Red Dead Redemption 2 Articles RSS Feed | Red Dead Redemption 2 RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network PlayStation Store Double Discounts Sale Offers More Bang for Your Buck Wed, 17 Feb 2021 14:55:17 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Sony isn't slowing the sales train down anytime soon and just kicked off the PlayStation Store's Double Discounts sale. It's offering discounts on dozens of hits, including Red Dead Redemption 2, No Man's Sky, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and more, with extra price cuts for PS Plus members.

Here's a taster of what the Double Discounts sale has in store.

PlayStation Store Double Discounts Sale

Game Sales Price PS Plus Discount Original Price
Red Dead Redemption 2: Ultimate Edition $66.99 $33.99 $99.99
No Man's Sky (PS4 & PS5) $44.99 $29.99 $59.99
Devil May Cry 5  $22.49  $19.99   $24.99
Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled - Nitros Oxide Edition  $41.99  $23.99   $59.99
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Deluxe Edition  $46.89  $23.79   $69.99
The Outer Worlds  $41.99  $23.99   $59.99
Days Gone Digital Deluxe Edition  $39.99  $29.99   $49.99
Crysis Remastered  $23.99  $17.99   $29.99
Fuser VIP Edition  $89.99  $79.99   $99.99
Borderlands 3 Super Deluxe Edition  $57.59 $35.19    $79.99 
XCOM 2 Collection  $59.99  $19.99   $99.99
Star Wars Squadrons  $31.99  $23.99   $39.99
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition  $27.99  $15.99   $39.99
Grand Theft Auto 5 Premium Edition  $32.39  $19.79   $44.99
Marvel's Spider-Man: GOTY Edition  $29.99  $19.99   $39.99
ARK Survival Evolved  $29.99  $9.99   $49.99
God of War (2018)  $14.99  $9.99   $19.99
Mortal Kombat 11  $32.49  $14.99   $49.99
Star Wars Battlefront 2 Celebration Edition Upgrade  $17.49  $9.99   $24.99
Assassin's Creed Odyssey Gold Edition  $62.99  $39.69   $99.99


The full Double Discounts sale list is on the PlayStation Store. If none of this tickles your fancy, the PS Store's Big in Japan sale is still ongoing until February 24 and a Games Under $20 sale also live now. 

Humble Winter Sale Sees Discounts on an Assortment of Great Games Mon, 18 Jan 2021 13:39:53 -0500 Josh Broadwell

The Humble Winter Sale is still going on through January 28 with even more on sale. This time, there' are steep discounts on major AAA games and indie hits alike, such as Red Dead Redemption 2, Hollow Knight, NieR: Automata and more.

Here's a sampling of what the Humble Winter Sale has on offer. 

Humble Winter Sale

Game Sales Price Original Price
 NieR: Automata Game of the YoRha Edition  $19.99  $39.99
  Yakuza: Like A Dragon  $44.99  $59.99
  Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice GOTY Edition  $38.99  $59.99
  The Outer Worlds  $29.99  $59.99
Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate Edition  $59.98  $99.98
  Metro Exodus Gold Edition  $29.24  $59.99
  Hollow Knight  $7.49  $14.99
  Persona 4 Golden  $15.99  $19.99
  The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt: GOTY Edition  $14.99  $49.99
  Hitman 2 Gold Edition  $29.99  $99.99
  Dirt 5  $41.99  $59.99
  Civilization VI: Platinum Edition  $40.53  $119.22
  Stardew Valley  $13.49 (PC), $10.49 (Switch)  $14.99
Kenshi  $17.98  $29.98
  Borderlands 3 Ultimate Edition  $49.99  $99.99
  Rimworld  $31.49  $34.99
  Void Bastards  $11.99  $29.99
  A Hat in Time  $14.99 $29.99

The full list is over on Humble. While the sale officially ends January 28, note some games on offer go back to normal price at different times between now and then.

The Best Xbox RPGs You Can Play on Xbox Series X|S Mon, 28 Dec 2020 10:43:31 -0500 George Yang


Red Dead Redemption 1 and 2


This cowboy epic is some of the best storytelling to come out of games in recent memory. Red Dead Redemption 2 is hailed as one of the best games of the last generation, and through the Series X hardware, boasts some technical improvements including faster loading times.


In Red Dead Redemption 2, you follow the story of Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang. As the age of cowboys and the Wild West decline, Arthur must come to terms with where he's at in the world. The game explores themes such as mortality, friendship, and loyalty. It's a must play title for any gamer.


