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Red Dead Redemption 2 review roundup - Rockstar nail it again

Published: 13:54, 25 October 2018
Updated: 13:59, 25 October 2018
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Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 reviews are out, at least a metric ton of 'em and it's time to see whether Rockstar's game is worthy of all the hoopla. If the reviews are anything to go by, it is, with pretty much everyone screaming masterpiece.

Gamespot weren't overly fond of "some frustrating systems and a predictable mission structure", even if the latter serves the game well. They thought that the feeding mechanic is a bit intrusive, especially considering that fixing cold is as easy as browsing through your inventory for appropriate clothes. Score? They've .

IGN said that Red Dead Redemption 2 stands with Grand Theft Auto V as "one of the greatest games of the modern age". They were left impressed with the well-polished depiction of the era and ranked the game's singleplayer as a in this gen, as well as complimenting Rockstar on their "best storytelling to date."

VG247 called Rockstar's game "innovative, surprising, stunning, dramatic and generous", claiming it's surely a highlight of this generation and "a benchmark for other open world games to aspire to". They found RDR2's protagonist significantly more memorable due to some and while they didn't mind the open world riding, they pointed out that it may not be everyone's cup of tea.

Polygon wrote that they're unsure whether Red Dead Redemption 2 achieves its own goals because by the end, "it appears to be a bit of everything: a violent shooter, a cracking heist flick, a meditation on mortality, a high school American history class." They found gunplay "serviceable" for the year 2018, although the missions and watertight story more than .

Destructoid, on the other hand, claim that gunplay is "fantastic" as always and that the entire world of Red Dead Redemption 2 has been meticulously crafted, down to the penmanship on in-game journals and vendor menus. They found the radial wheel a bit finicky but their gripes are few and far between so they've given .

Push Square have given it a , calling it "Rockstar's best game" and a "modern masterpiece" that'll keep players glued to the screen from start to finish. While they've had an occasional run-in with "clumsy controls and convoluted button layouts", they're adamant that admirable quality levels elsewhere mean Red Dead Redemption 2 has set the bar for open world interaction.

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Try as we might, we couldn't find a review that sang anything other than praises for Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2, be it The Guardian, who "a landmark game", Press Start, who gave it , or Metro, whose gripes with controls and occasional "disappointingly non-interactive" storytelling couldn't take it lower than .

Red Dead Redemption 2 - Gameplay footage reveal gallery

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Red Dead Redemption 2
Rockstar Games have released the first gameplay video of Red Dead Redemption 2 that featured a narrator explaining the differences between the first game and the highly anticipated sequel. You can see the entire gameplay video here.

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