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I was not expecting a new favorite game when I purchased Red Dead Redemption 2. When I saw the game I thought it looked interesting and remembered I watched a friend had played the first game in the series. On a whim I had bought it and it sat in my game bin untouched for a long time.
A few months ago I made my first attempt at playing and failed miserably, ending up throwing it back in the bin to give to a friend later on. Luckily, I decided to give this game another chance and, in doing so, found a game that nearly took the number one spot in my top 3 list.
What makes a game great for me is the story and characters and Red Dead Redemption 2 provided them to us in spades. Rockstar did a terrific job fleshing out their characters and showing their personalities in ways that many video games don’t. It even goes so far as the environment reacts to how you play the game and the choices you choose as the main protagonist Arthur Morgan.
Speaking of Arthur, I loved how Rockstar included that he keeps a journal. Not only did I get to see his inner thoughts about the world and the situations he’s put in but he also did sketches of places and animals that you discover in his travels. Made me a little jealous at how well he can sketch, even more so because he doesn’t need a flat surface to draw or write on. If you play the game without reading the journal that’s fine but reading each entry provides us with that extra layer that you wouldn’t know about. That journal, for me, was icing on the cake. I also found myself becoming sympathetic to his problems and decisions which takes great writing to be able to do that.
The environment that was created was amazing as well. Not only were the details spectacular but they reacted to how you played. If animals heard or smelt you they ran, if it was stormy the animals were skittish or were no where to be seen. Even the trees reacted to the storms and would catch on fire if lightning struck. In all, the environment itself was fantastic.
Really this game beat what I expected of it. Honestly, I thought it would be one of those games you played once and would never touch again. How wrong was I. Once I finished story mode I restarted it immediately after and can see myself picking it up again later on once I put it away.
So, if you get the chance, I would highly recommend playing Red Dead Redemption 2 if you enjoy a story driven game.