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First thought

WOW! – This is my first thought about Red Dead Redemption 2. The original game ranked in my top 5 of all time favourites. The sequel had a lot to live up to and boy did it deliver and then some. I am currently 3 days into the game and have barely scratched the surface of the story progression. Exploring, hunting, poker and taking a bath (ahem!) has taken up the majority of my time. There is so much to do in this game that I feel I need to take a few days off work to fully immerse myself in the story.  The graphics are exceptional and gameplay runs incredibly smooth. The voice acting is excellent and the ambience and atmosphere appears (at this early stage) fantastic. If I had to find a flaw (and this really is nit-picking) then it would be the slower pace of gameplay, but hey – we travel everywhere on foot or horseback!

Horse riding on RDR2

Fantastic feature

I cannot pick just one feature but the level of dynamic realism is a great and welcome feature and can effect how you play. If you don’t wash regularly then Hunting becomes difficult. Hair and Beards grow over time and you have to maintain your livestock and weaponary to ensure reliablity.

But the return of Dead-eye for your gun fights is a cinematic treat!

Score

  • Gameplay 95% 95%
  • Graphics 98% 98%
  • Content 95% 95%
  • Fun 90% 90%
  • Score 94% 94%

Our findings

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a visual and storytelling masterpiece. It looks and feels excellent and is testament to the quality of the Rockstar studio. With in excess of 60hrs of main story content, plus the multitude of side quests and challenges to work through it is awesome value for money. The online offering is still be be announced but it can only add more value to an already outstanding title. While I am no historian, the set-pieces and cut scenes feel accurate as does the artistic impressions of the era. With a development timescale of around 8 years it certainly feels like it was time well-spent.
The Gamer Hive community will be actively support Red Dead 2 and definitely gets the “HIVE” seal of approval.

Official Trailer

Check out the launch trailer!

Gameplay

Game play footage  – also don’t forget to join our Discord server for more photos and videos from our resident cowboys (and cow-girls)
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Shooting while riding a horse on RDR2

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