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Is 'Red Dead Redemption 2' Already 2018's Game Of The Year?

Or should we hold our horses?
by Ash Mahinay | Aug 14, 2018
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Leading up to its October 26 release date, Rockstar has dropped the first gameplay footage of Red Dead Redemption 2, view it right here because it is about time they showed it—the game's first trailer came out all the way back in 2016!

It’s not a stylish reveal, in fact, it has a very business presentation vibe voice over layered on top, but fans are already declaring it game of the year material. Based off Rockstar Games' last release—which was a little thing called Grand Theft Auto Vthen it's safe to expect nothing less than gaming nirvana but aside from polished gameplay and graphics, RDR2 also looks like it’ll have an epic story to match the gunslinging. The game’s late 1800s setting is a transition period from Wild West life to the beginnings of the modern industrial age and you decide how honorable protagonist Arthur Morgan will be during all this change—if they can relate it to the current unrest in the real world, we're sure the critics are going to eat it all up! GTAV swept away all comers in 2013—well, almost all because that was also the year The Last of Us came out and the two dueled for GOTY accolades.

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Going back, the first Red Dead Redemption was also critically-acclaimed but went up against Mass Effect 2 for the crown back in 2010, another heavyweight fight. Which titles are RDR2 up against? We’d have to say its main contenders are Monster Hunter World and God of War. MHW is a phenomenon that has topped sales charts everywhere, introducing people to the Monster Hunter franchise like how Skyrim made everyone an Elder Scrolls fan. GoW is a deep experience that many thought would be a lock for GOTY until RDR hype. Dragon Quest XI might pop in the same way MHW did but it doesn’t seem like it so far. Battlefield V has a slim chance, Black Ops IIII even less so—not since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare has a shooter from either franchise been a truly game-changing entry.

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