The first Red Dead Redemption on Xbox 360 is also playable on Series X|S through backwards compatibility as well! It's also important to note that Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel to the first game, despite having the number 2 in the title.


Are there any other RPGs you think should be included in this list? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!


Dead Space 1, 2, and 3


One of the most iconic horror franchises of all time, all three Dead Space games can be played on Xbox Series X|S through backwards compatibility. Not many other games match Dead Space's incredibly creepy atmosphere, frightening enemies, and fascinating lore.


As Isaac, you explore the futuristic 23rd century when Earth's natural resources have mostly dried up. When scientists discover an alien artifact called the Marker, they think that it could sustain Earth with unlimited energy. But little do they know, something more sinister is afoot.


The Dead Space series is absolutely fantastic, and it's a shame that there aren't any signs of a new entry coming at all. However, the three games are available to play and are regularly on sale for cheap.


BioShock: The Collection


Three fantastic games in one package, BioShock: The Collection offers some great first-person shooter combat with fantastic narratives to boot. BioShock 1 and 2 take place in the underwater city of Rapture, while BioShock Infinite's setting in the floating city of Columbia.


You can enjoy the BioShock series either through the remastered collection mentioned above, or if you have the original copies on Xbox 360, they are also playable on Xbox Series X|S through backwards compatibility.


The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition


This is one of the best open world games of all time, and it's basically on every modern platform available. As the Dragonborn, you are on your quest to destroy Alduin The World Eater. You can customize your own character and explore Skyrim. Enhance your skills, engage in combat, and take on quests throughout the world. Truly, the world is at your fingertips here.


In the off chance you haven't played Skyrim yet, it is available on Xbox Game Pass. Or maybe you want to go back to playing this game again. It's really that good.


Code Vein


This game is aptly described as "anime Dark Souls" and it's easy to see why. Code Vein's gameplay is inspired by it, and it's gritty atmosphere certainly reminds someone of the Dark Souls series.


However, it definitely has some things that make it stand out. Firstly, it has it's own anime aesthetic, complete with a more vampiric inspiration rather than a gothic look. Secondly, it's storytelling is much more in line with a typical JRPG, with exposition everywhere. Whereas in Dark Souls, the storytelling is much more environmental.


Either way, if you like anime and Dark Souls, give this a shot. Given that both categories have fans with specific tastes, Code Vein may not resonate with everyone, but with it recently being added to Game Pass, there's no harm in checking it out.


Mass Effect 1, 2, and 3


This is one of the best trilogies of all time. Spanning three games, Mass Effect provides an epic space-faring adventure to take down the Reapers, an ancient alien race that's bent on destroying all life in the universe.


As Commander Shepard, you'll recruit many different characters throughout the three games, and you'll come to love each and every one of them. Even starting from the first game, the choices you make have ramifications on playthroughs of Mass Effect 2 and 3.


The game has been approved through each subsequent title, and the cast of characters remain solid throughout. Luckily, all three titles are playable via backwards compatibility on modern Xbox consoles. Additionally, a remaster of the trilogy, called Mass Effect Legendary Edition, is scheduled to release in 2021. 


If you don't want to wait, the trilogy was also made available to Xbox Game Pass subscribers recently through Microsoft's partnership with EA Play. 


Blue Dragon


This is another one of Xbox 360's JRPG exclusives. Blue Dragon's art style is very reminiscent of Dragon Quest's, and offers similar turn-based gameplay. 


Blue Dragon follows Shu and his friends, Jiro, Kluke, Zola, and Marumaro. With the evil ruler Nene watching over the Gran Kingdom, it's up to Shu and his comrades to find a way to take him down.


Like Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon is another great Japanese title that deserves another chance. Fans and newcomers can still enjoy the game on modern Xbox consoles through its fantastic backwards compatibility function.


Halo 5: Guardians and Halo: The Master Chief Collection


Can Xbox's most iconic franchise be considered an RPG? Well, you certainly play the role of Master Chief, as he goes around shooting aliens. Spanning multiple entries, Halo is the definitive franchise that people think of when they think of Xbox, so it'd be remiss not to include it on this list.


Halo is a pioneer of first person-shooter gunplay on consoles, and it's memorable stories, characters, and multiplayer make it one of the most recognizable franchises in gaming history.


While Halo 5's story got a mixed reception, its multiplayer is still incredibly fun. If you're itching for the classic Halo games, they're available through Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The first four games, in addition to Reach and ODST, are included in this single package. Overall, there are seven incredible Halo titles available on Xbox Game Pass while we wait for the release of Halo Infinite in 2021.


