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Red Dead Redemption 2 Review

Red Dead Redemption 2 is an open world free roam game developed by Rockstar Games, the creators of the popular Grand Theft Auto series. Red Dead Redemption 2 was released on October 26, 2018. I must say this is a game that is never too late to start and you should definitely start now if you are a fan of great story driven games.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is an open world free roam game that lets the player feel they are apart of the world. It's a story about an outlaw's life in the late 19th century being apart of a gang that is on the run because of botch heist. The gang jumps around from settlement to settlement trying to out run law enforcement. You play as Arthur Morgan, who is best described as the gangs enforcer, and his path forward. The map is enormous which gives the player an abundance of things to do and people to meet outside of the main story. Unlike Grand Theft Auto, in Red Dead Redemption your actions have consequences outside of the general wanted level. The game has an honor system that will affect different aspects of the game such as missions, people you may meet, how the town folk interact with you, and also when you loot bodies. This encourages the player to be deliberate with how they want their character to be perceived in the world unlike in GTA where you can be good or bad but outside of the wanted level it's inconsequential. There's also a survival aspect to the game where you need to maintain your cores which determine how fast your vitals deplete. Your cores can be maintained by eating and drinking which will require you to buy food or hunt and cook it. The is no shortage of characters with backstories that you as the player can interact with by helping or antagonizing which will affect the your character's honor. You can learn so much about the world of Red Dead Redemption.

So, I must say I dropped the ball on this game and highly recommend it, STILL. Even thought the game is 6 years old, I think the story mode can still captivate gamers. This game is not like a Naughty Dog game where you can just watch the walk through. No, this is a game that every person experiencing it should play it to make their own decisions both that change the story and also change their personal experience. This is a game with so much to do and it depends on your play style that will determine who you meet and what missions may be presented to you. Unfortunately I didn't jump on the wagon because I thought it was just an old western version of Grand Theft Auto and gladly I was mistaken. The only thing the two really have in common is the free roam aspect that lets you feel like you are apart of the world. Other than that this game seems to have WAY more thought into the world than GTA, from the multitude of character you run into and the back stories given to even the insignificant people. As far as the maps, I believe the Red Dead map is larger but what makes it seem incredibly massive is that you must travel on foot or by horse which is way slower than the modern sports cars and jets in GTA 5.



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