This review does not cover Red Dead Online.
The award winning Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming up on it's 3 month anniversary this Australia Day, and in this time I have been able to play it quite in depth. Obtaining 100% completion in my first play through and currently halfway through a second, well on my way to the Platinum Trophy.
This game truly is a masterpiece, an experience that everyone should have. The characters, their development, the story, the writing, the soundtrack, the details and references, and attention to detail, just makes playing the game such an amazing, sometimes even emotional journey.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is set in 1899, the age of the Wild West and outlaws is coming to an end as the world civilises. It is a prequel to 2010's Game of the Year Red Dead Redemption, and follows the story of the "Van Der Linde" Gang on their journey through a vast open world seen through the eyes of Arthur Morgan, one of the gang's most senior members.
The game begins with the gang escaping through the mountains after a botched boat robbery in the rural city of Blackwater, and follows their movements through the diverse environment as they move from place to place, evading rival gangs, the law, and a private army, all while trying to execute Dutch's master plan to get the gang out of country and start a new life.
Gameplay wise, it can be played in either first or third person perspective, and has fast paced, intense action, which contrasts well with the overall slow pace of the game. There is about 60 hours of main story, with about the same again in side missions, collectables and activities playable throughout and after the story. There are also some light RPG elements within the game, such as the honour system, which affects store prices and certain events throughout the game.
The customisation within the game is also very detailed, both for outfits and weaponry, in fact it deserves an article all for itself.
Overall, the gameplay is great, with few bugs however those that are there are usually quite comedic and have little impact, and in a way improves the story with how well it plays.
I highly recommend Red Dead Redemption 2, it is such a rich game, and has so much in it to do and experience. If you haven't played it, you're missing out.