Red Dead Redemption 2 didn’t have a good weekend. Red Dead Redemption 2 had a SPECTACULAR weekend! Everybody was amped to grab their cowboy hat and six-shooter and ride on their horse into the sunset. Red Dead Redemption 2 had the largest opening weekend in entertainment history. That’s right, the wild wild west video game enjoyed more than $725 million in worldwide retail sales.
Red Dead Redemption 2 caused the Avengers: Infinity Wars to not feel so good after it beat the comic book movie in three-day opening weekend sales — $725 million compared to $640 million. RDR2‘s three-day totals are equal to the worldwide box office opening of the top THREE movie blockbusters — Avengers: Infinity War ($257,698,183), Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($247,966,675), and Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($220,009,584). However, Red Dead Redemption 2 did not capture the title of the biggest grossing three-day entertainment launch, which was set by fellow Rockstar Games title Grand Theft Auto 5.
Things are going well for Rockstar Games. GTA 5 initially released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, so that means that RDR2 has the largest launch for the current gaming consoles Xbox One and PlayStation 4. According to Sony Interactive Entertainment, the western open-world game set records for highest ever pre-orders, highest day one sales, and highest sales for the first three days on the PlayStation Network.
But it isn’t just the otherworldly sales figures that are music to ears of Rockstar Games executives because Red Dead Redemption 2 is receiving perfect and near-perfect reviews. Red Dead earned a perfect 5 out of 5 score from GamesRadar, a score of 97 from Metacritic, a 9 out of 10 rating from GameSpot, a 10 out of 10 score as well as Editor’s Choice from IGN, a 9.6 score on IMDB, and a perfect score from GameInformer.
“There can be no doubt that this is a landmark game,” Keza McDonald wrote in her 5-star review on The Guardian. “It is a new high water-mark for lifelike video game worlds, certainly, but that world is also home to a narrative portrait of the wild west that is unexpectedly somber and not afraid to take its time.”
The Verge declared the game to be “the most convincing open-world game ever made.” Eurogamer noted that RDR2 is “a peerless open world” that featured “richness, detail and technical prowess that is breathtaking.”
“This game has heart; the kind of heart that is difficult to pin down but impossible to deny,” Kirk Hamiliton wrote in his review on Kotaku. “It is a wonderful story about terrible people, and a vivacious, tremendously sad tribute to nature itself. There is so much beauty and joy in this expensive, exhausting thing. Somehow that makes it even more perfect – a breathtaking eulogy for a ruined world, created by, about, and for a society that ruined it.”
People can not get enough of Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang, just make sure to keep your trusty steed under control.