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Arthur is both the greatest sharpshooter and the worst horse rider on the PC port.

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One day I decided lớn pick up a bounty — I had nothing better to lớn do. So I followed the map to a cliffside near a river where I found the criminal in question: a self-proclaimed medicine man whose snake oil led to lớn many deaths in the nearby town.


Of course, bringing him in alive wasn"t going khổng lồ be easy. He wasn"t going lớn come along willingly, & even worse, after resisting, he slipped & fell into the raging river below. I attempted to chase after him, galloping down the river banks. He wasn"t going super fast, & I knew where lớn go, so this sounded easy.

The trò chơi is still a sprawling, technological marvel that shines most in the meandering moments.

Unfortunately, my horse (named Hey Thur Horsey because I"m creative) wouldn"t turn when I needed him to. When I tried to lớn cross the river, my horse got stuck on a rock. When I tried khổng lồ move him beyond it, nothing happened. When I was finally able to move him, my horse slowly trudged forward, turned slowly, and attempted lớn cross. However, by then, my bounty had died, & I had to lớn restart.


There"s little difference between Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC và on consoles. The trò chơi is still a sprawling, technological marvel that shines most in the meandering moments. It"s a title that"s easy khổng lồ get lost in; even if you have a quest lớn do, you"ll spend a while tracking the deer that got away or turning off the road khổng lồ see what you find. What does differ is how that giải pháp công nghệ works.


Red Dead Redemption 2 came out in 2018, so this reviews isn"t comprehensive. I don"t care about the story, the characters, the pacing, or the attention that Rockstar games paid lớn make sure horses will poop in the middle of rendered cutscenes. What I was curious about was how the trò chơi played on PC. Is it worth buying again lớn play at your desk or a good purchase for people who play strictly on PC rigs?


It"s all still an achievement in games technology. However, with new controls & some new features, including a more streamlined photo mode & new missions, the game feels both fresh và old, heavy và clunky, but also smooth. I can feel relaxed knowing I"ll hit my target with my rifle but frustrated because movement slows the trò chơi down.



Bottom line: Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC had a rough start, but now that it"s playable, players will find the experience khổng lồ be more beautiful than ever. Just make sure everything is optimized first.


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To address the big horse in the room

If you read Windows Central often, you might have noticed that I had issues playing this game. You might"ve noticed that a lot of players have been having issues, to lớn the point where Rockstar Games had khổng lồ issue multiple patches for both the launcher và the game. I had to wait a week khổng lồ play the game unencumbered, and even then, I was plagued with the trò chơi not booting unless I turned off my antivirus software và occasional crashes.

Rockstar took a week khổng lồ release an official statement on the matter, along with a lưu ý on a fix specifically for NVIDIA users. As of this writing, most of the technical issues are gone. I can launch the game & play it on medium khổng lồ high settings. My game would constantly crash when entering a new town. Every time I would die, or the game would crash, my Arthur would respawn without his hat. Why couldn"t Arthur keep his hat on? I have no idea. Either way, all of those issues are fixed.

In the long run, this launch debacle will become a blip in the long history of the Red Dead Redemption franchise — another entry in the long danh sách of games with tumultuous launches and imperfect ports. It"s not unplayable lượt thích other games, even released this year, have been. This was many people"s game of the Year in 2018; a week of constant patches and updates isn"t going to lớn tarnish the series" reputation.

Now that we have that out of the way, let"s get into the game.

Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC What I liked



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I first started playing PC games more out of necessity than preference — it was more cost-efficient to put money into a proper rig that I could also use for work than lớn buy a console — but I"ve become keen on the controls. My aim is more accurate, và I feel lượt thích I have more control over slight movements. Being able to hit one key lớn break into a sprint feels more efficient than clicking on a joystick, or having to hit a trigger button & another one to lớn activate an ability. Being on PC gives you a larger range of play, which is why I stuck with it.

There isn"t ray tracing here, but it feels like there is.

Red Dead Redemption 2 was an already complex game on console. There are so many things the player is capable of doing with that it feels lượt thích the system was almost built for the advantages of PC. There"s a key for just about every interaction; almost the entire keyboard is utilized. Press "H" to whistle for your horse, press "G" lớn pet your horse, press the spacebar to lớn read a letter you pick up.

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The extensive control scheme does result in some confusion, especially early in the game, as you go through the (extremely long) tutorial. I found myself looking into the control settings a few times to remind myself that "V" wasn"t melee lượt thích it usually is in other games. There are also some instances where the same kích hoạt might need different inputs based on the context. Going into different interactions might require different controls -- spacebar in one or "R" in another, for example. This would"ve been more of an issue if the scenarios where this occurred weren"t so minor.

