I recently had the pleasure to finally play Red Dead Redemption 2. For the longest time, I wanted to play it but never really had time to play it. I kept saying that I was going to buy it but I never did, until two weeks ago. If you haven’t had the chance to play it yet and you are wondering if you should, here is an in-depth review to help you decide!
The very first thing I noticed when I started playing was the incredible graphics. I mean, wow. The graphics in Red Dead are undoubtfully some of the best we have seen on a console so far. I play on Xbox One and I was blown away. Compared to other Xbox Games, the Read Dead graphics are god-like. The lighting and shading is probably my favourite part of the game. The lighting technicians must have spent years perfecting those shadows.
Like the graphics, the map is also astonishing. If you thought Los Santos was impressive, wait until you see what Rockstar has done with the Red Dead map. Words can’t even describe how I felt while I was riding across the map on my house just looking around. It is an electronic masterpiece.
It cant be a Rockstar game without a good storyline. Well, let me tell you, the story is incredible. The story is just told so god damn well. At points, I felt so into it that I forgot where I even was. Red Dead has this magical way of sucking you into a universe where nothing else matters. If I could have, I would have sat there for the 16 hours and played through the entire game in one sitting (don’t worry, I didn’t). If you enjoy games with a breathtaking storyline, trust me, Red Dead is definitely for you. In my opinion, it probably has one of the best storylines in any game I have ever played. Like GTA, you feel stratification while progressing through the storyline.
Aside from the storyline, there are also a ton of other stuff you can do in Red Dead such as completing challenges or going on wild animal hunts. Each side system is intriguing and interactive, but I didn’t spend a lot of time with them as I’m not a big fan of completing challenges.
The gunfights are marvellous. That is the only word I can use to describe them. Like other Rockstar games, the shooting mechanics are unique and satisfying. Rockstar has always invested a lot of time and effort into getting their mechanics right.
You have probably also heard of Red Dead Online. Similar to GTA online, it is an open world mode where you can play with friends. Honestly, I haven’t spend a lot of time with Red Dead online yet. I will release a separate review once I get time to mess around with Red Dead Online. It looks amazing, however!
Although you probably won’t even notice the background music, it is worth mentioning. Woody Jackson has done a sensational job on the background soundtrack for Red Dead. In my opinion, the music is one of the key factors that made Red Dead so great. As usual, good job Woody!
With a good game, comes a few poor features. For a good part of the game, there is little to no fast travel which makes the game feel very slow at times. This is fine, but if you are tight for time or get bored easily, you might have some trouble playing Red Dead. The opening scene is also really slow, which is weird
In conclusion, Red Dead is an excellent game. I recommend it to anyone and everyone. It may be a bit expensive, but trust me when I say, it is 100% worth it.