Giving Ennio Morricone a run for his money, Red Dead 2's score is at times beautiful, mournful or upbeat, but always brilliant. The performances are also universally outstanding, lending real gravity to the unfolding drama. Rob Wiethoff is also back as John Marston, which is a big plus. Superb.
Normally, you'd expect an open-world of Red Dead 2's scale to compromise visually. Miraculously that isn't the case here, and despite rare glitches now and again, every square-inch of the map is drenched in rich detail. You can even see the bristles up Uncle's nose.
There's some generous auto-aim at work when engaging in gunfights, but overall the shooting mechanics are robust. And the brawling, while not particularly complex, is still great fun. Horse riding is enjoyable, although you're guaranteed to come off a lot. There are minor flaws, but none are especially glaring.
Gargantuan in every sense. The map is truly colossal (thankfully, you can cover large distances by train or stagecoach), filled with meaningful stuff to do, and the storyline itself is epic, lengthy and engrossing, not once outstaying its welcome. The attention to detail is astonishing too and the story is superlative.
Sadly, there's nothing that can hold a candle to Red Dead's 'Dastardly' achievement, but this is nonetheless a solid list that lends added impetus to exploration and leaving no stone unturned. Prepare to dig in for more when Red Dead Online arrives in November.