Tomorrow, the biggest video game of 2018 finally arrives on shelves. And we mean that in various senses of the word, because from the sounds of it Red Dead Redemption 2 takes the open-world genre to new and wider frontiers.
Rockstar Games' first original title this generation is the follow-up to the acclaimed 2010 Wild West outing and critics agree that practically every aspects has been improved upon manifold - although some are quick to differentiate between this and the studio's flagship franchise.
"Anybody coming to Red Dead Redemption 2 expecting Grand Theft Auto with horses will be rather baffled by this slow-paced, sumptuous, character-driven Old West historical drama, in which you spend probably 60% of your time simply riding around the American wilderness," writes Keza MacDonald in her five-star review for The Guardian.
"There's action too, in the form of shootouts, train robberies and frequent thrilling escapes on horseback, but these flashes of excitement punctuate a game that is largely about just being somewhere; about hunting, fishing and having long conversations on cross-country rides or around a campfire."