Rockstar’s ‘Red Dead Redemption II’ is a historic game

Avery Klatsky, Senior Editor

Eight years after the release of the famed Red Dead Redemption, Rockstar Games released the prequel to the first game, Red Dead Redemption II (RDR2).

The game features Arthur Morgan, a gunslinger in a band of outlaws run by Dutch van der Linde. Throughout the game, Morgan and the gang go from city to city, town to town, and place to place in hopes of getting a “big score,” as they attempt to evade the Pinkerton Detective Agency, who has been hired by the US Government to stop the “outlaw culture” in the late 19th century. Morgan, who is Dutch’s right-hand man, is accompanied by several other main characters, including John Marston, the protagonist from Red Dead Redemption, Bill Williamson, Hosea Matthews, Charles Smith, and others.

RDR2’s graphics and gameplay styles got a huge upgrade from the first game, as there are several different terrains to travel from, more activities and missions to do, more options for clothing, weaponry, and equipment. For example, players can go fishing when not playing a mission, go exploring in mountain ranges, swamps, or valleys, or even hang out in a restaurant.

There is also an increase in the upkeep of Morgan and his items in the game, as shaving, eating, bathing, and even cleaning one’s horse are all new components of the game that help give it a “real-life” feel. Rockstar Games also hit a home run with its cinematic mode, which allows for players to enjoy the graphics and views incorporated in the game.

Contrary to the first game, RDR2 has multiple different endings, and the decisions you make in the story mode help guide you to a custom ending that seals Arthur’s fate. With so many choices to make, options to choose and things to do, Red Dead Redemption II is a one-of-a-kind game.