Red Dead Redemption 2, the long awaited sequel to Rockstar Games Red Dead Redemption has been out now for 6 days, and in those 6 days I’ve managed to play about 23 hours. But according to the in game stats I’ve only managed to finish about 28% of the main story missions. So yeah, it’s BIG. But I’m not only talking about how large the map is, I’m talking about every little detail that the amazing developers at Rockstar have painstakingly created to make Red Dead 2 feel unbelievably realistic.
But what is Red Dead 2 about? Red Dead Redemption is set in the year 1911, while Red Dead 2 is set in 1899, almost 11 years before the events of the first game. You play as Arthur Morgan, a member of the outlaw Van Der Linde Gang who are on the run from the law after a robbery had gone horribly wrong. Arthur and the gang are forced to rob, steal, and kill their way across the United States trying to the cling desperately to their outlaw way of life while the world around them is becoming more and more civilised.
Arthur is your typical cowboy protagonist, but Rockstar have implemented a reputation mechanic in which Arthur can interact with NPC’s in the world. And depending on the action the player picks (that being either positive or negative) will result in either a pleasant chat or explode into a gunfight.
This makes interacting with the NPC’s of Red Dead so much more interesting, they are no longer there just to make the world seem life-like, they do make the world life-like. And that isn’t just in the towns and cities, its out in the wild too. I’ve helped dozens of NPC’s with their day to day problems, from helping a man who had been bitten by a snake to helping build a NPC’s house, there is just so much to see and do.
As well as helping NPC’s the player can also collect bounties, rob houses, and collect debts. These are fun little side missions the player can do to earn a little bit of extra cash. But the really fun side missions are the random encounters that the player can come across spread throughout the entirety of Red Dead 2‘s map, you might not earn any money from these events, but they make the world really feel lived in.
But I’ve only covered a tiny amount of what Red Dead Redemption 2 has to offer. Next time I will go over the hunting side of the game. As well as locations for Elite Horses. So grab your bow and your rifle, because we’re going hunting!!!!