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  • Summary: Developed by the creators of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland. The game’s vast and atmospheric world also provides the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience. America, 1899. The endDeveloped by the creators of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland. The game’s vast and atmospheric world also provides the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience. America, 1899. The end of the Wild West era has begun. After a robbery goes badly wrong in the western town of Blackwater, Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang are forced to flee. With federal agents and the best bounty hunters in the nation massing on their heels, the gang has to rob, steal and fight their way across the rugged heartland of America in order to survive. As deepening internal fissures threaten to tear the gang apart, Arthur must make a choice between his own ideals and loyalty to the gang that raised him. [Rockstar] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 32
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 32
  3. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Oct 25, 2018
    100
    I wish there was more I could say about the game. There is so much to discuss, but that would take away from the experience. Avoid spoilers, avoid videos of this game, just buy it, play it, and fall in love with this world the same way I did.
  2. Nov 2, 2018
    100
    It doesn’t matter if you are gamer, a human being, or an alien from another planet; Red Dead Redemption 2 is a title that you just can’t miss. The bar set by RDR2 is so high that even Rockstar itself will probably have a hard time raising it. One of the best releases in the history of digital entertainment.
  3. 100
    With Red Dead Redemption 2 Rockstar Games has set the bar so high that other games of this nature seem infinitesimally lesser because of its existence.
  4. Oct 25, 2018
    100
    Red Dead Redemption 2 is Rockstar's greatest game to date. It's also their most mature game in every aspect: technical, narrative and playable. Its slow pace may not be everyone's cup of tea, but if you're patient, the reward is the most lively and thrilling world we've ever had in a videogame, in which everything is seamlessly integrated.
  5. Oct 25, 2018
    100
    Rockstar knows quality like no other. Developers across the world will be learning from Red Dead Redemption 2 for a great many years to come. The care and attention to detail within is second to none, and the depth throughout the entirety of the game’s stunning open world, as well as every component that it encompasses, is unrivaled. Simply put, Red Dead Redemption 2 is not just ambitious and revolutionary, it’s a masterpiece.
  6. Oct 25, 2018
    95
    A stunning, elegiac western that features some of Rockstar's best writing to date, Red Dead Redemption 2 is also the studio's finest open-world to date, handcrafted with real, tangible care and attention, defying the boundaries of what a video game can be. Arthur Morgan will also inhabit a special place in your heart, as a likeable, relatable rogue striving to find his way in the world. Good ol' Arthur.
  7. 80
    Red Dead Redemption 2’s missteps are few. The autosaving system is a little bit cruel, leading you to replay failed missions not from a pivotal point, but often from the very beginning of the mission or the section; the game should have taken cues from Ubisoft’s Far Cry and implemented far more friendly checkpoint saves. And while horseback riding in this game is largely fantastic, it’s odd to spend so much time tapping a button just to create your horse’s pace. This is intuitive -- but it feels unnecessary at times, too. The entire Red Dead experience, though, feels fantastic overall.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 75 out of 418
  1. Oct 26, 2018
    10
    Red Dead Redemption 2 isn't a game that should be taken lightly. This is true in most of Rockstar's long list of games, which often overwhelmRed Dead Redemption 2 isn't a game that should be taken lightly. This is true in most of Rockstar's long list of games, which often overwhelm the player with their sheer size and mechanical depth. Red Dead Redemption 2, however, stands out as a pinnacle among masterpieces. You may, understandably, assume that I'm simply riding the "Red Dead hype wagon" but, unless the game drastically changes after the first 10 hours or so, this is certainly not the case.

    From what I've experienced so far, Red Dead Redemption 2 offers the player an unprecedented amount of options in what to do and how to tackle the, both optional and integral parts of the game. Fortunately these options do not overwhelm the player, but are instead revealed progressively, allowing you to first master what is already there. After several hours spent with the game I was still constantly being surprised by a steady stream of new features and added complexity to pre-existing mechanics.

    All this depth, however, wouldn't be worth 2 cents if it wasn't for the incredibly high degree of fine tuning and polishment that went into the game. The frame rate stays smooth and constant throughout the whole experience and, incredibly enough, so far I haven't encountered a single bug during my 14 hours of playing the game. Rockstar have certainly nailed the shooting mechanics, but there are also more discreet options for those who aren't completely certain that lead is the be-all end-all problem solver.

