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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: 79 out of 457
  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 31, 2018
    10
    I do not understand one thing. How can someone give this game less than 10? This is a masterpiece from all aspects and Rockstar nailed it inI do not understand one thing. How can someone give this game less than 10? This is a masterpiece from all aspects and Rockstar nailed it in the best possible way. The details in this game are just jaw-dropping, the story, the atmosphere, the cameras, the cinematic camera option. It is just hard to put this in words how good this game is. You need to try yourself to know what I am talking about. Hats off to all Rockstar studios and people involved in making this game! Expand
  3. Nov 3, 2018
    10
    This game is one of the best games of the decade, possibly ever. There are a few flaws, hand to hand combat is weird and kinda sucks at timesThis game is one of the best games of the decade, possibly ever. There are a few flaws, hand to hand combat is weird and kinda sucks at times and movement as usual with a Rockstar game is a bit weird. But the open world and attention to detail is amazing, gun play is perfect like usual in Rockstar games. Haven't noticed any frame drops at all on my Xbox one so maybe I'm a bit lucky or oblivious. The opening is slow but picks up quickly after the prologue. All the characters are voiced and written extremely well and all them are like able (except Micah in my opinion). Can't wait for the online mode to come out soon. This is by far the best console game I've ever played Expand
  4. Oct 27, 2018
    10
    Amazing game laughable that some pc gamers spend their time creating fake accounts just to give this game 0/10 scores I'm truly starting toAmazing game laughable that some pc gamers spend their time creating fake accounts just to give this game 0/10 scores I'm truly starting to hope it never comes to pc. Not the absolute best game ever made, but really really good. Expand
  5. Nov 3, 2018
    9
    Rockstar Games has done it again. Red Dead Redemption II isn't the next GTA like many people think. It's a whole different ballpark one thatRockstar Games has done it again. Red Dead Redemption II isn't the next GTA like many people think. It's a whole different ballpark one that Rockstar has almost mastered.

    The beginning is a little slow but after you start picking up the pace in Chapter 2 it almost hurts to have to put the controller down (I mean like seriously YOU CAN INTERACT WITH ANYONE IN THE GAME HOW CRAZY IS THAT) Two complaints I have are that general movement especially horse movement is clunky (I can't tell you how many times my horse just flops and I have to walk miles to buy a Horse reviver before it dies on me) and on the base consoles (Ps4/Ps4 Slim, Xbone/Xbone S) graphics are a bit blurry. Gameplay also does rarely gets repetitive at times (Mostly when you have to ride miles to get to a quest)

    Def a buy, def a game of a year but there are just some kinks that prevent me from giving it a 10 it's more like a 9.5/9.7
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  6. Nov 13, 2018
    7
    A stunning game, for sure. But more importantly, so many missed opportunities. The worst for me is how clunky the controls are. Nothing feelsA stunning game, for sure. But more importantly, so many missed opportunities. The worst for me is how clunky the controls are. Nothing feels natural, the game needs to explain every command and many times during the game.

    Then there's the world. it is beautiful, sure, but it was inspired by some of the world's most breathtaking locations, namely the American west. And to be honest, RDR2's locations never give you that awe. And before you say it's a game it's not the same, well many games have accomplished it, so this is not an excuse.

    Luckily, the writing is simply excellent. But even then, the quests never feel like a big deal, but that's not such a problem. I wish I had a bit more guidance in what i am supposed to do next but then, the writing more than makes up for that particular problem.

    As much as i hate saying this, I must admit RDR2 is way too overrated. it's clearly an excellent game but a new Witcher 3 this isn't.
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  7. Jan 15, 2019
    0
    This is not a fun or chill game, simply BORING. Honestly, deserves 7/10 score for beautiful graphics, but i have to rate it at 0/10 to balanceThis is not a fun or chill game, simply BORING. Honestly, deserves 7/10 score for beautiful graphics, but i have to rate it at 0/10 to balance those blind and toxic 10/10 reviewers. Expand

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