I never played Red Dead Revolver or the first Red Dead Redemption. It didn't seem like something I would be into all that much. I've been more of a simulator, first person shooter, sci fi type gamer and a western just sounded boring to me.

My friends, however, were talking up about how excited they were about Red Dead Redemption II coming out. I watched the trailer and thought it looked decent, but I still wasn't excited to sped $60 on a game that to me looked like you just rode a horse around. Man, I had no idea what I was in for.

It has been a long time that I was so into a game that I had a hard time putting it down. I see my son get lost in Fortnite and I never really got it.  Sure it's fun, but I could really only do a couple of games and I was done. But, Red Dead Redemption is the Fortnite for me and my friends of our age. We can't put it down. When we see each other at work, all we talk about is the cool stuff that happened in Red Dead. Where have you been? Have you seen this yet? Did you meet this person yet?

The game is an entire new world. If you're familiar with "The Oasis" in "Ready Player One," I think this is about as close as we can get in modern time.  The excitement of playing the first Grand Theft Auto Games is reignited with this and multiplied by 100. It is so real, so customizable, so unique for every player that it feels like it's catered to you.

You know how I was not excited about riding a horse around? This makes the game so much better. It makes the MASSIVE world seem so much bigger. You form a bond with your horse and you learn to take care of it. They get spooked even. They get dirty, they get hungry, and they get tired and hurt. The slower pace of this game really allows you to feel every moment of it, and that's perfect.

The interaction with the AI is seamless. It's amazing how far they have come and how it doesn't feel like you're interacting with robots. Their phrases and reactions seem human at times, and so far I haven't found any noticeable glitches.

I've spent a lot of time talking about how fascinatingly real it is, but it is also action packed. Gun fights are a lot of fun. Fist fights are more than just mashing buttons. And your actions and your honor or lack of translate to how you are treated. For crying out loud, you can even smell bad if you don't take a bath.

I'd give this game an 11 out of 10 because it has opened my eyes to what is actually capable in gaming. I can't wait to see what the future brings, but for now I'm going back 110 years for quite some time in Red Dead Redemption II.

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