Red Dead Redemption 2- time to get back in the saddle
If you have ever dreamed about what life was like back in America during the late 1800’s – early 1900’s or just wanted to go around shooting and robbing people for the heck of it while on horseback. Then the Red Dead Redemption series might be your new favorite gaming franchise.
What’s the score with Red Dead Redemption?
When Red Dead Redemption was released in 2010 we were instantly enthralled in the story of the main protagonist John Marston, whose family was being held captive by the United States Government forcing John to go around what is left of the Wild West and hunt down the members of the Van der Linde gang, a gang of outlaws in which John was a part of most of his life.
Time for a new but also old Red Dead
Red Dead Redemption 2, however, is the prequel to Red Dead Redemption and takes place in 1899, 12 years before the events of the first game. The main protagonist this time around is a new character to the series named Arthur Morgan, a gunslinger that’s been with the Van der Linde gang for the past 20 years and who is considered to be one of Dutch Van der Linde’s most trusted men. One of the biggest differences between the first and second games, however, is that this time around instead of working for the government you are now running from it alongside the gang members you were forced to hunt down as John.
Red Dead Redemption 2 begins after a Ferry robbery in Blackwater, which turned disastrous after an innocent woman named Heidi McCourt was shot by Dutch, gang members Jenny & Davey died, and also Sean and Mac were arrested. After the events of the now infamous Black Water Massacre, the Van der Linde gang has no choice but to go on the run as Arthur put it “We took to the hills in an almighty scramble, leaving money and most of our things behind”.
Visually Red Dead Redemption is stunning
You start off the game in blizzard-like conditions. A bad snowstorm is moving in while the gang is moving East of the Grizzlies, trying to find a place to hold up, so they can regroup while Dutch decides what their new plan is. The opening sequence gives you a taste of the stunning visual effects and details that the team at Rockstar worked so hard on for 8 years. Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the most visually impressive games I have ever had the pleasure to play. Not forgetting the story, which made me emotional more times then I can count.
Impressive attention to detail
You can tell the team at Rockstar worked VERY hard on trying to get every little detail perfect; animals become a skeleton after you kill them if you stay in the area for a few in-game days, Arthur’s hat will retain damage after shootouts as long as you don’t equip a new one. Even minute details like; animals having reflective eyes, you can see your reflection in mirrors, the wind blows the grass and leaves.
Another fantastic example of the attention to detail is the effects the way you treat Arthur has upon him. For example, the amount you eat or don’t eat affects your weight (same for your horse) and if you are not wearing the proper clothing for the weather, it is to your detriment. One of the newest and best features, in my opinion, includes Arthur’s journal. In which Arthur will write about and draw pictures of the events that take place within the game or things you happen to come across while exploring the very vast and beautiful world in which the story of Red Dead Redemption unfolds.
Final thoughts on Red Dead Redemption 2
I would definitely recommend playing Red Dead Redemption 2 for the narrative alone. Something I found very appealing was that you are encouraged and able to take the game at your own pace. If you want to spend days hunting, studying animals and plants to fill up the compendium you can do! Or even doing challenges, robbing, helping or just killing folk. The Red Dead Redemption world is your oyster! There are also so many ways you can play, picking life either as an outlaw, good guy or even staying neutral.
Gameplay – 4/ Something that bothers me a lot is the guns you pick gets switched or put away automatically. Which gets beyond frustrating! Also, the realism/ ragdoll effect when falling is annoying.
Graphics – 5/5