Looking at Metacritic, 2018’s Red Dead Redemption 2 sits at a near-perfect 97%, for both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions. The original Red Dead Redemption comes in just below that at 95% on both consoles. I’d argue that, objectively, both those scores are too high, but one thing is certain, the original Red Dead Redemption is still a better game than its sequel.
It took awhile for the initial circle-jerk of glowing reviews to die down, a time during which anyone who rated the game less than 80% had hordes of angry commentators descend on their site - hordes who had not yet played the game. Slant Magazine infamously awarded the game a 7/10 (I’d probably score it 7.5 in retrospect) and ended up gaining considerable exposure and notoriety from its direct competitors, as they reported on the angry backlash.
For all the pre-launch hype and myriad of feature pieces published right after launch, Red Dead Redemption 2 quickly disappeared from the news feeds, and now we only see occasional updates for the underwhelming – and I’d argue self-limiting – Red Dead Online. Returning to Metacritic, the user reviews (while inherently untrustworthy) align with the press review scores for the original Red Dead Redemption, yet sit 20-30% percent lower than the critics average for the sequel.
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