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Review: Red Dead Redemption 2 – A Masterpiece In Terms of Story & Graphics

Read dead redemption 2 poster
Read dead redemption 2 poster

One of the genres that have been around for a long and have always been loved by fans is the open-world genre. Open-world games provide the players not only with the main story but also let the players roam around freely to explore the world around them. Open-world games are one of the hardest to create for developers as one can not predict the choices others make or how far they will try to explore.

Thankfully there are a lot of experienced developers out there who are ready to take on the challenge and provide us with a game that can be played easily and a world that we can explore freely.

It is the thrill of going into the deep oceans or taking a walk through the dangerous forests at night that makes the players love these types of games. Since the audience gives them immense support, open-world games are also loved by producers and publishers.

If one combines an open-world game with a western theme, then it is a feast for gamers. Everybody is going to love roaming around exploring in the old times riding on horseback, and taking on your enemies in an old-school showdown kind of way. If you are one of those people who would love such a game, then we have the best choice for you.

Red dead redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 Stills (Credits: Rockstar Games)

Red Dead Redemption 2 is the latest edition in the Series. The game is developed and published by none other than Rockstar Games, who have gifted us with many great open-world games, such as Bully and Grand Theft Auto, which might be one of the most popular games out there.

Red Dead Redemption 2 was released for PlayStation4 and Xbox One on October 26, 2018, and it was soon made available for Windows users the next month on November 5, 2018. It was released 8 years after the first part, but the wait was worth it.

The game already gained an immense amount of support quickly as its predecessor was also loved by everyone. It became so popular that people started comparing it to Rockstar’s other big releases like GTA. Red Dead Redemption was a big project. In order to make the game, Rockstar put together a team consisting of all its studios. It is also one of the most expensive games Rockstar created.

The money invested was worth it as the game sold 23 million copies, generating a revenue of 1.3 billion dollars in 2018. It did not stop there and kept on going making Rockstar Games millions and millions of dollars. It is true you can judge a game by the numbers it generates when it is released by Rockstar, but you have to accept that the game is a masterpiece when it is nominated for the Game Of The Year award.

Red dead redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 Stills (Credits: Rockstar Games)

Red Dead Redemption 2 was nominated for the Game Of The Year award in 2018, along with other big names like God Of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man. The game won the most awards at the event. Unfortunately, it was not able to get the Game Of The Year award and was defeated by God Of War. Still, many believe that Rockstar Games were robbed and that Red Dead Redemption 2 was the true winner.

There is no doubt that the game is a masterpiece, but what makes Red Dead Redemption 2 so great? What are the aspects of the game that made the audience fall in love with it? Do people love it only because it was released by Rockstar Games? or is it actually something we have never seen before?

So if you are trying to decide whether you should get this game or not, then all your doubts are about to be cleared.


Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel to Red Dead Redemption 1. At the beginning of the year 1899, America was moving towards civilization. It was a celebration for those who followed the law, but the outlaws were disturbed.

Most of the west was already tamed, and there were only a few gangs remaining in the west. This makes the remaining gang members decide that they should get one last big heist and retire in a land so far away that the government can’t apprehend them.

A gang leader named Dutch Van Der Linde decides to go on a big heist with his gang, trying to collect as much money as he can. Dutch and the gang go on several heists, and Dutch is never satisfied with the amount of money they steal. He is greedy and wants to get more and more. He keeps taking his gang to different heists making different plans and telling them that this is the last one every time.

Dutch Van Der Linde

Dutch Van Der Linde From Red Dead Redemption 2 (Credits: Rockstar Games)

Dutch starts to get more and more greedy over time and starts taking decisions from his heart rather than his head. He starts doing whatever he wants, not sticking to his own plans, and acting recklessly. This behavior of his costs the gang a lot of casualties. Soon Arthur(your character) and the other members start losing trust in Dutch, and the whole gang is pushed into a world of complete chaos.

The game shows us a story where everyone is trying to protect themselves and the ones they love in a time of crisis. While some only think about themselves and their lives, there are others who are willing to sacrifice themselves if it means saving a loved one.

Graphics and animations:

There is no doubt that the graphics of the game are top-notch. There is not much to say about the graphics, as they are completely perfect, and from the opening scene, the game looks stunning. It is a challenge for the developers to animate snow, but it is no big deal for the developers sitting at Rockstar Games studios as they have completed the task with utmost perfection.

The character models the fire models, and the overall environment looks realistic and makes the gameplay more fun. It is not just the bigger models and characters that are made with great details, but the smaller stuff is also done with a lot of dedication. 

