Parents' Guide to

Red Dead Redemption 2

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Outstanding Western adventure has very mature themes.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 212 parent reviews

age 10+

For mature 10 yr olds

Literally no nudity 2 mentions of s3x drinking and smoking are a part of the game tho the player can decide to or not really i dont get 18+ gta is 10x worse ( in terms of age restrictions) and is 18+ Barely swear words worse one so far is fuc but thats mention a couple times in the game has b tch and bastar d and sh it but your mature 10yr old.should be udes to it and not influenced by it

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
9 people found this helpful.
age 11+

Truly enjoyable game for ages 11+

As a 17 year old, I recently played through the game and I can say that PEGI's rating for this game is way too high. This game might have a little bit of blood, but this can be turned off in settings, as well as optional violence (meaning you don't have to do it). There is bad language but it is quite mild, and can, again, be turned off if you so wish. No sex, no drugs, nudity, profanity or anything like that, (except if you count it being quite obvious if your horse is male.) Overall the game is enjoyable and very immersive and expansive, hence it took 8 years to make. I am so confident in my age opinion that I allowed my younger brother, age 11 to play the game and he seemed completely fine with the content.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Easy to play/use
6 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (212):
Kids say (405):

If you're looking for an enthralling interactive story, it doesn't get much better than this. Red Dead Redemption 2 feels like half a dozen seasons' worth of the best sort of adult-oriented TV Western you can think of rolled into one immensely ambitious game, with poignant, emotional writing and award-worthy performances to go with it. The tale of Arthur Morgan and the van der Linde gang is gripping from its first moments, which take place in the aftermath of a job gone awry as the crew escapes into a winter storm in the mountains. As we get to know the key players -- each with his or her own motivations and history -- the trials and fate of this motley crew only become more compelling. One thing this game gets right in a way few other open-world adventures can match is the sense of purpose invested in everything players do. Each mission has its own context and dialogue and feels like a unique event, meaning repetition is essentially nonexistent. Nothing exists simply to pad out the game; virtually every activity, no matter how short, is designed to tell a bit of story, grow the world, provide new insights into characters, or better familiarize us with what we can do in the game. It all combines to create an astonishingly cinematic and memorable Western yarn.

Lending a hand in creating an impeccable sense of time and place is incredible attention to detail that includes exquisitely re-created costumes, architecture, and objects from the era (you could spend half an evening just reading charmingly written product descriptions and ads in shop catalogs), random conversations about jobs and weather overheard from the people you pass on the street, and a gorgeously rendered landscape that conveys the ruggedness of the wilds and the sophistication of emerging cities. The focus on accurately simulating life in the West might go a smidgeon too far for some players -- galloping between objectives can take longer than you might like, and retrieving resources from slain game is a time-consuming process -- but it creates a pace that somehow perfectly fits the game's subject, and an experience unlike that of just about any other game out there, save, perhaps, the original Red Dead Redemption. Equal parts brutal and beautiful, with a hero both sinister and solemn, Red Dead Redemption 2 captures the Wild West in all its multifaceted and conflicted glory, and in doing so stands as one of the most captivating games yet made for older players.

Game Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate