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.
10. The World
Every bunny rabbit to each individual town. Every random encounter to the meticulous missions. The mud on the carriage wheels to the buildings that get constructed as you play. The world of Red Dead Redemption 2 is unlike any other.
The map is gigantic but realistically laid-out; it never feels like you just magically wound-up in the desert or the snowy mountains, each area feels like it transitioned perfectly from the last.
Each town feels memorable, what with their own unique soundtracks and atmosphere, and the group camp always feels like home. It's a world that trumps any other in terms of scope, liveliness and immersion.
Sometimes when you play a game you wonder why it took so long to make. The opposite is true of Red Dead Redemption 2; it's a living, breathing world that feels like it should be impossible on current hardware.
It makes all other open worlds feel completely devoid of life and like a stage play. From the realistic animal hierarchy to the decaying corpses, the ability to speak to any NPC to dynamic weather, down to the shocking lack of glitches - the world of Red Dead Redemption 2 is the greatest ever crafted.