Objectively (based on general consensus) I would say no, Red Dead Redemption 2 is not a bad game, in fact, it is one of the best.
Red Dead features one of the largest open-world maps to date, and can also be played in first- or third-person just like GTA V.
However, that doesn’t mean everybody will enjoy it. Everything depends on your preference, it’s totally subjective, for example, if your not a fan of slow-paced games that slowly introduce you to the mechanics you might not like Red Dead all that much.
Another thing to consider is there are no cars and no automatic guns, I know for a lot of die-hard GTA V fans that’s hard to accept especially when you’ve gotten used to things like this…
On the other hand, if you enjoy a slower and more beautiful game riddled with many surprises and adventures, I would recommend rdr2 to you.
Now to analyze the story mode of Red Dead Redemption 2 (Spoiler Alerts Ahead).
You play as the senior member of the Van Der Linde Gang, Arthur Morgan the year is 1899 and the age of the Wild West is starting to end. You are on the run after a failed robbery in the city of Black water. Your gang has fled to the mountains in order to lose their trail with the law.
The main story of Red Dead Redemption 2 is broken into 6 chapters followed by 2 epilogues. Each chapter and epilogue has a fitting and occasionally foreshadowing title. The game begins with a cutscene featuring a few characters from the original game.
The cutscene then transitions into gameplay, this is consistent for the entirety of the game and makes the game exponentially better. As the initial cutscene ends and the player starts controlling Arthur, Chapter 1 begins.
Chapter 1 starts out right in the action with Arthur and the gang on the run from the first antagonistic characters. The final chapter brings the protagonist’s story to a tremendous ending.
The developers at Rockstar San Diego did an exceptional job writing a story that holds the player’s attention from beginning to end. The character’s personalities are relatable and cause the player to build connections with them, both good and bad. The beginning of every chapter is interesting as new plot lines and mechanics become evident.
Likewise, the ending of each chapter is action-packed and drama-filled. The conclusion of the game, being the end of Chapter 6, is a fluid mixture of action-packed cutscenes and player-controlled scenarios. In chapter 6 you see Dutch Van Der Linde unravel as Micah continuously edges him on to make irrational decisions that end with the demise of the Van Der Linde Gang.
The final cutscene that the player gets depends on the reputation that Arthur has built from his decision making throughout the game. As Arthur fights the ultimate antagonist Micah he conjures up the rest of his power to end him, unfortunately, Arthur loses and dies.
The epilogues are more drawn out and contain less action at the beginning. Each epilogue is also significantly shorter than any of the chapters. The first epilogue is spent introducing the player to the new protagonist, who is also the main character of the original Red Dead Redemption, John Marston and the new life that he has decided to lead.
The second epilogue is less boring and is spent settling any grudges the new character holds from the past. When the epilogues are complete, the game does not end there. There are still many side missions and achievements to complete.
Along with the main story missions, Red Dead Redemption 2 features many side missions that reward fun cosmetic items and unique weapons. The game is laid out so that the player can choose to play straight through the main story without stopping to explore and do side missions or the player can explore for hours without missing anything about the main story.
After putting so many hours into the game, it is clear that the game is meant to be played at a slow pace while exploring the detailed world. If the player looks in the right places, there are plenty of easter eggs including scientific experiments, cults, aliens, and a serial killer that the player must hunt down and capture.
The only downsides are that the game does not tell you where the side missions are unless you are close to them another thing the game does not tell you when a side mission will become unavailable to you, so you end up just trying complete all of them at once or s just ignore them.
I believe undoubtedly that the story mode of rdr2 is much better than that of GTA’s, but once again that’s my opinion. There are some things about rdr2 that are objectively better like the graphics. There is no argument there. When you’re playing this game you will have a hard time turning it off. The developers at Rockstar certainly took their time putting this game on the market and the time was well spent.
The graphics of the game are incredible, and when combined with a huge, diverse world, it makes the game feel alive. Even with the slow methods of travel, the player will find themselves stopping often to explore a new section of the map or to talk to an interesting character.
The smooth. but challenging mechanics of the game keep the player invested in getting better while the deep story keeps the player interested absorbed in the character’s personalities.
Even though this game does have its quirks and the very rare boring moment, it is one of the best games on the market today due to its ability to appeal to a wide range of players and the sheer amount of things to do.
In my opinion, Red Dead Redemption 2 is the best game I’ve ever played, but that’s me, everyone has their own opinion. Anyways I hope I have shown you a perspective that will help you make up your mind.