Having sold 55 million units, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a juggernaut for Rockstar Games. This game perfectly encapsulates the studio’s strengths in storytelling, visuals, and crafting detailed open worlds.
Such strengths have kept the game relevant despite the industry’s rapidly evolving nature. The title celebrates its 5th anniversary today, standing out as a testament to Rockstar Games’ talents as a game developer.
Why it matters: This is the latest release from the renowned developer. While many open-world games have come after Red Dead Redemption 2, it is still considered the benchmark for the genre.
Rockstar Games spent nearly a decade crafting this beautiful game. The game also cost around $540 million, making it one of the most expensive projects in the industry, but this budget was reflected in the final product.
Upon release, the game was an instant hit, surpassing the popularity of its predecessor. With a score of 97100 on Metacritic, this Wild West adventure became another memorable addition to Rockstar Games’ growing library.
Red Dead Redemption 2 explored the narrative of Arthur Morgan. Throughout the game’s lengthy story, it tackled various themes, creating a multifaceted narrative that is still a treat to revisit.
The open world also became a major part of its success since Rockstar Games allowed players to explore a vast map packed with unmatched details. Side quests were abundant, and meaningful NPC encounters meant the world felt lived in.
Though the game is five years old today, we believe it is still the benchmark for open worlds that other studios should strive to meet. With a focus on freedom and detail, Red Dead Redemption 2 remains unparalleled five years later.
Despite such success, the game does not have a dedicated version for current-generation consoles. While recent leaks have pointed to a 60FPS update, Rockstar Games appears more focused on supporting GTA 5 with new versions and updates.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is also one of the best-looking games out there, and its excellence makes it worth playing all these years later. This release pushed the gaming industry forward in more ways than one, and we cannot wait to see where Rockstar Games goes next.
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