There's lots of moving parts in Red Dead Redemption 2. So many in fact, mentioning them all without missing some would be challenging. This is Rockstar's most ambitious undertaking of all time; on a scale far larger than Grand Theft Auto V. Not only is it visually the most striking game to grace consoles, its also a landmark by open-world design. Rockstar have once again proven to be the masters of the genre, delivering an experience like no other game has before. RD2 is the pinnacle of a talented studio pushing the boundaries of current-gen, and it's easily their best work yet.
Those familiar with Rockstar's back-catalogue should notice a resemblance to some of RD2's gameplay mechanics and systems. For instance; picking up objects and examining them in fine detail resembles the likes of LA Noir. Even the ability to gain and lose weight takes a pun at CJ from GTA: San Andreas. RD2 feels like an collaboration of Rockstar's best elements, and throws them all into the most impressive open-world we've seen yet.
Presented as a prequel, RD2 takes place one decade prior to the events of 2010's Red Dead Redemption. Heading further back in time is an interesting approach, and one that Rockstar presents wonderfully. Doing so allows the return of some familiar faces, such as previous protagonist, John Marston, along with Dutch van der Linde. You step into the boots of outlaw Arthur Morgan. From the get go, he's a rather important guy. As the gang leader and right hand man to Dutch, Arthur's duties revolve around
As Arthur, it's up to you to manage your camp, making sure food supplies are stocked and people are happy. It may sound like a chore, but thankfully, Rockstar have made sure it never becomes a necessary to the point of annoying. Your never forced to head to camp, other than progressing segments of the story. However, I found myself enticed to return due to how well it fits into the narrative.
What a breathtaking world it is, too. Rockstar's take on 18th Century America is incredibly detailed and thriving with life. From the dusty deserts, grizzly filled forests, ravines, swamps and canyons, to the snow-caped mountains. This just scratches the surface of how varied the map is. There's remote areas of wilderness, but also places thriving with life. Whether it's strolling through the populated cities and towns, or being startled by the many dangerous specials that wonder the wilderness.