This game is rated PEGI 18
Our review includes potentially triggering words:
decapitation, defenceless characters, dismemberment, drugs, gambling, gore, graphic violence, killing, nudity and sexual content.
Ignore All Content Warnings
Red Dead Redemption 2 (Series) Review
Posted: 13 months ago, last updated 3 months ago.
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.
Players: You can play this with 32 players online. 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.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2: Ultimate Edition
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
You will need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3.
You will need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox 360.
You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.
You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) 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.
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.
ESRB MATURE 17 with Blood and gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Use of Drugs and Alcohol.
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.
Our experts have hand-picked the following similar games for you. These offer a similar way to play to Red Dead Redemption 2 or are games with a similar theme or topic. These are good alternative games to Red Dead Redemption 2, or are a younger rated alternative for players not ready for PEGI 18 or ESRB MATURE 17+ games.
Thank you for using our resource, supported by AskAboutGames, ParentZone and PlayAbility Initiative. We are editorially independent, written by parents for parents, but welcome sponsorship, partnership and suggestions. Email our editor for details on these opportunities.
The information on this database is designed to support and complement the in-depth discussion and advice about video game "addiction", violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. If you have any concerns or questions in these areas, email our editor who is quick to respond or can arrange for a one-to-one conversation.