    To summarize: Red Dead Redemption 2 is a must buy for anyone looking for a deep and fleshed out experience, that gradually unfolds during many hours of game time. It's not a game that you can rush through over the weekend (though, admittedly, I myself might in retrospect have been a bit too hasteful in order to experience as much as possible in a short time window). If you're willing to put in the time however, Red Dead Redemption 2 is guaranteed to offer you a complete and thrilling experience, brimming with possibilities for the player to discover. If I have one complaint regarding the game it's that it didn't come out sooner.
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  2. Oct 27, 2018
    10
    Graficamente de ve excelente en la xbox one x, muy buen juego, tremenda jugabilidad. THE BEST GAME
  3. Nov 4, 2018
    10
    Игра вообще класс , жаль что пока не вышла на пк , но я смотрел прохождения игры на YouTube и мне очень понравилось.Буду очень ждать пк версииИгра вообще класс , жаль что пока не вышла на пк , но я смотрел прохождения игры на YouTube и мне очень понравилось.Буду очень ждать пк версии и русской озвучки в игре. Expand
  4. Nov 9, 2018
    10
    The presentation side of the game is simply stunning and both the visuals and sound design create an immersive experience that stays with youThe presentation side of the game is simply stunning and both the visuals and sound design create an immersive experience that stays with you throughout. I love a good story and Red Dead Redemption 2 delivers in all areas here keeping things interesting and exciting at all times. There’s a ton of content for you to get to grips with and you will definitely not be getting bored anytime soon because the content has tons of variety as well. I really enjoyed the world in which the game takes place in because the detail is off the charts and traversing around the nooks and crannies always feels rewarding. Each different mechanic that’s present in the game has been done to perfection and the best thing is that they all feel important and combine together extremely well. There’s plenty of progression to be made in a number of key areas and the way you’re able to interact with NPC’s is very clever and creative to say the least. It does take a while for the game to get going at the start. Overall Red Dead Redemption was a masterpiece in my opinion and without a doubt it was my favorite game that Rockstar had ever done. The reason I say was is because Red Dead Redemption 2 is now my favourite Rockstar game of all time and to say it reached my huge expectations and then some would be a massive understatement. My excitement levels for this game were simply off the charts and after only a few hours with this game it became quite clear that a lot of love and effort has gone into all areas. Visually the game looks superb and when you combine that with the stunning and very immersive sound design you end up experiencing an adventure and story like no other. If that wasn’t enough then you also get mechanics and gameplay that are compelling at all times and you won’t be getting bored anytime soon either because there’s more than enough varied content here to keep you satisfied for a while. In terms of problems the game basically doesn’t have any and apart from a slow start you won’t find any issues within the fantastic world in which the game takes place in. At the end of the day then I can’t recommend Red Dead Redemption 2 enough because it’s took what was good from the first game and improved it while also adding its own unique features, and when it’s all said and done I can definitely see this game ending up being game of the year for 2018, with Tomb Raider coming in 2nd. Expand
  5. Nov 22, 2018
    9
    I am playing this on my Xbox One X with a 4K TV and HDR and I have to say I am not sure I have seen anything like it. The way R* has broughtI am playing this on my Xbox One X with a 4K TV and HDR and I have to say I am not sure I have seen anything like it. The way R* has brought the world to life is unprecedented. Seeing deer run off in the distance, birds flying off when you run too close, the streams with water effects that are stunning – I could go on, but the game is a remarkable achievement in terms of atmosphere and world creation.

    The missions are fun but will be familiar in style to those who have played R* games and the story is engaging with a slew of interesting characters. You want to learn more about the people around you and will be looking forward to the next big mission. The voice acting is some of the best in gaming.

    I also love the customization in this game. From very early on you can buy outfits, hats, tack for your horse, you can customize the appearance of your weapons as well. Arthur himself has limited options, but there are enough hair and beard options that you should find something you like. As well I would be remiss if I did not say that the animations in this game are remarkable.

    Where this game suffers is in between the main mission. R* wanted to create a realistic game which in theory sounds nice…but frankly things get tedious quickly. Just to be clear I am 42 and have been gaming since the days of Atari and Colecovision. I have platinumed games like Nioh and The Witcher 3 and played countless old school RPGs. I actually just finished Divinity Original Sin 2 before playing RDR2 so I don’t mind games that are long and have parts that are a bit of a grind. The thing with RDR2 is that it becomes tedious.

