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  • Summary: Developed by the creators of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland. The game’s vast and atmospheric world also provides the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience. America, 1899. The endDeveloped by the creators of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland. The game’s vast and atmospheric world also provides the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience. America, 1899. The end of the Wild West era has begun. After a robbery goes badly wrong in the western town of Blackwater, Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang are forced to flee. With federal agents and the best bounty hunters in the nation massing on their heels, the gang has to rob, steal and fight their way across the rugged heartland of America in order to survive. As deepening internal fissures threaten to tear the gang apart, Arthur must make a choice between his own ideals and loyalty to the gang that raised him. [Rockstar] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 33
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 33
  3. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Oct 25, 2018
    100
    Red Dead Redemption 2 raises the bar for sandbox adventure games. It’s organic in a way almost unseen in any genre, creating an authentic open world that is as cohesive as it is compelling. This title will set the bar for action adventure games for years to come.
  2. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Dec 18, 2018
    100
    Unquestionably 2018's best game, and an all-time open-world masterpiece. [Christmas 2018, p.89]
  3. Oct 25, 2018
    100
    Red Dead Redemption 2 stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Grand Theft Auto V as one of the greatest games of the modern age. It’s a gorgeous depiction of an ugly period that’s patient, polished, and a huge amount of fun to play, and it’s combined with Rockstar’s best storytelling to date.
  4. Oct 25, 2018
    100
    Red Dead Redemption 2 isn't just a masterwork with an unparalleled attention in details and world development, but a real new milestone in its genre, capable of further shortening the distance between movies and games, but without sacrificing gameplay and complexity. A game that everyone should play.
  5. Oct 25, 2018
    100
    Red Dead Redemption 2 lives up to everything and more with what Rockstar Games have promised. More importantly, the gameplay is enjoyable and accessible, the story engaging and the characters are interesting, however what Rockstar Games have achieved is creating a truly interactive, immersive and massive open-world game that feels solid and you can almost imagine that you are part of this world.
  6. Oct 25, 2018
    97
    Red Dead Redemption 2 may not be perfect, but its minor shortcomings are like tiny blemishes on a stunningly beautiful face. In a way, they only serve as a reminder of how this world isn't made for perfection. Every single aspect of the game will put you into the very shoes of an outlaw roaming America with his gang as they try to escape the law long enough to make the money needed to disappear for good. It's an epic, memorable and engrossing tale which also elevates the open world genre to new heights with the brand new interaction system, a cast of memorable characters and a ton of high-quality content to play for a long time.
  7. 80
    Red Dead Redemption 2’s missteps are few. The autosaving system is a little bit cruel, leading you to replay failed missions not from a pivotal point, but often from the very beginning of the mission or the section; the game should have taken cues from Ubisoft’s Far Cry and implemented far more friendly checkpoint saves. And while horseback riding in this game is largely fantastic, it’s odd to spend so much time tapping a button just to create your horse’s pace. This is intuitive -- but it feels unnecessary at times, too. The entire Red Dead experience, though, feels fantastic overall.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 84 out of 478
  1. Oct 26, 2018
    10
    Red Dead Redemption 2 isn't a game that should be taken lightly. This is true in most of Rockstar's long list of games, which often overwhelmRed Dead Redemption 2 isn't a game that should be taken lightly. This is true in most of Rockstar's long list of games, which often overwhelm the player with their sheer size and mechanical depth. Red Dead Redemption 2, however, stands out as a pinnacle among masterpieces. You may, understandably, assume that I'm simply riding the "Red Dead hype wagon" but, unless the game drastically changes after the first 10 hours or so, this is certainly not the case.

