Red Dead Redemption 2 is a stunning game; from the moment I began the story of Morgan and the gang of outlaws he's affiliated with, I was already hooked to the gorgeous visuals, voice acting and the vibrant game ecosystem. You're introduced to the gang led by Dutch who has moved the gang due to pursuit by the law and bounty hunters. The game progresses slowly as Rockstar eases you into the inner workings of the world of Red Dead. After an hour of play, I realized that this game heavily relied on RPG mechanics making it a deeply immersive experience. After only 6 hours into the game, I realized that this is a game that has been incredibly polished and massive, with plenty of activities to engage in which only leaves you wanting more.RDR2 like other Rockstar games is really about choice and freedom. First person and third person modes are available to toggle through in your playthrough as they allow for a change in perception.
Your horse is a vital part of the RDR2 experience. Your horse is not just a means of transportation but a trusted companion which means you need to care for it thus resulting in a great bond. Creating stronger bonds with your horse allows you to perform tricks and certain actions. Your horse also has room to carry kills from a hunt or even larger weapons such as rifles and bows. Your steed is an invaluable asset and can even be your saving grace in the world of outlaws.
STAMINA, HEALTH, & DEAD-EYE
The game features an interactive survival system which ensures you're taking care of yourself and your horse. Every action has a reaction; tonics, potions, and food are essential to your character's health. Cleaning your horse reduces chances of infection thus improving its overall health. The dead-eye skill has also made a return to the series, allowing you to to shoot and kill multiple enemies in quick succession.
THE BOUNTY SYSTEM
True to Rockstar games, RDR2 would be incomplete without the bounty system. Actions have consequences, crimes committed will affect your bounty status which varies based on the crimes committed. There are numerous ways to get rid of your bounty including paying it off yourself at the post office or surrendering.
WEAPONS, ITEMS & HUNTING
Having played a fraction of the game, weapons and utility items come in all sapes and sizes. From the silent but deadly bow to the shiny and powerful rifle, all weapons feel different and distinct with varying ranges, accuracies, and impact. You're also able to customize your weapon's efficiency as well as aesthetics. From rusty metal on knives to golden guns, the choice is yours.