Since 2013, open-world games have saturated the market. AAA developers have struggled to nail down the formula for a well designed and fun sandbox for players to freely roam around. Oftentimes, open-worlds suffer from empty space, lack of immersion, and uninteresting gameplay that leaves a sour taste in the player’s mouth. After 8 years of development, Rockstar Game’s “Red Dead Redemption 2” offers an answer to its contemporaries on how to develop an open-world.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a well-developed game with top of the line graphics, and countless activities to partake in and places to discover. What makes Rockstar’s newest release stand out among other excellently crafted open-worlds is the game’s unprecedented amount of immersion, which is achieved through its dynamic ‘conversation’ mechanic that allows the player to talk with non-playable characters (NPCs). With a touch of a button, players have the option to greet or antagonize any NPC, and the interaction with the computer-generated character unfolds from there.

Labeling Red Dead Redemption 2’s conversation mechanic as merely a social-interaction simulator for lonely gamers would be reductionist and discounts the innovation the game offers. The greet or antagonize buttons not only add never before seen depth to NPCs but also work extremely well for the wild-west setting of the game. Whether the player is talking to a few prison-breaks, a snake-oil salesman, or helping someone who has just been bitten by a snake, the dynamic interaction Red Dead Redemption 2 offers add human-like depth to these products of the wild west.

There are also many different activities the player can partake in such as hunting, fishing, and poker. Rockstar has improved the hunting system by including a new “eagle eye” mechanic that can assist you in tracking down animals. The myriad of activities to delve in gives a massive amount to do besides playing the 70-hour long main story.

We give Red Dead Redemption  5/5 Arrowheads


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