ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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The gap between now and the release date of GTA 5 on the Xbox 360 and PS3 is one of the longest waiting periods we've experienced between new Rockstar titles. Of course the PS4, XBOX One and PC communities recently got their own releases of the game, but with Rockstar being the notoriously secretive developer that they are, we really have no inkling of what's happening in their offices around the world.

However, we did hear that the company was hiring a lot of new staff members for the development of an open world game. GTA 6 is nowhere near being considered, therefore I think it's safe to say that Red Dead Redemption 2 is next on their list. But if it's going to succeed on its release date, there's one thing I'd love to see it learn from Grand Theft Auto 5.

Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption

What Red Dead Redemption 2 Needs to Learn From GTA 5 & GTA Online!

This is a statement that's been frequently passed around as of late. GTA 5 is probably something I'll go back to a few years down the road, perhaps I'll replay it before the release date of GTA 6. But as it stands, the only time I'll put in that disc is for GTA Online. In many ways it's the greatest aspect of the game, but it's also the most frustrating element of GTA 5. The only thing that holds me back from playing GTA Online, is Online itself. And if Red Dead Redemption 2 is going to try and match the experience of playing GTA Online then it needs to fix some issues that drive me crazy!

GTA Online
GTA Online

Rockstar have attempted to really crackdown on hackers in GTA Online, but it's still a daily struggle. You'll wait for 15 minutes to try and get into a lobby, only to discover that it's filled with hackers. Then you have to wait for ages to be thrown back into the map, only to discover that it's filled with hackers. Rinse and repeat. On consoles, the wait for a match to start can be unbearable, I've spent more time waiting for something to start than I have playing. FACT. Even getting friends together online can be difficult.

Of course, Rockstar are trying to run servers for one of the most popular games in the world. But the amount of time we have to stare at a loading screen in GTA Online is truly infuriating. On top of that, some of the rewards for having waited for the game to start and then having engaged with the mode just aren't worth it! You make more money by just stealing cars and being a dick online than you do having fun with others.

GTA Online
GTA Online

What Do You Want From Red Dead's Release Date?

Therefore, I'd really love to see Red Dead Redemption 2 have an incredible online experience that learns from these mistakes. Red Dead Online would be fantastic and I'm sure that they'll be able to litter it with fantastic game modes. But it needs to be a snappier experience. Look at Rocket League! A little indie game can throw me into a match at a faster speed than one of the most successful games of all time. The budget GTA 5 had is insane!

But am I alone with these frustrations? Do you get irritated by GTA Online? If you agree or disagree, then let us know in the comments and be sure to let us know what you want on the release date of the sequel to Red Dead Redemption!


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