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‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ breathes life into western genre

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Photo 1: In "Red Dead Redemption 2, the gamer takes control of Arthur Morgan, an outlaw who must choose between his own ideals and his loyalty to the Van der Linde gang. 

Jonathan Garcia
Reporter

Rockstar Games returns to the wild, wild west in one of the most anticipated games of the year, “Red Dead Redemption 2.”  

The successful first game, released in 2010, left a mark in the open-world gaming category as it became known as a western version of “Grand Theft Auto.” Eight years later, many have been counting down the days upon the latest release.  

The game has already made a ton of money on its opening release, generating about $725 million, trailing behind “Grand Theft Auto V.” After eight years, the game proves to be well worth the wait.  

The game is set in 1899 and focuses on Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang fleeing from a botched ferry heist in Blackwater. In order to get by, Arthur and the gang must keep the team together by gathering supplies and pulling off some heists for funding. When conflict arises within the group, Arthur must make a choice that puts him in between his loyalty to the gang and his own ideals. 

The world of “Red Dead Redemption 2” is immersive to the point where you won’t be able to put the controller down. From the moment you boot the game, you feel like you’re in this time period with Arthur and invested in his story. The game world is so huge that it comes with two discs: one disc for installing the game data and the other to play the game. So before playing this game, be sure to delete game data of games you don’t play anymore or purchase an expanded hard drive. 

Gameplay is great as the missions all feel interesting and serve a purpose for both the main story and side missions. You meet strangers in the game that have tasks for you and each character has their own quirk to them, making the world feel alive.  

The game also introduces an honor system by making Arthur choose whether he’s an honorable cowboy and sparing his foes or go full outlaw by killing them. This offers a different play through each run and helps the player get more invested in the game. The gunplay is great as you feel like a sharpshooter in the wild west, making it more satisfying when you pull off a headshot. 

The game’s controls are solid, though it can take a while to get used to, especially when interacting with people in the game. You press L2, Playstation 4, or the left trigger, Xbox One, and look at the character to pull up a menu with each action. 

After an 8-year wait, “Red Dead Redemption 2” is a game that is well worth the time to put into and will have gamers returning for more when “Red Dead Online” mode comes out soon.  

 

 

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