Oh Jesus Christ, what have you done?” ThomasChen978 wants to know why a dozen bodies and a couple horse corpses are piled onto the train tracks bordering St Denis. “You just murdered half the village.” “No,” I reply, “These are our bodies.” We’re on round two of growing the recursive corpse pile. My posse got the idea to jump in front of the train after a few rounds of ‘Lasso Your Friends And Toss Them Into The Sea’.
Red Dead Redemption 2 has its own bowling minigame, we explain to Chen in a roundabout way, his horror inverting into blissful awareness. Die in Red Dead Redemption 2’s shared open world, and you’ll respawn fast enough to carry your own corpse around.
The guy lines up with us. As the train comes around again, another posse tries to take us out. Chen defends us, but doesn’t make it back to the tracks. He falls a few paces away, screaming. It’s a scene.
Red Dead Redemption 2 can be the biggest, dumbest videogame ball pit for impulsive children, a story about the forced dissolution of community, or a hiking simulator. It’s whatever you need it to be, and good at it too.
The mind-boggling detail making up the massive world of RDR2 speaks to an obsessive dedication to realism. Like how my friends’ characters flinch when I fire a gun near them, how animal carcasses decompose over time, how NPCs react to a muddy or bloody outfit accordingly, how busting through a doorway scares everyone on the other side.
It’s hard to believe RDR2 is so deep and wide, and is also a cohesive thing. But for every unrehearsed multiplayer adventure, a couple of disconnects or crashes to desktop.
Rockstar’s best story yet is intermittently filtered through a slideshow of frame hitches and freezes. It took a week following launch for any of this to be addressed.
RDR2 is the best western game and one of the best open-world games I’ve ever played. But I’d still have to advise you to wait until it’s completely patched up.
Red Dead Redemption 2’s story mode follows the dying days of the Wild West. Capitalism is reducing humans to resources. Indigenous Americans are driven from the plains. Forests are brought down for lumber, the hills gutted for coal, and Arthur Morgan’s chosen family is caught in the middle of it all, forced to run, assimilate, or respond with violent protest. They do all three.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
TRYING TO STAY ALIVE IN: GTA V: CHAOS MOD TRYING TO STAY ALIVE IN PART III
We square off against the Chaos Mod one last time. Who will emerge victorious?
Or how to go from 50 fps to 500 fps with one click
Jumping back into the cockpit with the classic space sim.
How Raven Software became kings of COD after vanishing from view
THE SOURCE ENGINE
The beautiful tension of an engine caught between eras.
How Assassin’s Creed creator PATRICE DÉSILETS became gaming’s cool teacher
Tempered steel and temper tantrums on medieval battlefields
SEX DOESN'T SELL
STEAM draws a line on steamy content in games
FACE THE MUSIC
After DMCA takedowns, Twitch has to make peace with the music biz
ALIVE & KICKING
Playing my first match in BLOOD BOWL 3— and surviving to tell the tale.
LAW & CRYPTO
Arthur Hayes faces U.S. prosecution over how he ran his overseas Bitcoin exchange
MILAN DESIGNERS HIT RESET BUTTON DURING DIGITAL FASHION WEEK
Fashion is off the hamster wheel, taking a deep breath that is allowing some freshness to seep into the once relentless cycle.
A TRUE WORKING YACHT, THE 112-YEAR-OLD GOLDEN VANITY HAS A NEW ROLE FOR 2021, AS NIC COMPTON DISCOVERS
The Existential Despair of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Revisiting the most disturbing Christmas special
Though her first year in the WNBA was anything but normal, Atlanta dream star Chennedy Carter is on her way to a long career in front of the bright lights.
PRO TOURING TRUCK SHOOTOUT
RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX AND STRAIGHT TO THE TOP
SOME BALLOT REQUESTS MAY BE AFFECTED BY COUNTY CYBER ATTACK
A hacker attack against an upstate New York county’s computer system raised concern that some emailed absentee ballot applications may not be processed, but the state Board of Elections said voting won’t be affected overall.
WITH THE RITUAL BEGINS AT SUNDOWN, ROBBY KRIEGER OPENS THE DOORS TO HIS JAZZ MUSE
AN OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD EXPERIMENT IN ‘SPACESHIP EARTH'
During lockdown, have you taken a moment to appreciate that at least you’re not quarantined with eight free-thinking adventurers in a terrarium of depleting oxygen levels?
POISE UNDER PRESSURE
Youth icon, sportswoman, and multi-award recipient, P.V. SINDHU has many national and international titles under her belt, the latest being the 2019 World Badminton Championships. A never-say-never attitude, a magnetic smile and twinkling eyes, she is an epitome of humbleness and graceful poise. Here she speaks with SATYA SAHAY at the inauguration of the P.V. Sindhu Badminton Academy at the Lalaji Memorial Omega International School in Chennai.