Story - 98%
Graphics - 98%
Audio - 98%
Gameplay - 99%
Replayability - 100%
Imagine for a second; you’re alone; sitting on a beautiful white stallion, wind bouncing of your face as the cigar smoke raise past your eyes, creating a mist over the horizon that only your eyes get to see. You’re a free man, riding with your gang to create havoc for your own gain everywhere you go. This is the life, this is the life indeed. What more could you ask for?
Red Dead Redemption 2. The highly anticipated sequel to the extremely successful Red Dead Redemption. Rockstar Games created a silent hype around this game that no one really understood. The advertising was discrete, the events weren’t publicized to the extreme, yet, the game was still highly anticipated, which we all know comes with its own set of problems as we all know. The thing we all wondered was; will this game stand the test? Will it be a continuous cycle of bugs and glitches considering the amount of lines of code put into this game? Let’s talk about that.
You know when you start a game and you’re like tired after 30 minutes because the tutorial really like takes it out of you? Well that’s something RDR2 really does well, they drag the tutorial out over an entire chapter of the game, subtly giving you direction and not off the bat hitting you with “Push forward the left analog stick to walk forward”. I mean, we are all gamers and we know the basics, please Devs; stop doing this (I’m talking to you Nintendo).
The game plays out beautifully from the start. The scenes are set and the characters are introduced far apart enough for you not to be overwhelmed and giving you time to remember each persons and identify the Protagonists by accent, traits and roles. The first thing I noticed about the game was the insanely beautiful landscapes and vast open areas, even though you start in the Northern Snow Mountains.
Playing as the antagonistic protagonist, Arthur Morgan, you fall under Dutch Van Der Linde’s gang with the likes of Hosea Matthews, Bill Williamson, Javier Escuella, Micah Bell, Sadie Adler, Charles Smith, and many more. It’s 1899 and the gang has just escaped their hideout in Blackwater, they are on the run, wanted dead or alive in and around the Blackwater area. The gang settle around Valentine, Hanover and have to fend for themselves, leaving you and some of the other members to do all the hunting, jobs and whatever you can to bring in some money. Dutch catches wind of a train that is passing by that he gang can hit seamlessly. This train belong to Leviticus Cornwall, an oil magnate, who gets the Pinkerton Detective Agency in to investigate the heist. Ultimately leading to a shootout in the main town Valentine, forcing the gang to uproot and move down south to Rhodes, Lemoyne. Here, Dutch gets the gang involved in local law enforcement and come to find out that 2 wealthy families are at war, and decides to use both families against each other and hopefully walking out the richest of the 3. These chapters really set up for the rest of the story, which I won’t spoil because it get juicy and good, no spoilers. Also I am only one chapter ahead of this so I even I am seeing the story unfold right now.
I will not lie, at first I battled with the movement of the camera, I found it to be really slow and dragged. I eventually got used to it, realizing that if you have this fast paced action packed camera, you’ll miss everything that is Red Dead Redemption 2. The smoothness of the controls and camera angles really give you a sense of immersion that you can’t understand off the bat. The cinematic mode, helps you dive even deeper into the beautiful world Rockstar has given us. I personally haven’t experienced any major bugs or glitches but I have seen some crazy stuff out there, ranging from exploits to visual glitches. I think that the overly exaggerated animation and distortions are a 1 in a million bug that you would probably have to go out your way to find, considering the size of this game and the level of detail, this is extremely impressive. For a game that has a main story and missions, there are so many other things you can do.
The Red Dead universe is nothing short of exciting and action packed, however, there are several activities one can do on the side. These activities can be found as missions or as free roam activities around the map. Some of my personal favourites include: hunting, poker, bounty hunters, fishing, five finger fillet, and going to the theater. There are many more to choose from and they can keep you entertained for hours. I usually spend and about 3 hours on just going fishing, hunting and doing chores for the homestead before I actually start doing missions. One very important activity is hunting (or fishing), as this brings in food for the camp and/or money. The pelts of the animals also can be used to upgrade gear or make you some brand new clothing, this all depends of the quality or the pelt and the rarity of the animal. You’ll never be bored in this world, I can put my guarantee stamp on that.
There has never been a game more pleasant to play. Everything about the game play is smooth and crisp. The level of detail put into the small things on the game creates a wonderful world of fun and discovery, the list could go on and on about all the hundreds of things that make this game unique. One of the things that makes this my favourite games of the year are the distractions. You could be getting off to start a mission and some lady laying on the side of the road will holler out for help because she just broke her leg, you; being the great citizen that you are; will stop and see if the woman is okay only to be jumped by 4 men who will rob you and kill your well trained, well groomed, perfectly bonded horse. I may or may not be upset about that! The story, side stories, citizen missions and random NPC missions truly immerse you, creating a world of possibility and endless hours of fun. This is my favourite game of the year and in my opinion is the best title that has been released in the last 5 years. I won’t lie, there was so much more I could say about this game, but this post would be equal to that of our last 10 reviews, just grab the game and experience the beauty that is, Red Dead Redemption 2.
Reviewed on: Playstation 4
Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action / Adventure
Age Rating: Pegi 18
Publisher/Developer: Rockstar Games
Estimated RRP: R999.00
Release Date: 26 October 2018
- Beautiful Scenery
- Controlled Game Play
- Well Developed Story
- Fun Side Activities
- Hours of Fun