It's been a few months and the dust has finally settled on Rockstar's open world western epic. Now that there's been ample time to step back and view the game and its impact without hyperbole, we can see Red Dead Redemption 2 for what it really is.
A perfect game? No. No such thing exists. Just like there can be no perfect movies, music, or TV shows. Art, perhaps by its definition, must be flawed. Which is to say that this is not a list that aims to prove that Red Dead Redemption 2 is perfect, but simply to prove that it is as damn close as we've ever seen in gaming as a medium. It's The Godfather of video games, The Black Album of video games, and the magnum opus of Rockstar so far.
As evidenced by gameplay, tone, sound design, art-style, voice-acting, world-building, and so much more, Red Dead Redemption 2 is the most intricately handcrafted video game of all time. Most other video games don't even come close to the level of quality and detail present here. At least not open world games.
It's the rarest of rare diamonds in the industry: a jack of all trades and a master of each.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a masterpiece, and here are some in-depth reasons why.