Keep Diving Deeper: an Early Review of Red Dead Redemption 2

In my last article, I highlighted a great video game system to get anyone of all ages with the Nintendo Switch. Say your favorite gamer has a PS4 or Xbox… what game could you add to their collection? Look no further than Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is the prequel to the all-time favorite Red Dead Redemption. In RD1, players played one of the better protagonists to ever exist in a video game: Mr. John Marston. The game is set in 1911 as the “Wild West” starts to become more civilized, and it follows Marston, a former member of the Van Der Linde Gang, and he is tasked by the Bureau of Investigation to hunt down his former gang members and bring them back alive… and that only scratches the surface of the game. RD2 finds players now in the year of 1899 and the age of cowboys/outlaws is nearing a close, but the Van Der Linde Gang is still running strong. The main protagonist this time around is Arthur Morgan, Dutch Van Der Linde’s right hand man in the gang. You also see a younger John Marston in the gang as well. With any Rockstar game, however, this brief overview is only a hint of what to expect in the game. Players will not only progress the main story but there are also many side quests to do, or you can simply get lost in the open world exploration that goes with a game being set in the back drop of the Wild West.

What Red Dead Redemption 2 offers most gamers is a chance to fully immerse themselves in the cowboy genre. As many movies have romanticized… the Wild West was something to really enjoy. Rockstar allows players to get fully lost in one of the biggest maps a video game has ever seen. The map for RD2 spans across four fictitious states in the USA. You can experience the bayou, and the many swamps that go with it, or get lost in the frigid mountain tops and the snow peaks that accompany it. Along with the many different climates, the animals you may encounter will switch up depending on where you are in the game. Just from personal experience, the more mountainous the climate the more likely you may see bears or moose while you’re traversing the world on horseback. In swamps you may run into a gator… or a legendary Bull Gator. You can kill these animals for their pelts, which can be exchanged for money so you can get better clothing and weapons. The meat from said animals can go a long way in feeding yourself or the people in the gang who are all in a camp on the outskirts of the town of Valentine. There is also so much to do when it comes to the online multiplayer option after completing the 60+ hours of story in the main story of the game.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a title anyone can get sucked into without having played the first installment. Gamers really can be a cowboy and rob trains, pick up bounties and even hunt/kill animals (sorry PETA…). RD2 is available on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox one this holiday season and goes for 60 dollars.

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