Name: Red Dead Redemption 2
Developer: Rockstar Games
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Released: 26.09.2018
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Reviewed on: PlayStation 4 Pro
Acquired: A copy of this game was provided by a publisher for review purpose

I know, we’re pretty late with this review. I’ve spent so many hours just exploring the world of Red Dead Redemption 2 that I lost the track of time, brushing and feeding my horse, fishing, and winning in Texas Hold ‘em. But hey, I finally got to sit down and write this review. (Not because my Dualshock controller died or anything…)

Story

RDR2 might deliver a cowboy story we already experienced in other video games or movies, but the writing is excellent, the voice acting is brilliant and this is just a small piece of this delicious cake. Not only do we get a thrilling main plot, but there are tons of side missions with intriguing, emotional, sad and funny stories as well as great writing and acting.  I didn’t feel like I was entering a linear storyline after I had completed the prologue, I was on my own in this vast, open world. And this is where the story really shines because it’s your own story. Yes, we do have the basics, Arthur Morgan (our protagonist) is on the run from the law with his gang Dutch van der Linde, and the struggle to survive in the wild is hard. It pretty much seems like everyone depends on Arthur to provide food, shelter, and security, but this never annoyed me at all. You are free to explore, setting up camps while exploring, fishing, hunting legendary animals, bounty hunting and so on – you make your own story!.
10/10

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Picture: Rockstar Game – “Arthur Morgan”

Graphics

Again, Rockstar presents a video game unlike no other, do they even live in this timeline?
Okay, that might overkill it, but the overall graphics in RDR2 are amazing!
Every open-world game struggles to get that fine detailed tuning of minor details and textures, and RDR2 ain’t no exception here., but compared to other open-world games available on this generation of consoles, RDR2 is by far the best one. The lighting might be one of the subjects that really stood out from the rest, besides character models and object designs. The lighting really helps to give RDR2 the final look it needs, to deliver the amazing nature scenarios.

All the characters in the game stun me every time I look at them. The character models are stunning and well designed down to the minor details. And just to add something special, you actually have to be aware to look after your own health and looks, because your hair and beard will grow. Other minor details that also has taken the internet by storm is that your own horse will notice the temperature of the environment you’re in. How can you tell? Well, just take a look at the horse’s testicles when in warm compared to cold environments.

The soundtrack is great and on point in regards to the setting, this is one of the best musical scores in this generation. A range of instruments breathe life into every scene available, but there is one thing I particularly noticed in the sound design that took me off guard – gun sounds. Not only does it seems like the gunshots are authentic, but the guns also sound a lot different from the location you use the gun. Example; shooting outdoors vs shooting indoors, you’ll hear the difference. Even more stunning, shooting in the desert vs shooting in the mountains, you will hear the echo loud and clear, even ricochet!
10/10

Gameplay

To this point, everything is top notch with RDR2, and it won’t stop here either. I do however have one complaint, and that’s partially Rockstar’s fault by creating such a great “heavy” game. Because every time I launch this game, my PlayStation 4 Pro (totally cleansed from dust) prepares to take off from Houston counting down the minutes; T minus four minutes to lift off!

It won’t take long before we’re in space with our console entering drifting mode, I do feel sorry for my little baby because there is a lot of different content in RDR2. I will talk more about all of the content in the “Replay Value” section because there’s a lot. The main focus here is the storyline, the gunplay, basically the overall gameplay. If you’re like me, who loves open-world titles and loves to take on your cowboy hat on, you might want to get yourself more controllers because you’re going to be stuck in front of your TV for a while. I actually didn’t notice this until after my packages were empty, but I manage to eat all of my Beef Jerky packages and drank all of my coffee while I just had to play “one more hour”, before writing this review.

I mentioned gunplay and this might be one of the crucial things when it comes to gameplay. No worries, the gunplay is phenomenal. If you liked the gunplay in Red Dead Redemption, you will love it in RDR2. The bullet impact physics are back with enemies falling based on where they’ve been shot. The “Dead Eye” feature return as well, it’s pretty much the same, but added an extra flair with a cinematic in slow motion.

I’m not even close to finishing RDR2, I do have the tendency to just go hunting in the woods, playing some Texas Hold’Em and just enjoying the environmental view while riding in the sunset. And time to time, using my lasso on people, robbing stores and so on because I ain’t no pretty boy!
10/10

Controls

I’ve seen some reviewers complaining about that the controls are serviceable for the most part, that Arthur doesn’t always respond to your commands. I can’t agree on that part, but I do however agree on that the control schematic is something you’ll need to get used to. There isn’t a huge linear tutorial on how the thing works, it’s good old fashioned “figure it out by yourself”. Regularly this is something I would withdraw some points in my score, but I can’t lose the feeling that this part is intended and a part of the overall experience. Besides that, the gunplay is great, the user interface is easy to learn, as well as the schematics.
10/10

Replay Value

As an open-world title, the amount of things to do is borderline endless.
And RDR2 doesn’t exactly lack things to do. Just to mention a few things besides the main story and side missions: playing dominos and poker, hunting legendary animals, hunting regular animals for provisions, pin finger
, bounty hunting, debt collecting, shopping, tending to your horse and doing chores at your camp such as feeding the horses with hay and chopping wood. I even had gunslingers tournaments with people I greeted along my journey. Just exploring this wonderful world will provide you with tons of random moments of things to do. And all of this is available now, the online mode isn’t even available yet!
10/10

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Verdict

Red Dead Redemption 2 is by far one of Rockstar’s finest titles, it’s astonishing and gripping from start to finish. I always end up using at least one or two Dualshock controllers each play session. The touch of graphical details is absurdly good and polished, writing as well as acting is great, and the soundtrack is one of it’s kind. There is no uncertainty that Red Dead Redemption 2 is this generations greatest game for now.

Pros

  • Character models, details are absurd
  • Great writing
  • Extraordinary soundtrack
  • Overall graphics

Cons

  • PlayStation 4 Pro’s NASA playtime
  • You need patience to get through the prologue
  • You’ll spend a lot of time in this world on horseback (might not be a bad thing)

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