Red Dead Redemption 2 is a Western-themed action-adventure game. Played from a first or third-person perspective, the game is set in an open-world environment featuring a fictionalized version of the Western, Midwestern, and Southern United States in 1899, during the latter half of the Wild West era and the turn of the twentieth century. The game features both single-player and online multiplayer components, the latter released under Red Dead Online. For most of the game, the player controls outlaw Arthur Morgan, a member of the Van der Linde gang, as he completes numerous missions—linear scenarios with set objectives—to progress through the story; from the game's epilogue, the player controls John Marston, the playable protagonist of the game's predecessor, Red Dead Redemption. Outside of missions, the player may freely roam the game's interactive world. The player may engage in combat with enemies using melee attacks, firearms, throwables, or explosives. Combat has been refined from the game's predecessor, and notable new mechanics consist of dual-wielding and the ability to use a bow. The player is granted the ability to swim as Arthur, but not as John—a reference to the previous game, where swimming led to instant death.
The player may also witness or take part in random events encountered from exploring the game world. These include ambushes, crimes committed by other people, pleas for assistance, ride-by shootings, public executions, and animal attacks. For example, as the player explores the Wild West, they can find specific people in distress. If the player decides to help them, they will be thankful and may reward the player if they cross them again. The player may also take part in side-activities, which include small tasks with companions and strangers, dueling, bounty hunting, searching for treasure or other collectibles around the map such as rock carvings, and playing poker, blackjack, dominoes, and Five Finger Filet. Hunting animals also play a major role in the game, providing food, income, and materials for crafting items. When hunting, the player needs to take into account several factors, including the choice of weapon and shot placement, which affects the quality of the meat and pelt and subsequently the price traders are willing to pay. The player can either skin the animal immediately or carry the carcass, which will rot over time and decrease its value and attract predators.
Additional story mode content and full-featured photo mode have now been added. In addition, Red Dead Redemption 2 players can also enjoy the realistic world shared with many players in the Red Dead Online mode for free. In this mode, players can engage in various occupations and develop their own unique careers in the frontier. You can become a bounty hunter who hunts down wanted criminals, a merchant who runs his own business, a collector who discovers rare treasures, or a private liquor vendor who runs an underground winery, and so on.
Red Dead Redemption 2 PC version uses new graphics and technical improvements to enhance immersion, and takes full advantage of the powerful performance of the computer, making every corner of this huge, rich and detailed world come to life. Including wider rendering distances; improved global illumination and ambient occlusion for improved day and night lighting; improved reflections and deeper and higher resolution shadows at all distances; subdivision surfaces to handle tree textures and improvements Grass and fur textures make all plants and animals more realistic.