I played RDR2 from shortly after launch, and finished it about a week ago. I completed all of the main story and epilogue, and a good chunk of the side content. I thought the game was excellent in just about every way.
A few days ago, I picked up Assassin's Creed Odyssey. I was never a huge fan of that series, but I had a lot of fun with last year's Origins. I heard mostly good things about this year's game as well, so I figured I'd give it a shot. After playing for a few days, I'd say that the game is pretty good. It's a whole lot like last year's Origins, and that's fine. I'm pretty sure I'll play it through.
The thing is, within just a few hours of playtime, I started noticing many ways in which the game compares unfavorably to Red Dead Redemption 2. This is not to say that there's anything wrong with Odyssey. Rather it is to point out just how good RDR2 is.
One of the first and most obvious things that I noticed was the extremely long load times. Assassin's Creed seems like it's always loading, and always making me wait while it does so. Red Dead almost never made me feel that way. Both are very large, open world games. But, one of them, through game design choices, technical expertise, or both, makes me wait a whole lot less. That's something I can see and appreciate easily in a modern video game. (I played both on PS4 Pro)
Then there's the horse. This one is so uneven it's not funny. The animations, the sounds, and just everything about the horse in Red Dead Redemption 2 is so much better. In fact, using your horse in Red Dead is so good that it makes the lack of a good fast travel system almost irrelevant. Contrast that with Odyssey's inferior looking, and incredibly inferior sounding horseback experience. It's like comparing $200 hiking boots with dollar store flip flops.
The list really goes on and on. Graphics and audio are the two themes that runs through everything when comparing these two games. But it doesn't stop there. Red Dead is superior in almost every way.
As I said, the point of this post is not to belittle Assassin's Creed. In my time with it so far, it seems like a good game. I'm glad I have the opportunity to play it. But, man, Red Dead Redemption 2 sure is a great game. And comparing it to other top tier titles just makes it that much more obvious. Maybe I should have given open world, action/adventure games a little break after RDR2.....