Thanks to consumers being
obsessed with the length of a title and the open-world genre, the market is crammed
with explorable experiences that promise to be the 50+ hours long endeavour
entitled gamers demand. Yes, while before open-world video games were a rare
deity that everybody clamoured for, now they’re the hottest commodity that
refuses to go away, as linear titles become more and more obscure.
The problem with this is that
it has given rise to an industry lacking innovation. Be it
Batman, Horizon: Zero Dawn or any other open-world/sandbox video game not
called The Witcher 3, every developer steals Ubisoft’s handbook for creating
the most beautiful but dull landscape stuffed with the most monotonous side
But then Red Dead Redemption 2
was released. Although not a perfect game, Rockstar
has still thoroughly outclassed even their biggest competition.
Open-worlds are the hardest
genre to properly execute as there are a million different components that need to
work simultaneously. However, thanks to endless resources, devotion and 8-years
in development, Rockstar has gone well above and beyond to deliver a masterpiece
that makes everything else pale in comparison.