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Red Dead Online
Just when you thought Rockstar Games couldn't get any worse...
Genre(s): Action-adventure
Platform(s): PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Microsoft Windows
Release: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
May 15, 2019
Microsoft Windows
November 5, 2019
November 19, 2019
Engine: RAGE
Developer(s): Rockstar Studios[1]
Publisher(s): Rockstar Games
Country: Canada
United Kingdom
United States
Series: Red Dead

Red Dead Online is an online action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar Studios and published by Rockstar Games for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Stadia. It is a multiplayer counterpart of a 2018 game Red Dead Redemption 2.

Why It Should be Left Dead

  1. The online gameplay feels empty and boring compared to the campaign. As there are a few NPCs and the same town you cross is like a ghost town than a civilazation of the solo campaign.
  2. The controls in both Red Dead Redemption 2 and Online are clumsy and irritating, but it's much worse in a multiplayer match when you're no longer fighting the NPCs. The aiming is much harder, the Dead Eye is useless and the cover mechanics (which is the getting in and out of cover) feel frustratingly slow.
  3. You can only join three PvP modes (two are limited to 16 or 32 players or one race), once you're in these playlists, the modes are entirely random. What makes this worse as Rockstar will add more modes to the list. These modes are currently available:
    • Shootout/Team Shootout: Team deathmatch. Most kills wins.
    • Make it Count: Small-scale battle royale where players can only use bows and throwing knives. The area gradually shrinks and the last player standing wins.
    • Most Wanted: Every player for themselves. Kills make you more valuable to other players. Earn more points for killing higher-value opponents. The higher you get, the more desirable you are as a target.
    • Hostile Territory: Essentially a domination mode where you fight the opposing team to take control of different points on the map; controlling more areas earns you more points. Capturing all of them will end the match.
    • Name Your Weapon: Free-for-all or team-based mode where using less powerful weapons to score kills earns more points.
  4. You can have only one character at a time. If you decide to make two characters at the same time, your old character and all of your progress will be deleted.
  5. The honor system is broken. For example, if you chose a honorable option, then you're outvoted by a group and your rank will go down.
  6. As expected from Rockstar Games, terrible netcode and server quality.
  7. Since Rockstar is more focused on multiplayer content and not single-player content, that means we will never get to see an new single-player mode DLC like Red Dead Redemption 2: Undead Nightmare.
  8. For the players who want to work together or just be solo, there are no PvE servers.
  9. Like GTA Online, players are randomly kicked out for no apparent reason.
  10. The Defense Mode does not work well, and this shows that you can easily get killed or lose.
  11. The infamous glitch where someone tries to steal your own horse, While the horse lets you get on, you cannot brush, feed, or ride it however. Not even its head can be turned.
  12. The loading screens take a long time to load, which was also true for GTA Online.
    • Unlike GTA Online, the loading times were never reduced.
  13. This mode got a standalone release, which sounds a good deal, but it's not free. In others words; there's no point to buy it. Red Dead Redemption 2 still includes this mode, so that release is pointless.
  14. Like GTA Online, the PC version of Red Dead Online is a massive cheater fest, with layers using cheats in order to get what they want, and yes, that includes constantly griefing against other players for their own, pathetic pleasure. And no, you can't report them since they can basically remove them, and Rockstar Games is unlikely to care anyway.
    • And like GTA Online, hackers can steal your personal information, DDOS you, ban you easily, and even reveal your Rockstar ID. This gets even worse, as they can also find where you live, including your city, country, ISP, latitude/longitude coordinates, mobile data, proxy, region and zip code.
  15. Like in GTA Online, the difficulty can be extremely unfair. You can die in one hit by enemies and other players no matter how much health you have.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. You can still do challenges or find collectibles like in the solo campaign.
  2. You get full access of the map.
  3. The gameplay and mini-games can still be fun at times.
  4. Rockstar can give you money if you join the game.
  5. The PlayStation 4 version of the standalone release of Red Dead Online costs 4 dollars when you have PS Plus, and then you can buy the Story Mode with only 40 dollars.


External Links


  1. A collaborative effort between Rockstar Toronto, Rockstar India, Rockstar Leeds, Rockstar London, Rockstar New England, Rockstar North, and Rockstar San Diego.


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