Sometimes, however, the controls can be too complicated, especially when the UI isn"t always the clearest. It"s tough to lớn tell when you have to click on the left or right mouse, or when you have khổng lồ tap a button repeatedly to perform an action. This resulted in some more serious mistakes.

Otherwise, the game và the controls just work. With a mouse and keyboard, I find that I can make small adjustments or aim more precisely. Since Red Dead Redemption is the type of game filled with moments where these adjustments can mark the difference between life & death, it feels effective. Dead Eye, the feature that allows you lớn slow down time và set up shots, is, therefore, more effective.


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All of that is made better by how optimized the trò chơi is now on PC. Minus the aforementioned launch issues, if you"re able to lớn run the trò chơi on higher settings, you"ll see just how much effort was put into making sure the light reflecting off the water hits your eye just right, or how added detail on vegetation or fauna makes the whole environment look more photorealistic. There isn"t any ray tracing here (the giải pháp công nghệ that uses machine learning khổng lồ render realistic lighting effects in real-time), but it feels lượt thích there is. Rockstar also improved draw distances so you can see even further into the already beautifully-rendered horizon. Even if you have a lower-end PC, you can take advantage of what the PC version has to offer graphically.

A bonus to all of this is the improved photo mode. While the console version had one, it was limited lớn Arthur"s in-game camera. Here, all you have to vì chưng is hit F6, & you"ll be able lớn adjust filters, depth of field, angles, and anything else you want. With a click of the mouse, your photo will save, which is a great way lớn take advantage of how great everything looks.

Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC What I didn"t like



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Being on PC opens up a whole new world of controls to lớn use và settings to play around with, but it comes at an overwhelming price. It sounds weird khổng lồ emphasize, but there is just too much.

As evidenced by how much the game gives you to do, Rockstar almost put too much into how you can optimize the game. The settings are numerous và confusing for the less technically minded of us. Red Dead Redemption 2 will attempt to lớn choose the optimal settings based on your PC specs, but it"s not exact, so there"s still a lot to play around with. For example, I found that dropping the recommended graphics API from Vulkan down to lớn DirectX 12 did wonders for consistency. To ensure the game absolutely did not crash, I also lowered the aspect ratio và resolution. The trò chơi still looked great.

Red Dead Redemption 2 was many players" game of the Year in 2018 for a reason.

Along with all the graphics settings are ones for your controls, where you can redo the key bindings. This is standard in most games, but because there are, once again, so many controls, to fix it up becomes overwhelming, or a case of trial and error. Most of the mặc định key bindings worked for me, or I got used khổng lồ them, but some — lượt thích how Caps Lock is used lớn activate Dead Eye, aren"t optimal.

You"ll most likely want to lớn go into these settings too because, unfortunately, the one area where the PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2 suffers a bit is in movement. It always felt heavy, which is in line with Rockstar"s mission statement concerning realism, but it feels even heavier here.

I"ve been thinking a lot about why this is. It seems khổng lồ come down khổng lồ how movement works on a PC. Since it"s more precise with WASD và a mouse, it means you"re making overcorrections more often, which can cause either Arthur or his horse to, for instance, run into a rock and stop dead in their tracks. This isn"t always a problem và can be rectified with practice, but it"s still a bummer. Combined with the now excellent shooting, Arthur feels like both the greatest sharpshooter in the Old West and a clumsy buffoon who doesn"t know how khổng lồ ride a horse. That disparity can take you out of the experience Rockstar so desperately wants you khổng lồ feel.

Bottom line

Red Dead Redemption 2 was many players" game of the Year in 2018 for a reason. Minus issues surrounding how the studio crunched on seemingly unimportant features to get the trò chơi out, it"s astounding. Its PC port only shows how real that all was. Not only does it look great on the PC, it somehow looks better.

The technological issues at launch put a damper on the whole release, but now that most of them have been fixed, it might be a game worth picking up. With new features và new missions, it might even be worth the purchase for fans who already owned it on a console. There are some weird issues with the controls & settings, but the whole thing adds up to lớn what the trò chơi clearly wants to be: an immersive open-world campaign set in the Old West that attempts to recreate the highs & lows of the experience for modern audiences.

Arthur can barely ride his horse khổng lồ pick up that bounty, but he"s still killer with a rifle. & he can ride that clumsy horse that loves khổng lồ poop into the beautifully rendered horizon. Isn"t that what Red Dead Redemption 2 is all about?


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Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC


Optimized and more beautiful than ever.

Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC had a rough start, but now that it"s playable, players will find the experience khổng lồ be more beautiful than ever. Ride into the horizon on your horse & do as you please.



Carli is the Gaming Editor across Windows Central, app android Central, & iMore. Her last name also will remind you of a dinosaur. Follow her on Twitter or thư điện tử her at carli.velocci

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