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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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  1. Positive: 96 out of 97
  2. Negative: 0 out of 97
  1. Nov 17, 2018
    100
    It’s simply incredible how much Rockstar has accounted for. But even beyond the jaw-dropping visuals, the diverse score, and the gameplay, the story is something special and memorable. Red Dead Redemption 2 is a must-play for its entertainment value, its boundary-pushing, and its place as a landmark moment in video games.
  2. Oct 25, 2018
    100
    Once again, Rockstar Games has achieved a new goal and standard when speaking of modern gaming development.
  3. Oct 25, 2018
    100
    A titanic videogame, a masterpiece that, like everything, will have passionate lovers and other players who will not get too caught up. Everything also depends on thematic genre and preferences. Maybe not everyone likes stories of 'Indians and cowboys'. But this interactive universe created by Rockstar tells a fantastically-constructed story and allows us to live a unique adventure. And for that reason, we believe that this production touches excellence. And for that, it establishes the first 10 in the history of IGN Spain. Good trip, cowboys!
  4. Oct 25, 2018
    100
    Red Dead Redemption 2 is an absolute undisputed classic and a legend in the making, plus with Red Dead Online on the horizon, it looks like our adventures in the wild west are just beginning.
  5. Oct 25, 2018
    98
    Red Dead Redemption 2 turned out better then we could ever have hoped for. Rockstar knows how to create a vast open world teeming with life, in which Arthur and the Van der Linde gang seek fortune and glory. A new standard for action adventure games has been established.
  6. Oct 25, 2018
    95
    Despite stumbling at the very beginning Red Dead Redemption 2 cements Rockstar Games’ place at the very top of the games industry. It’s been eight years and well worth the wait.
  7. Oct 25, 2018
    70
    Red Dead Redemption 2's evocative, often beautiful sense of place exists insofar as it is still convenient to the player, which harms some of the desperation and hardship the game means to convey.

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  1. Oct 26, 2018
    10
    You know if a game goes as far as detail to make you brew coffee via campfire before drinking it, or getting your weapons from a horse'sYou know if a game goes as far as detail to make you brew coffee via campfire before drinking it, or getting your weapons from a horse's satchel, or literally watching it's testicles shrink in cold weather, that this is game of the decade material. Expand
  2. Nov 6, 2018
    10
    Even with the bugs that most games have from a launch, the game is amazing, personally i hadn't ran into any bugs myself, I have completed theEven with the bugs that most games have from a launch, the game is amazing, personally i hadn't ran into any bugs myself, I have completed the main story of the game and strayed a little away from side missions, something i do honestly regret, my overall completion of the game is around 75% so far and the game is amazing, i cant wait for the online segment to be released but that's not exactly a bad thing, i'm sure that the game will have a few Single player Expansions and then a bunch of Free Online Updates, the game play of this game is a bit clunky as with most Rockstar titles, the thing i do not like however is some features of the game it doesn't tell you about and i had to learn them from Online Sources or by experimenting myself, but that won't make me review the game any less Expand
  3. Dec 1, 2018
    10
    Amazing game. What should be said about this game which isn't already said? Just buy it!!
  4. Nov 6, 2018
    10
    That's definitely a must play for everyone who has ever thought about playing it. Rockstar outdid themselves and that's saying a lot!
  5. Oct 31, 2018
    9
    PROS: The story is excellent, graphics are the best I've seen on a base PS4, horse riding has improved since the first game, euphoria is backPROS: The story is excellent, graphics are the best I've seen on a base PS4, horse riding has improved since the first game, euphoria is back and better than ever, the games map is giant and diverse with an abundance of animals to hunt, your character is customizable from their clothes to hair and beard, horse is customizable as well.
    CONS: In-game days are too short (max 15 mins), default settings for gun play was not ideal (after playing with the settings I made it better), every time you get on your horse you put away your rifles and have to equip them again.
    In conclusion the experience of playing this game far outweigh the cons, and this will most likely win Game of the Year.
