What Red Dead Redemption 2 Does Better Than Every Other Open-World Video Game

1. A World That Feels Alive And Authentic

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Next to ‘you really feel like Batman’ and ‘this game is as hard as Dark Souls’, open-world video games being described as immersive and alive is one of the great cliches of the industry. However, for Red Dead Redemption 2 it’s fitting and genuine praise rather than a cheap, recycled quote done for the sake of marketing.

In RDR2, instead of being slaves to the same chore for eternity, your band of merry men and women wander about the camp and actually live. They eat, drink, and they have unique interactions among themselves which – for once – makes a video game superficially appear to not revolve around you.

This level of detail transcends well beyond your camp. Passing strangers have destinations for them to reach, NPCs randomly approach you to aid with surprising complications, and the saloon's raving drunk eventually stops questioning everyone’s manhood by leaving to fall asleep in the mud.

From the stars of Wrong Turn randomly threatening you at your makeshift camp to the town drunk unexpectedly whacking you from behind for having stared at him too long, the world of Red Dead Redemption 2 is an unpredictable beauty that truly keeps you on your toes.

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