Played Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC. It could be better

Finally started selling Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC. Fans were looking forward to this day.

We have already played a novelty and managed to form some impressions. Alas, there were a lot of negative ones.

The launch was not the most successful. First things first.

Briefly. What is Red Dead Redemption 2?

This is an action game with an open world in the Wild West. Rather, at the sunset of this era. A game that tells about one of the last gangs, in the role of one of the chapters of which you have to spend more than 60 hours.

This is a prequel to the original Red Dead Redemption. The events of the second part take place ten years before the first.

We have already separately talked about Red Dead Redemption 2. So we will not particularly dwell on the plot. I’ll only tell you briefly for those in the tank.

We play for Arthur Morgan, close to the leader, Dutch Vanderlind. The gangsters are chasing the gang, they are looking for us in all states. Therefore, you have to hide in the outback and wander from city to city.

This is the most elaborate project of Rockstar Games and the most vibrant open world of the existing ones. Gang members and even simple passers-by react to every gamer action. Various skirmishes constantly occur, you can talk a little with any person. All the characters continue to live beyond the cut-scenes while you go about your business.

You can rob caravans, banks and trains, release prisoners, blow up offenders, or even be an exemplary citizen (when the plot requires otherwise).

Alas, now there are a lot of bug

I wanted to write my impressions on the day the game was released, November 5th, but something went wrong. Rockstar Games has clearly not tested the western before launch.

I have not been able to turn on Red Dead Redemption 2 until today. She crashed at the stage of the first boot. The network had a large number of error correction guides, including those from the developers themselves. But even the simplest disabling of the antivirus to enable the PC version did not help.

A few days ago, Rockstar released a large patch of 3 GB , which seemed to fix startup problems. And he really helped many players, judging by the reviews, but not by all. Me too.

As a result, today the launcher downloaded another minor update. And hurray, it works! But not without flaws.

An example of a frequent bug, a horse periodically disappears

All the same, now there are periodic departures in the menu and during the game. In many cut scenes, characters fail, friezes and more. Players even underestimated because of this score on Metacritic: 3.6 / 10 .

The company was clearly in a hurry with the release.

The optimization is not bad, but GTA V was better

When GTA V was released on PC, the developers did their best. The game started almost on the iron, the minimum requirements were really low.

Now you read and see the minimum wage:

OS : Windows 7 (SP1)
Processor : Intel Core i5-2500K / AMD FX-6300
RAM : 8 GB
Video card : Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 2 GB / AMD Radeon R9 280 3 GB
Disk space : 150 GB

Yes, they are also quite low . But only on paper. In fact, the optimization turned out to be noticeably worse than everyone thought , despite the HUGE amount of settings. You can tweak for yourself even the most unnecessary trifle for the sake of performance.

Theoretically, the game should run on the top MacBook Pros, but I would not count on high performance.

Digital Foundry does not recommend using video cards with a memory capacity below 6 GB. Anyway, now. The game can often crash even after a big patch.

The main drawback of the PC version of RDR 2, according to the resource’s specialists, is that the developers “didn’t explain why these or those parameters have such a serious effect on the frame rate”.

Nevertheless, the game in fact was too gluttonous. And it’s okay that on my GTX 1070 Ti I get 40-50 FPS on ultra-settings with a resolution of 1080p, the game slows down on RTX 2080 Ti in 4K resolution. In other words, the most top-end video card corny “does not pull” Western at maximum speeds.

It’s all the same RDR 2, but with free multiplayer and awesome graphics

When GTA V was released on PC, the company quietly improved the quality of the picture. But the same cannot be said about Red Dead Redemption 2. The computer version is very different from the console. And she looks amazing!

Do not believe? See for yourself:


Playstation 4 pro

The developers saturated the PC version with an abundance of details and improved lighting , which the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X lacked due to lack of power. On a computer, you can also easily play at 60 frames per second. Consoles, alas, are limited to only thirty.

And the main difference from the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One X: multiplayer is available for free. Also, the game costs 2 times less. This is the pride of PC boyars.

All events, additions and lotions from the console versions were transferred to the computer. However, it’s a shame that online travel will have to start anew. You can’t transfer the character ready, you need to create a new one.

Total. To take or not to take?

Even at the time of writing, the game is still raw and in many places unfinished , but developers must fix it in the next patch.

This is the same game with a detailed, deep open world that you want to return to again and again. And personally, I’m glad that she got to personal computers. Yes, not without jambs, but this is a temporary phenomenon.

It costs Red Dead Redemption 2 on a PC 2.5 thousand rubles. You can buy it both on the Rockstar Games website and in the Epic Games Store .

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