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Okay ResetEra: which Red Dead game is the greatest, and why?

Which Red Dead game is your favorite?

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Oct 25, 2017
I guess that Red Dead Redemption 2 has been out long enough that most of the people who have played it can form their opinion on where they stand on the game now. So—which of the three games in this series do you think is the best? Is it the underrated cult classic Red Dead Revolver, the unassuming, stylistically striking western that kickstarted this series? Is it Red Dead Redemption, the game that brought Rockstar’s traditional open world formula to a rich western setting, and became among the most beloved games of all time? Is it Red Dead Redemption 2, the game which brought Rockstar’s focus on realism and pacing, and on prescribed storytelling in a systemic world, to its culmination?

Which one is it, and why?



Oct 26, 2017
Revolver because it’s not bloated and boring. Wish they’ll make a new one, redemption is boring.
Oct 25, 2017
RDR2 has some of the most impressive storytelling I've ever seen in a game, but RDR1 is still an incredible story as well, and the game part isn't terrible. So RDR1 wins.
May 17, 2018
Gotta day Redemption 1 is better in the end.

2 has a better story, but, the story in 1 is still great, and has a great game to back it up. Can’t say the same for 2.
Oct 27, 2017
Mexicali, Mexico
Arthur Morgan managed to overcome John Marston as the best character from RDR for me, and I loved the character of John. The story and the gameplay were simply excellent to me.
Nov 30, 2017
Red Dead Redemption 1 is my favorite. Enjoyed John Marston's story a lot more and it overall felt more like a spaghetti western game which I really enjoyed. RDR2 is bogged down with too many annoying systems and the abundance of player animations for every little thing is a pain in the ass. Not to mention the input lag which makes it 10x worse and a slog to play.
Oct 25, 2017
Red Dead Redemption 2 is the best. It has the best story with an incredible cast of characters. Better gameplay which is pretty similar to most Rockstar games. Music can be debatable, but I prefer RDR2.

The greatest Rockstar Games character of all time, Arthur Morgan. Such a complex character.
Dec 1, 2017
RDR2 is a much more polished game, but a lot of the stuff it adds has me going like "This makes the game a lot deeper, more immersive, realistic, and impressive. But it's less fun and more impressive to me." RDR1 was just fun.
Oct 25, 2017
United Kingdom
RDR2 is better than 1 in every single way imo. Replayed 1 right after i beat 2 and i still love it but 2 is just so much better, especially story and characters are far far better in 2. Never played Red Dead Revolver.
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Dec 28, 2017
Red Dead Redemption.

First of all, the ambient music when travelling on horseback is way fucking better. This is one of the biggest disappointments IMO when it comes to 2. Secondly, 1 absolutely nails the story and themes it's trying to tell. Despite 2's advancements in gameplay, it feels like a retread narratively. John is a way better protagonist than Arthur and this is only further proven in the epilogue. While simpler and a lot more "gamier", RDR1's gunplay is at least functional on consoles.

RDR1 also has that charm that the second sorely misses. Characters like Irish, Reyes, Landon etc are just way more entertaining than the strangers from RDR2.

Seriously though, talking about retreads, the Unshaken and That's The Way It Is moments are just RDR2's Far Away and Compass. It's just cheap as fuck really. The worst thing about this game was how predictable the main story felt, I was waiting to truly be surprised but nothing.

RDR2 feels more like a revisionist western rather than a spaghetti western which is just eh.

The epilogue is the best part of RDR2. It fleshes out Uncle, Abigail, Jack and provides some much needed context on their lives after Dutch's gang. It really makes the ending to RDR1 hurt that much more.

2 is the biggest disappointment this gen for me. I genuinely believe Red Dead Redemption shouldn't have gotten a prequel. You can really tell that they had no intention on making one while developing RDR. Despite all that, it's still an absolutely fantastic game and easily the second best game of 2018.


Oct 26, 2017
Shameful all the replies are talking about redemption 1 vs 2 and no one is talking about revolver at all. :/
Oct 25, 2017
I love John Marston's story in Red Dead 1, but I think Revolver was by far more interesting. Plus you had multiple protagonists. Also, you fight dynamite wielding Pig Josh. It's great.
Dec 28, 2017
Shameful all the replies are talking about redemption 1 vs 2 and no one is talking about revolver at all. :/
I'd love to play Capcom's version of Revolver before Rockstar acquired the rights.

Red Harlow is the best.


Oct 26, 2017
There’s like three people in the world who played Revolver.
Shameful. It’s so much more focused and fun. I haven’t played redemption 2 but 1 was so boring and lame to play. Just give me linear levels and polished gameplay I don’t need a big story and open world and bloat everywhere.
Oct 25, 2017
I just finished RDR2's main story today and can comfortably say it's the best game Rockstar has put out since Bully or San Andreas. For such a sprawling game it's stunning how focused it is in terms of creative vision. It's Rockstar making the ultimate Rockstar game in many ways.

Also, Arthur Morgan <3
Nov 10, 2017
far prefer red dead redemption. by the end of chapter 2 of rdr2 i was completely tired of the gang, period. screw the lot of'm :) ...
Oct 29, 2017
I need to go back and play Revolver, but I've played through that game many times and certainly prefer it to Redemption 1 for style alone carrying it ahead.

