There’s no question about it: Red Dead Redemption 2 feels sluggish compared to other modern games. The game aims to convey a weighty, realistic world, and so this is mainly a creative choice on the part of Rockstar. Arthur Morgan, the acclaimed Western’s protagonist, has exaggerated, hefty animations, all of which help to ground the character in the game world.
However, it can still be frustrating to get the hero (?) to do what you want him to, and this video analysis demonstrates why. It’s not clear, scientific proof by any stretch, but it shows how much longer Morgan takes to respond to inputs compared to other titles like Marvel’s Spider-Man and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. It’s all shot on the same television screen from the same console, and it’s clear that there’s considerable input lag on the Red Dead Redemption 2 character’s motions.
Now, as we mentioned earlier in the article, it’s important to remember that Rockstar’s going for something different here: Morgan is a man, not a Spider-Man. However, it does help to explain why the title’s controls can take time to adjust to. Fortunately, there are some settings changes you can make to help improve Red Dead Redemption 2’s controls, and you can read about those through the link.