Fans of past Rockstar titles love the way the studio brings its game worlds to life. There is so much to do in Grand Theft Auto 5, for example, that you could easily dump hundreds of hours into that title just running around goofing off. That’s especially true for GTA Online, where you can team up with others and create your own story.
That’s why players were excited to learn that Red Dead Redemption 2 would also have a multiplayer mode: Red Dead Online. Everyone looked forward to riding around on horseback inside Red Dead 2‘s massive open world, living the life of an outlaw, challenging other players to duels. The problem? Red Dead Online isn’t any fun.
As it turns out, the wide open spaces of Red Dead Redemption 2 aren’t as fertile a ground for multiplayer fun — at least, not in the way the city of Los Santos is in GTA 5. There is much less hustle and bustle in the Old West. You can’t fly an airplane or commandeer a speedboat or cause quite as much havoc in a dusty turn-of-the-century town. All there is to do, really, is shoot your gun or ride your horse. Everything else you do is derived from one or both of those activities.
Red Dead Online is still in beta, so there’s a chance the mode can still be salvaged. But it’s definitely not the fun experience many had in mind when it was announced before Red Dead Redemption 2‘s release.