Why I am worried about Red Dead Redemption 2

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Red Dead Redemption 2 is quite possibly 2017’s most talked about game. Even with just one cinematic trailer, no real information on the story or even game-play. Rockstar however, has earned this reputation.  Red Dead Redemption 2 is stated to come out fall of 2017 and one thing that has been confirmed is that there will be an online mode. This is where my worries start to come in.

When Grand Theft Auto V came out September 17, 2013; it became a huge hit. Averaging a score of 97 on Metacritic. It makes sense for a game like GTA 5, to receive the type of critical acclaim. It was and still is a beautiful open-world sandbox that provided hours of crazy mayhem that we as gamers   have grown accustomed to in a Grand Theft Auto game. A few weeks later after the released Rockstar released the much-anticipated online version.  Granted I was excited to play Grand Theft Auto Online, I will say that I am not much of an online gamer; I prefer to stick to a single player experience but everything about Grand Theft Auto Online made me excited.

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When   Grand Theft Auto Online first went live, it had it far share of issues. Actually, it had a lot of issues. From not even wanting to load, connection issues, random crashes, and poor matchmaking. In short it was mess but once that smoothed everything out it turned out to be a lot of fun, at least for the first month or two. Most of the missions were repetitive busy work, most of the good weaponry, cars and apartments were over-priced and required having to grind the repetitive missions. Heists the reasons that most people even cared about   Grand Theft Auto Online didn’t even come out till Grand Theft Auto V was released on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

To make things worse Rockstar’s focus as just been on Grand Theft Auto Online. While I like seeing a game continued to get content years after its release, the single player experience the real reason people play a GTA game has been forgotten. There has not been a single bit of story DLC which is a shame because Rockstar is normally great when it comes to single player DLC. I get that Online games do need more attention than a single player game but Grand Theft Online is a franchise that is associated for its single player campaign. With Red Dead Redemption 2 coming out this year I highly doubt there will ever been anything story related DLC.

Granted we really don’t know the online element of Read Dead Redemption 2 will be like. It could just be a PVP type multiplayer but I feel that Rockstar is going to try and replicate Grand Theft Auto Online. The real question is does a game that mostly likely is going to offer 20 or more hours of gameplay really need a multiplayer mode?  I feel that GTA V could have been a better and bigger game if they wouldn’t have added in the unnecessary Grand Theft Auto Online.

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In conclusion while I am hyped for Red Dead Redemption 2, it’s hard not to at least be a little nervous for the single player campaign. I am sure the game is going to be great but I just don’t want the single player to be held back due to the “need” for multiplayer. I guess we’ll just have to wait till E3 gets closer and we start to see some gameplay for.   

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