Red Dead Redemption 2 graphics

Red Dead Redemption 2 Graphics (Credits: Rockstar Games)

It is very important for an open-world game to have great graphics, as players are only going to explore and get the full experience if the world around them looks captivating, and Red Dead Redemption 2 does a great job at that. The game did a good job of capturing the essence of the wild west era, and playing it makes you feel like you are living that life.

All the explosions and every single gang war give you chills, and you will surely enjoy the game a lot more if you can play it in high graphic settings. Overall, Red Dead Redemption 2’s graphics are unmatched. It is not something you see in every game. The world around you looks awesome, and the players are going to enjoy every single second they play the game.


Of course, Rockstar Games did a fine job at the gameplay, as they have been making games since the beginning. Rockstar Games has never disappointed us, and they did not disappoint us this time with the gameplay of Red Dead Redemption 2. Overall the gameplay is smooth and feels good. It is enjoyable, and players can easily get used to it as it is simple yet fun.

Red dead redemption 2 gameplay

Red Dead Redemption 2 Gameplay (Credits: Rockstar Games)

Players can buy their own horse of their choice. They are also allowed to change clothes selecting from a wide range of outfits and dressing their player the way they would like. You can also buy new weapons or upgrade the ones you already have. Red Dead Redemption 2 is not a cakewalk, and you are going to need resources if you want to survive.

You can loot enemies once you kill them, collecting the money they have and using it where you need it. Upgrading weapons is a great way to make the game easier, as it provides you with better aim and a longer range. The fun of getting in a shootout with a random gang is unmatched, and the fighting experience is not something you will get to see in other games.

Other than looting enemies, the players can earn cash in a number of ways. Hunting, robberies, and bounty hunting are just a few other ways that can help you load up on resources. Red Dead Redemption 2 provides a vast number of things to do other than the main story, so it is assured you will not get bored of the game even after you complete it.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Mission (Credits: Rockstar Games)

One of the things that make Red Dead Redemption 2 different from other games is the concept of “Honor.” During the whole game, you have to maintain a high honor. Players can ignore their character’s honor and keep on playing the game the way they like, but it has a drastic effect on the ending of the game.

A good ending to the game can only be achieved if you maintain high honor throughout the game. If you are able to do that, then your character will die a peaceful death. He will remember the good deeds he has done and will shut his eyes for eternity while watching the sunset. A deer will appear in your dream, which represents that the player has led a good life helping others.

Good ending

Animals in Red Dead Redemption 2 (Credits: Rockstar Games)

A bad ending is received if you act recklessly, being a bad guy doing a lot of evil deeds and not caring about anyone but yourself. In such a case, your character’s honor becomes low, and thus you get an ending where your character dies a lonely death thinking he has been a terrible person. Unlike the good ending, a wolf appears in your dream if you get the bad ending depicting that the player has led a selfish life thinking only about himself.

bad ending

Animals in Red Dead Redemption 2 (Credits: Rockstar Games)

The ending of the game depends on the player, and thus one should be careful about the choices they make while playing the game. The overall gameplay is truly exceptional, and the players will have something new to do every time they play the game.

How to download:

Red Dead Redemption can easily be downloaded by those who are interested in trying it out. The game is available in a number of stores, and players can get their hands on it without facing any problems at all. Here are the few stores from where you can get Red Dead Redemption 2.

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Wildwest in Red Dead Redemption 2 (Credits: Rockstar Games)

Final Verdict:

Red Dead Redemption 2 is, without a doubt, one of the best open-world games out there, and if you are thinking about buying it, then you should go for it as you will not regret playing the game. Rockstar Games made players wait for 8 years to give them this game, and it was worth it. Every aspect of the game is made with perfection, and the players will have a great experience playing it.

Red Dead Redmption 2 poster

Red Dead Redemption 2 Poster (Credit: Rockstar Games)

The game will keep you hooked to your screens, and it provides players with such a vast world with so much in it that they will not get bored even after they finish the game. Everything about the game is amazing, ranging from graphics to gameplay and characters to music.

Every character has their own personality, and each character is important to the game. They are also very well written, making the players fall in love with them from the start. The developers have put great effort into making the game, and the writers have also put a lot of thought into writing such a magnificent story.

Our Rating: ⭐ (5/5).

Also Read: God Of War Ragnarok Video Game Review

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Hello, myself Manvendra Pant. I am an engineering student currently studying in Dehradun. Apart from studies I play for the college football team and also like reading nonfictional books.

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