Red Dead Redemption 2

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action
Publisher: Take Two
Developer: Rockstar Games
Release Date: Oct. 26, 2018

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1. 'Red Dead Redemption 2' (PS4/XOne)

by Judy on Jan. 31, 2018 @ 12:00 a.m. PST

Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America's unforgiving heartland, featuring a vast and atmospheric world that will also provide the foundation for a brand-new online multiplayer experience.

Chris "Atom" DeAngelus: "It's the new game from the guys who made Grand Theft Auto," will assure that Red Dead Redemption 2 sells 10 million copies, sight unseen, but it's more than that. The last Red Dead Redemption game was easily the finest cowboy simulator ever made, and it was one of Rockstar's best games ever. It featured impressive gameplay, an immersive world, and a heartfelt story. Red Dead Redemption 2 has the added benefit of eight years of Rockstar honing its craft. This time, it follows Arthur Morgan, an outlaw and ne'er-do-well, as he journies through the lawless west. With an open world, tons of content, and a multiplayer mode to boot, Red Dead Redemption 2 will likely be one of the most time-consuming games of the year. If the story can come close to Red Dead Redemption's, then it'll also be one of the most enthralling stories of the year, too.

Cody Medellin: Make no mistake, Red Dead Redemption 2 will dominate people's minds. There's no doubt that the solo experience will bring forth the open-world gameplay that people expect from Rockstar. However, it's the multiplayer that many will be curious about — along with hope that it comes to the PC this time around. Even if it matches the experience in GTA5, expect RDR2 to have extremely long legs.

Adam Pavlacka: Rockstar has always been good at open-world games, and the Old West is an era that is filled with storytelling potential. It's also an era that is at the front of the mind for many thanks to HBO's "Westworld." While Red Dead Redemption 2 likely won't have murderous robots, it will be the very first Rockstar game created specifically for the current generation of consoles. It'll be great to see what Rockstar can do when it doesn't have to consider the PS3 and Xbox 360 as part of the game design. As for the killer robots, Red Dead Redemption had a zombie expansion, so maybe it's possible. What do you say, Rockstar? A Westworld DLC expansion? You know the game is going to sell a bajillion copies, no matter what.

Andreas Salmen: Red Dead Redemption 2 is easily my most anticipated game of the year. The original Red Dead Redemption is high on my list of favorite games. The sheer production value and world that Rockstar can create, coupled with gritty Western topics, is a perfect match. I hope we get to see some more gameplay soon and can look forward to a final release date.

Rainier Van Autrijve: For years, Red Dead Redemption has been the elusive "one that got away." Rockstar keeps teasing me with an open-world, Wild West shooter on the PC. The first one did not make it, and thus far, RDR 2 has yet to be officially announced for the PC, but I have faith! Rockstar has the luxury of taking its time with whatever it develops, which can only be a good thing, no matter how difficult it is to wait. With the ongoing success of GTA Online, we can also expect an extensive online component in Red Dead Redemption 2. Story-wise, all we know so far is that you'll play as Arthur Morgan, a member of the Dutch van der Linde gang, as you fight and rob your way across the vast and rugged heart of America to survive. This may also tie in with the original game, whose protagonist (John Marston) was briefly in said gang before it was disbanded. Hopefully, Rockstar will ramp up the PR machine soon and more details will start trickling out, especially if there's a hint of truth to the rumored summer 2018 release date. In the meantime, I'll dream of Rockstar Games remastering the original title and bundling it with RDR2! Don't pinch me!

Thomas Wilde: As long as they didn't decide to bring back the %$%#ing mountain lions, I'm in. GTA is a little too happily self-obsessed for me, but RDR's more down-to-earth tone is much more my jam, especially if they do another Undead Nightmare with, you know, zombies.

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