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'Red Dead Redemption 2'

Thoughts, Opinions, Concerns

The newest edition to the Rockstar franchise has recently been released in Red Dead Redemption 2. After a good amount of hours have been put into the game, I thought an honest review was in order. Before we continue I will set your mind at ease and let you know that this will not ruin the story in anyway. The first bit of praise that is in order for this game is for the story itself, the character development in this game is fantastic, I quickly found myself becoming attached to characters that are in your gang, for good reasons or for bad. The way each character generally has something to offer is very refreshing in the world of single player games, if you hang out at camp for a long enough period of time you will find that simply interacting with other gang members by, say, sitting around the fire at night for supper quickly gives you insight into who they are, where they come from, and why they are apart of the Van Der Linde Gang. Members of your gang will often ask you to do them favors, for instance go out into the world and collect items for them, most people ignore this but if you do enough of them you will get something in reward for all of your hard work and traveling time. With how good the story is written and how well the characters are designed it leads me to my next point. Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the most in depth games I have ever had the privilege of playing, Rockstar truly left no stone unturned when it comes to this game, from how incredible the graphics are to how interactive everything is throughout the world. Many things that people may not know affect your experience in Red Dead Redemption 2 are as follows. Gun maintenance, this one is huge! you know the gun oil you can purchase from the store or pickup through out your journey? Well this is extremely important you need this to maintain your gun and clean it. A dirty gun will lose damage, range, etc, for a quick process of cleaning your weapons it makes a huge difference. Make sure you and your horse eat, this is something that I don't believe is really explained but you and your horse can become underweight which affects their performance, Arthur can also become over weight which affects his performance in different ways. Everything you do in this game seems to have some sort of consequence; like taking care of your player and your horse, another very interesting system that is involved in this game is the karma system, every time you go out and rob or kill an innocent person a little red cowboy image appears in the corner of your screen with a minus sign this is your karma lowering. Every time you do something good like helping a stranger or greeting people a white cowboy image with a plus sign appears. To many this doesn't matter but keep in mind that whether you choose to be good or bad matters especially when it comes to outfits. If you go into the store to look at outfits some will be unlocked, these aren't locked because you haven't progressed far enough but because of what your karma level is at. Some outfits require you to be good, some bad. Now with all of the praise that I've given to this game their is room for some concern. The concern of Red Dead Redemption 2 comes from what hasn't been released yet and that is an online mode. I have a great deal of concern for this for many different reasons, RD2 is incredible in its story mode, you can see all of the praise I believe it deserves in the beginning of this review. My question is how does that transfer to online with multiple different players, will the game lose some of its seriousness and activities from the story mode such as hunting/fishing? Im not sure. I look at Grand Theft Auto 5 which really was one of the first of its kind online experiences and go back to a time where it was very different then it is today, it was less cartoony and more seriously based, that has all since changed over the past few years. My fear is that Red Dead Redemption 2 online will follow in Grant Theft Auto 5's online experience and while these are two totally different games my concern in still there. Until online comes out for RD2 these are nothing more then concerns, as for the story version of the game a proper ratting needs to be given. I would give RD2 a 9/10 for its story mode, for a video game player like me I absolutely love this game specifically because I enjoy open world single player games that take hours and hours to play and explore. For this review I have to ignore my own personal taste in games and give the most unbiased ratting as possible, The number 1 reason I do not give this game 10/10 is because if you are not a player like me who enjoys throwing themselves into the story, the side quests and general exploring will get you bored of this game and you will get bored of this game relatively quickly. With that being said I don't believe anyone should stay away from this game but just know what you are in for. It is very possible to just focus on story missions and cruise through the game if you're not into the side quests and general exploring, its also very possible to have a great time while totally ignoring the main story, I would suggest beating the tutorial and reaching chapter 2 before you attempt this though. To sum it all up Red Dead Redemption 2 is truly an incredible game that I would highly suggest picking up, you will have hours of fun in this game and find some cool things along the way.

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