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  1. Nov 5, 2018
    7
    Visually superb (except cutscenes), good (not amazing) characters/writing, great music but this game isn't 97/100
    I'm 25 hours in (chapter 4) and so far:
    - too much horse (~ half of the game is about riding your horse from A to B... really?!) not allergic to it but that's simply too much - slow animations (walking in camp, picking up stuff or when stuff happens during missions) and slow
    Visually superb (except cutscenes), good (not amazing) characters/writing, great music but this game isn't 97/100
    I'm 25 hours in (chapter 4) and so far:
    - too much horse (~ half of the game is about riding your horse from A to B... really?!) not allergic to it but that's simply too much
    - slow animations (walking in camp, picking up stuff or when stuff happens during missions) and slow pace in general. Interesting bet but doesn't really trigger anything outside of frustration and boredom.
    - game forces you to play the good guy - rewards you by doing so (discounts in shops, no bounty hunters to harass you - which is a good thing as most of them are magical bounty hunters with teleporting abilities) and punishes you if you don't; go make $100 with robbing a train and you'll get a $200 bounty. You can pay it or go to jail for 2 minutes to repay those $200 (and the killing 17 persons). Reality simulation often has its limits.
    - clumsy controls (the wheel thing.. misleading tutorials etc) and frequent collision glitches (horse+tree... horse+rock... horse+dude walking on the street etc). Very 2008.
    - gang life: you do 95% of the heavylifting for a gang of 20 persons.. wtf. Don't get the point of buying camp upgrades and/or give more money. After 20+ hours of gameplay you don't really get WHY you're doing all this for them
    - it's not original. if you played RDR1 and Far Cry 4 or 5 you won't be lost to say the least.. Not really a pb if it's your first Rockstar game. It's the more Rockstar game ever made.
    - most importantly this game isn't super fun to play which imho is the biggest pb here. It's Far Cry/GTA funny maybe 50% of the time.. the rest is frustration of horse riding, reloading some checkpoint and retry some (very scripted) mission, chores, taking your stuff before leaving your horse etc RDR1 was more fun. GTA5 (campaign) is more fun.

    It remains interesting to play and enjoyable overall but 7 ouf of 10 it is. Not 10.
    A fun online experience may bump it to 8.
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  2. Nov 5, 2018
    7
    Entertaining game in parts but way too much time spent travelling between locations. Looks great but last one was more fun.
  3. Nov 4, 2018
    5
    Great looking game backed up by clumsy, overly complicated, and slow character controls. Even further backed up by 15fps every time a gunfight happens or seeing a vista (not cool when the environment is the best part of the game). Controller mapping so watered down that there are multiple actions linked to a single button depending on what you are doing at the time or standing next to.Great looking game backed up by clumsy, overly complicated, and slow character controls. Even further backed up by 15fps every time a gunfight happens or seeing a vista (not cool when the environment is the best part of the game). Controller mapping so watered down that there are multiple actions linked to a single button depending on what you are doing at the time or standing next to. Don't worry, you don't need to bother remembering them, they know it's rubbish so there are HUD elements all over the place to remind you which buttons do what.

    I never knew there were so many tattle tales in the late 1800's. I can't even shoot my gun into the air in jubilation without it being considered assault... I clear out a gang hideout, someone was able to get away and run crying to the sheriff, that's right, a criminal ran to the sheriff when things went bad for him. It only took the sheriff and a posse 30 seconds to show up and kill me. Might as well just add stars like GTA with cowboys rappelling out of choppers they arrive on the scene so fast. I respawn in the forest to find I have a $50 bounty constantly nagging at me as it takes over the map's cursor icon. Did people actually talk so damn much back then? Everyone has SOO much to say it just comes off as regurgitated story filler. Can they please shut up, or do I really just have to kill them to end the mind numbing back stories each NPC demands the need to share?

    This "game" is hyper-reality overload, in all the bad ways. It's apparent they took so long on this game because it's absolutely full of unwanted features and bloat, which do not add anything of value in my eyes, but only retract from what would have been an amazing experience. I feel like I just took on a second job I have to slog through.

    Why is it so hard to get excited to play this game?
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  4. Oct 30, 2018
    6
    Red Dead Redemption 2 is an amazing game that is plagued with an outdated control scheme and a bounty system that needs some understanding.

    Save a few exceptions, in gaming controls are paramount. A perfect score with this wretched classic Rockstar control scheme is mind-boggling. In 2001 Rockstar graced the world with Grand Theft Auto 3 and this control setup. We tripped over ledges,
    Red Dead Redemption 2 is an amazing game that is plagued with an outdated control scheme and a bounty system that needs some understanding.

    Save a few exceptions, in gaming controls are paramount. A perfect score with this wretched classic Rockstar control scheme is mind-boggling. In 2001 Rockstar graced the world with Grand Theft Auto 3 and this control setup. We tripped over ledges, fell off buildings, ran into fences. This isn't 2001. This isn't the PS2-era. Controls have greatly evolved. Should we just accept it cause we've used this mess for so long?

    Here are some basic issues that anyone playing will experience with the controls:
    -RT to Aim... but only sometimes, and sometimes it just shoots
    -Walking, Riding on horseback, or on a coach becomes a spam the A button simulator
    -While riding and spamming A, add in LB to open a menu + RB to change pages + R-stick in the direction to highlight + RT/LT to cycle items let go of LB to select - really? I haven't had to do this much hand yoga since I've played Monster Hunter on the PSP.
    -RB to take cover, but sometimes you climb on top of cover with RB... completely exposed for the world to see!
    -Animation queues can be painfully long after a button press, so your actions can be very slow to initiate.
    -Getting the target for looting isn't always easy and you may need to re-approach again and again

    In addition to the control scheme comes the Wanted/Bounty system. It can be exceptionally touchy, and not so clear. For example while riding and trying to avoid an everyday bystander, you go out of your way to avoid them but due to the controls inadvertently bump into them. This could easily lead to assault, with a witness that runs off, which then escalates because you try to chase them down to prevent it being reported and well... even more chaos ensues. Suddenly you have an outrageous bounty on your head, which wouldn't be so bad if making money in the game was a bit easier (which it is not), or if the bounty decayed over time (which it does not). So you're left as a Wanted Man only to ensure that your debt to society will grow way faster than the funds in your pocket ever could.
    So anytime there is an incident occurring with a potential bounty? I just close the game and hope the last auto save wasn't too long ago.

    After closing the software sometimes I come back right away, but it seems each time I close the game because of this, the break I take grows longer. I'm still hyped enough to push on, and hope to finish it, but it is starting to feel like I'm punishing myself to a degree.

    The world is absolutely beautiful and so incredibly engaging. Everything you've seen and possibly read about it cannot do it justice. It's quite unreal how this world can be so real!
    This afternoon while living the real life, I saw a squirrel by my car outside and immediately wanted to get my bow... because RDR2 genuinely fooled me for a moment! However, the flock of birds I saw later in the day didn't fool me, but I still thought of Red Dead.

    Still, as beautiful as this world is, I cannot forgive Rockstar for these controls. If Mega Man or Mario played like this, there would be pitchforks and fire... Rockstar might just need a good slap to look at this outdated control scheme. Beautiful, realistic, and fantastical... but 10/10? Naaaaaaah.
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  5. Nov 1, 2018
    7
    The main problem is, that it's not a real open world game. If you focus on the main story, like many reviewers and some users do, you will experience a linear and scripted game with almost no freedom. Every time you try something different the missions will fail.

    Controls aren't very good, so it's also hard to recommend the game for that linear story experience. The separate and real
    The main problem is, that it's not a real open world game. If you focus on the main story, like many reviewers and some users do, you will experience a linear and scripted game with almost no freedom. Every time you try something different the missions will fail.

    Controls aren't very good, so it's also hard to recommend the game for that linear story experience.

    The separate and real open world part is done quite well, but it doesn't have enough interesting and coherent/interlocking elements to keep you motivated very long. If you remove the linear story and high production value, it's the usual open world stuff, we've known for years, mixed with light survival elements.

    So what you will get is an average to good open world sandbox for maybe 15-20 hours of random fun and a separate, very scripted and cinematic game with high production value. Both parts have average gameplay and problematic controls. The only highlights and reasons to play the game are its great graphics, atmosphere and story.
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  6. Oct 29, 2018
    6
    Open world is not as open as BOTW or minecraft nothing revolutionary. Cannot steal as many things as in GTA. NPC will give you a wanted status because of clunky controls. Hunting is pointless as if you do some missions your hunted animals disappear. This does not diserve 97% rating from critics as this is not up to par with open world greats such as the witcher skyrim BOTW or evenOpen world is not as open as BOTW or minecraft nothing revolutionary. Cannot steal as many things as in GTA. NPC will give you a wanted status because of clunky controls. Hunting is pointless as if you do some missions your hunted animals disappear. This does not diserve 97% rating from critics as this is not up to par with open world greats such as the witcher skyrim BOTW or even minecraft. No one should be shooting at you over a $7.50 bounty. And the camp and getting to know all of the stupid friends aurthor has is very dumb and time consuming. I wish i could return this game but i bought the digital edition and the game doesnt actually start until you get off of the mountain. I cannot believe it took rockstar 5 years to com out with this overrated game. Expand
  7. Oct 31, 2018
    6
    I’ll give it credit for how outstanding the visuals are. The hard work that went into that deserves its praise.

