Have you finished Red Dead Redemption 2's storyline?
It's a massive game filled to the brim with content, and it's easy to get lost in all of the opportunities, so it's understandable that some players might go off exploring and end up tangled in side-activities for long stretches of time. You might also have very little free time to dedicate to gaming.
Nonetheless, if you have finished the story, you are part of a very small minority.
Writing for GameRevolution, Tyler Treese compared some statistics on a couple of PlayStation 4 games that were recently released. These games all award players an achievement when they complete the storyline, and you can view what percentage of players have unlocked any given achievement, making it easy to track stats on who finished these titles.
Only a mere 22% of players have seen the storyline of Red Dead Redemption 2 through to its end, even though the game has been out for 3 months now. This doesn't mean 100% completion either, just going through the story.
None of the side activities are required here, only the main mission. The storyline depicting the early exploits of the Van Der Linde Gang before it fell apart was a major draw of this game, so it's surprising to us that so few players care to complete it.
This goes to show that when you fill your game to the brim with content, many players might just burn out. Typically it is considered that the more the content the better the game because you get more value, and if the game is great, then having more of it to play should be good right?
However, many folks who need to juggle gaming with work, social obligations, other hobbies, studying and so on aren't left with much time, and 30-40 hour investments seem major, let alone over 100-hour playthroughs the likes of which a massive open-world game like Red Dead Redemption 2 demands.
It's also true that Red Dead Redemption 2 ended up selling vastly more copies than Red Dead Redemption, so a large chunk of players may have bought the game just to mess around in an exciting Wild West sandbox, without much care for the characters and storyline.
If you haven't finished Red Dead Redemption 2, do you intend to at all? We'd like to hear your input on the forums.