I’ve been playing Red Dead Redemption 2 for a good while now. I’m not going to give my full impressions until I write up my review which is coming soon but the awful and clunky controls definitely did ruin the experience for me. In this opinion piece, I’ll be discussing the frustrations and annoyance I had with the controls in Red Dead Redemption 2 and other annoying gameplay mechanics.
First of all the game can be such a chore at times. Sometimes I just stare at the disc in the game case because I know I’ll have to fight with my DualShock 4 while playing this. I had the same issues with Grand Theft Auto V. Rockstar just can not master the controls in their recent games, and it’s a shame. Arthur is a bloody pain to control, and it’s weird because his riding on the horse is just fine. Arthur walks very sluggishly and making him run can be a nightmare. When I bumped into objects while on my horse it would take me at least 2-3minutes before I was able to get back on my way and the same goes for when Arthur is not on his horse. Bumping into things was a nightmare. The amount of effort and work needed to do every little thing is aggravating and it really takes away the fun from it all. At the end of the day, Red Dead Redemption 2 is still a video game and I want to have fun while playing a video game and not struggling to control my character. This game has other problems such as being a little bit too realistic and I’ll discuss all that in this piece.
The gunplay in Red Dead Redemption 2 is slow, tedious and again a chore, which is strange and because Arthur is so hard to control it’s hard to get my gun and shoot at other people. Again the messy controls take away all the fun. The gameplay in Red Dead Redemption 2 has been such a snooze because of the messy controls and playing the eventual Red Dead Online is going to be such a pain with these sluggish controls. Things don’t change much by going into the control settings to change the controls a bit. The game is just hard to play and not regarding difficulty, but regarding controlling things. There is no point in having a gorgeous and gigantic world if it’s a damn pain to explore to it. I also had problems with picking up loot from dead enemies, and I’ll get onto that now.
As I said before, the gunplay in this game just is not good. I don’t understand how Rockstar made a game like Max Payne 3 with excellent gunplay and then went on to make Grand Theft Auto V and now this game. It doesn’t make sense. Taking out enemies isn’t fun and looting them takes so long. Arthur controls like a tank.
At times I felt like I was playing “The Sims”. I have to feed Arthur, bath Arthur, cut his hair etc. None of this is exactly bad, but when you have to take out the fun from a game to make it more realistic, then that is a problem. Not for everyone of course but I personally found this to be an annoyance.
The start of Red Dead Redemption 2 was also incredibly slow and tedious, and I just wanted it to end. The game opens up in chapter 2, but the slowness is still there. Red Dead Redemption 2 is just a slow game in general. Again some might like this but others might not. I’m in the “might not” category. I’m not saying the game has to be like some character action game like Devil May Cry or fast and stylish like Doom. There comes a point where a game is too slow and eventually becomes a slog, and this is how I feel with Red Dead Redemption 2 right now. Red Dead Redemption 2 has some of the worst controls I’ve seen in a game this generation, and it’s disappointing. It’s a chore to play, and the awful controls ruin the gameplay, and the “realism” doesn’t add to the enjoyment.