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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Flawed but Worthy Statement

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    raihidara
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    Read Dead Redemption II is more than a game, it's an experience very rarely seen. It aspires to be so much more than just a game, but unfortunately in doing so it sacrifices convenience and fun for realism at times. Let's start with the negatives: -You're going to waste a lot of time on horseback. Even when you eventually purchase fast travel, it's a one-way trip and is basically useless since you have to start out from camp. You'll be away from camp most of your time. -If you so much as sneeze on someone, you're getting a bounty. This isn't a problem in the beginning of the game when there are only a few people milling about, but once you get to more congested areas with people who are clearly programmed to walk into you or create obstacles, you pretty much have to move at a snail's pace through them which is not fun. -The constant stat drain and upkeep, even with the special edition's boosts, is more annoying than anything. You can ignore it for the most part, but it's still there, always nagging at you to polish things up. -You're going to want to go to the Story section in the menu and manually save after every single minor task you do, because you will be attacked out there, and you will lose everything--your horse, your pelts, etc. You're gonna have a bad time if you just rely on autosaves. -Morality is affected by the most bizarre of things. Protecting yourself from getting shot? That's bad, apparently. Helping someone that's being beaten, and only using your fists so you don't kill them as the game said? Oh wait, fists apparently do kill people now, you lowered your morality, and you've got a bounty. Now for the positives: -This game is the equivalent of an art film given a Marvel budget, and it's a wonder to behold. It's refreshing to see such a meditative, deliberate, and methodical game get this kind of love and exposure. You have to have patience to enjoy this game, as it's a real slow burn. If you are looking for a high adrenaline action, please look elsewhere at 99% of gaming. -The story and dialogue are fantastic. There's humor, menace, real drama and humanity...it's something you don't see from many games. Sure, there are lowbrow moments that bring it down a notch (game writing still hasn't caught up to film after all) but it's leagues beyond the average output of the medium. -The main missions are fantastic. While the world itself can become tedious with its focus on realism, the main missions are all enjoyable, and of course there are a ton of them. This game is huge. It seemed like there were more negatives than positives right? In the end those negatives are more nitpicks than anything, and once you learn the game's idiosyncracies it becomes much more enjoyable. I would give this my personal GOTY recommendation if only the game wasn't so inconvenient at times, but it's still one of the highest quality experiences of this generation, and a worthy successor to one of my favorite games from the previous generation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best So Far

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    JackMaxim
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    It's very simple. I have been playing video games since they began, and have played thousands of hours. I have owned over a dozen consoles and hundreds of games. This game is larger and more detailed than any game I have ever played. The graphics are rich, the story line engaging and interesting. My only word of warning is that this game is so immersive and complex, what will seem like an hour inside the game could be four hours of real life time. When you find yourself doing more chores at your camp site on Horseshoe Overlook than in your own house, perhaps priorities come into question. However, I play games as an escape from the stress of real life and for the entertainment value and this game accomplishes both admirably. It kind of makes me afraid to even consider what GTA6 will bring. Great job Rockstar Games, still the undisputed best developer! PS Please enjoy the enclosed photo; I killed the legendary grizzly bear and made his head into a hat. The comments I get from people in the game are hilarious.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Lightning Doesn't Strike Twice

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    Jodou
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    I love Red Dead Redemption, which is why it is with heartfelt sadness I must give this game 3 stars. The game is simply just not as fun as the first one was to play for multiple reasons. The foremost being that the game overly micro-manages too many 'survival' mechanics that make the game just a chore to play. It disrupts the flow of the game having to stop to manage your 'cores' in the game, health, stamina, and dead eye. Not only for yourself, but the horse as well. You also need to manage things like hunting for your camp and donating money, grooming and feeding your horse, bathing, eating healthy so you stay fit and not too slim/fat; at what point is the game more like real life than real life? Controls are just plain bad, as with all Rockstar games. It's really immersion breaking when your character stops and robotically lines up their horse so that it can be hitch to a post, or backs up and readjusts so they can perfectly align with the object being interacted with. Not only this, but it just feels clunky to control with the horse just spinning in circles until finally galloping the way you intended. Love how the horse has no default jumping button and will trip over the smallest stone unless steered clear. It's just a mess. And why does every interaction with an object need to have a half hour long animation to show all those overtime hours Rockstar employees put in. : \ I'm nitpicking at this point, but the bottom line is the game is just plain not as fun as it could have been to play. The game's redeeming qualities lie in the presentation however, as it looks gorgeous. A lot of work went into the details, which is why it's such a shame it's great to look at but not to play. My recommendation? Try the Fallout 76 beta this weekend and have a blast. I know I'll be. ;)