    Aside from that, this game is not fun. It is boring. The controls are terrible. You do dumb tedious things constantly that are not fun. I don’t understand the appeal to this game at all.
  8. Oct 31, 2018
    5
    DULL, DULL... is Arthur... he is a dullard... noting interesting about him whatsoever... well into Chapter 2 and NOTHING memorable has happened other then excessive horseback riding and accidental shooting of folks because the "interact with folks" button is the SAME BUTTON as shoot... what-the-heck??? Very, very disappointed. I was killed, failed a mission, returned to camp, and MY TENTDULL, DULL... is Arthur... he is a dullard... noting interesting about him whatsoever... well into Chapter 2 and NOTHING memorable has happened other then excessive horseback riding and accidental shooting of folks because the "interact with folks" button is the SAME BUTTON as shoot... what-the-heck??? Very, very disappointed. I was killed, failed a mission, returned to camp, and MY TENT WAS GONE... what-the-heck? and what a miserable way to get access to the map... some menus you'll need to back out with 4-5 button pushes just to return to the game... ugh!... and can I PLEASE skip the overlong skinning scenes... I simply don't want to hunt because I know it just slows down the slow tempo even more. there doesn't seem to be a way to brake my horse, which results in me running over or past folks... went from a 6 to a 5. absolutely nothing wow.
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    BORING... I played about 8 hours (after the initial 2 hour mostly QuickTime session) and found nothing interesting or compelling. You end of at a camp and stroll around looking for something to do. Go into town, have a little scuffle, go to the stores where you don't have nearly enough money to buy anything useful, go back to camp, stroll around. Doesn't come close to Horizon Zero Dawn, God of War, and even Shadow of the Tomb Raider in terms of intriguing. Not looking for crazy action, just something that engages me to want to play... will try for a little longer to see if something interesting happens that is more than just running errands.
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  9. Oct 29, 2018
    7
    It's not a bad game but the gameplay is an outdated one. It by no means a 10 out of 10:

    - "Realism" is annoying. I hate watching Ioot, skin and cook animations 100 times. - Parking a horse or picking up something is frustrating as you have to stand in the exact right position to do so. - 75% of the game time it takes riding to the destination to play the game a bit. - The cover
    It's not a bad game but the gameplay is an outdated one. It by no means a 10 out of 10:

    - "Realism" is annoying. I hate watching Ioot, skin and cook animations 100 times.
    - Parking a horse or picking up something is frustrating as you have to stand in the exact right position to do so.
    - 75% of the game time it takes riding to the destination to play the game a bit.
    - The cover system, menu system and controls are retrograde
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  10. Oct 29, 2018
    7
    I just seems redundant now, leaving my review. Everything has already been said.
    Probably the best world that has been created in a videogame but maybe a little shallow when it comes to the actual content.
    Once you get past the graphical awe, which is possible for you teen 10/10 people, there are some really bad flaws. It's just so awkward and clunky and tbh my little pony companion app
    I just seems redundant now, leaving my review. Everything has already been said.
    Probably the best world that has been created in a videogame but maybe a little shallow when it comes to the actual content.
    Once you get past the graphical awe, which is possible for you teen 10/10 people, there are some really bad flaws.
    It's just so awkward and clunky and tbh my little pony companion app could have been released separately.
    Maybe the online will do it justice (pun intended) but until then it's just so samey, mundane and expected.
    It's ok but i'm not impressed at all with the mechanics and the campaign as a whole
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  11. Nov 11, 2018
    7
    Here we have 2 games in 1: a wonderful open world, 10 star, and a frustrating linear story and push button to continue, 4 star. The scripted story requires to press A, holding A else the mission fails. No freedom to get out of the script, worse than Telltales's stories. Many instances this game will treat you as an idiot with a mental age of 4 years. So if you wish have fun, play the openHere we have 2 games in 1: a wonderful open world, 10 star, and a frustrating linear story and push button to continue, 4 star. The scripted story requires to press A, holding A else the mission fails. No freedom to get out of the script, worse than Telltales's stories. Many instances this game will treat you as an idiot with a mental age of 4 years. So if you wish have fun, play the open world, but do not play the fishing, and buy a hammer and place on the A button to follow the story as the useless dialogues on horseback while watching tv. The fishery? This activity requires that you damage the right joystick gear or have corns on the big toe by turning very and quickly. Forget it.

    Warning: when your horse, even on autopilot, stumbles on a tree/rock and falls, hold on and do not throw the hammer on the TV. The horses do not see trees in this game.

    I believe that reviews writers do not play this game for over 1 hour. They did review about the demo or the trailer. Impossible to give 100 score to that game after you play it.

    Numbers: 70% of the story, 60% fun, threw the control on the wall 20 times, broke 3 TVs, and was arrested 1 time for throwing the console out the window and breaking a car. I have fun.
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  12. Nov 3, 2018
    7
    The game is made very well - it has great graphics and detailed environment. The glorifying reviews make you think it's a must play for everyone - but it's not. It's suitable for GTA5 and western genre fans. If you're more into fast-paced shooters like Doom, Wolfenstein, Far Cry or adventure games like Last of Us, Tomb Raider, Evil Within 2 and Uncharted, then RDR2 will be extremely boringThe game is made very well - it has great graphics and detailed environment. The glorifying reviews make you think it's a must play for everyone - but it's not. It's suitable for GTA5 and western genre fans. If you're more into fast-paced shooters like Doom, Wolfenstein, Far Cry or adventure games like Last of Us, Tomb Raider, Evil Within 2 and Uncharted, then RDR2 will be extremely boring for you. The story and gameplay are simply too slow, gunplay is clumsy and you'll need a lot of time to get into it and actually see any progress in the story. I know that the reviewers try to make you think that it's not the case with RDR2, but I feel that it is, just like it was with GTA5 for example. So if you have a job, kids and only want to shoot something up before going to bed every night, then this game is not for you, unfortunately. Expand
  13. Nov 10, 2018
    5
    The open world is great, the graphics are pretty, the writing is unmitigated trash. The two good parts about the game mentioned above are ruined by the HORRIBLE fps drops. Why is this even on consoles if they can't optimize it to work?

    I didn't think they'd be able to replicate RDR 1, and I was right, but it's still sad.
  14. Oct 29, 2018
    7
    Ok, for those of you who haven't played it yet, here's my honest take without a bunch of obvious observation.

    What I feel while playing (25 hours in): -I frequently wondering what i should do next (doesn't feel smooth for a good story) -obviously, i'm enjoying it given the time i've spent on it -no real drive to go run a side mission to get $25 after you've made a few big heists
    Ok, for those of you who haven't played it yet, here's my honest take without a bunch of obvious observation.

    What I feel while playing (25 hours in):

    -I frequently wondering what i should do next (doesn't feel smooth for a good story)
    -obviously, i'm enjoying it given the time i've spent on it
    -no real drive to go run a side mission to get $25 after you've made a few big heists
    -highly scripted with boring cut scenes that i'd like to skip (something I can do in other games.
    -when the action starts, im constantly looking at directions (go shoot from that window etc...)
    -right now i feel like making THE big heist seems pointless since I have yet to find a way to upgrade/spend the money) this is a big downside unless it changes later on.
    - the characters are the closest thing to feeling like im living as a gunslinger, but just when i think there is a growing bond between characters, the next encounter with them is like we hardly know each other.
    -yes the game play mechanics are odd, but i can deal with that. Wish the shooting was more satisfying...
    -just when i get used to my horse and its trusting me, it gets killed and doesn't come back to life like my character does.
    -looting is annoyingly slow and that same old problem of being in just the right place to click loot/take

    i'd give it a 7.5/10. Its enjoyable and has a little something for everyone's taste, but I was expecting more given the time that it took to make it.

    Maybe it will ramp up and clear some of these issues by the time im done...hope so!
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  15. Nov 14, 2018
    6
    Best looking game I have ever played and the most boring game i have ever played. I feel asleep in my chair two times playing this game but after the first 5 hours it takes off. you get used to the controls and find the rhythm of the game. Most games are like playing a movie but this game is like playing a book.
  16. Oct 26, 2018
    5
    The story telling of the game is top notch and the atmosphere is great, but I bought this game after sinking tons of time into the original Red Dead so that was expected. What was not expected was just how completely awful the controls and mechanics of this game are. The gun fighting felt clunky and underdeveloped, gunfights without cover are pointless because the enemies demolish you,The story telling of the game is top notch and the atmosphere is great, but I bought this game after sinking tons of time into the original Red Dead so that was expected. What was not expected was just how completely awful the controls and mechanics of this game are. The gun fighting felt clunky and underdeveloped, gunfights without cover are pointless because the enemies demolish you, NPC's start fights with you and shoot if you accidentally get in their way on the road, the main character needs to play fetch and do chores after every mission, and the home camp is apparently completely incapable of doing anything for themselves. The worst part is that I will bet the cost of the game that once online comes out single player won't get a single update to fix the clear and present issues. As is, this game deserves nowhere near a 98 rating and it is pretty clear how and why it is getting that kind of rating. Expand
  17. Oct 29, 2018
    7
    Huge fan of Rockstar. Love Red Dead 1 and all of the GTA's. Been hyped for this game for a long time.

    The graphics are stunning. Great attention to detail. Story telling is well done and organic. Love the fact that *Spoiler Alert* John Marston is in the game! That really helps. Once you get passed the graphics, you see a game that is more of a chore to play and not THAT fun.
    Huge fan of Rockstar. Love Red Dead 1 and all of the GTA's. Been hyped for this game for a long time.

    The graphics are stunning. Great attention to detail. Story telling is well done and organic. Love the fact that *Spoiler Alert* John Marston is in the game! That really helps.

    Once you get passed the graphics, you see a game that is more of a chore to play and not THAT fun. The auto aim makes the game very easy, especially since you can mark your spots and slow down time. The mundane animations are a huge time suck. Do I have to watch this guy skin EVERY animal with such detail? Do I have to wait +5 seconds to search a through a drawer...twice over? Do I have to ride a horse 5-10 minutes to the destinations before every mission? I appreciate realism in a game, but there is a fine line when it comes to this and having fun. There are many times you can not sprint to the destination because you must listen to some type of story. This is important obviously to follow a story, but also exhausting. Let's get to the action!

