It's official, Red Dead Redemption 2 is suffering from some pretty substantial lag issues. Rockstar Games' open-world adventure is already being called game of the decade by some, but it hasn't stopped others pointing out Arthur Morgan's sometimes sluggish response times.
As the follow-up/prequel to 2010's acclaimed Red Dead Redemption, Rockstar has managed to go above and beyond with Red Dead Redemption 2. Earning a record-breaking opening weekend, the ambitious wild Western managed to shift 17 million copies and outsell its predecessor in just eight days. Red Dead Redemption 2 is being heralded as a masterpiece, but it doesn't mean it comes without problems.
EA Motive's Dan Lowe posted a video on YouTube and compared a selection of AAA titles. Under the microscope were the likes of Destiny 2, Spider-Man, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Destiny 2 came out on top and takes just one frame to react. On the other end of the spectrum, Red Dead Redemption 2 came last and took up to 11 frames before Arthur Morgan responded to controls.
Considering Rockstar put so much detail into Red Dead Redemption 2, it might be easy to see why the expansive world is causing some delays. That being said, other open-world titles like Spider-Man and Assassin's Creed Odyssey are shown to be much quicker on the video. Admittedly, Spider-Man was criticized for simply recreating the same citizens and parts of the New York skyline where Red Dead Redemption 2 is a lot more detailed.
To be fair to Rockstar, this is just one video. As well as the television gamers play on affecting the game, Red Dead Redemption 2's numerous animations can also add to the feeling of lag. While Lowe's findings aren't wholly conclusive, fans on ResetEra were quick to point out the "weighty" nature of Red Dead Redemption 2. Looking at the comments, other critics pointed out that the award-winning Grand Theft Auto V is also remembered for clunky controls when trying to move Trevor, Michael, and Franklin.
Whatever anyone's thoughts on Red Dead Redemption 2's lag complaints, it's a relatively minor issue in a game that is so big. It's also important to remember that Rockstar has only just unveiled Red Dead Redemption 2 and developers are just getting started with the game. With rumors the franchise's first ever PC release and the highly anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2 Online, expect some sluggish controls to soon be forgotten.