Red Dead Redemption 2 was finally released on PC this week, and things haven't been going well for Rockstar. Yesterday, Samit Sarkar reported on our sister site Polygon about various technical problems experienced by PC players, and I can confirm that I have seen some of them for me in the last week.
While I didn't do it I have no problem getting the game started first, the biggest issue for me – and one that seems to be very common – is that the game often runs for three seconds at a time. It squeals during the game, causing you to miss crucial dialogue during story sequences when the game has to catch up with itself.
This is a particularly strange problem because Red Dead Redemption 2 otherwise looks good and runs pretty well on my PC, which is not super high-end but was when I put it together for three and six months ago. It happens regardless of graphic settings, as far as I can tell. My rig has a GTX 1
To be clear, this is not exact proof of a well-optimized port, given how good Red Dead Redemption 2 looks at much less powerful console hardware. I usually have no problem running games with faster frame rates and higher settings, and I wouldn't call this a good port even if it didn't have problems. But it has the problem: no matter what I do with the settings, it locks for several seconds every few minutes.
It's enough to make it unplayable right now, which is a shame, because I was otherwise really looking forward to playing Red Dead Redemption 2 . I loved the game on my PS4 Pro last year, but I don't know that I played it properly – I bombed through it as fast as I could see the end without spoilers and hear what others said about it. I'm not sure it was the wrong decision, but I would very much like to give it a further, more thorough impact over a longer period of time. It would not hurt to do so with better pictures and performance either.
As Samit noted, Rockstar's response so far has been to recommend players to turn off antivirus software, which seems to be an unsatisfactory solution. Updates to the company's startup program and the game itself seem to have done little at best, or even made the situation worse.
Until Rockstar fixes Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC, or at least gives some indication of what's going on, we really can't recommend that you buy it. Since the problem issues are not in line with the overall performance of the game, it feels like they should be addressable. But without any confirmation that a fix is on the horizon, this version of the game is a tough pass.