Red Dead Redemption 2

Game review by Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Outstanding Western adventure has very mature themes.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 205 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 337 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 10+

If you let your kid on TikTok....

....Then you should be fine with them playing RDR. I've played it and now I let my 10 yo twins play it. Kids today are over exposed to all kinds of desensitizing material.. RDR doesn't even come close to the stuff they would find on cable TV or YouTube. Play along with them and make it enjoyable. It's fun to see my kid react to things and the best part is I'm right next to them to explain that it's not "real life".
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age 13+

Lots of alcohol and profanities, heavy violence

This game, all opinions aside, I think is suitable for teens. Profanities are heavy and the n-word is used once in a mission, but not to anybody to be racist. This is no different than anything on youtube, tik tok, TV, or R rated Movies. Alcohol is used frequently as a health item and in one mission you get very drunk, and the same thing can be said about tobacco. Drugs like cocaine and heroin are referenced and used very occasionally as medicinal items as it was 1899. There are a few references to sex and sometimes ladies in saloons will ask if you "want to have fun". You can only reject them or politely say no, however. The protagonist and main character is Arthur Morgan, a thief and murderer. As many crimes as he does commit, he will always be punished and as the story progresses he becomes increasingly ill as god is making him pay for his sin. He often shows remorse and regret for his actions and an honor systems rewards players who do good deeds and greet NPCs in the game and punishes those who kill and rob for fun. This game is a cautionary tale that crime will never pay. There is much female representation in this game. Many characters are females and women can be seen all around the game world as normal citizens. The story of a widow named Sadie Adler is a big part of the story and she is shown as very capable and independent. Arthur can even attend a women's rights march in one mission. Also, many people of color are heavily depicted. Lenny is a black man who rides with the gang, Charles Smith is half black and half Indian, Javier is Mexican, and Tilly Jackson is black too. Race is a heavy part of this game due to it being set in the post civil war south. The violence in this game is heavy. Many missions revolve around murder and close up shots of dead bodies, decapitation, blood and gore, and even torture are depicted throughout the game. The messages of this game are mixed and many bad things are depicted throughout. I think young children should steer far clear of any M game but I think teens can play this as long as they are careful.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.

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