What is Red Dead Redemption 2?
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a cowboy epic set in 1899, 12 years before the events of Red Dead Redemption 1, which was released in 2010.
The prequel will put you in the shoes of Arthur Morgan, a senior member of the Van der Linde gang. After a robbery goes wrong, you and the crew are forced to move across America in an attempt to stay one step ahead of the bounty hunters and federal agents on your tail. Divisions inside the camp will force you to make choices that will potentially compromise Arthur’s moral compass.
This being a prequel, John Marston - the hero of Red Dead Redemption 1 - will appear as a much younger incarnation of the character we played in 2010. As an aside, sharp-eared fans have concluded that the voice actor who gave Marston his distinctive gravelly voice is back, which is a nice touch.
Why is there so much hype?
It’s been five years since Rockstar last released a game (Grand Theft Auto V), and eight years since the team last took us to the prairied heartland of America.
The wait has been a long one, and expectations couldn’t be higher, especially because Rockstar’s last three games (Grand Theft Auto IV, Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto V) have all improved upon one another in significant ways.
Now, the envelope is being pushed on a graphical level, but more than that, on a granular level. Most open world games get the broad brushstrokes right, but rarely have the ability to render the nitty gritty details. Red Dead Redemption 2 promises to be the most realistic and detailed open world ever, whether viewed up close or from afar.
These are some of the realistic touches we love in Red Dead Redemption 2:
- Every non-playable character you encounter can be conversed with
- Almost every building in the game is explorable
- There are no pauses to load throughout the 60-hour story
- Arthur can commandeer one horse, and if the horse dies, he’ll need a new one. The horse also needs to be kept clean to do its job effectively
- Your relationship with your horse dictates how well it can do its job, so there's an incentive to stick to one and keep it healthy
- You need to eat to keep weight on Arthur; should you overeat, Arthur will start to grow more thickset
- Arthur’s beard grows in real time
- There are over 50 guns, and they can be customised in several ways; new ammo types will help you improve Arthur’s damage, range or accuracy
- Weapons get damaged over time, which impacts their ability to deliver damage, and hampers their reload speed
- Arthur will be able to track the scent of wild animals and hunt for his food, cooking the meat at a campsite
- Arthur will need to be dressed according to the weather; he will be less effective in hot weather if wearing a coat, and vice versa
- Similarly, the way Arthur dresses will have a direct impact on the way other characters in the game react to him. Plus, you’ll need to keep Arthur clean to make sure he’s not shunned by townsfolk
- You can only carry equipment that Arthur would be logically able to carry; surplus goods can be added to saddlebags attached to the horse
When is Red Dead Redemption 2 coming out?
The game will be officially on sale worldwide on Friday October 26.
When are reviews for Red Dead Redemption 2 appearing?
The embargo lifts on Thursday, October 25 at 12:01pm UK time. Reviews will start appearing from this point forwards. Check Metacritic.com or Gamesradar.com for up-to-the-minute aggregates of the critical verdict from press around the world.
Where can I buy it?
Pre-order Red Dead Redemption 2 on Xbox One, or, if you’re a Sony gamer, grab Red Dead Redemption 2 on PS4. While you’re at it, take advantage of our price comparison deal, which means that if you find it cheaper anywhere else we’ll match our competitor’s price, even after you’ve bought it from us.
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