Red Dead Redemption 2 on Steam a Flop? Reviews on Steam Suggest So

Red Dead Redemption 2 was quite a successful and awaited game. This was quite typical for Rockstar as their titles really make us crave them. After the 2010 Red Dead Redemption, this was the title we were waiting for the past 8 years, in 2018. Since then, people have enjoyed the title on their consoles but couldn’t really exploit it to its limits. Since the game is designed for the next generation of consoles, it really made the consoles work and still underperform.

This was expected to change with the PC release but sadly that was not the case. Released on Steam with a smaller price tag, the game was expected to bring down the competition. After all, the players could make use of those 2080Tis and run the game at full resolution, the way it was always meant to be. Upon first reactions, while the game looked beautiful on-screen, it received many complaints from users all over. These include crashes, frame pacing and other glitches.

The Issues

Overviewing some of the comments on Steam’s webpage for the game, we see numerous negative reviews from players. Out of about 2000 reviews shared, about 750 or more were negative. Analysing these reviews and while some to exhibit comic responses, people do complain about incompatibility with their graphic cards, inconsistent frame rates, mid game crashes and not to mention, the rockstar account issues. Since the game needs to be verified from a rockstar account, a lot of users have complained that due to discrepancies with their steam account IDs, they are unable to play the game or even verify that they own the game.

Some of the User reviews on Steam

With that issue, the account doesn’t even register the fact that they have in fact bought the title and can play it. This is a serious concern, especially when someone has bought it for the $45 price and above. While that is an issue, Rockstar games have been sub-par when it comes to user feedback and have not really provided any or little assistance to these users.

Where does it bring the title though? While on one hand, it is a beautiful game, it is not really providing the experience users want. As they say, true gamers game on the PC and therefore, in this case, can’t really register it as a game when it is full of issues. People are still waiting for the company to release fixes and patches to tend to these issues.


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Sarmad Burki


Sarmad Burki is a Mathematician and a Economist with a passion for all things gaming and tech. His academics and professional experience combined with tech and gaming adds to his skills giving him a unique ability to observe the tech and gaming industry from various prespectives.
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