In 2018, there have been a lot of games that offer deep narratives that just by story alone, players will be able to enjoy the game nevertheless. With so many games that have been released this year that offers just that, the only game that really stood out is Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2.
In the category for Best Narrative, the reason it goes to Red Dead Redemption 2 is that from the beginning all the way to the end, the game has a narrative that will engage its players and captivate them from the moment the game starts. In over fifty hours of Arthur Morgan’s journey, there hasn’t been a single moment where the story gets too boring. Each sequence is well directed and the main plot, (even the side stories) are well thought out making fans really engaged to the overall story.
Red Dead Redemption 2 creates a narrative that is instantly compelling, with characters that you’ll want to know what happens to them, for better or worse. The main protagonist, Arthur Morgan, comes across as a rugged cowboy that has been through a lot. Morgan is in the midst of a band of believable characters, with a few odd eccentric ones to spice things up, though they all breath life and soul into some of the muddy towns players venture through. With the backstory occasionally filled in through conversations, players will slowly gain an understanding of what happened before the start of the game and how it impacts what happens during the story.
The setting is the Wild West in 1899, supposedly when outlaws and bandits were starting to be eradicated. Morgan and the Van der Linde gang are on the wrong side of this, chased by agents of Pinkerton’s detective agency and up against other gangs. Stuck in the middle it can at times feel like Morgan is fighting for his existence on all fronts, though he isn’t exactly helpless.
In this game, players will go through a lot of different themes to the story from survival, loyalty, friendship, importance of family, love, and the ultimate betrayal are all found in this game. It’s a really long game and if you really are patient enough to see all the way to the end, you will appreciate the impressive narrative Rockstar Games invested in the game.