    The controls are fine. I like diving in and out of cover max payne style. I'm still only on Chapter 4 so there is much to see. I'm sure fast travel will be more accessible. My early impressions are that this game is one of the best looking games and has a immersive story. This is a game though and to me is lacking in the fun department. I give this game a 7.5-8.0 rating. Definitely not a 10.
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  18. Nov 2, 2018
    3
    Disappointing. Like most of us I think the hype and anticipation and clever gameplay trailers Rockstar released and overwhelming positive critic reviews led me to buying this the second it was released but the user reviews tell the real story. This is a game that promised so much and I really really want to love it. If I’d written a review in the first day I would have given it a 10 butDisappointing. Like most of us I think the hype and anticipation and clever gameplay trailers Rockstar released and overwhelming positive critic reviews led me to buying this the second it was released but the user reviews tell the real story. This is a game that promised so much and I really really want to love it. If I’d written a review in the first day I would have given it a 10 but now, about a third of the way through I give it a 3. It is beautiful to look at and things one cinematic camera mode are great - to begin with. But the gameplay and controls are a massive let down. I kidded myself that it would take a bit of time to get used to and whilst that’s true it doesn’t mean it isn’t a poor experience overall. Gunplqy is clunky. Searching and looting slow and clunky. You have to hold a button for a second each time. Should be an option to skip the animation and just loot. And if it’s about realism then who loots a drawer in a robbery slowly and takes one item out at a time? Arthur can’t move quickly in combat situations, take cover quickly and basically react like a controllable character some of the time. Most of the hyped interactions with NPCs are boring hello and goodbye situations or antagonise and fight situations often where the NPC starts the fight because you said the wrong thing twice or walked into them but you end up either dead or wanted for a crime after beating them up. The controls are all over the place so sometimes I ended up shooting someone by accident. In fact a lot of the time you’re doing the wrong thing because Arthur isn’t standing in exactly the precise right spot. Overall it feels like an interactive movie where you get to push buttons to make some decisions and to move the story along rather than a video game. I like open world games and Zelda: BotW, Assassins Creed Odyssey, even Far Cry 5, have been much more fun to play for me in the last 12 months. Expand
  19. 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 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.The 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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  20. Nov 7, 2018
    5
    This game should be called The Sims Western Version or Gta 5.5, I'm kidding lol.
  21. 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 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 drasticallyRed 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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  22. Oct 27, 2018
    5
    Only playable on the Xbox One X, if you have the Xbox One S or the original Xbox One then don't bother as it runs terrible with low fps
  23. Nov 2, 2018
    4
    The game may be expansive, ambitious, and artistic, but it is also a joyless slog to play through. The number of cut-scenes (admittedly de riegeur these days, and the least glaring of its errors), "gameplay' consisting of walking with a companion (on foot or horse) for long periods of time while they talk, or other similarly uninspired activities, there is almost no FUN to be had playingThe game may be expansive, ambitious, and artistic, but it is also a joyless slog to play through. The number of cut-scenes (admittedly de riegeur these days, and the least glaring of its errors), "gameplay' consisting of walking with a companion (on foot or horse) for long periods of time while they talk, or other similarly uninspired activities, there is almost no FUN to be had playing the game.
    The rare moments of actual action, or even basic navigation, yield controls that feel mawkish and awkward, even compared to the game's 8 year old predecessor., and light years behind the standards set in current AAA tittles, giving you the feeling that even getting to the sweet spots of the game won't be fun. Add to that a system of "cores" and stats that seem far overcomplicated, especially for this type of an action game.

    I'm left giving up after 5 or 6 hours, not from any frustration but with the overwhelming sense that this is not an enjoyable activity, while RDR1 was ridiculously fun to play.

    One is left with the feeling that Rockstar was overwhelming intoxicated with their great artistic vision, and somewhat condescending to gamers that they should sit back and enjoy their incredible tale. Truth be told, even the story and the conversation isn't particularly impressive, and you can't even garner much interest or empathy for any of the characters from even a narrative perspective.

    For a game with such universally stratospheric critical scores, it seems that professionals are ignoring that simple, visceral sense of fun, whether it's a shooting action sequence or even an enjoyable way to stroll around or ride your horse. All I can say as a user is there was no joy or fun from playing this game, and that's really unusual with the typical high quality games we get today.
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  24. Oct 31, 2018
    3
    Fantastic atmosphere and visuals, great voice acting and generally an impressive technical achievement.

    As for the rest, clunky gameplay with some bizarre ergonomic choices, and a game that represents the pinnacle of what Rockstar have been creating for years : an excessively scripted experience where choices and consequences don't seem to matter. You will be given the freedom to go
    Fantastic atmosphere and visuals, great voice acting and generally an impressive technical achievement.

    As for the rest, clunky gameplay with some bizarre ergonomic choices, and a game that represents the pinnacle of what Rockstar have been creating for years : an excessively scripted experience where choices and consequences don't seem to matter. You will be given the freedom to go anywhere and kill anyone, but god forbid you want to approach a mission in a different manner than what's been planned.

    I've been reading in places that things get better later in the game in that regard. That's nice. Maybe Season 12 of the Knight Rider remake will be awesome.

    Add to that the classic Rockstar things that always irk me such as locking content behind certain missions or steps of the storyline, and at no point do I feel like I'm able to play the game the way I want. I'm being forced to follow a very particular sequence of events and every situation must play out in a very particular way.

    Just not my thing - it just amounts to a very frustrating experience as far as I'm concerned. I can understand the praise, though.
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  25. Oct 31, 2018
    6
    I'll give it a 6 out of 10. The visuals and audio are fantastic. However, the travel time is overly burdensome, even with cinematic mode on. Shame to have to play 20+ hours before fast travel is available. The major problem I have with the game, aside from online multiplayer not being available for at least a month, is the following:

    I believe the most important aspect of a video game
    I'll give it a 6 out of 10. The visuals and audio are fantastic. However, the travel time is overly burdensome, even with cinematic mode on. Shame to have to play 20+ hours before fast travel is available. The major problem I have with the game, aside from online multiplayer not being available for at least a month, is the following:

    I believe the most important aspect of a video game is that it must have the option where, if I can get good enough at the game, I can make a living playing professionally. Examples of these include: League of Legends, Dota 2, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Fortnite, CS GO.

    This game does not have that possibility, so it's basically just time invested for no potential monetary return.
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  26. Nov 10, 2018
    4
    Why not such a great rating? The world is Amazing, immersive and an absolute masterpiece. The acting is incredible and the story line is interesting. All of this doesn't matter however when the controls are equally horrible. The character actions are not smooth like pretty much any game out there and definitely not as smooth as AC odyssey. This ruins the immersion of this beautiful game.Why not such a great rating? The world is Amazing, immersive and an absolute masterpiece. The acting is incredible and the story line is interesting. All of this doesn't matter however when the controls are equally horrible. The character actions are not smooth like pretty much any game out there and definitely not as smooth as AC odyssey. This ruins the immersion of this beautiful game. Much of the time you will feel frustrated because of the clunkyness of the controls especially during action scenes. It's almost like you feel disconnected from the avatar. The Avatar is also slow as in it's like playing a 70 year old man. Because Rockstar can't seem to get it together with controls and clunkyness of their game's characters so this will not be fixed anytime soon if ever. What's worse is they don't allow the player to fully customize the controls themselves and reassign the buttons. Deadeye requires to push both sticks in but the problem is you could find yourself crouching as well because the left stick pushed in is also the crouch... The movement stick is good for walking forward but not running because you have to push a button for that... the LB is used for taking out your gun but it's also used for inventory wheel so you can accidentally pull out your gun on people.. the whole scheme is just horrible and I quit playing after 40 hours. Also your Avatar grows hair faster than Big Foot and it seems the overall time in the game could be slowed down by double of what it is. I tried fishing, hunting, robbing some of the wonderful story line and is great but I just got tired of the BS controls ripping me out of the immersion and went back to AC odyssey that is actually fun to play. I think rock star really messed this up and it's sad. It would have rated this a 9 but the controls are what we use to interact with the game and should be considered the foundation of the user end experience not an after thought. It would be like getting a Lamborghini and finding out the brake peddle is for the dome light, the steering wheel controls the mirrors and so on... still an amazing car but... Expand
  27. Nov 4, 2018
    4
    Red Dead Redemption 2 is a beautiful looking game, supported by clunky controls and a slow paced story that will ultimately not keep you playing.

    It looks absolutely amazing in the GFX department and the sound direction is almost flawless but again the chunkiness let's it all down. 4/10
  28. Nov 6, 2018
    4
    The game looks great but after 20 hours of gameplay I'm done. Everything about this game feels tedious with the same RS clunky controls they've been using since GTA3. This game is great if you were looking for a solid hunting simulator but it's incredibly low on fun and action.
  29. Oct 30, 2018
    7
    Ehh, want to give this game an 8 but I can't make myself do it because that would be wrong. When companies and news articles say, "this game is gonna be 2x the size of the prequel" do not get your hopes up. If you like running with a horse for 10 min from county to county, this is the game for you.

    The only thing this game has for you is attention to details, story and graphics. But
    Ehh, want to give this game an 8 but I can't make myself do it because that would be wrong. When companies and news articles say, "this game is gonna be 2x the size of the prequel" do not get your hopes up. If you like running with a horse for 10 min from county to county, this is the game for you.

    The only thing this game has for you is attention to details, story and graphics. But everything gets blown away when you find out that this game becomes unrelenting and tedious to some extent. So much so that you will get annoyed and angry at the game mechanics this game has to offer.

    This game really disappointed me when I was getting **** game mechanics like fast traveling, horse riding, and the GOD DAMN BOUNTY HUNTERS RUINING MY GOD DAMN EXPERIENCE BY SHOWING UP RANDOMLY AND SHOOT AT ME. I know what you are going to say, but because of the robbing that you must do in order for you to progress at the game makes it much harder to pay your bounty because you are broke and gave everything to the camp so you could upgrade it.

    Fast traveling from camp works only one way and not back. If you need something from the camp, expect 2-3 min of horse riding which also gets tedious after awhile

    Ohh and bugs, lots of bugs. Worse than GTA V.
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  30. Nov 5, 2018
    4
    This game is beautiful, organized, and offers amazing storytelling. It’s also boring, clunky and overrated.
  31. Nov 4, 2018
    4
    I absolutely loved RD1 and never got tired of playing it. I was so excited to play this game and at first was struck by the beauty of the world and the quality of the voice acting. Love how real the horses are and how they behave exactly like real horses. The first game was full of fun things to do and surprises to find in the wilderness. This game has none of that. The constantI absolutely loved RD1 and never got tired of playing it. I was so excited to play this game and at first was struck by the beauty of the world and the quality of the voice acting. Love how real the horses are and how they behave exactly like real horses. The first game was full of fun things to do and surprises to find in the wilderness. This game has none of that. The constant maintenance of your character your horse and the camp are tedious beyond belief. The controls are ridiculously convoluted and you can't stay out of trouble no matter how careful you are. The game crashes or locks frequently and everything you try to do is ruined by the weakness of your character. I fail constantly and as for objectives to get a gold, forget about it. I am so sad that the game I love so much has become one I freaking hate. The four points are for the beauty of the game and the things that they did right, everything else has ruined this game for me. I will pass it on to my son and see if he can wring any fun out of it and maybe show me where the fun is. Biggest disappointment since Mafia 3. Expand
  32. Nov 26, 2018
    3
    Rockstar have only shipped 1/2 the game so I can only give a max of 5/10.

    Losses 1/2 a point for the grind that gets in the way of playing the game - brush you horse, shave your face, remember to sleep and eat. Losses another 1/2 for the significant AI bugs that prevent progress on some missions, and in some cases result in in forced fail. (Also very poor service from Rockstar not to
    Rockstar have only shipped 1/2 the game so I can only give a max of 5/10.

