NECC Observer

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Red Dead Redemption 2: A flawed masterpiece

Red Dead Redemption 2 was a video game developed by Rockstar games. It was released in 2019 and it is the prequal to the first game. The game has a breathtaking story mode with scenic landscapes, a great story with interesting characters and engaging gameplay mechanics which allows you to consistently come back to it.

The reason the story mode is so great is the world building. The way they introduce you to the world works so well. The game is about Arthur Morgan and the gang he runs with; the game is set during the end of the wild west era so the gang is desperate for money and are following their flawed leader Dutch Vanderlin. At the beginning of the game, you start out at this cabin on a snowy mountain, but as the game goes on it slowly and naturally leads you towards new areas because of the story. The world building gives you a real sense of natural progression in the game. Another plus about the game is the mechanics, they give you a large open world to play in, in the open world you can find random people who will lead you on side quests. You can also choose some dialogue options when approaching NPC’S, options such as rob, intimidate, greetings, and the best part about these options is that they will lead to different outcomes with different NPCs.  Finally, I also really like the overall story, as said before the game is set in the end of the wild west and outlaw era. You really get to see and feel how desperate Arthur and the rest of the gang becomes towards the end, when they realize that their leader Dutch actually has no plan on how to lead them to prosperity. Even though the gang is desperate to survive you get some more heartwarming moments when the gang feels less like a gang and more like a family

When asked on his opinion student Zachary cutter gave the following response “I played it and I loved it probably one of my favorite games that was put out by Rockstar games besides L.A. Noire. The game features events from the post-civil war era in America which I am an enthusiast with. The rise of woman’s rights that happened around the same time in our timeline. This era also saw the rise of the lost Cause myth which I loathe since it is a Conspiracist claim that the Civil war was over states’ rights which it was not and tried to glamorize the confederate cause case the neo confederate gang in the game you encounter the Lemoyne raiders and you can visit a slave holding house and a battlefield in the game. The game also features an early version of the KKK which you can shoot them to gain karma although in our timeline they were not a thing yet but still an ever-looming presence is still there. It also has 2 UFOs in the game and Serbian inventor Nikola Tesla although in the game he is called Marko Dragic. The game itself has the most beloved outlaw turned hero with Arthur Morgan. The van der Linde gang was a family we can relate to an extent and see how their fall began and see how Dutch end up in the shape we see him during the events of Red Dead Redemption 1. suffice to say this game is awesome in the history department.”

I think Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the greatest games of all time. It has a large world packed to the brim with a ton of activities. The story is well thought out and very cinematic on its own. The game play mechanics allow for a large variety of user experience.  this game is a shining example of what open world games should be and I really hope Rockstar games stays on this track when it comes to making future games.