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.