By now, you must be ITCHING to play Rockstar Games adventure! I mean, everything about Red Dead Redemption 2 is looking breathtaking. Since we are a few days away from launch here’s the MGL Red Dead Redemption 2 preview for you to enjoy.
Red Dead Redemption 2 arrives on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this Friday, October 26. Pre-Orders for the game are at crazy levels, and everything about this game is looking like it’s going to be one of the biggest hits of this year, generation and maybe all time.
Is this Game of the Year in waiting? Or even more than that, could it be one of the all-time greatest games? Let’s stay with that question and have a look at what Red Dead Redemption 2 has to offer, and the competition it has to beat.
Re-Defining Their Own Genre
When I made the above video (well worth a watch) highlighting the features of Red Dead Redemption 2, I was seeing a few patterns emerge. Mainly how Rockstar is changing the idea of “open world” to a more “living world” this time.
As the true masters of making a huge open-world map for lots of action and fun, you could easily say Rockstar titles define the traditional open world genre.
Grand Theft Auto V has been outstanding from last generation gaming and this on, with so many still playing it now. Over 5 years later. Yes, you read that right, over 5 years!
Red Dead Redemption 2 seems like it wants to take things up a level. Not only with a larger map full of activities to do. But also make that world feel more like a real place, with real people living their lives alongside your own as Arthur Morgan.
Missions and side-quests are not exactly marked up traditionally this time either. Things in the world just happen and you get involved with them as you go about your business.
From early gameplay experiences, things you need to move the story forward are marked clearly. But anyone you meet can be a potential interaction or even a mission.
What’s more, it’s a responsive world to what you do. Rather than set characters like John Marston or the GTAV trio Trevor, Michael and Franklin who are who they are. This time, Arthur Morgan is who you choose him to be.
Level of Detail
Other than the obvious level of graphical detail, one that in every trailer looks truly incredible in terms of characters and that gorgeous world. I think this will be one of the most detailed action-adventure experiences ever made.
It’s clear from all the Red Dead Redemption 2 features we are going to have highly accurate weapons. One that numerous gaming reporters have said improves not only on the Red Dead Redemption but even Grand Theft Auto 5 shooting mechanics.
They have gone extra lengths to make sure that things like guns feel like the real thing. Fights feel intense and that shootouts need you to find cover or get your head blown off.
More than that though, Arthur can get fat by eating too much. Get a big beard if he doesn’t shave and be rather smelly if he doesn’t wash. That’s outside of the fact your Arthur can be a real nasty piece of work if you like him to be by making more questionable moral decisions.
Then you have the breading of horses, jobs and games you can play during your adventure. They are even learning from experience and giving players the much-loved option to play first-person if they like.
The sheer level of detail in Red Dead Redemption 2 really does put it in a great place to be one of the best titles of this generation.
100GB, 60 Hours and Huge Voice Cast
Its hard to think as a more veteran gamer (yes, I mean old) that there is a generation out there never to see “please insert disk 2” when playing a game! But it looks like we are finally about to see it happen again if reports are correct.
Whatever happens, it’s confirmed that Red Dead Redemption 2 is around 100GB for your console HDD space. Better clear out that backlog while you still can!
Part of that is going to be the massive 60hour story as confirmed in an interview recently where Rocktart actually cut it from 65 hours based on a love interest arc. It sounds like there will be action, romance and more in Arthur Morgan’s story, which will take plenty of time to see the end of.
That’s not including all those distractions, mini-games and more to do in this vast world.
Bringing it all to life is a massive cast with hundreds of actors contributing to this game. Given you can interact with so many NPC around this land, it stands to reason a lot of this storage is in the voice-over work and variations based on how you are perceived; good or bad.
The cast is unconfirmed as yet, and I WILL be doing an MGL Voice Artist Spotlight article when we know who they are.
But my trained ears picked up more than a few familiar voices from the trailers so far. Red Dead Redemption 2 clearly has some top acting talent from TV, Movies and games mixed in there.
A few stars of Deadwood have definitely been brought in… but I’ll say more when it’s confirmed!
A 2018 Shootout?
Shootouts and Dead Eye features are going to be something we have to discover as we play since details are still well protected by Rockstar. We do know there will be a progression and upgrade system for it and potentially your character overall too.
This will help you in those big shoot-outs and heist missions you’ll be taking on.
The heists are the one I personally can’t wait for. I really enjoyed them in GTAV, and to take a band of outlaws and rob a big bank in Red Dead Redemption sounds exactly the kind of experience I want from a Western game.
But with everything being based on choice and consequence, I wonder what effect this will have on these heist missions.
I fully expect even more detail, more options when it comes to the plan and some big moral choices to make as you carry them out. Whatever they have in store, I think these could define the game in many ways.
My only concern in this world is how it all ties together, and if there are so many combinations we are going to find some that contradict or even break the game. As good as Rockstar are, they are like any other developer team.
Bugs will creep into this game, things will happen we don’t want to and it will need patching on top of that huge 100GB(ish) install size.
It’s forgivable in a game of this size, but it can make the difference between a great game and a truly exceptional one. This is the only real concern gamers can have about Red Dead Redemption 2 right now I’d say.
Given the work that’s gone in, it’s a safe bet they have got a significant level of polish.
Taking aim on the competition
Whatever your taste, 2018 has been an amazing year for games. We’ve seen some truly wonderful titles this year, starting with Monster Hunter World, through to a truly great Assassin’s Creed RPG in Odyssey I’m still attempting to get through!
But we have a few games that really stand out so far in 2018 as GOTY contenders:
- God of War (review)
- Dead Cells (review)
- Forgotton Anne (review)
- Spider-Man (review)
- Forza Horizon 4 (review up soon!)
Those are the big stand out titles for our team this year. Not only that, all of them really pushed the boundaries of their genre in some way.
While all of those games are top quality, for me the game Red Dead Redemption 2 is aiming to beat is God of War. Don’t get me wrong, every game on that list is top quality. But, from my point of view, the game to beat this year is Krato’s return based on the level of quality it has.
God of War re-defines the action gameplay in was famous for and delivers an incredible, well-acted story. We also saw the genius no-cut camera that never left you, even for story sequences.
Something we’ve never seen before in a game of this scale to my knowledge.
Add to that the polish of the experience. That is the level Red Dead Redemption 2 has to beat to be game of the year and maybe one of the best ever.
Will it do it? that is the question for the coming week.
Check out the Red Dead Redemption 2 launch trailer all, plus ALL the info on the game on MGLGO HERE: http://mygameslounge.com/gaming-articles/red-dead-redemption-2-confirmed-features/
Posted by My Games Lounge on Thursday, October 18, 2018
Be ready for Red Dead Redemption 2 coming is all I can say. The game is huge in size for your hard disk and your time to get through it. So clear out those games before you pick it up this week.
Also, be ready for one of the best games of this generation. I can’t see this being anything other than a masterpiece right now if the game is stable technically at launch. With everything Red Dead Redemption 2 promises, it will really challenge God of War for the game of the year crown for me.
If anything, it could end up fighting it out for one of the best games ever made if Rockstar gets everything right.
But, what do you think? Will Red Dead Redemption 2 be the best game of 2018? Maybe the best game of all time? Get in those comments and let me know “yes” or “no”. Don’t forget to share using the easy buttons below.
More on Red Dead Redemption 2 is here, with more to come later this week with a look at the voice artists and review round-up.