I played about 30ish hours of Redemption 2, but still need to see more before I can say it's better than Revolver.
Nov 7, 2017
I find it pretty fascinating how Arthur Morgan went from "boring" pre-release to a beloved icon after people played the game.


Oct 28, 2017
Revolver was pretty fun and probably a better video game than the other two but I don't remember much of anything about the story. I only remember the main character's father dying at the start and someone singing sombre song over a gravestone. There were a lot of shanties in that game too from what I vaguely recall.

Anyways, I think RDR 1 is slightly better than 2 and the best overall. Arthur is a better character than John though.
Oct 29, 2017
Honestly, even with the big flaws, RDR2 is still the better game for me. Better quests, story missions, main character isn't an errand boy pushover, and WAAAAAY more likeable characters. RDR1 was bogged down with typical cynical R* satire, which is great for GTA and Bully, but it just sucks out all the potential fun of the spaghetti western genre.
Oct 27, 2017
Portland, OR
I never played Revolver. Red Dead Redemption 1 is a brilliant game; it actually convinced me to buy an Xbox 360 (long story short, my friend had a 360 and RDR sent to my house while he was in the Army, when he came home he naturally took them back, and I was so enthralled with the game that I bought it and the system so I could continue). It's an absolutely magical experience. RDR2 improves on it in the most important way; story (and characters). The story in RDR1 was great for the time, but the characters already felt ridiculous in 2010; looking at them in 2018 (or whatever year it is dammit), they are like the worst elements of GTA. Look at this comical drunken Irish stereotype! Here's a silly grave-robbing lunatic who might be a cannibal or maybe a necrophiliac; you decide! Isn't it hilarious how this revolutionary can't remember his lover's name? Marvelous! Coming back to RDR1 is rough now because the characters are so sophomoric and it spoils an otherwise excellent narrative.

RDR2 has some issues with controls and gameplay, no doubt (although not anywhere near the level that many users here would have you believe). But the characters feel better than anything in RDR1. The story is better than all of RDR1. The world is more alive than RDR1. The presentation is the best I have ever seen in regards to visuals, atmosphere and the level of detail in the world itself. It's not a flawless game by any means. But it takes the thematic elements that made RDR1 so engaging in the first place and improves upon them in a more mature presentation that is more compelling than its predecessor. RDR1 is great; RDR2 is slightly greater.
Oct 29, 2017
I don't think I've ever been as invested in a videogame narrative as much as I was in RDR 2's. This is easily Rockstar's finest work yet. Much deeper and nuanced than their usual output, and Arthur Morgan is hands down the best character I've ever played as.

I also replayed RDR 1 right after finishing 2 and I think that even gameplay wise, 2 is better. The gunplay in particular, just feels much more satisfying in 2. But it's clear that both games have different goals in mind. 1 feels like a collection of great western movie moments, and it's accompanied by a more arcadey, faster paced gameplay. RDR 2 feels like a simulation of outlaw life in a specific period; it's a much slower burn and the gameplay reflects that too. Of course, RDR 2's gameplay does have problems, but overall I still enjoyed it more. Once the PC version hits and the high framerate negates some of the sluggishness, it'll be even beter.

As for Revolver.... I wouldn't even consider it a good game honestly.
Oct 27, 2017
Revolver was pretty fun and probably a better video game than the other two but I don't remember much of anything about the story. I only remember the main character's father dying at the start and someone singing sombre song over a gravestone. There were a lot of shanties in that game too from what I vaguely recall.

Anyways, I think RDR 1 is slightly better than 2 and the best overall. Arthur is a better character than John though.
I can't speak for RDR but I played Revolver recently and it's not fun at all, some levels are ridiculously hard (I nearly gave up on mansion level, battlefield level, and fort level) and the shooting are goddamn awful.

That being said a lot of the bosses are pretty fun and something you typically see in Japanese games. Dude that straps himself with dynamite then kamikaze rush you, alchemist dude with an army of midget clown , dude with shoulder mounted mortar, native american dude that jump from totem to totem.
Oct 25, 2017
Red Dead Revolver. It is stylish as hell, gonzo, spaghetti western pastiche that doesn't bite off more than it can chew.

The Redemption games, particularly Redemption 1, are bland(though technically impressive) stabs at western fiction, working in a...I don't know, a post-revisionist style that is as played out as the traditional western was before revisionist westerns kicked in.

Redemption 2 is a fantastic smorgasbord of stuff but even amidst all of that grandeur none of it was as memorable to me as Annie Stoakes protecting her property or Jack Swift versus those annoying carny pricks.

And the loading screens, too good:


Oct 31, 2017
RDR II. Never played Revolver, and never finished RDR I. The game world and story in II are far more engaging to me (even if the story is really slow), Arthur is just a better MC and travelling with all the gang feels more unique.
Jul 4, 2018
I absolutely love Revolver and am still bitter Rockstar has chosen to ignore it.
That said, I recognize Redemption 2 as the best in the series.
Oct 27, 2017
Red Dead Redemption

It’s the mist fun to play. Can’t wait until it works on an emulator, maybe things will be able to be tweaked a little bit, and framerate uncapped. The One X version is pretty decent though.