    Side-note: if you expect this game to play like GTA you will not like this game, if you don't like a story that slow burns/builds up you will not like this game, if you have a short attention span you will not like this game, if you don't like RPG elements i.e. having to eat you will not like this game.
    Also, the amount of people complaining about having to ride a horse everywhere blows my mind, are people really this dumb? It's a cowboy game, the only means of transportation is a horse or train, they didn't have supercharged cars or planes. If you don't enjoy riding a horse around the map, this game obviously wasn't made for your style of gaming (duh?).
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  6. Nov 23, 2018
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I don't think I've ever looked forward to a game as much as this one, but ultimately I feel a little let down. Sure, the game looks amazing the level of detail is really great. The design is all over the place, however. The game wants to be a survival simulator, making you watch your weight, temperature, etc. This even extends to your horse; if it's dirty it will take more damage. Your horse will be dirty all the time. This means as the gang rides off to a heist, you'll be stuck behind, brushing your horse yet again. I feel like micro details like this should have been flagged during play testing, because no one likes it. No one likes having to scrub each body part in the tub. It's ridiculous. Just give us a bathing animation and be done with it. This sort of busy work is pervasive throughout the game, including the stingy fast travel, which lets you travel one-way (after unlocking it) but still makes you ride long distances, constantly. The beautiful scenery begins to feel stale after the 40th gallop through it. For a long time I dreaded the cheap ambushes by rival gangs, but then I craved them, just to break up the boredom.
    The controls are also awful, even after tinkering with them. 99% of my crimes in town were a result of the controls, either I would shoot someone on accident, or while running and trying to mount my horse I would instead begin strangling an innocent bystander. This made the busy work they give you even more tedious, as I would have to flee town after just trying to come in and take a bath.
    My biggest gripe, however, is with the story, or lack thereof. It's sad that the bar for a 'good' story in video games is so low. This story has no narrative hook, it's a lot of 'day in the life of an outlaw' which again grows stale as you continue missions with your bungling gang. Arthur's story of redemption in cut scenes is marred by your actions in the game. You talk about being a good man and then five minutes later you're back to murdering people for their belt buckles. The game coyly avoids any satisfaction in Arthur's overall story, climaxing with Arthur and Micah exchanging blows through the game's horribly stiff melee combat system without resolution. Then, in a supreme middle finger to the player, the game acts like you are starting a new game and makes you do mundane ranch tasks as John Marston. You'll play this 'new' game for hours and hours before finally getting some resolution in the final chapter (which was great and only about 60 hours overdue). I will say I enjoyed the epilogues much more than the main game, it was the old west world I wanted to play through in the first place.
    The legendary hunts are also a huge disappointment. Hunting is really fun in the game, however, these hunts were the easiest kills! Simply find the clues, run between them, then when the legendary animal spawns, simply plug it with a few explosive rifle rounds and collect the pelt. I wish they had the same stringent rules as regular pelts to add a challenge. To me the best hunt was the rare cougar in the dark cave. That was a legendary hunt.
    Also, while I liked Arthur and found him to be a great character, I think it was a huge missed opportunity not to make Sadie Adler the protagonist of the game. You find her at this disastrous moment in her life, then you could have learned to be an outlaw over the course of the game under Arthur's tutelage.
    Overall there is a lot of great game here (especially the little side stories out in the world, like the widow and Hamish) but I think the game is not a perfect 10 by any means.
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  7. Dec 11, 2018
    0
    The plot of the game is great! It is even more like a movie than a game. After completing the plot and side quests you will have nothing toThe plot of the game is great! It is even more like a movie than a game. After completing the plot and side quests you will have nothing to do. Therefore, the game is more like a movie. A masterpiece movie. This is game of year. The game has an amazing atmosphere. Why 0/10 you ask. The fact is that there is nothing to do online if you can’t donate gold bars. Until the developers change the economy online, my score will be 0/10. Gamers, I propose to repeat the success of the protests against the Luthboxes in Star Wars Battlefront 2! Expand

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