I'm just going to have to say this: Red Dead 2 is far and beyond superior to the original Red Dead. Rockstar took a lot of familiar mechanics from RDR1 and GTA 5 and refined the shit out of them. Hands down beats God of War 4 for console GOTY. Weapons customization: crazy. Unlike GTA 5, older weapons are still viable as the game progresses. I love this. There are also unique custom weapons you can get from doing quests in the game. Clothing, hair and beard customization: crazy Horse customization: the only thing I don't like about the horse mechanics is perma-death. It's annoying to bond with a new horse over and over again. Story: good, I'm not sure I care for the implication that the MC gets knocked out and struggle-snuggled in some rando encounter Voice acting: awesome. A couple of people get a bit hammy but over-all Casting: insane. They got Cantonese-speaking voice actors to do the voices of the people in Chinatown and Cantonese dialect is historically accurate for 1899. There are plenty of non-English (Polish, German) speaking characters throughout the game that really adds to the feel of the game. Overworld: great. Music: great. Thing I didn't like: Deadeye is aim-bot bullshit for console plebs and people that can't git gud. Finding the sweet spot for acceleration and dead spots for manual aim-tuning was a bitch-and-a-half. Stupid fucking half-scripted events where a woman with a knife can auto-kill you if she gets too close. It's a pain in the ass to loot because everything is scattered about all over the place. You can turn on a hunter-vision to see lootable items glow but I still find it annoying enough to comment on Garbage collection: Xbox and PS4 aggressively despawn corpses and other things (like a runaway horse & carriage) if you wait too long or run out of your LOD. But if someone shoots a hole in your hat it keeps the hole texture there. Priorities, man.