Red Dead Redemption 2, a game eight years in the making, has finally arrived. Rockstar's latest title is jam-packed with detail and as such is able to boast a breathtaking level of realism few of its contemporaries can muster - it's partly why it's so special.
Together, these subtle inflections combine to impart that impression, but individually, it's easy to see how they could fly underneath the player's radar. Everything, from subtle variations in combat encounters, to blatant homages to the film genre with which Red Dead owes so much to - all of it comes together seamlessly in what will ultimately go down as one of the most immaculate entertainment experiences of the generation, if not of all time.
Some may call it busywork, window-dressing or just needless fluff, but the subtleties of Red Dead Redemption's prequel make it the game it is. It is both a testament to Rockstar's resources as well as its developers that they've been able to achieve what they have, and though not every nook and cranny will go noticed, even if you don't see it, you can be certain there's something going on that's working to make Red Dead feel so vibrant and intense.