In case you're (somehow) still on the fence about buying Red Dead Redemption 2, it's probably worth noting that Rockstar Games' latest title is, unsurprisingly, pretty damn good.
Numerous journalists managed to snag an early copy of the epic open-world game so they could voice their ever important opinions. And the result? A whole load of 10 out of 10 reviews. A whole load.
Renown gaming sites, from IGN to Game Informer, all the way to traditional publications, such as The Guardian and The Telegraph, are collectively hailing Red Dead 2 as - quite frankly - the best game of this generation, never mind this year. Don't sleep on this one.
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IGN - 10/10
Set in Rockstar's most authentic and lived-in open world ever, there are so many things to do, so many people to meet, and so many places to explore it's giddily overwhelming. Red Dead Redemption 2 isn't just Rockstar's greatest achievement to date; it's a game so lacking in compromise it's tough to know where best to start discussing it.
The Guardian - 5/5
There can be no doubt that this is a landmark game. It is a new high water-mark for lifelike video game worlds, certainly, but that world is also home to a narrative portrait of the wild west that is unexpectedly sombre and not afraid to take its time.
VG247 - A Genre Benchmark
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a brave prequel that isn't afraid of taking risks. It is innovative, surprising, stunning, dramatic, and generous - a highlight of this generation and a benchmark for other open world games to aspire to.
The Telegraph - 5/5
A powerhouse of a video game, one of the finest, built by people at the top of their game and under intense pressure, lest we forget. As it is, they remind us of what games can be, creating a majestic sense of place and time and allowing you to play your role in the way only this medium allows.
Game Informer - 10/10
Rockstar Games has outdone itself again with Red Dead Redemption II. The up-close portrayal of the outlaw Van der Linde gang's unraveling is a compelling companion story that blends seamlessly with the original game, and depth and breadth of the open world is a technical triumph that every gamer should experience.
Eurogamer - Recommended
Is this Rockstar's greatest game, a new masterpiece alongside the original? There are one too many caveats, and one too many flaws at its heart, to leave me totally convinced. Is this its richest, most beautiful open world? Of that there's not a single doubt.
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GameSpot - 9/10
Red Dead Redemption 2 is an excellent prequel, but it's also an emotional, thought-provoking story in its own right, and it's a world that is hard to leave when it's done.
Metro - 9/10
Purely on a technical level, Red Dead Redemption II is one of the most impressive video games we've ever played. It has many other positive qualities, but the graphics are so astonishingly good it almost seems impossible.
GamesRadar+ - 5/5
Over the past few years, I'd argue the only games that deserve to be considered at this same ultra elite level are GTA 5, Metal Gear Solid 5, and The Witcher 3. This is a stone cold 5/5 classic that combines brilliant writing - Rockstar's Houser brothers deliver another affecting, scythe-sharp script - amazing tech, and one of the most boldly structured plots to ever grace a triple-A title.
Was it ever going to go any other way? Not a chance. Let us know what you think about these reviews, and what you make of Arthur Morgan and the gang tomorrow, when the game releases.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is ready to launch on 26 October 2018 for Xbox One and PS4.
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