Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 (stylized as Red Dead Redemption II) is a western-themed video game released for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on October 26, 2018. It's a prequel to 2010's Red Dead Redemption. A PC port was released on November 5, 2019 for Epic Store and Rockstar Games Launcher. The Google Stadia port was released as its launch title on November 19, 2019. The Steam version was released on December 5, 2019.
In 1899, the Wild-West era is coming to an end, and the game tells a story of Arthur Morgan, a member of the Van der Linde gang. The Van der Linde was involved in a failed bank robbery in Blackwater, and they are forced to flee from Blackwater and from pursuing federal agents and bounty hunters. Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang must fight through the lands north of Blackwater to survive. In addition to being pursued, growing tensions within the gang also threaten to tear it apart, and Arthur is forced to make decisions between his ideals and the gang's ideals.
Why It Rocks
- Extremely large and detailed open-world game compared to the previous installment, which can only rival the 2013's open-world game Grand Theft Auto V.
- The game has even more towns and villages to explore in the second game (not counting the RDR1 maps), such as Annesburg, which is an amazing reference to Roanoke Ridge, NH, Armadillo which it's also a good reference to Cholla Springs, NA, Not only that but Red Dead Redemption 2, has a city near the swamps and at the east map of the game is Saint-Denis, a beautiful reference to New Orleans from the state of Louisiana.
- Excellent voice acting, especially for Roger Clark, Benjamin Byron Davis, Robert Allen Wiethoff, etc..
- Arthur Morgan is a very complex, well written, and fairly likable protagonist. He is also entertaining as John Marston, if not even better (many consider him to be one of the best-written video game protagonists).
- Arthur and John are also both entertaining together.
- It has a very lengthy, engaging storyline, it serves as a prequel on how the Van Der Linde gang disbanded and how John became hunted in the events in the first game.
- Has a slew of likable and well written supporting cast of characters in the Van Der Linde gang, including Dutch Van Der Linde, Hosea Matthews, John Marston, Charles Smith, Sadie Adler, Kieran Duffy, Lenny Summers, etc.. Even one of Rockstar Games' most despised characters, Micah Bell is brilliantly written.
- It introduces two multiple endings, depending on your honor bar, whatever you're good, or bad.
- Unlike its previous installment, you can finally swim, as long as you are close enough to the land.
- Just like in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, you can drive trains around the world!
- It has more fun minigames than the first game, such as fishing and others.
- A realistic survival system in which you must eat food and drink to keep health and stamina and changing clothing due to a temperature system.
- Similar to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, it has an RPG-like system and it's even better executed than ever!
- The first did portray the near-end wild west era realistically, but Red Dead Redemption 2 did it even more and very accurately back in 1899, and even then in 1907.
- Astonishingly breathtaking and truly phenomenal photorealistic graphics with mesmerizingly stunning and gorgeous lighting and particle effects, absolutely stellar environment designs, superb texture and model finesse, high production values, outstanding technical achievements, startlingly lifelike animations, lots of absurd visual spectacles, and considerable and extraordinarily exceptional levels of hefty and extreme attention to detail. Actually, the details are so huge that horse testicles shrink in the cold in the game (yes, seriously, just like how horse testicles shrink in the cold in real life).
- The PC port further enhances the graphics in every way possible, making it a must-play for gamers who like graphics.
- Beautiful scenery.
- The game really funny moments such as getting knocked out if you talk nasty to your camp members.
- You can rob trains at any time, there's even a part that's a reference to San Andreas's train mission "Wrong Side of the Tracks".
- Has a huge of variety of wild and domesticated animals that the player can interact with and hunt in the open world, including 19 different breeds of horses (that can be either broken from the wild or purchased from horse stables). The animals also behave realistically according to their behavior and environment.
- You can now name your horse at any horse store in the game.
- Excellent soundtrack, with it stays faithful to the original games' soundtrack, and it's western themes, and more famously, the most memorable song "May I?"
- The infamous hardest minigame "Five Finger Fillet" returns. Play this minigame on the PC port instead of the console versions.
- The cheat codes are not really words, but mostly sentences, making them harder to remember and causing the whole ordeal to be even more infuriating for the player.
- Attempting to go to an area that has not yet unlocked can get you a wanted level returns after 10 years, since Grand Theft Auto IV.
- Horses can only run very fast for a short amount of time before running out of stamina.
- Unlike its previous installment, the Mexican state area Nuevo Paraiso is "absent" (well, locked off as some textures of its Mexican settlements are still exist or un-textured) in this game.
- You can't give your horses bad/funny names, unlike in the first game.
- Some missions are exclusive to the special editions.
- Villains such as Leviticus Cornwall and Colm O'Driscoll are rather underutilized.
- The multiplayer mode "Red Dead Online", during its "Beta" phase, is stuffed with microtransactions just like GTA: Online from Grand Theft Auto V, complete with pitiful payouts, excessive grinding, and goods locked behind Gold Bars, all for the sake of squeezing as much money out of players as possible. Along cause the major reason of why the developers aren't focusing on and preventing them of making new singleplayer DLCs for a long time, like with the GTA 5's video game post-development is focusing more its multiplayer than its singleplayer except adding new weapons and clothes from the multiplayer side. Enough after nearly a year under that phrase, until the mode's phrase has ended, it did got mostly improved, if not, all its entire problems, but that still left a scar in Rockstar's reputation.
- This has ended it after the Beta disaster for almost a year until revealed in this VG47 article, they're indeed confirmed they will strongly focused on the multiplayer aspect, and have no plans of making single-player DLCs in the near future. With a pathetic excuse by saying the single-player aspect has its "technical limitations" for DLCs, despite it's their recent game has the largest map size to date for the company's history as mentioned in Positive #1, and the previous standalone single-player DLC Red Undead Nightmare was success.
- The PC version has suffered from a disastrous launch, even more than GTA IV's PC port.
- Despite this, updates improved the game and became playable.
- You can't swim for a real long time as Arthur will run out of stamina and take damage before slipping under the water and drowning. Also, John Marston runs out of stamina the second he touches deep water.
The game received overwhelming critical acclaim from critics and fans alike. Metacritic scores a game 97/100 "universal acclaim". IGN gave a game 10/10, calling it a "Masterpiece".
Many critics agree that this game is a major improvement to a predecessor in every way possible and considered the greatest Rockstar game so far, let along 2010's.
Despite not winning the Game Award for Game of the Year in 2018, it still won several game awards.
Angry Joe gave this game a 9/10. Gamespot also scored the game a 9/10.
The game sold 17 million copies during the first 2 weeks of release, making it the best selling game of 2018.
- It spawned memes like, Uncle's "Lumbago" and Dutch's "I have a plan".
- Animals will hunt each other.
- You can get struck by lighting.
- There are 300,000 individual animations.