Red Dead Redemption 2

Coast Report staffer Trevor Michaels shows off his virtual gun skills in the wild west video game Red Dead Redemption 2.

At the beginning of the year, Rockstar had announced that more people than ever were playing the online mode to a video game they had released back in 2013. That video game was Grand Theft Auto Online. However, Rockstar realizes that all good things come to an end.

The good news is Rockstar has an answer to Grand Theft Auto’s eventual downfall, that being Red Dead Redemption Online. With an eerily similar feeling to the original Red Dead Online, plus a lot more to offer, the upcoming success can already be felt.

Giving players the ability to create their own character and make them look however they want is a signature thing Rockstar introduced to online gameplay with GTA Online. This has not changed in Read Dead Online. I was able to choose between man or woman and pick their body type and build their facial structure.

This immediately gave me an attachment to my character that made me just as excited for the story that follows this character, as it did with Arthur Morgan’s from the story mode.

The online story started with me doing prison work in shackles. Shortly after I found myself on a wagon being transported to Blackwater. It is on this journey that my prison wagon got stopped and I was saved from the police by a stranger. This stranger then took me to meet Jessica LeClerk. It was her that revealed how I ended up in jail.

She revealed to me that I was framed for a crime I did not commit but that the crime committed affected her personally. She tasked me with finding out what exactly happened that day and with finding the people responsible. Those people being Jeremiah Shaw, Amos Lancing, Grace Lancing and finally Teddy Brown.

And so began my adventure in the online world of Red Dead Redemption. I do not wish to spoil anymore of the story as players can discover that themselves. Rockstar games made the online mode available to everyone else owning the game at 5:30 a.m. today.

Red Dead Online is still just a beta, so activities outside story mode are limited. However, the activities it does offer are rather entertaining.

There are five alternative game modes that players can queue into and play. These games modes are Shootout & Team Shootout, Make It Count, Most Wanted, Hostile Territory and Name Your Weapon.

I found the Make It Count mode the most fun and challenging of them. This mode throws players into a lobby with only a bow and throwing knives, in a fight to be the last one standing in a shrinking zone.

Reminding me of a game I love to play, Fortnite, the competitiveness this mode offered to be the last one standing gave me extreme entertainment and the satisfaction that followed after winning felt rather similar as well.

Continuing comparisons to Fortnite, it will be interesting to see how Red Dead Online competes with the popularity of Fortnite, when the full online version is released. With players looking for something new, Rockstar is the first company to offer such a masterpiece that could compete with Fortnite.

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