    Losses 1/2 a point for the grind that gets in the way of playing the game - brush you horse, shave your face, remember to sleep and eat.
    Losses another 1/2 for the significant AI bugs that prevent progress on some missions, and in some cases result in in forced fail. (Also very poor service from Rockstar not to have patched these yet).
    Final mark off, for Rockstar one shot killing my horse and stealing all my money as part of the story.
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  33. Oct 26, 2018
    10
    This game is so much. Looks fantastic on Xbox One X. Looking forward to online mode.
  34. Nov 30, 2018
    2
    Very, very tedious. Poor combat system. The whole premise, which if you played the first installment (which is a better story and combat system) is to wander around the wilderness looking fish and hunting for bears.
  35. Oct 26, 2018
    5
    Playing a Rockstar game is like playing a blast from the past, similar to playing World of Warcraft. All the old gaming mechanics that have been left behind by most for decades, like twitch-reflex challenges coupled with checkpoints that you have to keep retrying, reams of quest text, and being penalized for going off of designated paths during escort missions instead of being able to pickPlaying a Rockstar game is like playing a blast from the past, similar to playing World of Warcraft. All the old gaming mechanics that have been left behind by most for decades, like twitch-reflex challenges coupled with checkpoints that you have to keep retrying, reams of quest text, and being penalized for going off of designated paths during escort missions instead of being able to pick your own route, are here and kicking. Hi there 1996!

    These things are "old fashioned" because games these days use a lot of super interesting stuff about psychology to stay engaging, and older games just didn't. They keep you in the same general frame of mind throughout most of the experience, and if you have to change to feeling more tense or more relaxed, it's a gentle transition with lots of signals. On the other hand, Red Dead Redemption 2 is all over the place. You'll be sitting through a 10-minute horse ride sequence with everyone talking and talking (I know it's supposed to be 'character development', but seeing another set of rolling foothills in another video game just isn't interesting anymore, no matter how pretty they are now), and then suddenly you'll need to instantly have the controller in your hands and shoot five guys really fast or you'll die -- and if you die, you have to watch THE ENTIRE CUTSCENE OVER AGAIN! This was sadistic years ago, and moments like these in games got panned universally by critics. Now it just looks like whoever is running Rockstar has a vendetta against the way that modern games act, and is forcing their philosophies down everyone's throats and power tripping off of it.

    Also, I'm sorry, but the scriptwriting in Rockstar games is just plain insulting. They make some of the most mature, violent games around, and they have some of the best camera cinematics, great music, great understanding of technique. But the characters all sound very game-y, saying things like "shucks" and other stereotypical 'Western' words a little too often to be believed. The prime example is when Penny Arcade made fun of your friend in GTA4 asking if you want to go see the strip joint with the "Big American Tee Tees!" I mean, who talks like that? Who actually says 'big american' anything in a sentence? Usually people are more subtle, indirect, joke around a little bit. There's adultness, nuance, signs of life experience. I found the characters in RDR2, and indeed most Rockstar games, to be lacking any signs of adult life experience, and thus impossible to believe.

    For a *good* example of an old sandbox series that's been revitalized, I'd suggest checking out AC Odyssey, which I've also been playing. If any Rockstar devs read this, please give it a try. I loved the "Prince of Persia" quest near the start of the game, where you visit places around the world and then a mysterious character tells you about their past. It's pretty quick to finish, and despite talking about some really farfetched and heady things, the NPC sounds truly wise and grizzled throughout, instead of sounding like a caricature. On the other hand, pretty much everyone in RDR2 is a really obvious caricature.

    Also, AC Odyssey shows how to modernize an old game's interface to new standards - let a player walk and climb anywhere, why do you need terrain barriers when making things inconvenient is good enough? And most of all, streamline the quest system. What to do and where to go should be obvious and constant. It's 2018, why do we need to traverse the entire map twice just to talk to a quest giver? Receiving quests instantly (through the mail, perhaps?) is a shorthand that most players are fine with, that doesn't break most people's immersion.

    I hope it doesn't sound like I'm spending an entire review talking about another game. I'm just pointing out that in a lot of ways, RDR2 is a reboot of a pretty ancient video game, and it was also a chance for Rockstar to revamp and 'reboot' their storytelling style for the new, modern, 4K/HDR generation, and for all the new gamers who might be playing a Rockstar game for the first time. Instead they look totally incompetent to me, with dialogue that insults your intelligence and a core "game loop" that hasn't been updated since GTA1 basically.

    It also enrages me sometimes that all of the main gaming publications seemingly have to give these games good ratings "or else", because it destroys my trust in writers I like. When I get used to a reviewer's personality and trust their deep thoughtful opinions on something, and then they give the latest GTA/RDR a glowing review even though I don't think they actually liked it (for example, if it doesn't seem consistent with their personality for them to like it), I briefly hate the world and feel like everything's a lie, and I get upset that all the publications fall in line the way they do.

    Rockstar has some very talented people. But in general, they're a toxic "bad actor", made even worse because everyone acts like they can do no wrong.
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  36. Nov 7, 2018
    4
    Overrated ...... Overrated
    There are better games out there I don't understand how God Of War has 94 and this game 97 seriously.
  37. Nov 12, 2018
    5
    -Chasing The Witcher 3, they just went too far.-

    The creation of Red Dead Redemption 2 is a marvel of physical beauty, astonishingly true humanistic creativity and technical prowess I don't think we've EVER seen in a video game before... And I hope we never do again. There will be no doubt others that are going to do justice to graphical fidelity or how well the framerate works
    -Chasing The Witcher 3, they just went too far.-

    The creation of Red Dead Redemption 2 is a marvel of physical beauty, astonishingly true humanistic creativity and technical prowess I don't think we've EVER seen in a video game before...

    And I hope we never do again.

    There will be no doubt others that are going to do justice to graphical fidelity or how well the framerate works (or doesn't), or how well unique things like combat mechanics work, I want to focus on the one thing that makes this game unplayable: The purpose.

    This is a game about playing a human life, and it has no place in Video Games ever.

    Rockstar is one of the most intuitive minded developers on the planet creating full worlds filled to the brim with things to do or places to see, even relationships to build (or destroy). RDR2 takes this so close to actual human life here that they quite literally flew too close to the sun and fell to the earth. And that is something not necessary in games, where the illusion of 'not-reality' takes precedent.

    There is just an absurd amount of interdependent mechanics to be found here that if you were to utilize them all, you might never leave. It becomes unnerving when personal hygiene can ruin a hunt (because you smell, bad) that eating (well or poorly) will affect your overall ability to survive, things like washing your horse can play a factor. And these are but a handful of things that ultimately make this game something akin to the Uncanny Valley and it's uncomfortable.

    As I wrote above, ever since CD Projekt Red's Witcher 3, there's been this unspoken charge to one-up it. Sometimes it misses the mark (Oh Hai AC Oddesy), other times they get damn close, but end up making something of their own (Horizon: Zero Dawn), RDR2 took it beyond that and is what ruined the game. It took it to "Ludicrous Speed" and lost itself because of it. It's a true marvel of video game development, and if you can get yourself past this you'll mine it for perhaps a life-changing experience, but I think because of how far Rocksteady took it, most will bypass it and never want to see it's ilk ever again.

    Still, if you DO want to play it on a console and want the absolute best experience (both in game and graphics), the Xbox One X is the best experience followed by the PS4 Pro and then both the original ps4 and finally the base Xbox One. I think though; this is a bridge too far.
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  38. Oct 28, 2018
    10
    Without a doubt the best game ive ever played, a true Next Generation game. The visuals the sound and the attention to detail makes this the most immersive game ever. The characters and the story is also one of the best from rockstar. Also see the return of characters like Jon marsten make you even more connected to the game. The game is deserving of a 10. The best open ive played in aWithout a doubt the best game ive ever played, a true Next Generation game. The visuals the sound and the attention to detail makes this the most immersive game ever. The characters and the story is also one of the best from rockstar. Also see the return of characters like Jon marsten make you even more connected to the game. The game is deserving of a 10. The best open ive played in a very long time. Expand
  39. Oct 28, 2018
    10
    I understand everyone has different tastes in games, but with that being said the people giving this game a 4 or lower are just being ridiculous. Regardless of how you feel about it personally there is no doubt that this is one of the most finely crafted video games ever made, there's no subjectivity about it.
  40. Oct 30, 2018
    4
    Игра очень сырая, во многих местах лагает, баги просто ужас. Графика вроде и фпнтастическая но парой очень плохая. Бесит непонятная прокачка лагеря. Где Русский язык, и мне пофигу на политику rock star , а как 1с обосрасиль это же прото феноминально досих пор нельзя купить физическую версию.Игра очень сырая, во многих местах лагает, баги просто ужас. Графика вроде и фпнтастическая но парой очень плохая. Бесит непонятная прокачка лагеря. Где Русский язык, и мне пофигу на политику rock star , а как 1с обосрасиль это же прото феноминально досих пор нельзя купить физическую версию.
  41. Oct 26, 2018
    10
    Lamentablemente tengo que decir, que la comunidad gamer es sucia, embustera y mediocres. En la página de metacritics de Xbox y aquí de PS4 se llenaron de gamers de Pc. Ya niños ratas criticando algo que no jugaron. Las personas muchas veces como aquí queda reflejado son mediocres Aguante Rockstar Y #RedDeadRedemption2 #RDR2
  42. Oct 27, 2018
    6
    I dont understand the hybe for such game its not bad by all means but it doesn't feel like a rockstar game for me at least
  43. Oct 26, 2018
    10
    Excelent performance, good graphics, good sound and gameplay, best game so far on the xbox one x
  44. Nov 1, 2018
    4
    Crap combat, crap controls, crap story, really slow and boring, the world is pretty barren and every story mission is about shooting waves of enemies...

    RDR2 sucks.
  45. Oct 26, 2018
    10
    best game ever and best rockstar game and best game in the series this is red dead this is game of the year
  46. Oct 30, 2018
    10
    Сосните х.йца пк-бояре, как же всё-таки бомбят ваши жопы от отсутствия игры на Intel core I9 и RTX 2080ti! муахахахахахаха

    10 сморщенных яичек из 10!

