Red Dead Redemption 2 Review

Review Has Spoilers

Now that I’ve finally finished Red Dead Redemption 2 I think it’s finally time for me to share my opinion. I had a great time with the game. I enjoyed exploring the massive and beautiful open world, feeding my horse and going on strolls with it and giving Arthur new haircuts. Red Dead Redemption 2 does have its share fair of problems, but I will not deny that as a whole and as a package Red Dead Redemption 2 is a very good game, and I would not dare call it a bad game because it isn’t. There is a significant amount positive things to say about this huge considerable blockbuster but also some negative things, a few nitpicks and a few downright annoying things. Finally. Let’s get into it.

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A Stunning Adventure

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a stunning game. It’s the best looking game of this generation and by a long shot. Rockstar completely nailed the open world. The world was so enormous and exploring different areas was thrilling to the extent I felt like things were getting too much at times. It’s just a beautiful game overall. One thing I do think Rockstar could have improved on was with the facial animations and character models in general. The character models and cutscenes were very inconsistent which was incredibly odd and was sometimes jarring. It felt weird going from a gorgeous open world to cutscenes because of this. Some cutscenes were excellent while some were not.

Rockstar can make prestigious open world games with this game and Grand Theft Auto V as evidence, and I commend them for that, but I do think they should work on their character models and facial animations going forward. Still, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a brilliant looking game. At times I couldn’t believe that a game like this was running on a current generation console. This game really did make me think if we really needed a new PlayStation and Xbox right now. Games are getting bigger and prettier, and Red Dead Redemption 2 is evidence of this.

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A Fantastic Soundtrack

I was completely amazed by the soundtrack. The soundtrack in Red Dead Redemption 2 was very impressive, and it’s one of the biggest surprises of this year. It’s funny because in the same year we had a Mega Man game with atrocious music and we have a Rockstar game with an excellent soundtrack. The western music was brilliant, the tracks played suited the scenes, and the music was just consistent throughout the game. Red Dead Redemption 2 is definitely a contender for soundtrack of the year

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Tedious Gameplay

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 him 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.

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 was 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.

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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, maintain his weight 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.

I gave up looting probably around chapter 5 because it was such a chore and such an annoyance. This game becomes a complete slog around chapter 5, and I’ll get into that soon. Going forward Rockstar needs to work on making their games more fun to play because I didn’t enjoy myself actually playing this game most of the time. At times my hands would just hurt because of Arthur’s frustrating movement.

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Performance Issues

Red Dead Redemption 2 runs fine on the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. On the base systems, the game does drop in frames at times. Nothing too extreme though.

Inconsistent Plot 

Red Dead Redemption 2’s plot was all over the place, and overall it was inconsistent. I say this because some parts of the game were outstanding like Chapter 3-4 (especially chapter 3), some parts were mediocre (like chapter 5) and some parts were just downright awful like chapter 6. The game significantly drops in quality in chapter 5 and doesn’t ever recover as even the epilogue could not save it in my opinion.

The game starts very slow. In the beginning, I was just wondering what I was doing and what our end game was but then later on when you get to Chapter 2, you get to learn about all the characters and the gang in general. We have some fun moments with Lenny in one amusing mission, and we get to learn more about characters like Sadie. Rockstar really wanted you to care about the characters in Red Dead Redemption 2. Chapter 2 was slow but was building everything up and by the time I got to Chapter 4 I was just fully invested in the gang. I cared about the characters and their storylines, and I was ready to call this game the best-written game of this generation as things were surely heading that way. Until we got to Chapter 5.

Chapter 5 was just a mess as a whole. It felt like a completely different game, and I think the best word to sum up Chapter 5 is “filler”. Chapter 5 was unmemorable, pointless and dull. It felt like one of those filler anime episodes in a long-running Shonen anime. Chapter 5 was short, it lacked exploration, and it was a waste of a chapter. I felt like Rockstar only made Chapter 5 a thing because they wanted to drag out the story but it didn’t work. Chapter 5 completely ruined the momentum and soured my views. I felt very sour going into Chapter 6, and I was hoping for some kind of redeeming storyline, but in the end, I was left disappointed. A lot of characters I didn’t care for were introduced in Chapter 6. Red Dead Redemption 2 lost its magic after Chapter 4, and it’s a shame.

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Still, I won’t say Red Dead Redemption 2 has a lousy plot. Chapter 3 and 4 were so powerful to the point where I would recommend the story in this game just for those two chapters alone.



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