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

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

    To summarize: Red Dead Redemption 2 is a must buy for anyone looking for a deep and fleshed out experience, that gradually unfolds during many hours of game time. It's not a game that you can rush through over the weekend (though, admittedly, I myself might in retrospect have been a bit too hasteful in order to experience as much as possible in a short time window). If you're willing to put in the time however, Red Dead Redemption 2 is guaranteed to offer you a complete and thrilling experience, brimming with possibilities for the player to discover. If I have one complaint regarding the game it's that it didn't come out sooner.
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  2. Oct 29, 2018
    10
    Take it for what it is - I'm a huge fan of R* games - still play GTAV Online all the time (sorry if I blew your ridiculously expensive car upTake it for what it is - I'm a huge fan of R* games - still play GTAV Online all the time (sorry if I blew your ridiculously expensive car up multiple times) but really, if you like westerns, if you like open world, this game is it. Beautiful imagery, sounds are great, acting is top notch and believable, controls operate responsively. RDR2 is utterly entertaining and satisfying for both white hat and black hat cowboys.

    Is it perfect? Find me perfect and I'll debate with you why it's not. Perfect is in the eyes of the beholder. Nothing is perfect, but RDR2 is as close to it as you can get - and for what's not perfect, that's what patches and DLC are for. I find it excels over RDR1, truly... and the debate between RDR2 and GTA4 - well, if you can suspend the fact that you're comparing modern-day over the old west and pair it down to basic video game mechanics, well, yes, it excels there too. Is it better than GTAV - again, different genre, but given it's made for this generation of gaming systems, I truly believe R* delivered on all fronts. That said, I am looking forward to GTA6... just because... but I digress...

    The weapons are satisfying to shoot. The anarchy and crimes are satisfying to commit. Yes, there is a lot of traveling on horseback, which I admit, I was concerned about before release, but now that I've played it, it works - plus all of the mayhem that occurs between points A and B are a hoot.

    RDR2 will NOT make everyone happy - obviously - but given what I've said here, if you are into this sort of game, this game delivers.

    In summary - if like don't like fish, you won't like a fish sandwich. If you don't like westerns, you won't like RDR2. But if you do - you'll love this as this is one hell of a whale dinner.
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  3. Oct 31, 2018
    10
    I love video games.. been playing since i was able to pick up a controller and I can safely and confidently say that this is the mostI love video games.. been playing since i was able to pick up a controller and I can safely and confidently say that this is the most complete, well made video game I have ever played in all of my 20 years of gaming. I truly didn't think Rockstar could surpass the scale of GTA 5 but they did it in a wild west setting and its truly ALIVE. Never have i felt so connected to the world and immersed in its setting and characters. This is truly a MUST HAVE video game for your collection.. a true Masterpiece of storytelling and gameplay... Bravo Rockstar Expand
  4. Oct 26, 2018
    10
    Десять из десяти. Почти сутки не могу оторваться, единственное управление лошадью немного неудобноеДесять из десяти. Почти сутки не могу оторваться, единственное управление лошадью немного неудобное
  5. Nov 1, 2018
    9
    This is the place to play this game.. until it comes out on PC. Graphics are so above PS4 and PS4 Pro. Fun, love the theme. Can be annoyingThis is the place to play this game.. until it comes out on PC. Graphics are so above PS4 and PS4 Pro. Fun, love the theme. Can be annoying with how many animations are present Expand
  6. Dec 8, 2018
    7
    The graphics, story, and overall presentation is a great experience. The traveling back and forth can get a bit repetitive and boring. TheThe graphics, story, and overall presentation is a great experience. The traveling back and forth can get a bit repetitive and boring. The most annoying thing are the controls. The controls feel over complicated, and clunky. Expand
  7. Dec 28, 2018
    0
    It's realistic but to a fault. The game is just beyond boring. You're literally going to spend half your playtime riding around on a horse.It's realistic but to a fault. The game is just beyond boring. You're literally going to spend half your playtime riding around on a horse. The world looks nice, but when you're forced to admire it for 50 hours in order to get through the game, that's unacceptable. Combine that with the ridiculous online microtransactions, and this is one of the worst games I've ever played. Avoid! Expand

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