    P.s. Игра унылая...
  47. Oct 26, 2018
    10
    Amazing game, simply amazing! From the immersion, to the world building, to the writing, this game is fantastic!
  48. Oct 29, 2018
    3
    Management on consoles causes sadness, changing day and night is very bad. after 6-8 hours of play it gets boring :(
  49. Oct 26, 2018
    10
    Benchmark of console games for this generation. Not many negative things to say about the game when you are getting use to how things work in the game.
  50. Oct 26, 2018
    10
    Excelente juego en Xbox one x 4k nativos impresionante, definitivamente el juego se disfruta muchísimo más en esta consola
  51. Oct 26, 2018
    10
    Somebody is spamming the user's review with the same negative review. Played 10 hours of it and I am bored. Never gonna play it again. Played this already ten years ago, it's the same thing. Same game. Same game.
  52. Oct 26, 2018
    10
    This game is amazing, the attention to detail is next level. Game of the year for sure. Do not listen to all the salty PC players. Hopefully they will dry their tears and move on shortly.
  53. Oct 26, 2018
    10
    now yes here is the best version of the game because now if the gaming experience is the best and with real 4k not like the competition that lies
  54. Oct 26, 2018
    10
    Its time to say thx for rockstar for the best expirience on xbox one x
    And this is the time wen burning negative points from pc users makes game more great 11/10
  55. Oct 26, 2018
    10
    This game looks better on the xbox compared the ps4, why the user score difference? is the same game after all, besides the graphics.
  56. Oct 26, 2018
    10
    10/10 just to nullify all these ridiculous 1/10's from fascist PC gamers crying about how this game doesn't come out on their platform. And yes, people like you are the reason I hope it stays like that, you don't deserve games like these.
  57. Oct 26, 2018
    10
    A perfect experience game. Open world gameplay, story... Everything. And it's great on Xbox One X.
  58. Oct 26, 2018
    10
    juego mde 10 lastimas que los haters vengan a crearse cuenta a darle negativos lamentable
  59. Oct 29, 2018
    1
    No amount of story and graphics can make up for clunky mechanics and boring gameplay. Instead of playing this game, watch an 80-hour cowboy movie.
  60. Oct 26, 2018
    7
    I've seen several gameplays of this game, but ... it's a bit boring, it's a copy of Grand Theft Auto V, but only in the old west and instead of cars they are horses
  61. Oct 26, 2018
    7
    It's a great game but it's really feels like GTA V with a lot of mods like a lot of people said, also the gameplay is pretty much the same as GTA V. The story is decent and really boring at times, also you stuck at a tutorial missions for at least 3 hours in the beginning of the game. The hunting which takes almost 50% of this game is really basic and really feels like FarCry games. TheIt's a great game but it's really feels like GTA V with a lot of mods like a lot of people said, also the gameplay is pretty much the same as GTA V. The story is decent and really boring at times, also you stuck at a tutorial missions for at least 3 hours in the beginning of the game. The hunting which takes almost 50% of this game is really basic and really feels like FarCry games. The map is really huge with few cities and huge empty green areas.
    Also WHY THE F*CK IS RUNNING ON 846P on the original XONE and the S and running on a native 1080p on the original PS4 and The slim considering the Xone s has better specs than the original ps4. I feel like this is Microsoft Idea to make it run like that on these two and make it run at a native 4K at the X.
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  62. Oct 26, 2018
    3
    El doblaje a sido el motivo que no lo quiero ,paso de leer parrafadas y perderme escenas de accion.
    Un juego de 10 tiene que gustar a todo el mundo
  63. Oct 26, 2018
    4
    The star of the show here is the open world itself. Everything else is just so mundane, tedious and boring. The game world itself is another technical marvel from Rockstar. The world is packed full of neat attention to detail. But that's pretty much all it has going for it. Every game has a tutorial level. Tutorial levels usually last 5 to 10 minutes and then you get stuck into the actualThe star of the show here is the open world itself. Everything else is just so mundane, tedious and boring. The game world itself is another technical marvel from Rockstar. The world is packed full of neat attention to detail. But that's pretty much all it has going for it. Every game has a tutorial level. Tutorial levels usually last 5 to 10 minutes and then you get stuck into the actual game. Well, in Red Dead 2 the tutorial level is 2 and a half to 3 hours long. So it takes forever to get going. And when you do finally get going its pretty boring stuff. Travel from point A to point B do something like kill some baddies, repeat. But when you go from playing Grand Theft Auto V and having thousands of vehicles to travel across the map in, to all of a sudden being given a horse, and only a horse, it is very tedious. You spend most of the time tapping the sprint button zoning out waiting to get to the next objective. The objectives are the same as always. And get this, if you don't build up a relationship with your horse it won't run as good as it can, it will slow down and won't be as loyal. You have to care for your horse by brushing and cleaning it and feeding it etc. It's a Tamagochi! You even have to take care of your character by having a candle lit bubble bath and shaving. I can't even be bothered to shave in real life let alone worry about shaving a virtual pixelated character. Outside of the slow burning story of running from point A to point B shooting some baddies and repeat. They have tried to pack the world out with filler items like mini games. You can play cards, a knife game where you put your hand on the table and try stab between your fingers with a knife, go hunting and hunt animals and skin them, or go see and show etc. These filler mini games are the equivalent or arm wrestling, tennis, golf and going to the cinema in Grand Theft Auto V. And let's be honest, how many times did we do those things? Options are nice to have don't get me wrong, but Rockstar's mini games aren't what keep us playing their games is it. Graphics wise it isn't much better than Grand Theft Auto V. It has HDR support but the only thing that really stands out is things like street lamps in the night. I'm playing on a 65" 4K HDR Premium TV btw. I've played the game on Xbox One X and the standard Xbox One. The Xbox One X is native 4K and looks like quite good. Not the sharpest 4K game i've ever seen, but not the worst. It looks pretty dreadful on the standard Xbox One. Very blurry and fuzzy. Both version suffer poor performance. Both versions stutter slow down and drop down to as low as 22fps, even the Xbox One X. So both versions can get pretty choppy. The story is also pretty boring. It's just so slow and takes hours to get going. Then when it does get going its nothing special and nothing we haven't seen before in movies. Expand
  64. Oct 26, 2018
    2
    This games feels like a DLC of RDR 1 with better graphics, you spend more time hunting than doing anything fun, I really dislike the pace of the story, they try to cover every detail but by doing this they make the game too slow.

    Also the game is full of bugs, flying npcs, invisible animals and horses with magnets on their hooves, plus my game crashed once even after downloading that
    This games feels like a DLC of RDR 1 with better graphics, you spend more time hunting than doing anything fun, I really dislike the pace of the story, they try to cover every detail but by doing this they make the game too slow.

    Also the game is full of bugs, flying npcs, invisible animals and horses with magnets on their hooves, plus my game crashed once even after downloading that day 1 patch which adds to the slow installation process.
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  65. Oct 26, 2018
    4
    Stable 21 fps for that true cinematic experience. GTA V with horses, so nothing new, basically played this game for few hundred hours few years ago, but hey, at least horse testicles got a lot of attention in the studios, so that's what matters.
  66. Oct 26, 2018
    3
    Grand Theft Auto V DLC mixed in with Assassins Creed 3. That's what i've gotten from this after 10 hours of play. Won't bother finishing it as i'm bored now. Too grindy and not much going on other than the usual stuff that we've already played in a Rockstar game a million times over already. Runs poorly with bad frame rate dips and clunky controls.
  67. Oct 27, 2018
    0
    This is so pretty. Can say anything on graphics.

    On menus, layout, missions, linearity and moving of character its very bad. If you have played AC Odyssey, Just Cause, Fallout or Farcry you will notice a big difference in how smooth and easy the character moves in those games compared to this. Its clumsy/clunky and incredible slow. im sitting reading online while moving joystick up
    This is so pretty. Can say anything on graphics.

    On menus, layout, missions, linearity and moving of character its very bad.

    If you have played AC Odyssey, Just Cause, Fallout or Farcry you will notice a big difference in how smooth and easy the character moves in those games compared to this. Its clumsy/clunky and incredible slow. im sitting reading online while moving joystick up waiting for character to get to its target. There is so much "overriding" by developer that it doesnt feel like Im playing a game but following a very detailed and scripted first day of school..... Press that button, go to excactly that spot, mount horse, get off horse, follow X, carry X.......

    It took 6 hours before I could do something close to freeroam/sandbox and even then, after 6 hours tutorial, the missions are full of following someone in slowest speed possible and cutscenes.

    No good overview over missions and no idea what you are doing in fistfights. The buttoncommands change so in a fight your sitting watching bottom left of screen to see what button they want you to push.

    Menusystem is from the 90s and its not thought through very well. You pause the game 50 times an hour to eat, drink fix weapon and its not very smooth.
    Cant say i ever have played a game that was this tedious and annoyingly slow....

    Played a few hours more and it only gets worse. If its not enough follow people in general, the missions are full of this following with controls from hell.
    The best part is that you normally have to press aimbutton several times before game reacts.
    Surprisingly bad game that spent millions on marketing and people think this is good because they see ads all over the place. Sheeps.
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  68. Oct 26, 2018
    1
    Not as fun as Vice City. Story not as good as the first. Witcher 3 still the boss.

    Requiescat in pace.
  69. Oct 26, 2018
    2
    Bad open world, bad loot system, bad game.. Drops under 28 FPS When will this ridiculousness end?
  70. Oct 26, 2018
    0
    The first RDR wasn't a good game, and it's successor has the same flaws and problems.

    First of all open world is bland and empty. Yes, it made as a decoration for your riding from mission to mission. And yes, the game has gorgeous views, but it just so shallow that the graphics can't make it better. Empty world, lack of exploring and feeling of the artificial world. Even GTA 5 feels
    The first RDR wasn't a good game, and it's successor has the same flaws and problems.

    First of all open world is bland and empty. Yes, it made as a decoration for your riding from mission to mission. And yes, the game has gorgeous views, but it just so shallow that the graphics can't make it better. Empty world, lack of exploring and feeling of the artificial world. Even GTA 5 feels more alive.

    Second, the overall Rockstar's problem: you need only a few hours to experience almost everything in the game. It has no deep progression and after a few hours you will start thinking "Why am I doing the same things over and over?".

    Third, realism doesn't matter. It's just made for nothing. You can starve and stop caring about all of your bars, and it will slightly affect your gameplay.

    Fourth, the NPC behaviour is not as good as it was promoted. It's the same fake as it was with the "new revolutionary Skyrim system". Just a shame because it's not a big difference between the last GTA.

