Publisher: Rockstar Games
Developer: Rockstar Games, Rockstar North, Rockstar San Diego
Rated: M for Mature
Release Date: October 26th 2018
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One
What is it: Red Dead Redemption II is the latest open world, action game from Rockstar Games, the creators of the ultra-popular Grand Theft Auto series. Red Dead Redemption II follows the exploits of The Van der Linde gang and serves as a lead up to the events of 2010’s Red Dead Redemption. The game is set in Rockstar’s version of the American west in the year 1899 and puts players in the boots of Arthur Morgan a senior member of the Van der Linde gang, players will traverse the old west, in a game that is packed full of options, realism, and incredible story telling.
Gameplay: The gameplay in Red Dead Redemption II is mostly, very solid. That said, a few Rockstar legacy issues creep in from time to time. The controls don’t always do what you’d expect them to do. This is mainly due to multiple actions being mapped to the same buttons. This can lead to some crazy situations. You think you’re about to jump on your horse and ride, but you end up tackling a civilian, and are now wanted. This is a problem, but not one that is so severe as to ruin the experience.
The world of Red Dead Redemption II is massive. The depth of actions is amazing. Players must eat food on a regular basis or face a stat decrease for being underweight but if you eat too much you will face a reduction for being overweight. Food can be obtained from stores or cooked from the remains of animals you have hunted. Guns need to be cleaned to maintain performance. Baths are a thing in the game. You must take a bath often, or gang members and civilians will let you know how bad you smell, or how covered in blood you may be. The amount of realism in the game is impressive, though managing all the things can be tedious at times.
Red Dead Redemption II is first, and foremost a single player game. But multiplayer fans have not been forgotten. The currently in beta Red Dead Online lets players roam the world with other players going on missions that feature a new story cut scenes and all. Players of Red Dead Online also have most of the same freedoms that are featured in the single player mode.
Visuals: This will be short and sweet. Red Dead Redemption II features some of the finest graphics ever seen in a game. The differences from open plains, to snow covered mountains, to the hustle and bustle of Saint Denis is amazing. If there is one complaint I have about the games graphics it is some of the character models. At times they can appear a bit clay faced and lifeless. Flaws aside, this game is a visual force.
Audio: From the pop of the guns, to the sounds of animals, to the stellar soundtrack, the audio in the game is top notch. The voice acting is extremely impressive. Roger Clark and Benjamin Byron Davis stand out as Arthur Morgan and Dutch Van der Linde respectively. Strong voice performances are featured throughout the game.
Fun Factor: Red Dead Redemption II is an amazing game. It is without a doubt a contender for Game Of The Year You really feel that you are living in the old west. The story is full of twist, turns and like-able characters. Arthur and the gangs struggle to survive in a world that is passing them by is compelling. Once the narrative gets a hold of you, it is tough to put down. As amazing as the game is, it is not necessarily for everyone. The amount of realism featured can become monotonous. Players looking for a run and gun game could walk away disappointed. However, if you are a fan of realism and story-telling, Red Dead Redemption II is without peers. It is an experience that is not to be missed.