    You have a camp full of people who are supposed to be fellow outlaws but all seem to be useless so you are left to be the only one to hunt, donate money and run mundane errands. You have to bathe, eat, sleep or you suffer. The fast travel is very limited (there is a camp upgrade that allows you to FT from camp and the stage coach returns from RDR1 but you can’t use it if you have any bounty on you) and while the world is beautiful riding back and forth with animal carcasses get so tedious after while it simply isn’t fun. You also have to care for your horse, which is fine – but it feels like a half-realized mechanic that you spam over and over again. Just keep patting and brushing your horse over and over and over.

    You have to keep you guns clean which would be okay if you didn’t have to do it all the time. Also, how could there not be a gun cleaning station to streamline this a bit at the camp – seriously a missed opportunity R*.

    Another issue with this game is the controls – to be frank they are a convoluted. After many hours of game play I still hit the wrong buttons sometimes and shoot people I don’t want or put my gun away when people are trying to shoot me. Trying to access items during combat is painful and frustrating. When exploring it doesn’t help that the buttons aren’t consistent: for example sometimes Y interacts with objects and sometimes its X. Not to mention that targeting items to interact with is very poorly done; I can’t tell how much time I have spent trying to get my horse to stand in the exact right spot so I can hitch him (as an example).

    I have also found the random interactions frustrating. People will call for help and many of the times the objectives are clear, but sometimes people are yelling and you can’t tell who is who before some starts shooting you and you don’t really know why they are shooting you or you shoot first and end up with a bounty. I also don’t like the way duels are in this game, I preferred RDR1 (but that could just be me).

    This was easily my most anticipated game – maybe ever (and I don’t say that lightly). I love Western movies and TV shows and I love video games and I love R*. I may have had unrealistic expectations for this game, but I still feel like too much of the game feels like a chore. I have often turned it off to take breaks, which isn’t like me. Usually when I truly love a game I can’t get enough of it and have to force myself to stop. I am glad that this game is more serious than GTA with a focus on story, but in my opinion they went a little too far with the attempt at “realism”.
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  6. Nov 1, 2018
    7
    The game is good, maybe even great but definitely not excellent as many people say it is. Many aspects are astonishing and excellent like theThe game is good, maybe even great but definitely not excellent as many people say it is. Many aspects are astonishing and excellent like the wildlife, the amount of detail put in the world and in the things that you can do, the exploration, the well written story, the charachters etcetera. That alone is enough to make the game fairly enyojable and does do a lot for the total experience. However, many aspects of the game lack that same attention to detail, such as lack of a proper fast travel system (not the one currently in game), the tedious and overly slow animations, and most importantly the absolutely terrible, terrible controls. I will elaborately explain how the controls bring down the game.

    The controls are of the most clunky, messy, delayed and annoying kind I may have ever experienced. Not only does this, combined with slow animations, make simple actions a chore, such as walking around in your camp or picking up items/searching areas, but it ruins the combat system. The controls make the combat system miserably bad and ruin the game to a great extent for me personally. The clunky controls make aiming at enemies incredibly frustrating and hard to do in free aim. This means you are forced to choose lock-on, which is a very unsatifsying way of shooting enemies and makes it feel as if the game is playing itsself for you. That is not fun.

    Another blow to the combat system is the delayed and slow animations. This will make you perform an action which the character carries out so slow or delayed, you think you didn't press the according button or push the joystick all the way so often you will either do it again or adjust your charachter by performing another action. However the game will register all these actions leading up to Arthur doing anything but that which you want him to do, and there you go, you screw up and get killed or injured badly. Another example: the game's abundant focus on the need to lock onto things, so that it can decide whether or not to give you the options to carry out an action on a person or an object, also means that you will often have to look at something, press L2 and then another button to carry out an action of choice. Not only is this intricate when trying to combine multiple actions in a hurry, it also ruins the combat system because the game often goes its own way and doesn't know what you want to do in a firefight. Like when you try to shoot an enemy but the game locks onto your horse because it is onscreen at the same time and near the enemy. By the time you can react to this you get shot dead. Great. Rockstar could and should easily be able to patch something like this, and I truly hope they do so that they can allow us players to enjoy the game as intended, fighting the enemies rather than the controls.
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  7. Nov 30, 2018
    0
    Worst game I have ever played. The cinematics hold you hostage, the characters are god awful and annoying, and the "tutorial" is 2 hoursWorst game I have ever played. The cinematics hold you hostage, the characters are god awful and annoying, and the "tutorial" is 2 hours long. They even force you to play a 1 hour "tutorial" for red dead online. If I could return this piece of **** I would. How has Rockstar not updated their game mechanics in 16 years? **** awful game. Good thing they paid all this critics for rave reviews, it isn't the least bit misleading. Expand

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