    I can honestly say that the game has a fake promotion campaign altogether with media overhype. Yes, Rockstar is a big studio, but it shouldn't be the primary reason to give the game such high ratings.
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  71. Oct 26, 2018
    1
    I am disappointed this game. Rockstar make again same game. I wanna new gameplay
  72. Feb 23, 2019
    10
    Red Dead Redemption 2 is a "once in a generation" game. In Red Dead Redemption 2, you assume the role of the outlaw-gunslinger Arthur Morgan. Throughout the game you will have to make choices that determine the man Arthur is. The game is spread out through 6 chapters. The intro mission in Chapter 1 combines strong visuals, voice acting, phenomenal music, and gameplay elements that you willRed Dead Redemption 2 is a "once in a generation" game. In Red Dead Redemption 2, you assume the role of the outlaw-gunslinger Arthur Morgan. Throughout the game you will have to make choices that determine the man Arthur is. The game is spread out through 6 chapters. The intro mission in Chapter 1 combines strong visuals, voice acting, phenomenal music, and gameplay elements that you will use throughout the game. Rockstar has set the bar for written narratives in not just video games, but in entertainment as a whole. Arthur is the trusted associate to the gang's leader Dutch Van Der Linde, whom we met in the first Red Dead Redemption game. You get to learn about all members in the gang, you talk to them, sit around campfires with them, and go out on missions with them. The game has some of the most memorable quotes from all of video games, and some amazing dialogue between Arthur and characters throughout the game. Rockstar has also set the bar for open world games. Many games have advertised their open world as a "fully breathing and living world", but they failed on that promise. Rockstar has completely nailed that aspect of delivering a true open world. You are able to interact with every single NPC in the game, with the option of "greet" or "antagonize". Every npc responds differently both initially, and after you interact with them. Rockstar has added such elements as, if you kill an npc their family members could come hunt you down, and if you kill someone an npc can respond to the blood on your clothes. You can go to the barber, go fishing, rob a man, save a man's life, go have a time at the saloon, and so much more. The game does have some gameplay issues though. Player movement can feel a little clunky at times, meaning you don't feel as comfortable moving around. The cover system can mess up at times, and really screw you over in a gunfight. The core system felt a little tedious at times, but never really never bothered me because provisions (which are needed to refill your 3 cores: health, stamina and dead eye) are really accessible. While riding your horse, to fall off and get yanked by trees, rocks, and other things in the environment. Many parts of the game would feel boring since you are just riding your horse around, but I really liked it when you were riding with fellow gang members because of the conversations you would have. Onto the positives about gameplay. Dead Eye returns from RDR, which is the ability to slow down time and mark enemies to fire all at once, and it is bad***. Gunfights are fun and some of the Arthur's sarcasm during the gunfights are hilarious. While riding your horse, you have the ability to press either square or x to jump on to someone else's horse. The way you can explore the environment, whom you come across, what you come across (such as a KKK meeting) is amazing. Rockstar has implemented thousands of secrets into the game, many will probably never be found until after RDR3 comes out. The elements of storytelling Rockstar implemented in the dialogue is astonishing, especially their use of foreshadowing and irony. Since this is a prequel to Red Dead Redemption, they set the bar for how a prequel should be done. Unlike the X Men movies or the Star Wars prequels, every single thing in Red Dead Redemption makes sense now. Rockstar connected these two perfectly. The way you play as Arthur Morgan, the you do everything with him, the way you decide who he is, the way you follow him through his journey, Roger Clark's performance as Arthur, easily makes him one of the greatest protagonists in all of gaming. Clark's acting in some of these cutscenes is amazing, and without going into spoilers, you won't forget this game. this review can't do justice to how amazing this game is, all I can say is, get the game (after watching or playing the first one), take your time, and you won't regret it. Despite some flaws in the gameplay, Red Dead Redemption 2 was an amazing ride from start to finish and one that I wish I could play for the first time again. Expand
  73. Feb 22, 2019
    10
    The biggest problem with this game is that we won't have another one like that until at least 10 years.

    Because there is only one studio in the world capable of giving 7 years of its time and ressources to create such a perfect work of art. And this studio will first release a new GTA in 2 or 3 years. And then they'll be able to offer us a more mature project like RDR2. The game
    The biggest problem with this game is that we won't have another one like that until at least 10 years.

    Because there is only one studio in the world capable of giving 7 years of its time and ressources to create such a perfect work of art.
    And this studio will first release a new GTA in 2 or 3 years. And then they'll be able to offer us a more mature project like RDR2.

    The game looks absolutely gorgeous on Xbox One X.
    The animations in this litteraly made me want to chop woods, drink coffee, ride horses, hunt etc etc...

    Rockstar seems to be picking the best from every studio has to offer, you can see some of Ubisoft work, Kojima's work and many more and it's like they're giving a masterclass. They're saying through the game : "Hey students, look at how you should do things".

    How many games, in every day and age, can offer you a Solo story of a 100 hours ?
    CD Projekt said they wanted to do Something like RDR2, well I really like CDPR and it's great that they want to learn from the best because we absolutely need more projects like that.
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  74. Dec 6, 2018
    10
    i love this game! its so immersive and the side stories are well told. Sometimes i just ride through the world to see what happens!
  75. Nov 16, 2018
    10
    This is the end. This is possibly the end of great games. With so many developers going mobile with P2W and buying in to the hype around multiplayer, RD2 takes you on a journey perhaps only the Witcher 2 can take you on XB1. Set aside your incessant need for what other games have. This is Rockstar and once again, they show its good to be King. For those willing to go full on method gamersThis is the end. This is possibly the end of great games. With so many developers going mobile with P2W and buying in to the hype around multiplayer, RD2 takes you on a journey perhaps only the Witcher 2 can take you on XB1. Set aside your incessant need for what other games have. This is Rockstar and once again, they show its good to be King. For those willing to go full on method gamers and immerse themselves in what Rockstar is wanting, the end result is nothing short of amazing. You will find yourself staring out your window while driving imagining stars on a squirrel pelts. You will laugh internally at the banter between characters while waiting in the Subway line. The fact that John Marston was so loved in the initial RD only to be trumped by Arthur Morgan is nothing short of miraculous. The level of detail in one square inch of the map is more than some games can muster in their whole package. Should you desire to race through the story, fine. Even that will have you searching 2019 western Halloween costumes. The substance of gaming has been immersion. It’s marveling at being James Bond in Goldeneye. It’s being ok as a male imagining the fear Lara Croft felt inside the tombs. This has been the secret to success in the gaming world and Rockstar takes that 88 mile an hour fastball and delivers squarely into the seats. This is however a game of patience and perspective. If you operate at the speed of light, this isn’t for you. If you have a collapsed A button because you RESPAWN RESPAWN RESPAWN, don’t do it. But if you ever wondered what it might be like living in the Wild West then there is absolutely nothing out there that will get you closer. Assassins Creed Odyssey was a marvel to look at sailing acoss the sea watching the sun rise. Red Dead makes ACO look last gen in some aspects. In today’s age with gamers getting younger and younger and the progression of gaming steering further and further from immersion, Red Dead 2 cures what ails you. Slick gunplay, astonishing visuals, a moral meter that not only changes gameplay but rewards your efforts for it. Customization beyond any expectations that do more than cosmetically change your character scratch the itch for those needing to change it up depending on the situation. Gun customization that again, does more than just create shine. But deeper than all of that lies a story etched in stone. Yet another cast of characters forever etched in video game lore. And yet another GOTY title lurking on the horizon. Whether this game appeals to your needs or not you owe it to yourself to play a 10/10 title. Don’t be the guy that read reviews about its pace and stayed away. I promise you one thing, spend some time with this game and allow it to consume you. Let it flow through your gaming cortex like you would a COD cash grab and marvel at what Rockstar has done. If not for Rockstar alone, then for the industry itself. You would pay to go see Michael Jordan play for the Bulls if they came to town. You would pay to see Lebron James play front and center near you. Then why would you not pay witness to this years greatest game? There are titles scattered all across the gaming universe that went seemingly untouched but by a few (looking at you Dragons Dogma). Don’t let this be one. The world is full of sheep. Reviewers that put down Fortnite and expect to be chugging Mountain Dew while guns are blazing are not going to be happy. But again, and I mean no disrespect in saying so; comparing something like Fortnite to RD2 would be like comparing a Cadillac to a Kia. This is something more. This is something great. How many times does greatness show itself in today’s age. How many times can you afford to let it pass. You owe it to yourself to be part of something happening now. Stop following the scalp in front of you and take the pass to the left. Sit down, saddle up and blaze hell, or slightly less hell if you choose to do so. I promise you this, if you do not, you will stumble across a review months from now and that feeling? Yeah that’s the one. THAT feeling you get when you know you should have played it but Bobby and Suzy and Mark were too busy building ramps while shooting fireworks at 10 year olds and you just couldn’t pull away because......

    Anti Nike that. Don’t do it.

    Don’t be the one to miss this game.

    Nothing like a Rockstar,. Game, that is.
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  76. Nov 16, 2018
    10
    Probably the best game i've ever played. This game has everything, reality, great story, one of the best graphics that i've ever witness with my Xbox one X. I've played 75 hours with this game, and i haven't finished it. I had a lot of years since i enjoyed a game so much. Thanks Rockstar, thanks Arthur Morgan. The experience that this game has given me is beyond measure
  77. Nov 19, 2018
    10
    It's simply the future of sandbox videogames. Game of the year 2018 for me, 10/10.
  78. Nov 15, 2018
    10
    This game was a perfect 10. And then it got twice as good when started playing with headphones. All of those conversations... hunting by sound... map is superb. Scenery is damn pretty. Missions interesting. Animation... Justifies every one of those 70 euros. Cant wait pc release with higher framerate tho.
  79. Nov 14, 2018
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Red dead redemption 2 is a great game, being a prequel to the first Red Dead Redemption it had a lot to live up to, which it did. Red Dead Redemption 2 has one of the best story modes I have played in a long time, it introduces the new main character Arthur Morgan who is a member of the Dutch van der lin gang who wants to be an outlaw in a world growing more with civilization. This game introduces features that are great like cleaning your gun and being able to upgrade and customize your horses saddle. There are some features that feel like their there just be there, like how you have to shave every other day if you want to keep a clean face, and how you have to eat to keep your cores replenished. But that’s what rockstar wanted they wanted this game to feel as real as it could be, they make you feel like you are living in 1899, that’s why you have to eat, shave and pull down the hammer or the lever on the gun to shoot again and you have to wait for the your to get center mass again. Another great thing about this game is the acting, the voice acting and physical acting is life like and realistic. They characters have conversations ranging from their personal life’s how they are feeling about other characters and their distrust of Dutch and Micah. This game also in its cutscene uses elements that directors of films use. It uses a lot of non diegetic sound which sound the audience can hear but not the characters in the game. It also uses light in a perfect way, in the end of the game when Arthur sends John away to be with his family Arthur gets in a fight with Micah, Arthur loses this fight and as he is sitting on the ground as he dies he looks off into the distance, and sees the sun rise, it kinda acts of symbol of Arthur hopes for John raises as he dies, this let’s Arthur die happy because he feels like in all of his life he has done bad, he thinks this time he has done something good. The closing statement I have about this game is that is amazing but not perfect it offers new and fun features but also some ones that feel like they could’ve been left out. The game suffers from repetitive missions which usually end up in a shoot out, riding your horse long distances just to start missions that end up making you leave on your horse. I still think that this game has a potential to be one of the best games of 2018 if not the best. Expand
  80. Nov 15, 2018
    10
    Awesome game on XBox One X with great animations and outstanding attention to detail to everything . To turn the auto aim makes the game more challenging but with it on it can progress you through the generous main story quickly . The animations are superb with a great depth to each character with random NPCs that seem to have a life of their own . Animals decay and dead people are takenAwesome game on XBox One X with great animations and outstanding attention to detail to everything . To turn the auto aim makes the game more challenging but with it on it can progress you through the generous main story quickly . The animations are superb with a great depth to each character with random NPCs that seem to have a life of their own . Animals decay and dead people are taken away by NPCs that bring the vast map to life in ways that the tracking of each player events seems technically amazing for the complexity . I have not encountered any real bugs yet and seems flawless in most game activities . The music and sound are great with some great moments . So far this seems the best game I have seen this year and if it is available on PC , it would be amazing to see this at a high frame rate at 4K with rich HDR . The side activities are too numerous to list and doing novel activities can take up as much time as the main story . To conclude R* have created in my opinion a masterpiece . Expand
  81. Nov 15, 2018
    10
    Good settings, good main characters, interesting missions most of the time, overall fun as a pass time so no complaints from me.
  82. Nov 18, 2018
    10
    Easily the best game I have ever played- everything about it- the story, the world, the graphics, the mechanics, the animations, the dialogue, the characters, the progression- is perfect. This is a must buy, you are missing out if you have not played this.
  83. Nov 24, 2018
    9
    This is one of the greatest games I have ever played. It is so fun and the fact that it's extremely open world is also amazing. The graphics are spectacular. Sometimes it can get annoying because you can't save in missions and some of those missions take so long. Sometimes the game is too 'hardcore' for me so I need a break but I truly believe its the best game ever created.
  84. Nov 14, 2018
    9
    Absolutely stunned by the quality of this game. One of the best looking, sounding, feeling etc. game of the last 10 years.