Lost Odyssey


Speaking of JRPGs, the Xbox 360 had several exclusive ones, including the excellent Lost Odyssey. This turn-based game follows Kaim as he navigates the world going through a magical industrial revolution. There are several nations at war with each other, and Kaim's journey will have him crossing paths with many different characters that join him.


Lost Odyssey has been loved by many fans. While it looks like we won't be seeing a sequel to this game any time soon, it is playable on modern Xbox consoles through backwards compatibility.




Remedy's latest game is a mindbending, gravity-defying adventure. Take control of Jesse Faden as she explores the Oldest House in search of her brother and uncover its dark secrets within. Filled with paranormal creatures called the Hiss, Jesse must face them while using her abnormal powers such as telekinesis and levitation.


Control is certainly an interesting premise, and it's third-person combat is definitely fun as you go around picking up objects to throw at enemies. The lore is fascinating as well as you learn more about the Oldest House.


The regular version of Control is available on Xbox Game Pass. There are also two DLC story expansions: The Foundation and AWE. If you end up enjoying Control, definitely consider purchasing the extra content!


Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice


One of the studios that Microsoft purchased back in 2018 was Ninja Theory, the team behind Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. The narrative revolves around Senua, and delves into themes like psychological horror and is a metaphor of psychosis. While the combat isn't anything to write home about, the dread filled atmosphere really sells the game.


And yes, you're seeing a PlayStation trailer on an Xbox article! This is most likely the first, last, and only time players will see Senua on a PlayStation platform.


Microsoft announced a sequel, Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, back in 2019 for Xbox Series X|S. You can play Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice on Xbox Game Pass while waiting for the future sequel!


Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition


Let's be honest, Xbox hasn't really been known for Japanese games. However, that doesn't mean that there aren't any on the platform. Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition is one of the very few titles in the Tales series that is available on Xbox. You play as Yuri Lowell, who ventures out in the world of Terca Lumireis as he explores the world, gains new companions, and eventually saves the planet.


Tales of Vesperia was actually an Xbox 360 exclusive in the west back in 2008. An updated version of the game was released, but never made its way outside of Japan until it was ported to modern consoles in 2019.


This is a classic JRPG through and through. With its exciting real-time combat and fun cast of characters, Vesperia is a grand adventure. It's also available on Xbox Game Pass!


Gears 5


The latest entry in the fantastic Gears series, Gears 5 made some fresh changes to the formula by adding open world sections, as well as providing us with a new perspective and story focusing on Kat Diaz. The game is a complete package: smooth third person shooting gameplay, a fantastic narrative-driven campaign, and robust multiplayer modes.


Now, Gears 5 has received some additional single-player story content in the form of Hivebusters. The new Xbox hardware also boosts the game's framerates and visuals, and Hivebusters is a great way to get back into the title. As with all of Microsoft's first party titles, Gears 5 is available on Game Pass.


Fallout 3 & 4


Speaking of Bethesda, another one of its iconic franchises is Fallout. In Fallout 4, explore Boston, Massachusetts in a post-apocalyptic setting called "The Commonwealth", set 10 years after the events of Fallout 3.


You play as the "Sole Survivor" who has been frozen and asleep in Vault 111. You search for missing son after seeing your spouse killed, and The Commonwealth has many places for you to explore and quests to take on. You can manage settlements and craft items to help you along your journey.


Fallout 4 was available on Game Pass in the past, but has since left the subscription service. Hopefully, along with 2016's DOOM, Fallout 4 could also be added back sometime in the future. Fallout 3 is backwards compatible with modern Xbox consoles, so that's a great title to play as well.


DOOM Eternal/DOOM (2016)


Microsoft dropped the incredible news earlier this year that it would be acquiring Zenimax Media, which also includes developer Bethesda. The studio's biggest release this year, Doom Eternal, also launched on Xbox Game Pass only several months later.


Undoubtedly one of the most ambitious games of 2020, the sequel to 2016's DOOM is one hell of a time. Play as the Doomslayer as he rips through demonic hordes of enemies.


While the 2016 game left the Xbox Game Pass service a while ago, hopefully the new acquisition means that it could come back sometime in the future. If you've already played it, now is a great time to try it out on Microsoft's game subscription service.


Over the past few years, Microsoft has made Xbox the best place to play in terms of backwards compatibility. During the middle of last generation, Xbox put more effort into that initiative, allowing us to play new games while also being able to enjoy old favorites without always having to bring out an older console. Thus, many classic Xbox 360 and even original Xbox titles are playable on the new Xbox Series X|S.


