Red Dead Redemption 2 has finally made its way to PC and fans couldn't be more thrilled. Rockstar Games may take their sweet time bringing over their latest AAA blockbuster releases to PC, but the wait is often worth it due to the communities that inhabit these worlds, and the advantages players get from playing on PC.
It doesn't come without its own drawbacks, of course. Let's now take a look at 5 ways Red Dead Redemption 2 will be better on PC and 5 ways it will undoubtedly be worse.
10 Worse: Not GTA V
At the end of the day, the game is not Grand Theft Auto V, and for a large portion of players, they'll quickly realize this and move on. GTA Online provides players with a sandbox that includes vehicles of all varieties with a bevy of weapons that escalate things to extreme levels.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a game back in time and the online mode for it doesn't, and will likely never, have the same type of chaotic energy. It's not like you can get your hands on a rocket-powered horse.
9 Better: Player Base
Since PC gamers have been waiting for their chance to experience Rockstar Games' latest AAA release, playing at launch will ensure a healthy player base for the online portion of the game. Now, how long this player base will stay attached to the game is a concern that will be talked about later, but at or near launch there's nothing to worry about.
Also, unlike the console player base that maybe disliked the slower pace of gameplay, the PC community might fall in love with just existing int he world of Red Dead Redemption 2.
8 Worse: Flash In The Pan
Now, from a sales perspective, nothing Rockstar Games does is a flash in the pan. Their games see elongated tails of sales success that seemingly go on forever. The idea of Red Dead Redemption 2 being a flash in the pan is targeted at the player base or level of interest.
With the popularity of GTA V online and its PC community, is there enough mind space for two mega Rockstar Games titles to successfully thrive on PC. It seems that time will tell what the game's fate on PC will ultimately be.
7 Better: Accuracy
Despite what console diehards would argue, nothing can be more accurate in the gaming space than a mouse and keyboard. The precision that a mouse provides in regards to aiming and rate of fire in comparison to a standard controller is night and day.
The shooting was a big point of contention with the game when it released on console, but this issue could be less of a problem simply due to how most players on PC will control Arthur Morgan during his adventures in the Wild West of America.
6 Worse: Lowest Priority
For most games, it feels like the PC version is the priority as it is often the place where most of a player base resides. With Rockstar Games, they make most of their insane amounts of cash from the console audience who has fallen in love with their worlds. If the release on PC of Red Dead Redemption 2 in a broken state doesn't convince you that consoles are their priority then nothing will.
This should also be made evident by the fact that their PC versions often come years after the initial release of their games.
5 Better: Roleplay Servers
Roleplay servers for GTA V are what clearly makes playing on PC a better value proposition than purchasing the game for consoles. It adds so much replay value to a game already packed with content, and with a little effort, you can find the server that's right for you.
Players want an authentic online cowboy and outlaw experience and that's hard to experience if you're not in a roleplay server. Those alone will entice people to purchase the game even if they have no plans of playing the single-player campaign.
4 Worse: Hacking/Cheating
As great as it is that PC versions of games can hit max settings and offer mod support rarely seen on consoles, there are some unfortunate drawbacks. Though hacking and cheating aren't exclusive to the PC versions of games, they often don't happen at the same rate.
Older multiplayer games can often be graveyards left to those who hack lobbies and manipulate the game to fit their desires. If you hated grievers on consoles, be prepared for some villainous behavior in the Wild West of PC gaming.
3 Better: Max Settings
Despite recent releases of the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X, console games can never compete with the type of experiences a PC can deliver with games, provided you have enough money.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will look the best it ever will on PC and can hit graphical and performance benchmarks consoles can only dream of provided Rockstar Games puts enough love and attention into the PC port. The beauty possible in the PC version will likely have people picking it up on their computers.
2 Worse: Performance
Doesn't this directly contradict the previous entry talking about playing it at max settings? The answer to that would be a simple no. Red Dead Redemption 2 released on PC with a ton of performance issues that ranged from bugs and glitches to framerate buckling and stuttering.
This stems from the fact the Rockstar Games' often sees the console market as their primary focus, and their PC releases often take a backseat in favor of making sure the console versions are continuing to thrive.
1 Better: Mods
A clear advantage PC games have always had over console games is the ability for the community to make mods that partially or greatly change the type of game players are experiencing. Mods can come in a wide variety and can be as simple as adding subtitles, to adding what are essentially expansion packs using the game's assets.
The people who create mods for PC games are unreal with the types of things they create, whether that's a new Shrek meme or entirely brand new ways to play the games you love.