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Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018) is an adventure game with a wild west theme and a prequel to Red Dead Redemption. As you explore a vast and varied open world, you partake in shootouts, heists, and elaborate chases across the wilderness. It expands upon the concept of the first game with a bigger and more detailed interactive world, more things to do and a more branching story.

Set in 1899, you play Arthur Morgan, an outlaw and member of Dutch Van der Linde's gang, set on resisting the modernisation of the world and erosion of your simple way of life. When you decide to gather enough money to retire and settle down before the world forces your hand, you rob trains and towns, shooting anyone who stands in your way. As the serious and nuanced story progresses, you witness Dutch turn from the charismatic and charming leader of your gang to the cold-blooded killer he is in the first game.

Play involves exploring the world's five fictional states, by horse, train, and foot, using guns to defeat enemies and interacting with characters you meet. You can tackle the game in various directions, but one way or another you take on shootouts, heists, hunting, horseback riding, and maintaining the character's honour rating through moral choices and deeds. Alongside the main activities, you can fish, play cards, and engage with the lived-in world in countless other ways.

The game is from the same developer as Grand Theft Auto and offers a similar style of game, albeit at a more relaxed pace. Selling over 55 million copies, it received critical acclaim for the detail of the open world and the mature storytelling, making for an engaging and novel experience.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Red Dead Redemption 2 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Oli Hawkins and updated yesterday.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Adventure game with Fighting, Role-Play and Shooting elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 32-player online game. Red Dead Online is set one year before Red Dead Redemption 2. You escape from prison and work with up to four players to complete tasks and advance the narrative. With up to 32 other players in the game at the same time, you can create a larger posse of up to seven players to take on larger missions.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 40 hours and 70 hours to complete. As it's an open world game you can spend many hundreds of hours exploring and completing everything, but the main story typically takes around 60 hours to beat.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for graphic violence, motiveless killing of innocent characters, violence against vulnerable and defenceless characters, use of strong language and encouragement of gambling. This game contains frequent depictions of violence towards defenceless human characters. The player has the ability to lasso and tie up any character in the game. Once the character is restrained you can commit a number of violent acts, such as leaving them on the train tracks for an oncoming train to hit, dragging them behind your horse whilst they are still alive, or throwing them into a body of water to drown. This game also features depictions of the apparently motiveless killing of multiple innocent human-like characters. If used at close range blasts can lead to decapitation and dismemberment of various limbs. This also applies to some of the animal characters, such as the horses. There are also some “execution-style” moves which feature very strong graphic violence paired with strong blood and gore effects. This game also contains frequent uses of sexual expletives and discriminatory language. The word “*!@?*” and its derivatives can be found throughout, and discriminatory slurs can be found in the dialogue. This game also contains moving images that encourage and teach the use of game of chance.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong violence, coarse language and sex scene.
The game deals with some of the violence in quite mature ways. For example, if you kill a character who is a father you have to face what you've done when you meet their wife and family.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's a complex game where you must manage multiple systems. To fully enjoy the game older teenagers need not only to be able to deal with the navigation and combat but understand the story and wider relationships of the game.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.

CostsCosts

Red Dead Redemption 2 usually costs £54.99 to £59.99.
 

Red Dead Redemption 2

Steam Store PC £59.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £54.99 Free

PS Plus Extra

XBox Store Xbox One -
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
 
You can purchase gold bars to buy in-game items. You can also purchase extra story content including:
  • Bank Robbery Mission & Gang Hideout
  • Dappled Black Thoroughbred
  • Talisman & Medallion Gameplay Bonuses
  • Gameplay Boosts, Cash Bonuses & Discounts
  • The Nuevo Paraiso Gunslinger Outfit

You can purchase content for your character including:
  • Bonus Outfits
  • Rank Bonuses
  • Black Chestnut Thoroughbred
  • Access to the Survivor Camp Theme

These are packed in with the Ultimate and Special edition of the game. 
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 26/10/2018, updated in 2019

Out Now: PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1 (32 online)

Genres: Action, Adventure (Fighting, Role-Play and Shooting)

Accessibility: 30 features

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather

Developer: Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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