It seems the release of Red Dead Redemption 2 came with a free mini game for certain PC users. A secret level you have to beat before you’re able to start the game … And I was one of the lucky ones who received it!
First things first. When trying to launch the game for the first time I was in for a hefty 20 minutes of decrypting. Once that was complete the game refused to launch because I didn’t had the latest GPU drivers installed, but 500MBs later I was ready to go!
Only Rockstar Games Launcher though otherwise. It seemed I only completed the tutorial and wasn’t worthy to start the game just yet. “The Rockstar Games Launcher exited unexpectedly.” No shit!
First suggestion I found online was to disable my anti virus, but that seemed like a long shot and didn’t fix the problem. Second proposal was a BIOS upgrade. Really!? Though I’m not a fan of updating my BIOS (certainly not to be able to play a game) I decided to give it a shot. AMD has admitted Ryzen 3 chipset drivers still have their ‘working points’, so what’s the worst that could happen?
Well … post update my memory overclock seemed to be reset and the easy way of simply using an XMP profile still doesn’t work. Motherboard doesn’t like my memory eh? After going through manual timings and adjusting the infinity fabric again (this sounds so Avengers … ), I was finally ready to go. PC Master Race challenge complete!
But what about the game? Well … it’s safe to say Red Dead Redemption 2 features the best looking cactuses (cacti for the more educated reader) ever in a video game since Final Fantasy VII back in 1997. And that’s something!