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Wild West Epic for the Ages

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    starwolf23
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    (This review is written after completing the main story and starting the Epilogue. No spoilers will be given.) Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel to Red Dead Redemption, but manages to be bigger and (usually) better than its predecessor in just about every way. This game is GIGANTIC, and even the required story missions can take you over 30-40 hours to complete without even touching the great side content. The graphics are astonishing at times, brushing closer to realism than I've ever experienced in a video game before. (Of course, this usually happens about 4-5 minutes before a glitch completely reminds me that I'm playing a game, so... oh well!) Sometimes this feels less like a game and more like you're living the main character's whole life for him... and I mean that in a good way. It took me a few hours to come around to it, but eventually I realized that everything that felt "slow" compared to other titles was slow for a reason, and was there to help you feel more engrossed in the world. And engrossed I was... this game's story is absolutely better than many TV shows I could name, and then made even better-er because I could participate in the action! If you enjoy the Wild West, gunslinging action titles, or even just immersing yourself in a realistic world (you could spend hundreds of hours just running through the wilderness and hunting animals and fishing if you wanted)... you owe it to yourself to check RDR2 out. (Now please, Rockstar... more of this and less GTA!!!!!!)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not impressed yet

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    Ultim8Observer
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    This is an early review as I’m not very far into the game but a lot of things early on concern me. First let me say that the attention to scale and cinematics are amazing. But so far that’s really the only positives I’m getting. Sure graphics are better than before but there is old school issues with this game. Camera going through and inside of things, block movements from your character, easily gets stuck on things while walking by, this to me seems like a basic thing as I wouldn’t get caught on a desk while walking by, movements feel very clumsy. Sometimes you hold L2 to pull gun, other situations you don’t and just hit R2. This feels so unnatural. So far the mechanics of this game feel like the creators never played it and just made it look pretty. I guess as far as we have come with video games I thought we wouldn’t be stuck playing a grand theft auto western. Just so clunky I have a hard time enjoying all the beauty because actual game play is so awkward. Not to mention the horrible options wheel you frequent to slowly switch things. This issue has been solved for years with the d-pad but apparently someone forgot to tell them. Just disappointed in the experience so far. I feel like all I do is watch Arthur ride a horse and blindly blast off at blurry foes in the distance. Then listen to Dutch yell at me while I loot bodies. I hope it gets better because this isn’t a world I feel like spending 10hrs in, let alone unlimited gameplay.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A New Standard for Gaming

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    ManKorn
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    I'm a big fan of HBO's Westworld. Like most Americans, I have a fascination with the Old West. Like most gamers, I absolutely loved the original Red Dead Redemption. So when I heard that a sequel (prequel) was on the horizon, I was notably excited. To say this game met my expectations is inaccurate. It didn't care about my expectations. It took me on an adventure unlike anything I've done in gaming, ripped me from reality and jammed me into the dusty boots of an outlaw, and I loved every minute. This game isn't like other games. It's slow, methodical, and brutal. The violence is fairly extreme at times (not gratuitous in a comical sense, but in a horribly realistic sense). There is a great deal of humor, but also a real sense of maturity in the narrative. I am so impressed with this game and what it was able to accomplish. If you liked the first Red Dead, you will love this game. If you like GTA, this is a big change of pacing. If you like Call of Duty (and nothing else) you might not enjoy the gameplay. That said, if you like story-driven narrative, complex characters, and a real sense of immersion, this is the game for you. Also, it should be mentioned, you can pet dogs in this game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Open world at its best

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    LordKit
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    I'm guessing I'm about halfway through chapter 4 and I have to say it's the peak of open world gaming in my opinion. No world has ever felt as alive and lived in. It's hard to be timely with anything you do because there are between 10-15 distractions from point A to point B. Between random strangers asking you for help, high ranking animals to hunt, bad guys jumping you as you mosey along the path or just seeing something that looks interesting in the distance and wanting to see it closer, you will find yourself unable to stay on course at times. And these are the best kind of distractions to the point where some of them become their own side quests that can be far more entertaining than some of the main quests. It has it's issues and I know a lot of people complain about being forced to walk in certain situations but the game is meant to be taken in slowly. You eat before you go out hunting, you make sure to hunt some small game while hunting so you can have food to eat before you camp for the night, you strike up conversations with people around the cooking pot while you have coffee and learn more about the world and your fellow camp members. It's a must play and immediate GOTY contender.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Game - Might Be Overhyped

