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Red Dead Redemption 2: 10 Reasons It’s Rockstar’s Best Open-World Game –

 

 

Considering how successful Grand Theft Auto V was, making a game that lived up to or even surpassed it was a herculean task. Did Rockstar manage it?

With Red Dead Redemption 2, it’s safe to say that Rockstar have completely outdone themselves, creating a game that feels more like an long-span interactive movie than anything they’ve ever done.

Red Dead Redemption 2 features a gripping story, amazing characters and finely-tuned gameplay, but the real highlight has to be its open world.

Rockstar made their name by being one of the first developers out there to focus on an open-world with Grand Theft Auto 3. Since then, almost every game they’ve released has had an open-world, and each time they’ve tried to improve upon what came before.

Their last game is one of the most successful games of all time and features a huge open world with plenty to do. That’s some pretty tough competition.

Despite that, Red Dead Redemption 2 delves deeper into so much of what makes an open-world great, that it outdoes the competition in almost every way. It’s quality, not quantity.

10. The Small Details Make It Real

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Easily one of the most impressive things about Red Dead Redemption 2 is the level of detail that has been put into every facet of its production.

Even just listing a few of the small details that are in the game is enough to make the mind race. Horse testicles shrink and expand, Arthur’s clothes get wet and dirty and your actions in the world actually impact the people around you.

Although a lot of this may seem like fluff and padding to make the game world seem more in-depth… well is that at all a bad thing? Unlike any open-world game before it, Red Dead Redemption 2 makes you actually feel like you’re inhabiting its world, and that’s truly a testament to Rockstar’s work.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of those games where you’re constantly noticing little things to be impressed about, and although that’s true of a lot of Rockstar games, this is a whole new level.

9. Almost All The Activities Are Great Fun

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Everything from robbing strangers to playing dominoes is present in Red Dead Redemption 2, and for once none of them feel pointless.

Did you ever really play tennis in GTA V? Didn’t think so. Rockstar clearly knew this when going into Red Dead Redemption 2, and made it their mission to make every activity in the game

Did they succeed? Almost entirely.

The returning activities such as five-finger roulette and Blackjack are great fun, but it’s really the more dynamic things that stand out, such as robbing stores or hijacking trains. Every single character in the game can also be robbed, which definitely makes playing honourably difficult.

There are, of course, a few activities that you’re better off not doing, such as dominoes or fishing, but even then they’re a lot better than some of the things featured in GTA V. The fat has definitely been trimmed.

The Blackjack minigame alone can hold your attention for hours, and that’s the sign of a good activity.

8. Graphics Are Truly Mind-Blowing

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While it may be true that graphics don’t make the game, what Rockstar have managed to achieve with Red Dead Redemption 2 is truly impressive.

More than most other games from this generation, Red Dead Redemption 2 feels like it’s pushing this hardware to the absolute limit.

That’s because every single aspect of Red Dead Redemption 2 is meticulously crafted down to the very last detail. Characters are incredibly detailed, environments are full of wildlife and the draw distance is truly amazing. No detail in Red Dead Redemption 2 goes amiss.

As great as all the other details are, it’s the lighting has to be the star of Red Dead Redemption 2 though.

Whether it be in the moonlight or the sunrise, lighting is always extremely impressive. Beams of light shine through the trees and paint the floor around Arthur, and it never gets old seeing these effects breathe life into the world.

We thought Grand Theft Auto V was impressive, but this really puts things into perspective.

7. The Conversation Mechanic Is Incredibly Unique

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In a very Bully-esque manner, Red Dead Redemption 2 introduces a gameplay mechanic that allows you to berate or compliment people to your hearts content.

To put it bluntly, this is one of the games’ best new additions.

Pretty much every character in the game can be interacted with in this way, although it’s best seen in your own camp. Every time there’s a big event in the game, the characters can be asked their opinion and that results in hundreds of unique conversations.

Even if you aren’t taking into account all of the ways that this mechanic can actually be helpful, it’s still incredibly fun. Walking around the busy towns and complimenting or aggravating everyone you see can lead to some pretty

It’s even more impressive when the NPC’s react to Arthur in a realistic manner. A lot of the time, they’ll end up running away, but the rare instance they actually properly react is genuinely memorable.

An updated version of this absolutely needs to make it into a sequel to Bully.

6. Strangers Are The Best They’ve Ever Been

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With a game world so big, there’s bound to be some strange people out there…

As always in a Rockstar game, the best side missions that Red Dead Redemption 2 has to offer are the Strangers. Throughout the world you’ll find various characters that need your help in one way or another.

