Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC Review Discrepancy and Crashes – Is Rockstar getting a pass?

Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC is the latest game released by Rockstar which apparently has some mixed ratings. Of course the game was released earlier on console and the game received mostly overwhelming positive feedback.

metacritic score 92 
User score 3.7 (out of 10)

Now in 2019, RDR 2 is ready for the computer but not without some apparent trouble. Metacritic reviews shows a general critic score of 92 (as of this post) but among users the game gets general unfavorable score—a 3.7 (out of 10). Players have apparently experienced launch crashes, freezing and generally overall poor optimization. And all this from a developer that isn’t new at making games.

Sure Rockstar will most likely sort out the problems with the game but I can’t help but wonder why the game wasn’t beta tested before official release on PC? It was first beta tested first, right? I don’t know officially for sure but I’m can’t imagine a big bad game developer like Rockstar or any for that matter not testing their game before final release. And yet I do find it odd that a startup crash would occur on so many high end gaming PC’s from the get-go without a mention of it from Rockstar. Frontier had a similar experience in September with Elite Dangerous and it went so poorly they decided to scrap their December update until later in 2020 and even revamp how they test the game.

Red Dead Redemption 2, according to the many critics who have played it (PC or Console), say the game is both beautiful and breathtaking and so it would appear they are willing to excuse Rockstar for fumbling out of the gate. For whatever reason, players weren’t as kind to Frontier for their fumble. Now players want change. Like Frontier, I doubt that if any indie developer had had the trouble RDR 2 has had on launch, the critics wouldn’t be so kind.

What do you think of the Red Dead Redemption 2 launch problems? Do you think Rockstar is getting a pass? Let me know in the comments.


Metacritic – Red Dead Redemption 2

Polygon article: My exhausting journey to play Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC

Players asking for beta testing of Elite Dangerous

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