'Red Dead Redemption 2' Breaks Records With $725 Million Opening Weekend

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The title has been hailed by critics as a new level of open-world adventure gaming.

It's how the west was won.

On Tuesday, Rockstar games announced Red Dead Redemption 2 earned a record-breaking $725 million during its first weekend on sale.

The highly anticipated open-world video game set records for largest ever preorders, largest first-day sales and largest sales for the first three days in market on the PlayStation Network, according to Rockstar, which cited Sony. 

Red Dead Redemption 2 is the second-highest grossing entertainment launch of all time behind Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto V, which achieved over $1 billion in retail sell-through in three days.

The game has been hailed by critics as a new level of open-world adventure gaming. 

The follow-up (a prequel) to 2010's Red Dead Redemption, centers on outlaw Arthur Morgan, a leading member of the notorious Van der Linde gang in the last dying days of America's Wild West.

Featuring a sweeping open world, incredible immersive gameplay and an attention to detail unlike anything else in gaming, Rockstar's return to the Old West is being called a masterpiece of design, craft and storytelling.