Some of these missions will span across several different areas and times, whilst others will be a one and done deal, but each of them is incredibly varied and really opens up Arthur’s character.

Considering how dark the main story can be at times, Strangers really help break up the pace a bit and let the player breathe.

Even the missions that simply have you looking for special items are quite interesting, and really build upon the lore of the world itself. Rockstar have a habit of hiding a lot of secrets in their worlds, and that’s definitely present here.

Red Dead Redemption also had some pretty great Stranger missions, but it’s safe to say that Red Dead Redemption 2’s are more memorable.

5. Horses Are Your Best Friend

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Horses have evolved from being a pretty fun form of getting around, to something you become genuinely invested in.

Rather than just being living vehicles, horses in Red Dead Redemption 2 have to be looked after realistically and need to be cleaned and fed. This may sound annoying, but it truly does get you to care for your horse.

Horses also control a lot better, especially when you reach the third bonding level and get to horse drift. It’s honestly more fun to ride your horse in Red Dead Redemption 2 than it is to drive a car in GTA.

Saying that, they also act how you’d expect a horse to act, which means at the start they don’t always follow orders perfectly and can often run into and away from things. Once again, this may seem a little annoying to put up with, but Red Dead Redemption 2 really is all about the details.

The day that Bojack gets killed, you know there’s going to be tears.

4. Customisation Is Incredibly Detailed

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One of the best parts of any Rockstar game is the amount of customisation you can do, and Red Dead Redemption takes further than ever before.

Of course, the best part of any customisation is the clothing options, and that’s no different in Red Dead Redemption 2. Besides having an amazing amount of choice, the game also lets you alter specific details like having your sleeves rolled down. This absolutely needs to be in any future Rockstar game.

Arthur himself is also very customisable, with both his hair and beard having multiple different styles depending on the length. The fact that the hair grows in real time is also a nice touch, and fits in well with the realism Red Dead is going for.

It’s not just clothing that’s amazingly customisable either, as almost everything that Arthur uses can also be given a personal touch.

Guns in particular offer a lot of customisation options, which really makes them feel unique. There is no better feeling than killing with a gun of your own styling after all.

3. Hunting Is A Great Distraction

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The original Red Dead’s best feature was arguably its hunting, and Red Dead Redemption 2 manages to improve it in every way.

In the first Red Dead Redemption, hunting was a great side activity that saw you killing endless amounts of animals just for their fur. As fun as that was, Red Dead Redemption 2 adds a lot of depth to the activity and makes it so much better.

Animals now provide food for either the player or the camp, which means that hunting actually has a purpose besides giving money. Each animal also has different quality ratings and can even require different types of ammo to successfully take down.

Arthur also has access to an ability called ‘Eagle Eye’, which makes it possible for him to track animals easily.

The first time you ever skin an animal in Red Dead Redemption 2 will stick with you for a long time, and that’s a testament to how great the detail is.

Let’s hope this is a big focus for Red Dead Online.

2. Shooting Has Never Been Better

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As an outlaw, one of the things that you’ll be doing a lot of is shooting people. Good thing it feels so good this time around.

Taking a lesson or two from Max Payne 3, Red Dead Redemption 2 has much more realistic and weighty shooting mechanics, which is a massive improvement on GTA V.

Speaking of Max Payne 3, Arthur also has a combat dive that he can use which certainly mixes things up a bit from the traditional (and useless) roll.

What really differentiates Red Dead Redemption 2 from any other Rockstar game is that everything, from rifles to pistols, really has a lot of kick and power to it. You actually feel like you’re shooting something for once.

The impressive amount of detail also comes into play here, as the detail on each gun and the realistic reloading animations make each firefight feel visceral. Bullets whizz past your head in a flash, and the environment even ends up taking damage.

If you don’t agree, try shooting someone in the head with a shotgun.

1. The World Is Huge And Varied

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2018 really has been one of the best years for huge open world adventures.

As you’d expect from a Rockstar game, the world is really the star of Red Dead Redemption 2, and it is absolutely huge. Getting from one location to another is one of the things that you’re going to be doing a lot of in Red Dead, so it’s a good thing that the world is actually interesting to explore.

The amount of variety in the world is what makes it so impressive. The original Red Dead only really felt different in Mexico and the woodland areas, but now we have swamps and smoky industrial cities to mix things up a bit more.

No matter where you end up going, there is always something to look at, shoot, or talk to and that’s pretty impressive considering how empty some open worlds often end up feeling.

Even if the map isn’t the biggest in gaming, the density of it is really what makes it impressive.

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