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Red Dead Redemption II

Developer: Rockstar Games Publisher: Rockstar Games
26 October 2018
PS4
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Outstanding world building, outdated gameplay.
"Red Dead Redemption" was an interesting game but surely nothing groundbreaking. It had its own personality and taste but was brought down by its slow-paced, clunky, and repetitive gameplay. This prequel is no different.

Rockstar obviously put a lot of effort into creating an immersive and visually stunning setting. All locations are beautifully crafted, incredibly rich in detail, and full of things to do and places to explore. Like in most open-world games, the map is enormous just for the sake of it, with most events concentrated in the rather small cities and camps, but I guess that's how it really was back in the West.

The story is nothing new but delivers: it's backed up by a lot of memorable, all-round characters, and writing, acting, and direction are top-notch for a videogame. It was great to meet the rest of Dutch’s gang and see their development throughout the 40+ hours of the main campaign. The connection with the events of the original game is well thought, and Arthur is a surprisingly likable main character. It takes quite a considerable amount of gameplay to get to properly remember everyone, get attached to them and finally get sucked in, but it will pay off in the end.

The gameplay is, as with most Rockstar games, incredibly outdated: controls are clumsy, unresponsive, and convoluted. Combat and shooting suffer the most as everything is as flat and clunky as it was in the first game. Missions are usually repetitive, monotonous, and rarely rewarding. They can all be summed up as endless horse rides, shoot-outs, and fetching/moving objects with not much interaction. The game also decides to reset or change your inventory depending on the mission, leaving no room for strategy in selecting the right equipment. The rest is just an endless list of way too many unnecessary and tedious chores to remember. Shaving, trimming, hunting for food, cooking, eating, cleaning weapons, wearing the right clothing, looting, collecting money, taking care of your horses, etc. Most of these tasks surely add realism but are not that much fun to play. I liked that the game gives you the opportunity to donate part of your rewards and loots to the gang to update the camp, but it's mostly minor graphic additions and some provisions which you can easily find on your own.

Overall, I loved the story, world-building, and characters, but the outdated gameplay dynamics partly spoiled the fun.
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JockKroser Red Dead Redemption II 2022-06-27T21:06:37Z
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mdscn Red Dead Redemption II 2022-06-21T11:53:54Z
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JKrym Red Dead Redemption II 2022-06-20T15:14:05Z
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DeShane_in_the_membrane Red Dead Redemption II 2022-06-19T20:34:59Z
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neolistening Red Dead Redemption II 2022-06-19T18:28:51Z
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demomanya Red Dead Redemption II 2022-06-11T05:57:02Z
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yukikuzunoha Red Dead Redemption II 2022-05-26T17:54:06Z
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dcook6302 Red Dead Redemption II 2022-04-07T06:57:38Z
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moxsin Red Dead Redemption II 2022-03-24T08:17:49Z
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  • packtsardines 2022-04-01 06:10:05.060115+00
    replaying this game and the absolute dread i am feeling is insane
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  • packtsardines 2022-04-01 06:10:39.037576+00
    there are little flaws here and there that stop me from making it a 5/5 but fuck that could change
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  • packtsardines 2022-04-13 05:25:59.961117+00
    god this game gets me fucked up
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  • TheRealJimMorrison 2022-04-16 09:03:54.969861+00
    4.30 when?
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  • Fowlawneeshafow 2022-04-24 04:04:12.818946+00
    Sadie is such a badass, she needs her own spinoff or sequel.
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  • Convalescence 2022-06-23 01:40:58.329786+00
    Graphics are absolutely top tier, better than anything I’ve ever seen but just about everything else just does not grab me at all.
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  • acjd_shmacjd 2022-06-23 07:33:12.913245+00
    honestly pretty sure this is the absolute worst the rockstar mission design has ever been. missions are so incredibly restrictive. plus the gameplay tries so hard to be realistic that it sometimes reaches points of unintuitiveness as a video game. that said, those are my only issues with the game. literally bar those issues (which are sizeable and prevent this game from being a 5/5), this is a masterpiece and one of the greatest and most important video games ever made
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  • Stabbed 2022-06-26 10:44:21.626507+00
    one of those scenarios where a 4.5 feels too low but a 5 feels like ignoring some major flaws (e.g. lack of choices, terrible mission design, segregation of open world + story, etc.). at the end of the day, my emotions get the best of me, and i side with giving it a 5
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