Red Dead Redemption 2 is a perfect game in a genre nearly forgotten in the video game industry
Red Dead Redemption 2 is another perfect game in the Red Dead series, just as great, if not more so than the first game. However, it does have less inventive DLC, at least for the solo campaign; they seem to have focused too much on multiplayer, in my opinion. Although the solo game is so long and filled with so much, I'm okay with having no actual single-player expansion DLC (at least so far). However, the base game is perfect; it'll take you hours and hours to fully experience the world of Red Dead Redemption 2; you'll probably even be up into the late hours of the night and early morning playing it because it is that addictive, and fun of a game. Never has just a fishing minigame been made so fun in a video game before, except Far Cry 5, which I will also be reviewing.
Red Dead Redemption 2 has a fantastic soundtrack, just as good as the previous entry in the series, if not better, but they are both so good its hard to compare the two even on just the soundtrack. They've also improved horse riding in this game to make it feel more realistic, and you, the player, can also own more than one horse at a time, which is an added bonus. I also love how you can own several horses and customize them as much as you want, I think even more so than the first game. I also love Arthur Morgan and how the game developers know the meaning of Arthur is bear and the accompanying relationship with the famous king of Britain, which characters in the game mention rarely, but they're worth it. Speaking of which Arthur Morgan is a fantastic character; he is strong, silent comedic at times sad, happy following what the player makes as choices; it doesn't just feel like you are controlling a character but that you actually are that character with an extraordinary level of immersion and gameplay.
You start the game off not knowing how the story will go; you learn the mechanics of the game; first, you fight off a rival gang, save a widow who joins your band of misfits, then you kill some more bad guys you have some fun hunting deer then rob a train and pack your stuff. Then you have hours of fun doing side missions in addition to the main missions, and you make choices that will affect the rest of your gaming experience by changing the reputation your character has and how other people react to them. You get to like characters then love them and perhaps even hate them or have a complicated love-hate relationship with a certain character. Your choices affect your character, and so do the choices of those around the non-player characters you interact with; their decisions also change you and the flow of the story.
Red Dead Redemption 2 has better graphics than the last game with fewer bugs and glitches; in fact, it's so immersive it can easily be mistaken for real photographic imagery from the time of the American wild west. As well as all the subtle ambient sounds, you feel like you're living outdoors during the late 1800s; the sound of hooves clattering on cobblestone streets in Saint Denis is this game's version of New Orleans during the turn of the 20th century. There are giant beasts to hunt, including a giant alligator the size of a bus plus plenty of supernatural enemies at night in the bayous around Saint Denis, from La Llorona to Vampires and the Undead. This partly makes up for this game not having its own version of Undead Nightmare from the first game. Hopefully, we will continue to get new content or at least another game in the series in the near future.
Now finally, let's get the music the soundtrack of the game; as I mentioned, the ambient sounds in Red Dead Redemption 2 have their own immersive and even musical quality, but there is live music as well as music that plays in the background during certain scenes, not unlike the first game. The first game had a strong soundtrack that would be hard to beat, let alone match; however, I believe Red Dead Redemption 2 managed to at least match its predecessor in this area as it does in many other aspects of the gameplay shared in both games. I cannot tell you how nice it felt to not immediately die when entering the water in this game, as well as several added minigames, including fishing. In conclusion, I think Red Dead Redemption 2 is an amazing game, one of the best of the last 25 years, in my humble opinion at least; furthermore, this game manages to match and surpass in several aspects its predecessor and has become one of my favorite all-time video games.