‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Review Roundup
The rootin’-tootin’ cowboy shoot-em-up Red Dead Redemption 2 has all but rolled in, and the gaming public is greatly anticipating another bout of open world Old West. Excitement has only grown over the last few months with various bits of gameplay moving out over time and painting a decidedly pretty picture for the latest project from Rockstar Games.
Fortunately, reviews for the Red Dead sequel look to keep all that positivity intact. Critical praise has been delivered to pretty much every aspect of the title, with the breath of open-world activity, immersive in-game environments, and engaging characters being considered the brightest spots of the epic western adventure.
ComicBook – 5/5
The amount of replayability is through the roof, whether you want to create a business enterprise for yourself or your ‘family’ or just seek getting into trouble with a few shootouts and wagon takeovers. We’ll still be playing for months and finding something — and that’s not even counting the promise that comes with Red Dead Online. Hope you saved some time for that in November.”
Eurogamer – “Breathtaking”
It offers something else besides, though: a richness, detail and technical prowess that is breathtaking, and peerless. Is this Rockstar’s greatest game, a new masterpiece alongside the original? There are one too many caveats, and one too many flaws at its heart, to leave me totally convinced. Is this its richest, most beautiful open world? Of that there’s not a single doubt.”
Game Informer – 10/10
Rockstar Games has outdone itself again with Red Dead Redemption II. The up-close portrayal of the outlaw Van der Linde gang’s unraveling is a compelling companion story that blends seamlessly with the original game, and depth and breadth of the open world is a technical triumph that every gamer should experience.”
GameSpot – 9/10
If you played Red Dead Redemption, you know who survives and as a result who probably won’t make it to the end of the game. Even during the slower parts, you’re waiting for betrayals and injuries and other events you’ve only vaguely heard mention of before. You’re waiting for characters to reveal their true selves, and watching as everything unravels is riveting and heartbreaking if you know what’s to come.”
IGN – 10/10
The conditions on the mountain are almost claustrophobic, with visibility at a premium and thick snow trapping Arthur’s feet. Being set loose in the true open world after toughing it out in this intentionally oppressive environment really underscores the incredible feeling of freedom the full map offers.”
Kotaku – “This Game Has Heart”
There is a pulse pumping through this techno-artistic marvel. This game has heart; the kind of heart that is difficult to pin down but impossible to deny. It is a wonderful story about terrible people, and a vivacious, tremendously sad tribute to nature itself. There is so much beauty and joy in this expensive, exhausting thing. Somehow that makes it even more perfect—a breathtaking eulogy for a ruined world, created by, about, and for a society that ruined it.”
Variety – “Completely Absorbed”
I cared about what happened to these people, I cared about their stories and their lives, and there were moments where I was genuinely saddened or excited by what happened to them. And as the story winds toward its various conclusions, I was completely invested in them, hoping for the best, and fearing the worst. For someone there for the story, who wanted a game to feel fun more than they wanted it to feel comprehensive, I was completely absorbed.”
Red Dead Redemption 2 releases for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 26th.
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Phone-browsing Wikipedia in one hand and clutching his trusty controller in the other, the legendary Eric Hall spreads his wealth of knowledge as a writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. Be sure to catch his weekly "Throwback Thursday" segment for a nostalgic look at trivia from the past.