RDR2 is a good game, which looks great, but is quite overrated IMO. It is the first game produced post-Benzies and it shows in a lot of ways. It is the least rockstarry rockstar game.
Sam Houser isn't really a creative btw, he was more the businessman whilst Dan is the creative.
From reporting on the lawsuit ….
I am sure when he left RDR2 was already in pre production