    PROS -Fantastic graphics (world looks stunning and detail is second to none) -Top notch story/writing (one of the best video game stories ever excluding the dreaded G****a) -Seemingly endless strangers to encounter, animals to hunt, easter eggs to find -All
    Absolutely stunned by the quality of this game. One of the best looking, sounding, feeling etc. game of the last 10 years.

    PROS
    -Fantastic graphics (world looks stunning and detail is second to none)
    -Top notch story/writing (one of the best video game stories ever excluding the dreaded G****a)
    -Seemingly endless strangers to encounter, animals to hunt, easter eggs to find
    -All around great voice acting
    -Side activities are almost as fun as the main story
    -One of the best video game protagonists of all time

    Cons
    -Slow, floaty controls
    -Minor story faltering in middle acts

    This game is a must buy. The review bombing is evident here, this game is a masterpiece.
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  85. Nov 14, 2018
    10
    sin palabras, excelente, simplemente sin temor a equivocarme el mejor videojuego de la generación, si eres un jugador casual y quieres diversión rápida y sencilla este juego no es para ti, pero en cambio si te gusta adentrarte, explorar, investigar, vivir y sentir que eres tu el que vive la experiencia este es el juego indicado, 100% recomendado, lo jugué en xbox one x y es simplementesin palabras, excelente, simplemente sin temor a equivocarme el mejor videojuego de la generación, si eres un jugador casual y quieres diversión rápida y sencilla este juego no es para ti, pero en cambio si te gusta adentrarte, explorar, investigar, vivir y sentir que eres tu el que vive la experiencia este es el juego indicado, 100% recomendado, lo jugué en xbox one x y es simplemente impresionante, no creía que un juego fuera capaz de verse de tal manera... pd. no le hagan caso a los heaters que califican con un "0" o una calificación baja, la mayoria o tal vez todos son usuarios de pc que no pueden disfrutar el juego o en el peor de los casos de ps4 que no pueden disfrutar el juego a 4k nativos. Expand
  86. Nov 16, 2018
    10
    Эта игра... Идеальна.
    Сюжет проработан до мелочей и точно не вдохновлялся Teltaleами.
    Геймплей разнообразный. Допустим, ты хочешь ограбить NPC, Вот варианты это сделать: 1)Ограбить мирно, не прибегая к убийству; 2)Грохнуть без лишних проблем4 (за исключением той детали, что другие жители могут подать заяву, если увидят труп рядом с тобой, так что либо ты играешь тихо, либо готовься
    Эта игра... Идеальна.
    Сюжет проработан до мелочей и точно не вдохновлялся Teltaleами.
    Геймплей разнообразный. Допустим, ты хочешь ограбить NPC, Вот варианты это сделать:
    1)Ограбить мирно, не прибегая к убийству;
    2)Грохнуть без лишних проблем4 (за исключением той детали, что другие жители могут подать заяву, если увидят труп рядом с тобой, так что либо ты играешь тихо, либо готовься прятать трупики в детализированные кусты. Ну или уговаривай его как школьник своего тиммейта в непроивзойдёной CS:GO чтоб он не звонил твоей мамке и не рассказывал как ты материшься)
    3)Связать NPC, ограбить и дальше по ситуации.
    Графика: описывать не буду, это Rockstar, сами всё знаете.
    Музыка: отличная.

    10 пк-бояр из 10
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  87. Nov 18, 2018
    10
    Hikaye = 8
    Oynanış = 8
    Grafikler = 10
    Sesler = 10
    Keyif = 10
    Atmosfer = 10
    Süre = 10
  88. Nov 23, 2018
    10
    I absolutely love this game. Open world is amazing. AI is great. I love the story. There's lots of missions to take up your time and expand on the story of the west.
  89. Dec 8, 2018
    10
    Red dead redmption II 100% masterpice best game of i don't understend peoples ho told game boring
  90. Dec 9, 2018
    10
    This game is arguably one of the best games of all time.

    If you like realism, this game is for you. There is nothing for me to hate about this game, it is dangerously immersive. The graphics are the best I have ever seen on the Xbox One X and they hold up to be way above average on the standard Xbox One. This game is like playing something from the future. It is based on
    This game is arguably one of the best games of all time.

    If you like realism, this game is for you.

    There is nothing for me to hate about this game, it is dangerously immersive. The graphics are the best I have ever seen on the Xbox One X and they hold up to be way above average on the standard Xbox One. This game is like playing something from the future. It is based on hyper-realism, meaning that it will take you a while to ride to your destination if it is miles away, that's the point. The tiny details in the game all mount up to making the world around you feel alive. I'll list a few: Horses and NPCs don't respawn, there are no repeated character models. If one dies, it never comes back into the game. NPCs all have separate daily lives and friendship groups. (Youtube: Following NPCs around RDR2). Your horses balls shrink when its cold (yes there is a weather system with temperature that is location and time dependant). Bodies of animals and humans decompose over days. You need to eat, drink and wash. Your facial and head hair actually grows over time and you can keep it trimmed if you want to. If your hat gets shot off, there will be a bullet hole where it hit it for the rest of the game unless you buy a new one. You need to clean and maintain your guns to keep them shooting accurately. You have to feed and bond with your horse for it to fully trust and listen to you like in real life. New horses have to be broken in to be ridable like in real life. You carry guns realistically, not hiding them up inside your ass like in GTA. There is so much in this, it would be difficult to list them all. What i love even more, I have completed the game after about 120 hours and there is STILL loads of content that I didn't know about.

    Conversations feel real, the story and voice acting is fantastic, the characters leave you feeling like they are actually in your life. There are moments where you forget you are playing a game. Honestly, If this was based around first-person then this would be dangerously immersive and I love that.

    If you take gaming a bit too seriously like I do and want to get immersed inside a new world, then this is the best money you will ever spend.
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  91. Nov 11, 2018
    7
    This is insanely overhyped by both gamers and the media. The game is good, but there are severe issues. Graphics are one of them, of course poor console hardware is to blame, but they should not be parading this thing as the holy grail of graphics, because it's not. When and if, a PC version is released we can discuss it.
    The other big issue I have is the characters. They are not
    This is insanely overhyped by both gamers and the media. The game is good, but there are severe issues. Graphics are one of them, of course poor console hardware is to blame, but they should not be parading this thing as the holy grail of graphics, because it's not. When and if, a PC version is released we can discuss it.
    The other big issue I have is the characters. They are not likeable, these are felons and criminals. Even if you like the western theme, Rockstar seems to have a fixation with crime that is not healthy at all. Good stories can be about thieves in the old west, but this is not one of them.
    Third and last, the strategy of early console release to force people into buying the game twice should be denounced heavily.
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  92. Dec 2, 2018
    9
    Pros:

    1. Great story and characters. 2. Great dialogue. 3. Tons of content. Solid content too. Not much filler. 4. Great graphics. As good as Witcher 3 (if not better). Cons: 1. Bad input lag. 2. Overly complicated and convoluted control system. 3. Bad honor system. I've killed a lot of innocent folk but because I've also greeted a lot of folk I'm somehow this really
    Pros:

    1. Great story and characters.
    2. Great dialogue.
    3. Tons of content. Solid content too. Not much filler.
    4. Great graphics. As good as Witcher 3 (if not better).

    Cons:

    1. Bad input lag.
    2. Overly complicated and convoluted control system.
    3. Bad honor system. I've killed a lot of innocent folk but because I've also greeted a lot of folk I'm somehow this really honorable cowboy.
    4. Everyone in the game rushes you to hurry up all the time and it's annoying.
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  93. Jan 1, 2019
    5
    I'm a PC gamer but bought an XBox One X as a 4K bluray player, it came bundled with RDR2 so gave it a go after reading glowing reviews. But I cannot understand the praise, it's an OK game, nothing special.

    Pros: Well told story, albeit consisting of rather cliched western fodder Well fleshed out characters An incredibly well-detailed world, very strong in this area The animals in
    I'm a PC gamer but bought an XBox One X as a 4K bluray player, it came bundled with RDR2 so gave it a go after reading glowing reviews. But I cannot understand the praise, it's an OK game, nothing special.

