I finished Red Dead Redemption 2. Incredible game in every sense. It’s thoughtful, beautiful, crazy, funny, sad, it’s got everything. I think this should be high on everyone’s list while stuck indoors. It’s really a great way to escape. I don’t want to get spoilery, but I have to agree with all the folks about the main protaganist Arthur. He really is the best written character in video games (at least AAA level). His arc makes sense, it’s gradual, and it does a good job of dealing with the gang’s violent tendencies. I really didn’t care for his character for the first few hours, but I realize now, I think that’s by design. His character is developed so well all the way through the epilogues, you really get to sympathize with him and his plight and even root for him. Even the most minor of side characters all have their parts to play, and I don’t think a single member of the gang isn’t explored to some extent. Hell even the horses have some personality (Buell!).
The story itself is very 2016. It’s not terribly well disguised, but it is a great setting for it. There are times where it’s overly blunt (when you first get to the American South), but for the most part the theme just simmers throughout the 30 or so hours of main story line.
The world is gorgeous, and absolutely massive. When you think the game ends, it opens up about another quarter or so of the map. And it’s all intricately detailed, there’s no area that just feels empty or repetitive. There are so many little details to find, and everything just looks so damn nice! It all flows together into a mini North America.
The much maligned-controls? I don’t get it, I never had a problem in 80 hours and I played on a controller. No miss-fires even. Yeah there are a ton of controls, and most are context sensitive. But all that adds such a level of interactivity that I wouldn’t want to change it. The game is designed to be slow and thoughtful, and I think the controls are the best example of that.
Since we are due for a good western TV mini-series (wow Godless was 3 years ago already!) I’d nominate this one. I really think it could work! Of course until they do, and miss the whole point…
I’d love to engage in some spoiler stuff, so if anyone else is playing through it or has recently, perhaps a new thread would be good. I’m already planning to start it over again (I bet the story, by itself with little or no deviation is close to 30 hours. I clocked in around 80). Finally, it makes me sad that Rockstar will likely be moving back to GTA which is (IMO) the complete opposite of the RDR series and one I have a really hard time getting behind. I want more sad cowboy stories dammit!
In a complete act of whiplash I am on to Doom:Eternal which is also perfect in it’s own way. It’s complete insanity.
I’m having a great time with it so far. But the pull of RDR2 is still strong, so I’ll probably be jumping between the two depending on my mood.
Bottom line, Red Dead Redemption 2 - lives up to the hype and is totally worth the asking price.