Red Dead Redemption 2 Review in Progress Part 1 (PS4)


Red Dead Redemption 2 Review in Progress Part 1 (PS4)

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 was my most anticipated game of 2018, so when October 23rd rolled around it was a calendar event for me. I decided it was time to get a Playstation 4 specifically for this game, and so far, I feel like that decision has been justified.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is very deep of a game, the graphics are insanely good, but the trailers really undersold how much deeper in gameplay the game is. For example, the inventory management in this game is very vast and can sometimes be confusing. I am still at the point in the game where I am getting used to all these menus, like where to find what I’m looking for. Sometimes main mission items are difficult to track down in the menus. As of now, I am not going to count this as a negative because I am very early in the game and can still get used to it moving forward.

The horse management is a million times deeper than the original, as you build a relationship with each individual horse. I have been on at least four or five different horses in the game and some of them definitely felt different in handling. Each horse has its own stats, which is not playing a big role right now, but maybe later. The game does a good job of introducing all the horse mechanics, so you wont be overwhelmed at all.

This leads me to the tutorial elements of Red Dead Redemption 2, which I feel are really well integrated into the storytelling. I am actually quite surprised how well this is done. The game is so vast and deep that you are spending most of the first bunch of hours learning gameplay mechanics one after another, which can be overwhelming, but I am personally ok with it. The one thing I don’t like in the UI is that text in the top left corner which is too small and fades away quickly when showing new mechanic controls. Rockstar does this in all of their games and I wish they would clean this up just a little better for a better user experience. While I am at it, don’t forget to turn on the subtitles AND subtitle speaker name in the options, which is another curiously bizarre decision to separate the nameplate and speech. Even worse, the name of the subtitle is dark greyish and blends in, making it hard to read the name of the speaker.

The story in Red Dead Redemption 2 is definitely a lot better than I anticipated. There are many characters in the game and most of them I remember vividly. This was my greatest concern heading into the game and I am relieved so far. The highly touted dialogue system of being able to seamlessly talk to anyone is as good as advertised. I always greet strangers and really seems real.

I am still in chapter 2 completing side missions, figuring out hunting, and still unlocking certain elements of the game, despite my roughly 8-10 hours invested so far. This is Red Dead Redemption 2 Review in Progress Part 1 and I have no timeline as to when my playthrough will be done or how many progress reports I will write, but I will do another progress report when I see fit for an update as the game unfolds more. As you can imagine, playing a vast game like this and covering other games for this site is a bit of a juggle, but I can’t ignore other games because I have a website to run.

That’s all I have to say for now.

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