Red Dead Redemption 2, the third installment in the Red Dead series, came out October 26. The game generated $725 million opening weekend, shipping over 17 million copies in two weeks. Set in 1899, the game is a prequel to the original Read Dead, and follows the story of outlaw Arthur Morgan, a member of the Van der Linde gang. It also details the events that transpired with John Marston in the gang, that lead to Marston’s storyline in the original The story overall is a great flashback to why John Marston left the Van Der Linde Gang in the previous game.
The game relies heavily on player choice, which is an excellent addition to any game. This makes the game feel more player-based. Players have great control over a lot of the game aspects, including the player’s health. Players control how much Arthur Morgan eats, which affects his weight, how long Arthur’s hair is, and how he dresses in different weather scenarios. All of these things affect the player: for example, not eating could result in not regenerating your health core as fast, causing you to die if caught up in a gunfight. Every action you do in the game has a consequence. Killing someone in front of everybody could result in the whole state coming after you. Hunting and fishing different animals is quite a task. You have to prepare before leaving, and have the correct weapons to kill them. The animals fight so you will need all of your cores filled up just in case a a goat decides to buck you while you skin its mate.the player needs a decent horse with a overall good amount of stamina to carry all that weight while maintaining speed to get the player where they need to go.Players need a good fishing rod with decent bait to capture the “legendary” animals. Legendary animals are stronger versions of the default animals that the player has to hunt down and kill for trinkets. Giving skins to a trapper gets the player a clothing item.
The graphics in Red Dead Redemption 2 compared to those in Red Dead Redemption 1 are eight years better. The game runs smoother, everything looks more natural and real compared to Red Dead 1. If someone were to walk in on a Red Dead 2 cut scene they wouldn’t be able to tell it was a game, where it definitely looked like a game in Red Dead 1. In Red Dead 2, the player can see the the rain, snow, wind, sandstorms and many more as well as the different cloud patterns, mist, and unique winds. Red Dead 2 towers over Red Dead 1 in graphics. It also beats Rock Star’s second most-recent title, Grand Theft Auto 5, released in 2013. Red Dead 2 trumps with five years of new tech, though Grand Theft Auto 5 can still look really good in 4k graphics.
The lighting in Red Dead 2 is movie tier, making everything look more realistic. Shadows over NPCs and even controlled characters have human-like shadows on the ground that move with the player; even animals have correct shadows.
Red Dead Online, a highly awaited beta, came out November 30 for every person who owned Red Dead. Players can hunt, buy clothes, roam free or do missions, kill other players; the whole nine yards. Everything you would want in a free roam online game. It has had mixed reviews all around, the biggest problem being the in-game economy. A lot of players have had a bad time saving and spending money because of how hard it is to earn money without hours of grinding. Besides that, some players anger other players by killing their horses or stealing their animals. This kind of interaction is known as “griefing.” The only safe place to escape the grasp of other players is your camp when the white flag is raised. Other than that, the player is griefable to others players. Another way to escape is to parley, which is only available after you have been killed multiple times. This allows you to be passive for 10 minutes, unkillable but unable to kill anyone else. Players complain a lot about the problems stated above but it’s what you would expect from a online beta. Rockstar has put in a lot of work on this online beta and making it as player friendly and fun as possible. Rockstar is working hard to get player feedback, responding to any player comments and addition the players think should be in and out the game.
Red Dead gives the player everything they would want in a open world shooter that recaps its own version of the wild west. With exciting changes to gameplay and with the game’s online version still in its beta mode, Red Dead Redemption 2 was already a nominee for game of the year. The graphics and other in-game features are phenomenal; it’s the first console game on Xbox 1 and Playstation 4 to have 2 disks. Overall, the game is a great representation of the wild west and some events that could have transpired. 8.5/10.