Unless you have been living under a rock you know that the Red Dead Redemption 2 release was a huge success. It managed to sell more copies in mere weeks than the first Red Dead Redemption did in eight years, making it one of the biggest games of 2018.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is an absolute blast to play and the fact that South Park even had a whole episode that in a way revolved around it shows what a mainstream hit it is.
Still when a game is this huge many people wonder if it is all hype and no substance, well that is not the case with Red Dead Redemption 2 as it is one of the most ambitious games that Rockstar have ever produced and coming from the folks that made games like GTA V and of course the original Red Dead, that is saying a lot.
The first thing that really took people by surprise just after the Red Dead Redemption 2 release was the slow burn of a story. To be honest, Rockstar quite often does this, but there were some folks who thought that the story of Red Dead 2 was going to go off with a bang. Instead, the story is rather slow at the beginning as the Van der Linde gang is just trying to get away from the law and some heavy stuff that went down at Blackwater and survive. It lets you know the characters, see the bond they have and also get an idea of the charismatic leader Dutch is, which was interesting to see as this was referenced in the first Red Dead game.
There is so much to do in Red Dead Redemption 2 that after its release some folks felt a little overwhelmed by things like having to eat, sleep, shave, bath and of course take care of your horse as well as making sure the people in the camp are happy, fed and have money, health items and so on. There is a ton of things that Red Dead Redemption 2 requires from you that has nothing to do with the main story, but doing them is just as important. It is a great balance that pays off in the end, but at first, it can seem like a lot to take in.
John Marston in the first game was such a great protagonist so Arthur Morgan was always going to have a lot to live up to. While it is debatable if Arthur is as compelling, sympathetic and generally likable as John was. Arthur is still a great character. A rough and tough outlaw who at times lets his guard down and shows that he could be a nice and normal guy if his situation was different.
Like all massive open world games, Red Dead Redemption 2 is not perfect, but it is pretty darn close. There is no denying that 2018 has had some huge game releases and there is no getting away from the fact that the Red Dead Redemption 2 release was a huge hit and it will go down as one of the best games of this console generation.