Who knew the prequel would top the original thing? Red Dead Redemption was a huge achievement as it was, but the turn of Arthur Morgan is arguably even better. It’s a story about awful men clinging to their awful ways during an arduous time of human history and it’s profoundly exceptional. There’s a lot of open-world games out there in this day and age and this manages to rise above all as an organic, breathing portrait of the west.
Of course, a lot was said about the developmental habits of Rockstar and whether it was ethical in the long run. The fact remains that Red Dead Redemption 2 will forever be a triumph in almost every sense of the word. It is slathered in realism the likes of which we seldom see in this medium and it’s scary to think that Rockstar could get even better from here.
In his review, Brodie said: “Red Dead Redemption 2 is a triumph in world-building, character craft and downright skulduggery. Being bad has never felt so good as Rockstar toe the realism line while still keeping their sharp, trademark tongue in cheek. It’s the keen attention to detail where Rockstar succeeds and this outlaw prequel comfortably outperforms their best works and in time, I believe, will be regarded as a once in a generation game.”