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    Nittany
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    I'm a huge fan of the GTA series and played RDR 1 but never finished it. I got this game due to Rock Star's reputation and the massive amount of hype associated with it. My initial impression is that it's so realistic it borders on a simulation or highly detailed RPG - some of the detail is a little annoying to keep track of (I don't want to eat if I'm not injured just to keep my weight up so my health drain rate doesn't increase). The game throws a LOT at you in the beginning and expects to you simultaneously read a tutorial while paying attention to dialogue while following a map and steering your horse - I assume it will get better as I learn all of the mechanics, but it's not a great first impression. Also, I find that it's WAY too easy to slip up in town and bump into someone with your horse and get everyone mad at you - annoying if you're trying to play as an "honorable" outlaw. I've played about 15 hours so far and will definitely keep playing in hopes that it grows on me and I'm able to finish it - unlike RDR 1.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great game, possibly the best game of 2018

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    solidsnake
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    The game is like a movie. Graphics are fantastic for this generation but that's not the reason why you will get immersed in this world. It's because of the fantastic writing, pacing and voice acting. I personally paid extra for the Special Edition because it comes with a physical map that you can reference instead of flipping through the in-game menu all the time. The extra missions and free items are helpful at the beginning of the game but not essential. I'm a fan of this game so to me it was worth the extra to get a more complete game since those extra missions are exclusive to this edition. It is NOT essential to the story, however. Whichever edition you go for, it's the right decision because this game is worth your time. There's so much to do and later when Red Dead Redemption Online is released, it will increase the value of this game even further. Highly recommended, a must for every RPG fan.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GAME OF THE YEAR

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    Hands down the best game of 2018. This game is so fun while being so slow. It is a slow paced game but that's to be expected. The presentation is fantastic. The graphics are so life-like that it shows that Rockstar has put in more than 100% on this project. The minor details such as weather effects, searching cabinets, post battle damage, and taking care of your horse and yourself. All of this is what makes it so amazing, the game simulates life but in the wild, wild west. The game play is slow but that's to be expected in terms of the setting. But the combat, hunting, and traveling are all unique in its own right. Hunting has its own mechanics and also combat and stealth. This is the most complete game I've ever played. And online is coming soon and that is probably gonna be Siiick.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A living open world/western

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    Searos
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    This game does a great job of making you feel apart of it world instead of its kind. You never get too strong or too decked out that something can't suprise you. The world is filled with a eccentric ensemble cast and vivid characters that make side quests feel more fun than chore. It's a massive game with loads to do and will be worth every cent you pay. One thing I think its fair folks know is that the game is slow. Its pacing is met to put you in the world and ler you take in whats happening and your consequences. Unlike some open world games this will take time and commitment but with those this game will become a haven for those who want to saddle up and live the life as an outlaw. PS: This is a prequel to the previous game. It's not required you have already played 1 but for those who have the characters will be even more interesting considering you know their fate.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Game of the Year ....Hands Down!!

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    Ninjaken007
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    According to rockstar this is the largest, most detailed open world environment they've ever created and its evident from the moment you take control of your character. Red Dead Redemption 2 is without a doubt Rockstar's shining achievement and showcases the true power of the PS4, especially when viewed using the added 4k resolution of the PS4 Pro. No two days spent in the game are alike, as a result of a refreshingly organic and spontaneous world that develops and moves through time independent of the activities of your character. In short, RDR2 is a must have game, especially if you are a fan of the original versions. No need to hesitate or comtemplate if its worth your hard earned money, because it is my friends....Honestly its been beyond what I expected especially in terms of gameplay. Looking forward to seeing you guys online!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    RDR 2

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    ghostman242
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    I purchased the RDR 2 Special Edition. Receiving exclusive content for the Story Mode including: Bank Robbery & Gang Hideout, Dappled black thoroughbred, Talisman & Medallion GP bonuses, Nuevo Paraiso Gunslinger Outfit and GP boosts, Cash Bonuses & Discounts. The GP is fluid with the open world graphics a notch above amazing. Have had a few problems with glitches and small GP problems, but the producers of this awesome IP RDR2 from Rockstar Games has an amazing Technical Support Team that continues to work on RDR 2’s shortcomings and glitches to make RDR 2 a true work of art. Thank You Rockstar for this work of art IP

