Red Dead Redemption 2… What can I say? Rockstar Games has an amazing development team and they continue to show off those skills with RDR2. You would think that with such a large title, more bugs and glitches would be found upon release, but so far I haven’t found any problems with the title. Not saying there aren’t issues for others, but I haven’t had any of those types issues or heard anyone complaining.
So, to carry on this review without spoiling anything for those that haven’t played through it yet, I am going to keep it short and simple. When the Multiplayer aspect of the game releases in November, I’ll write a separate review or update this one with my thoughts. Let's get to it.
Graphically, this game is beautiful. There is so much detail in everything, that it makes it hard to imagine just how much work was put into it. From the wrinkles in clothes, to the famous horse scrotum that shrinks in the cold air, I cannot express how impressed I really I am. Graphics are just one of the things that this game so friggin good though.
The game audio is excellent. I don’t think enough people really appreciate audio in video games. The wind blowing lightly by you, the sounds of cocking a gun and the spurs of your boots. Birds chirping and cougars roaring. I can’t even wrap my head around how many sound effects take place. Combined with the sound of a dramatic western musical score, the audio really helps create the tone and setting. Well done Rockstar, well done.
The game mechanics are fluent and it is quite an improvement since the Red Dead Redemption released 8 years ago. Eating too much will cause you to gain weight, cold weather will affect your health and stamina if you’re not dressed warm enough for the falling temperatures and also affect you if you’re overdressed in the warmer months. Bonding with your horse affects some of the skills your horse can perform and not to mention that cleanliness of your horse and yourself affect the game as well. Its pretty wild.
The choices you make will have a major affect in the game. Go around murdering innocent people, you risk not your honor (reputation), but you risk being tracked down by the law as well as bounty hunters. Witnesses may investigate a dead body they are passing by and report you for assault, robbery, or murder. You might be able to convince the witness to let it go and not talk or you might even kill them. Just keep in mind you need to cover your tracks if you don’t want anyone snooping around your crime scenes. Pick up bodies and drop them off somewhere discreet or leave them lying in the road. If you’re on crime spree, it might be a good idea to put on a mask to hide your identity. If you’re getting too much heat from the Fuzz, you can always pay off the bounty on your head at a post office. The choice is yours.
The storytelling is just awesome. So many characters make the game what it is and help create an immersive story. I don’t want to give away any of the story line, so I’m not going to say very much. All in all, it's just an amazing story that sucks you in and leaves you wondering what will happen next. Not to mention the fact that when you’re not playing a campaign story, you’re practically creating a story all by yourself. How you choose to play, who you want your character to be, that is the story outside of the initial story line. Video game brilliance at its best.
While I await for the MP beta and MP release for next month, I will keep playing RDR2’s offline mode and live off the land. Continue to discover things I haven’t yet and probably rob a few poor souls that panning for gold. I go back and forth between doing the right thing and doing the wrong thing as I play. There is just so much to do, it feels endlessly fun and simply put, amazing. Read Dead Redemption 2 scores a solid 10 out of 10 from us. If you’re on the fence about this game, just buy it. Unless you hate western stuff, this game is for every true gamer out there. An experience that should not be passed by.
Let me know what you think of Red Dead Redemption 2, but please try not to spoil the game if possible. Maybe start off with stating *Spoiler Alert* to help others avoid reading something they didn’t want to know yet. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you next month online during the beta/release of MP.