By Brandon Howell
Red Dead Redemption 2 released on October 26th, 2018. About a month after release, they announced Red Dead Online. It was expected to release on the 27th, and it did.
Rockstar Games has already received high approval for the recent addition to the game. Although it has been getting these good reviews, is it really good as critics have been saying it is? I am here to tell you.
I started to play on Friday, with my expectations being set very high. From the beginning, the character creation is not as good as you would think, with most characters looking very unusual. It’s not bad really, but it’s not good either. It could be improved a lot when the full online mode releases.
Since this is online, the story is lacking compared to the single player. Most missions follow the same principal, going from point A to get something from point B. With that being said, most of the missions start to just feel like a grind.
One of the fun parts of this game is the showdowns. It’s basically the actual multiplayer part of the game, where you go against other players. These game modes include:
- Shootout and Team Shootout – Basically as the name implies.
- Hostile Territory – This is just a big game of control the points, like A, B, C, D, and E.
- Last one Standing – This is simply a battle royale; everyone knows what that is.
- Most Wanted – This is a free for all, where your rank changes on how many kills you’ve earned.
- Name Your Weapon – This is another free for fall, it can also be played on a team. You basically have a few different weapons and each one you have nets you a different amount of points based on the ease or difficulty of how hard it is to use.
Another crucial part of online is the money. You can’t do anything without it. although some of the missions pay quite a bit of money, the economy is fundamentally broken. Many things cost a lot, such as cans of food being around $1.00-1.75 when you get only about $5.00-10.00 from missions and showdowns. Even with the economy broken, there is still a few ways to make some good bank.
- Hunting – Specifically you should be hunting cougars, since perfect pelts and carcasses sell for $18.50 all together
- Treasure – Since this is limited, it’s not as a reliable source of income, but when you do get it, it gives you a nice sum. Most chests carry about $100.00
Since the game is still considered a Beta, meaning it’s still in the ” testing” phase. This means when the full game releases the character you created could be deleted, forcing everyone to restart.
On a scale of 1 being the worst and 5 being the best I’ll give Red Dead Online a score of 3/5. I think it’s a good game, but there’s a lot of work that still needs to be put into it to get it to where it needs to be.