IT’s almost like Christmas come early with Red Dead Redemption 2 coming to PC just over a year after the console release. While we already talked in detail about the game’s story, merits and demerits when it first came to consoles, in this review we’ll primarily discuss the good and bad in the PC port.
Let’s start with the good, because Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC is a sight to behold – gorgeous lighting, minute details and incredible draw distances are absolutely jaw dropping. The game already looked great on consoles, and it totally shines on PC. There are a ton of settings to play with and tweak, and the game scales really well. I played the game with everything set to ultra on a Radeon Card, and the results were really solid. The game was running consistently at over 60 FPS. After turning the settings down to high, I was able to get over 110 FPS.
There are a few issues though – crashes. The game crashed a lot for me during the early hours, and the same complains have been leveled at the game by many other players on forums. Things have gotten better though, and after the first patch almost all my issues were gone. It still is a bummer that a marquee release like this had such a rocky launch.
The controls are also not the best – they were bad on a controller, but that seems intuitive in comparison to how it feels on a keyboard and mouse. Incorrect prompts will show up numerous times, leaving you to guess as to what the actual button is that you need to press. This is easily fixable with a patch, and I hope it’s coming soon.
Overall though, Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC is definitely the place to play it. With mods and a role-play community growing around the game, Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC will live for years to come.
- Looks great
- Runs fine after patches
- Roleplay Community
- Issues at launch
- Controls still feel weird
Score – 9/10
With all new graphical and technical enhancements for deeper immersion, Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC takes full advantage of the power of the PC to bring every corner of this massive, rich and detailed world to life including increased draw distances; higher quality global illumination and ambient occlusion for improved day and night lighting; improved reflections and deeper, higher resolution shadows at all distances; tessellated tree textures and improved grass and fur textures for added realism in every plant and animal.
Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC also offers HDR support, the ability to run high-end display setups with 4K resolution and beyond, multi-monitor configurations, widescreen configurations, faster frame rates and more.
Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC also includes additional Story Mode content including Bounty Hunting Missions, Gang Hideouts, Weapons and more; plus free access to the shared living world of Red Dead Online featuring all previously released improvements and the latest content for the complete Online experience including Frontier Pursuits and the specialist Roles of The Bounty Hunter, Trader and Collector, and much more.