More than 100 hours, several glorious sunrises, and countless developing moments later, Red Dead Redemption 2 continues to leave lasting impressions. While the latest game from Rockstar Games is essentially a prequel, it manages to build heavily on the first game’s concepts and in most cases, completely blows it out the water. Stylistically, mechanically, and even narratively, this is a Rockstar version that is exceedingly creative, ambitious, and mature. Red Dead Redemption 2 is a once-in-a-lifetime game that continues to grow in popularity around the world.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Story
To go into a specific Red Dead Redemption 2 facet with proper detail would probably fill this entire review. From the gameplay to the story to the open world design, Rockstar has managed to completely pack this game with everything they could possibly think of. Each time it feels like there’s nothing else to offer, a brand-new scene appears which completely proves it wrong. Very few can say that the latest game from Rockstar is lacking in a particular facet even though it’s not entirely perfect in some areas.
At its core, the game’s story is based around Arthur Morgan who is a high ranking member of the Dutch Van der Linde posse. His story is more nuanced and subtler than John Matron’s, and in Red Dead Redemption 2, the game provides Arthur with a lot more time to fully develop as a game character. What’s even more impressive is that players are given more than enough time to learn and bond with nearly every member of the Van der Linde posse and enjoy a couple of quest givers, helping players to make a decision of Arthur’s mortality and allows Rockstar to flex their narrative muscle.
The story is extremely expansive, as the Van der Linde posse and Arthur attempt to find their place and hopefully survive in a world where outlaws are king. All the characters are beautifully written, and all of them have a part to play, making the game even more appealing and exciting from start to finish.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Mechanics
It’s extremely hard to cover everything in Red Dead Redemption 2 when it comes to mechanics. Gambling is a game in itself, as it hunting, or bounty hunting, or merely ensuring that the posse’s camp is completely stocked up with supplies. To be honest, its nothing short of overwhelming when you look at everything you can do in the game.
Players are in control of how deep they want to go in the game and trust us. It can go pretty deep. Every single detail is designed to perfection. Every interaction will come with a reaction, and any distraction in the game is certainly worth pursuing. At times, the dedication and depth to realism can give the impression that the game is taking a step backwards, like only being able to carry one animal carcass, but everything has been perfectly designed to ensure its as close to the real deal as humanly possible.