 2 perfects the template of open world exploration while bringing new ideas to the table, it’s filled by player choice and offers varied experiences. Rockstar Games does an amazing job in making players feel immersed in their worlds and learns heavy in player choice with each element of the story decide by audiences.

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Wild West is rendered accurately, with the swamps and deserts all coming together for one of the most gorgeous open-world environments in history - striking players with its intense level of details. Rockstar Games allow players to explore each region (Grizzlies, Bayou Nwa and Roankoe Ridge) from the games beginning, which all feature different elements and feel distant from each other. Put simply - the map is huge coming across wider and more detailed than what was previously possible in Red Dead Redemption. A mini-map is always present, making each area easier to explore but doesn’t get in the way of player explorations. Helping highlight stores, animals and mission waypoints.

Verdict

Rockstar Games does the impossible with Red Dead Redemption 2, perfecting on their prior masterpiece with new mechanics and a new approach to open-world storytelling - while being the most intriguing game in their library. Each element of the game is created with such detail, enticing fans into their deep western world. Story beats are intense feel like a homage to classic Hollywood westerns, with each twist and turn unlike anything is seen before. Combat is great with a heavy emphasis on realistic weapon behaviours.

In the end, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a perfect celebration of Rockstar Games rich history in the industry and marks a change in their open world psychology. They have created the most immersive cowboy game of all time, which lays the groundwork for future Rockstar Games titles. The game is one of the best releases in history, with so much content and attention to detail. Horse riding has never looked better! This title deserves to be played on your biggest screen. ComiConverse is so proud of the developers and looks forward to new games in their library

Red Dead Redemption 2 is not just the best sandbox game there is. It’s not just one of the best 3rd-person shooters ever. It’s not just a great action title, a great cowboy or horse riding game. It’s not just one of the biggest entrainment experience. Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the best titles in a generation.

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Jordan is the Content Editor at ComiConverse. Follow him on Twitter: @JordanESamuel

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Red Dead Redemption 2 is not just the best sandbox game there is. It’s not just one of the best 3rd-person shooters ever. It’s not just a great action title, a great cowboy or horse riding game. It’s not just one of the biggest entertainment experience. Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the best titles in a generation.

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