    Pros:
    Well told story, albeit consisting of rather cliched western fodder
    Well fleshed out characters
    An incredibly well-detailed world, very strong in this area
    The animals in the game are superbly realised and make the world feel truly alive
    Pretty good graphics for a console, doesn't seem too sluggish on XB1X in 4K HDR mode, but it's not as amazing as people are saying

    Cons:
    Game is not really open world, story is on rails as are the side-quests. If you go off piste you fail quests, you cannot apply any creative thinking to the problems. So rather a dull experience.
    Appalling control system; unintuitive, unresponsive, inconsistent use of controls, makes the game not worth playing for me. It's like playing something from 20 years ago on a PS2
    Silly and laborious systems for inventory, weapons selection and item use, you end up fiddling about so much with the menus that your objective has run off by the time you're ready to do what you need to.
    Endless cut scenes that take you out of the game and ruin the flow of play, you just think you are watching a bad 1970's cowboy film in Sunday afternoon
    Constant talking from all around you that prevents you just getting on with things. I really could not care less if some dumb broad thinks I ought to take a bath or not. It's just tedious small-talk that does not move the game on. Seriously, whoever wrote the script for this really needs to understand those two key story-telling maxims, 'less is more' and 'show not tell'
    Weak combat system that makes you avoid combat rather than actively embrace it
    The game is a horse-riding simulator. It's so dull; ride, ride, ride, then spend 2 minutes doing some boring activity, then ride, ride, ride back, as there's no decent fast travel system. So you just ride over the same boring dirt tracks over and over and over and over. Yeah we get it, you're a cowboy, you ride a horse. Wow. Big deal.
    Overly anal attention to detail about the most petty activities; picking weapons from a saddle bag, watching you skin the same animals hundreds of times over and over and over. You even have to make coffee to drink, seriously, this is the type of tedious activity I do at home before leaving for work, I don't want to spend my gaming time reliving the less exciting moments of my normal life. Playing this game is often like having a second job, but one that's actually less fun than my actual career.

    Main issue is the control system, it's so bad, I can't believe they released the game like this. I use an XB1 controller a lot on the PC as it's the best controller going IMO, so I am used to gamepads, but I have not seen a gamepad control system implemented this badly in decades.

    So a bit of a mixed bag, but if I'd paid for the game, I'd not be pleased. Can't see me moving to consoles for my gaming if this is the best that's on offer.
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  94. Jan 26, 2019
    10
    This game is incredible. One of my favorite games of the generation. There's so much to see and do. The missions are almost all interesting and fun. The controls take a little getting used to but once I did get used to them I had no issue with them. The story it tells is easily one of the very best in gaming. And the open world visuals and details are pretty much the best I've ever seen inThis game is incredible. One of my favorite games of the generation. There's so much to see and do. The missions are almost all interesting and fun. The controls take a little getting used to but once I did get used to them I had no issue with them. The story it tells is easily one of the very best in gaming. And the open world visuals and details are pretty much the best I've ever seen in a game. I immensely enjoyed my time in the game. It's a landmark achievement. Expand
  95. Jan 6, 2019
    6
    It's a too long and boring game with really bad mechanics and not too well created characters. The excellent things - graphics and details. This is my very first Rockstar game I've been playing in and the last one at the same time. I'm not convinced that they are good.
  96. Jan 19, 2019
    5
    Not Fun. In fact, this game punishes you severely for behaving like a damn cowboy.
    I play games to get away from boring reality. This game has boring, time consuming chores, boring slow fishing, boring slow card games, real time theatre shows, slow laborious hunting, slow ass horse riding to get anywhere, slow animated cooking, slow animated cleaning, slow walking in camps. If I wanted to
    Not Fun. In fact, this game punishes you severely for behaving like a damn cowboy.
    I play games to get away from boring reality. This game has boring, time consuming chores, boring slow fishing, boring slow card games, real time theatre shows, slow laborious hunting, slow ass horse riding to get anywhere, slow animated cooking, slow animated cleaning, slow walking in camps. If I wanted to do any of that boring sh1t I would be actually doing it in real life, not playing video games.

    I'm only half way through and I have gone from enjoyment at the beginning, to boredom, to actively being frustrated continually while playing the game.
    Two guys picked a fight with me in a city, they opened fire with no provocation, I shot them, witnesses run screaming and 10 cops spawn in front of you down every street as you try and get away. finally escape with a $383 bounty now on your head, which takes approx 1000hrs to earn back looting people for .40cents at a time. finally pay off bounty, accidentally knock over random npc in the street and it all begins again.

    Yeah the graphics are pretty, but the gameplay is the least fun and satisfaction i have had from a game in a long time.
    I'm giving up on it for now. maybe they will patch it and make it a bit more enjoyable.
    Things it needs:
    Fast travel from anywhere.
    No bounty, or way more loot so it is not so painful.
    Better power curve- there is no progression after about 20%, you have everything decent.
    Skippable cutscenes and animations. Faster animations.
    More realistic police presence, the law is way too quick to the scene, coordinated, numerous and powerful.
    No button press and hold delays, tap in rhythm to gallop everywhere etc, just more user friendly controls.
    better inventory, everything is just so clunky and slow.
    They seem to have made all the worst, most boring everyday stuff more realistic and slow, but made the law telepathic and able to appear in force anywhere on the map in moments. It takes you longer to wait for your horse to get to you and mount up, than a full posse of lawmen to track you down, even though you are ten a ten minute ride from any town, and start shooting, and when you shoot back, it costs you a fortune, and the cops are suddenly everywhere.
    It's a frustrating game. You are apparently supposed to play like a good citizen, but the main story has you shooting up town after town, i just dont get the angle they are trying for. Confusing, aimless and frustrating.
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  97. Jan 23, 2019
    8
    21st Century graphics. 20th Century gameplay.
    Visually stunning, yet frustrating in equal measure.
  98. Feb 3, 2019
    5
    Okay first of all, I was very , very very hyped for this game.. I was a huge massive fan of red dead redemption 1, the problem with red dead redemption 2 is easily to say, they focussed too much on realism and not gameplay. Overall I want to say the gameplay is very clunky and litteraly unplayable. Is this game fun to play? yes if u like watching a movie and want to live inside a game andOkay first of all, I was very , very very hyped for this game.. I was a huge massive fan of red dead redemption 1, the problem with red dead redemption 2 is easily to say, they focussed too much on realism and not gameplay. Overall I want to say the gameplay is very clunky and litteraly unplayable. Is this game fun to play? yes if u like watching a movie and want to live inside a game and eat apples/feed ur horse and threathe it like an survival game.. Since this release of RDR2 I have no faith in rockstar games anymore, they will focus again on online, battle royale, and to make profit from it. My question is here: Do game companys care about gamers? No, only a few companys do but not the large ones anymore. They just want to see how much money u have in ur wallet, anyways the game red dead redemption 2 I was very hyped for is just a clunky, buggy open world game, without real living things and it is very very unoptimized, it feels like the game is released in beta/alpha state. The main character arthur morgan is okay, but very boring to play aswell, the huge problem with red dead 2 is that u cant play it as an ''GAME'', it is like an movie, because everytime when u want to start a mission u enter very long cutscenes, the only few things u do is shooting/ horse riding actually. Those meta scores of this game are way too overrated, im like serious 9,7 from 33 critics? did those reviewers got paid by rockstar? Gamers should rise up and stop those dumb ''casual'' game releases, what I want to say at last is : focus on this when u make an great game: Story > gameplay > open world > character design > mission design > and at the last GRAPHICS, GAMES are not about GRAPHICS, and YES im glad that God of War won the game of the year award, I would be ambarassed if god of war did not win the GOTY, because God of War is an REAL game, Not an MOVIE. Expand
  99. Dec 18, 2018
    6
    Red Dead Redemption 2 serves as just what you would expect a sequel of the first game to be, but slightly worse.
    Some of the things that are fantastic about this game are the graphics, sound design, music and world detail.
    the things i think the original Red Dead Redemption did better are the cover system and the story, these may seem like minor things but honestly it isn't acceptable
    Red Dead Redemption 2 serves as just what you would expect a sequel of the first game to be, but slightly worse.
    Some of the things that are fantastic about this game are the graphics, sound design, music and world detail.
    the things i think the original Red Dead Redemption did better are the cover system and the story, these may seem like minor things but honestly it isn't acceptable for those things to be worse after 8 years.
    some of the things that are just outright bad about red dead are the wanted system (it is inconsistent and often times makes absolutely no sense), the world sometimes seems to large and barren and the gunplay gets very boring very fast
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  100. Nov 26, 2018
    4
    This game is probably the most disappointing since Mass Effect Andromeda. It's astonishing how this game is rated as a 97. I mean, not ALL the critics could have been bought off by Rockstar. I think it's because of the overall quality of games in 2018. Go ahead and look up the top five rated games of 2018, and then contemplate the future death of console gaming. So if you're a critic,This game is probably the most disappointing since Mass Effect Andromeda. It's astonishing how this game is rated as a 97. I mean, not ALL the critics could have been bought off by Rockstar. I think it's because of the overall quality of games in 2018. Go ahead and look up the top five rated games of 2018, and then contemplate the future death of console gaming. So if you're a critic, I mean you have to give at least one game each year a 9 or 10, right? I guess? After all, the game does LOOK great, doesn't it?

    Rockstar seems to have banked on two themes to make this game a success. 1) Make the game look exceptional (and after all, the game does LOOK great). 2) Up the violence and mayhem to the point where you the player murder/rob/beat/terrorize so many innocent people it makes you feel like a card carrying member of the Waffen SS (for Rockstar, FYI, that's not a good thing).

    That's about it. They ignored everything else and it shows.

    I knew something was deeply wrong with this game after I got done with the five hour intro/tutorial and I realized I didn't care about anything. The game does LOOK great after all. The combat is a lot of fun and at times even electric. But in general, I don't, like, FEEL anything while playing this game. The characters all are bland, cookie cutter, uninteresting blobs. The story reads like a five year old's choose your own adventure drawing of the Old West.

    You don't get to make actual decisions that impact the plot / scope of the game. You're a complete spectator in somebody else's game script. The bounty system is asinine. You can kill 20 lawmen, go pay your own bounty that same day in the same city, and then walk around and converse with cops that same day and even though they acknowledge they hate you, nothing happens. Okay, it's a video game, but is this the level of acceptable reality Rockstar was aiming for in an open world game that's supposed to be so realistic you have to remember to brush your horse?

    Between the lack of player agency, the bounty system, and the constant button mashing, it's like Rockstar made a game that looks like it's 2018, but with all the game mechanics and weak story for something made in 2004. It's baffling that they still think this level of overall quality is acceptable for a AAA game. And they'll still probably made a criminal amount of money anyways. So what do I know.

    After a while I only kept playing this game because I paid full price and wanted to feel like I'd gotten my money's worth. If I'd paid like $20 for this game I'd likely have put it down after about 15 hours and never played it again. At times the game is barely playable. Definitely would not recommend it to anybody.
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Metascore
97

Universal acclaim - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 33
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 33
  3. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Dec 18, 2018
    100
    Unquestionably 2018's best game, and an all-time open-world masterpiece. [Christmas 2018, p.89]
  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. 90
    While it has some notable but minor flaws, it's hard to argue that Red Dead Redemption 2 is not a masterpiece. The end result of the meticulous detail, wonderful writing and stunning looks is an open world that sets a new bar for believability, and a time and place I can't stop thinking about or wanting to be a part of.