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Uncharted 2 is much better for any number of reasons; even if you really like Red Dead Uncharted 2 is near flawless (and if you find Uncharted's gameplay problematic in some way Red Dead is much worse on every front). Red Dead is a good game and might win this poll for some reason but Uncharted 2 is 3rd person shooter heaven.
Edit: The reason Uncharted 2 is losing is because people that don't have a PS3 are voting I suspect. That'll also be the reason ME2 has some chance of beating the Last of Us. In retrospect the PS3 is now a much better purchase solely because of Naughty Dog + Demon's Souls/almost every 360 exclusive came out on PC.
Red Dead Redemption should be the GotG. Making a fun, playable open-world Western is an achievement in itself, but the world Rockstar built in that game is brutal, whimsical, and believable all at the same time. RDR is an achievement on every level, and even though I don't think it will win, it absolutely should.
As for Uncharted 2, it's a great shooter and it's beautifully paced and an amazing game, but how can you compare what is ultimately a collection of really great set-pieces, to the world full of wildlife, random encounters, incredible and strange characters, and beautiful vistas that happen seemingly out of nowhere in RDR? I know that's a reductive way to look at Uncharted, but we kind of have to get reductive this late in the bracket.
red dead, had one of the most memorable endings of anything ever. It was also a great game, and it got me deep into watching old western movies.
Uncharted was a great looking roller coaster with bad combat. After i finished it i thought, "jeez, fucking finally!" because of it's horrible horrible ending with blue bulletsponge monsters or whatever it was.
@fredchuckdave: Do you mean Assassin's Creed 4? If so, then no way. The setting looks great but it's still an AC game with almost everything I hate about those games, and some of those things are downright immersion-crushing. Also, from what I've seen the world-building is not nearly as good as in RDR. But I will try it at some point.
@cptbedlam: Well it depends if you mean immersion like the fourth wall is never broken and its super serious all the time (The Last of Us probably wins that category) or immersion like "Holy fuck I can't stop playing this" (Dark Souls, Skyrim, or ACIV tossup).
This is the toughest poll yet, by far. I think both of these games are absolutely fantastic, and picking one is going to be a really difficult decision but....
Uncharted 2. Blew me away back in 2009. Red Dead is freakin' awesome, too, but Uncharted 2 was mind blowing.
This right here is horrible. How can you force the GB community to choose between these games? Who gave you the right? Oh yeah, we did. This is the single hardest of all the polls. Two of the hands down best action games of this generation. Great main characters, great narratives, and great game play. I'm seriously thinking about abstaining.
I fucking love Uncharted, but this Gen was Sleeping Dogs, Dark/Demon's Souls, and Red Dead, for me. Uncharted 2 really is an amazing achievement that can't be commended enough; it just didn't have that special *thing* to make me want to keep coming back to explore and just have fun with it.
I'll take Uncharted 2's visuals any day and the gameplay that ISN'T hoards of bad guys thrown at you (which sadly is a common occurrence in that game) but man Red Deads storyline is so good and I don't even mean the over arching storyline that's just alright, but the character interaction is just great on an emotional level Uncharted never really felt like it hit. Got to vote with emotion on this one.
Not really sure why RDR's still in this contest to be honest. Uncharted 2's the easy pick, as silly as it was at times. I feel like it represented its genre better, for one thing, and at no point lagged atrociously (cough Mexico cough ending that forced you to go from point A to point B to point C to point D to point E cough there's clearly something caught in my throat, possibly cougar fur from yet another instant cougar death after travelling three miles across a featureless plain forcing me to start the whole journey over cough).
I think RDR is Rockstar's best game this gen. And yet it still can't compete with Uncharted 2. Okay it can but it doesn't hold up.
People like to bring up Bioshock's poor FPshooting as a reason it doesn't deserve to move on often, then RDR doesn't for a similar reason. Its combat its downright awful. The cover system is vastly inferior to U2, the aiming is as well. Weapons are a push because its very apples/oranges but U2 has the benefit of not having any stupid turret sections.
U2 train level is the epitome of game defining magnificence, everyone remembers how well-thought and designed that level is. RDR's by contrast is completely forgettable as is most of the Mexican section. The ending and first third of RDR are great and deserve all the praise including best late title-card ever.
But the entirety of U2 is from top to bottom outstanding. The MP is also better in U2 than RDR again simply because its more fun to shoot in U2 than RDR.
I don't get how RDR is winning the poll at this point aside from not as many people playing U2. RDR wasn't even the best game the year it came out much less a better game than Uncharted 2.