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Slow Burn worth the Fire

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    CCausey
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    This game is worth the slow start which isn't just an opening story it's a tutorial as well as also a feeling out process of the world the physics the environment interactions & tone of the game. The game features rich in depth mechanics as well as a true open world similar to the open environment we saw in AC Odessey that is manifested in a robust control to the HUD allowing a more immersive experience this is amazing when you explore & stumble upon a rich amount of NPC's with side missions that offer XP but more important fleshes out the game the world & allows you to be swallowed up in the lore of the cowboy's life. Great story breathtaking visuals & as of now we are about one or two weeks from the online component RDO(red dead online). This game will consume your time it's a slow build to a truly amazing fire.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Rootinest Tootinest Cowboy In the Wild Wild West

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    SpartanNurse
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    If you've played the series from the beginning or have been following this game at all, you already know why I gave this game five stars after you play it for 15 minutes. For everyone else, this is about as close as it gets to playing your very own Clint Eastwood. This has a lot of the same feel as GTA V as in movement of character, riding on your horse or driving a wagon, switching 1st or 3rd person, aiming, etc....But the deeper you go into the game the more the absolutely astounding level of polish in this game shines through. The combat, resource and development systems coupled with a gripping story and deeply developed characters in an absolutely gorgeous and spot on wild west world place this game in a superior tier with the other masterpieces of this generation and is perhaps the game of the year.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Great game / bad store.

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    Nelrick
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    This will be the last time I buy a video game from Best Buy. I ordered the Special edition which comes with some additional things like a more detailed map and a Card with a code for in-game DLC. This edition features a cardboard box with the extra stuff around the wrapped blu ray cd case. The box is only secured by a small piece of tape. I did not notice when I picked it up, but my box was open and it seems an employee of best buy took out the Card with the code to use on their own version of the game. So basically I bought the standard edition for 80 bucks from Best Buy. Thanks a lot for wasting my money, worst buy. And they didn't believe me when i brought the open box back to store.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Rock Star’s Magnum Opus

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    Napalm
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    Bought this game with low expectations since I absolutely ADORED the first Red Dead Redemption, Which completely blew Red Dead Revolver out of the water. Since it was such a gem when it released I expected to be let down by the 2nd boy was I wrong; and boy is Rock Star as a company proving that they are the New England Patriots of the gaming world. This game is worth every single penny you spend on it, excellent story, excellent characters, and so much to do it might take you multiple play-through’s just to experience it all. If you’re a gamer, and you’re looking for Action & Adventure, this is it. I recommend the Special Edition simply because you get access to key horses that are REALLY nice to have; especially since 40% of the game is spent on horseback.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    If you like GTA

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    LittleMike
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    Simply put, this game is basically GTA V in the Wild West. While the Online portion is very immature, it's still in beta, so I won't really comment on that other than to say it's currently pretty bad. The single player experience is excellent, though. The voice acting is top notch, the world is absolutely stunning, and the gameplay is what you'd expect out of Rockstar. It's not without it's issues - the horse controls are a bit of a pain at times, but the map is expansive, the missions are fun, and the story is engaging. I'm really enjoying this installation of the series and I think Rockstar did a fantastic job with it. Now if they could only take a queue from GTA V with online play, this game would be legendary.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Game of the Year.

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    HudsonHawk
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    I was a huge fan of the last Red Dead Redemption, got it on day 1 and had talked friends into buying it within weeks. I haven liked Red Dead’s Revolver which objectively wasn’t great but still a fun spaghetti western influenced game. Anyhow, so I’m obviously biased, but this new incarnation is insanely good. A living, breathing, world that will certainly ignite the gaming imaginations of western fans. Some, who mostly buy these games for the Multiplayer Mode and being forced to play the single player (since the online isn’t live yet) may find themsleves bored during the first act in the snow, with more rigid freedom. All I can say is: enjoy the slow burn the story provides, and just you wait until it opens up with chapter 2.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Game of the year

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    psp46
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    If you love playing games with compelling stories and great characters, this is your game. If you love open world sandbox games buy now. If you love collecting and are a completionist good luck finding everything. Red Dead Redemption 2 will satisfy all that and more. While the gunplay is admittedly geared towards a more arcade like feel it, never takes away from what makes this a game of the year contender. The ability to play white hat, bkackhat, or anything in between means more than one playthrough can still give you more of the story. Once you add the online component, which just kicked off in beta and this masterpiece is guaranteed to give you dozens if not hundreds of hours of gameplay.

    I would recommend this to a friend