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Video Game Red Dead Redemption 2 Review
Red Dead Redemption (2010) is a series of open world adventures with a wild west theme. The rich world offers many things to do along with a main story line. It's this living breathing world that attracts players, both in its diversity and beauty.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Red Dead Redemption 2 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Oli Hawkins and updated 10 weeks ago.

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Red Dead Redemption is a series of open world adventures with a wild west theme. The rich world offers many things to do along with a main story line. It's this living breathing world that attracts players, both in its diversity and beauty.

You can tackle the game in various directions, but one way or another you will be involved with shootouts, heists, hunting, horseback riding, interacting with non-player characters, and maintaining the character's honour rating through moral choices and deeds.

These games are from the same developer as Grand Theft Auto and offer a similar style of game. After the popular first game, Red Dead Redemption 2 was a prequel that received critical acclaim, selling over 31 million copies shipped.

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:


Play Time: This game will take between 40 hours and 50 hours to complete. As it's an open world game you can spend many hundreds of hours exploring and completing everything.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Red Dead Redemption 2 is rated PEGI 18 because it features 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 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.

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 PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3.
  • 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.


Red Dead Redemption 2 usually costs £24.99 to £89.99. 

Red Dead Redemption

XBox Store Xbox One £24.99

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2: Ultimate Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £89.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £89.99
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 Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox 360.
    • 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. 
The following in-game purchases are available:

Red Dead Redemption 2: Story Mode

XBox Store Xbox One £36.99

Red Dead Redemption 2: Story Mode And Ultimate Edition Content

XBox Store Xbox One £71.99
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 18/05/2010, updated in 2019

Price: 67% off

Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1 (32 online)

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

Accessibility: 27 features

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

Developer: Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames)

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