Red Dead Redemption 2 is finally out and it is glorious, offering players a massive world that is begging to be explored. Whether you do it on horseback or on foot is up to you, but we wold recommend that you stick to your horse more often because the game features a gargantuan map. According to TwinInfinite, travelling from one end of the map to the other on horseback takes a full 16 minutes in real time, 16 minutes of sprinting on horseback.
There are only a few other games out there that boast such vast world spaces, including Assassin’s Creed Origins and the critically acclaimed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Nowadays we easily have the hardware needed to bring such vast world spaces to life, however, only a handful of games actually have worlds this big. This is because making a huge map is easy, but filling it with meaningful content that adds to the immersion and intractability of the map is a lot harder. Take Fallout 4 as an example, the game featured a big map to explore, but there wasn’t enough content to explore and as a result the game felt empty and boring at times.
Red Dead Redemption 2’s world is brimming with interactive content, content that makes the world feel alive and dynamic, drawing players into all kinds of situations and experiences that makes every exploring session unique and fun. It is interesting to note that Red Dead Redemption 2 has the same map size as GTA V, divided into 5 different regions that feature different aspects of Red Dead’s alternative recreation of US’s southern regions in the 1800s.
However, Red Dead Redemption 2 feels a whole lot bigger because you do not have any speeding cars to zip around the map, and also because it has so much to offer, countless systems, events, and experiences that hold onto the player and make it very challenging to set down the controller.
The game has been released on the PS4 and Xbox One, currently there is no news on whether there will be a PC release or not, which is disappointing since the PS4 and Xbox One have a hard time rendering the incredibly detailed and lively world that Rockstar Games has created for us. Even the PS4 Pro has had trouble running the game, but the Xbox One X has produced more stable frame rates and an overall smoother experience.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is easily one of the most expected releases of this year, and the game is already receiving a slew of praise from gamers and critics. What makes the game so great is the fact that it just feels satisfying. Whether you are about to get killed, are carrying out a stealthy heist, or you are simply roaming around and exploring the game’s vast wilderness, Red Dead Redemption 2 leaves you with a wholesome feeling that makes you want to come back for more every time.