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Red Dead Redemption 2 review
Meh
by Scottie G

A bland, western grind. Red Dead Redemption 2's cinematics and atmosphere are enough to draw you in for a solid few hours of first-time gameplay. Though well before the midway game point, the missions begin to become tedious and repetitive - "go to X point and talk to X person before riding to X point and shooting X". Although there is enough detail in this beautiful western world to keep you busy exploring for days - the clumsy controls, broken law system, tedious hunting and crafting and dull traveling become a nuisance and makes we wonder if this game is as polished as it should have been. I've been a massive Rockstar Fan since the very first GTA and have played GTA V multiple times on multiple consoles but there is something really lacking in the main mission quests and character progression, by the midway point I was really pushing myself to get through the main story and had little difference between new game Arthur and End Game Arthur (besides most of the characters becoming frustrating and unlikable - WHERE ARE YOU LEENNAAY?). I really have to question the review sites who have posted this as being almost perfect - it's an 80 out of 100 MAX.
«Disappointment of the year»
«Boooring»
«Game over at last!»
«Reviewers bribed»

Other reviews36

Rockstar really outdid themselves with this one. When I picked up this game, I was expecting business as usual. But was I wrong! Red Dead Redemption 2 is a technical, visual, and narrative accomplishment. As I have written in past reviews, the testament of a good sequel, is that it somehow furthers the things that were established in the first game. Gameplay, story and characters, and visuals are all major elements that a good sequel manages to push and make better. The game is a prequel to 2010's Red Dead Redemption. Set in 1899, the age of outlaws is coming to an end. The Van der Line gang struggles to survive as they against nature, government forces and outlaws. The character you play as is Arthur Morgan. Initial footage of this character bothered me because I found his voice to be far too exaggerated. But for whatever reason my mind was changed. Arthur is similar to John Marston in Red Dead Redemption. Both of these characters can be cruel and violent men, but the narrative pushes the player player give the character some redeeming qualities or some sort of arc that goes from bad/apathetic to good. Other familiar faces from Red Dead Redemption are prominently featured in this game. The gameplay has dramatically improved. The gunplay and action isn't as rudimentary and choppy as it was in Red Dead Redemption. The survival aspects of the game have taken front and center and prove to be quite vital in your survival and the survival of the gang. The alarming and hilarious amount of detail this game has both visually and technically is quite impressive. The open world is much bigger than Red Dead Redemption with various diverse regions to travel through and a plethora of random encounters that border on the frightening to the hilarious. This is probably one of the best games ever made. I maintain that God of War (2018) deserved its award for Game of the Year. But that does not diminish this game by any means. It is truly a remarkable game that has hopefully changed things forever. If there is one game that everyone should play, it is this game.

 Rating- 5/5 A Masterpiece
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Enjoyed every second of it
«Blew my mind»
«Sit back and relax»
🌹
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
Amazing.
«Blew my mind»
One of the best open world games ever, with great gameplay and awesome story.
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
Best game ever, period.
«Blew my mind»
«That ending!»
9.5/10

There is not much to say, this game is an epic, it really leaves us speechless with what it managed to achieve. Only the epilogue has a lower quality, because it is also too long in my opinion.
«Blew my mind»
«Constantly dying and enjoy it»
a truly amazing experience
«Blew my mind»
«Time-tested»
It's the best game I ever played. You absolutely fall in love with it, have compassion for Arthur, greatest character ever made. Absolutely amazing! 10/10
«Blew my mind»
«Just one more turn»
This game is what everyone wants on GTA V 
- Nobody bothers anyone
- the game chat is pretty funny considering the fact everyone talks with country accents
- no op weapons for no reasons
- gives everyone what they want
only flaw is that we cant have private sessions or director mode which is fine considering how everyone is in the lobby
8.5/10
«Blew my mind»
«Sit back and relax»
Red Dead Redemption 2 is the greatest video game ever made. I’ve never been more immersed in a game than in this wonderful western world.  The story was fantastic. Arthur Morgan is the best character a video game has ever had. The visuals of this game were spectacular (minus a few character models that weren’t bad, but were not great). The sound is great. The level of detail in this game has never been done before, whatever game is second place isn’t close.

Some people complained about the controls or feel for the game. I did not. The game makes you take deliberate actions but I found my Arthur Morgan was a badass gunslinger who didn’t have difficulty completing his tasks. Some people complained that this games pacing (specifically the opening) is too slow. I did not. I think the slow beginning forces you to pay attention to the incredible detail this game has to offer, and it does it in a way where you just think you are discovering things on your own.

This game took ~45 hours to complete and usually I am fatigued at that point and just pushing towards the finish line. I wasn’t fatigued. This game kept me fully engaged and entertained for that long, and it barely has any rpg mechanics. I wasn’t grinding for the next perk or upgrade or piece of equipment that makes my character better and gives me a sense of accomplishment. I was buying Arthur a sweet jacket and trimming his beard. I loved every minute of it. I don’t know how they pulled that off.

Final Score: A++
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Probably my number 1 of the decade.