Red Dead Redemption 2: A Masterpiece That’s Just Not For Me

I’ve always been excited to explore new worlds and dive into fantastic stories. When Red Dead Redemption 2 was released, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I had heard so much about the game’s incredible graphics, intricate storytelling, and vast open world. I also LOVED the first game and the Undead Nightmare expansion. However, after spending several hours playing and reaching midway through Chapter 4, I’ve come to the disappointing realization that this game is just not for me.

This is my second solid attempt to enjoy Red Dead Redemption 2, and despite my best efforts, I’m still not having fun with the game. Don’t get me wrong, I have to admire how well-built the game is. The attention to detail is astounding, and the missions are genuinely fun. But everything in between just doesn’t resonate with me.

As I explore the world, I find myself feeling more and more disengaged. It seems that the game has focused so hard on realism that it has introduced real-life elements that are tedious and not enjoyable in a gaming context. I understand that the developers aimed to create an immersive experience, but for me, it’s become more of a chore than an adventure.

I have always had a bit of a strange feeling toward fast travel in RPGs. It is a really useful feature to have, especially with how this game is conducting missions and conversations. Travelling across the map to speak with someone only to be sent straight back is realistic, but it just isn’t fun to me. There is a fast travel mechanic in Red Dead Redemption 2 but it is rather restrictive.

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I’ve given Red Dead Redemption 2 my best effort, and it’s with a heavy heart that I admit I do not enjoy this game. I know that many people absolutely love it, and I can see why. The level of detail and the vastness of the world are truly impressive. But as I continue to play, I can’t help but feel that the game’s focus on realism has come at the expense of fun.

So, as I put down my controller and walk away from the world of Red Dead Redemption 2, I can’t help but feel a little disappointed. I wanted so badly to love this game, but it simply wasn’t meant to be. There are some rumblings of a HD remake for PS5 and the Series X which may give me the final push to try one last time. There was a time I loved everything. I am getting old!

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