Many of these games include RPGs, and with Microsoft's other programs such as Xbox Game Pass, you can enjoy many of them for a low monthly price. This is by no means a complete list, but these are 15 great RPGs you can play on Xbox.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Wild Feverfew Locations Guide Wed, 10 Jun 2020 14:40:43 -0400 Daniel Hollis

When tackling the great frontier of Red Dead Redemption 2, you'll spend a lot of time riding horses, taking out gangs, and being an all-around badass cowboy. But to get to the game's juicy bits, you sometimes need to slow down and pick some flowers. One of which is the RDR2 wild feverfew, a very useful plant that can be used in various ways.

Like the desert sage or the English mace, wild feverfew can be used to craft items that are very helpful in a pinch. Most notably, wild feverfew's worth comes from ensuring your stamina core stays filled. 

The Red Dead Redemption 2 map is a colossus and navigating it can be a tall task. Sometimes, tracking down a specific plant, like the feverfew bush, requires a bit of guidance. So here's how to find wild feverfew in Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Wild Feverfew Locations

A map showing wild feverfew locations north of Armadillo in Red Dead Redemption 2, Red Dead Online.

Where to Find and Pick Wild Feverfew

The wild feverfew plant can be found in the Armadillo area, which is in New Austin. It can mainly be found just north of "Armadillo" on the RDR2 map.

It can be easily spotted by its yellow head and surrounding white petals. Luckily, the area in which it most notably resides is known for a harsh desert landscape, making it one of the easier plants to spot.

In Red Dead Redemption 2's early hours, the New Austin area commands a high bounty on your head, making access to the area very hard. If you're in desperate need of feverfew, though, a quick trip over with one of your horses or through fast travel is highly advisable. 

In Red Dead Online, you'll be able to freely explore New Austin and gather them to your heart's content.

What Does Wild Feverfew Do in Red Dead Redemption 2?

Gathering wild feverfew is essential for crafting some important items because of its many attributes. Mainly, feverfew can be consumed to refill your stamina core, but it can also be used to create useful Bitters for stronger effects when restoring your cores. 

Keeping your stamina cores filled proves useful in most situations, whether it's outrunning the law or chasing after a pesky squirrel. It's especially useful when hunting down the game's legendary animals. 

Alternatively, wild feverfew is also used in Daily Challenges in Red Dead Online. Having the locations in hand can eliminate hours of scouring the desert, getting you back to the good stuff like asdasdasd

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And those are the Red Dead Redemption 2 wild feverfew locations. Now you know where to look when you need to craft Bitters or complete Daily Challenges. For more Red Dead Online guides, be sure to click the links above or check here. And if you're looking for RDR2 tips and tricks for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Stadia, we have you covered over at our guides hub.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Prairie Poppy Locations Guide Tue, 09 Jun 2020 17:52:05 -0400 Daniel Hollis

If you've been playing Red Dead Redemption 2 or Red Dead Online, you're probably familiar with the games intricate crafting and harvesting mechanics. Many of Red Dead Redemption 2's best weapons, ammunition, and consumables are crafted with recipes that require gathering a variety of items, including the RDR2 prairie poppy.

The prairie poppy is one of the most useful materials that can be used in crafting. It has a wide variety of uses in both the main campaign and Red Dead Online.

If you've been wondering how to find the prairie poppy in either mode, here's how you can get your hands on that sweet, sweet poppy.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Prairie Poppy Locations Guide

Where is the Prairie Poppy?

The prairie poppy can be found in the Great Plains and West Elizabeth. Most prominently, they can be found scattered near Blackwater.

You can tell a prairie poppy apart from any other plant because poppies have a yellow flower on the top of their stem. When searching for them in these areas, you'll more often than not find them clustered around train tracks

In Red Dead Redemption 2's early hours, the Blackwater area commands a high bounty on your head, making access to the area very hard. If you're in desperate need of poppies, though, a quick trip over with one of your horses or through fast travel is highly advisable. 

The Great Plains also doesn't unlock until the later hours of Red Dead Redemption 2's campaign, so the majority of your early hours will be spent scouring Blackwater and it's surrounding areas.

In Red Dead Online, you'll be able to freely explore Blackwater and gather them to your heart's content.

If you're struggling and need more specific guidance, then this map indicates some of the specific locations the Prairie Poppy resides.

Red Dead Redemption 2 prairie poppy locations map

What does the Prairie Poppy do?

The prairie poppy is most notably used to craft snake oil, which refills your dead eye meter. In the early hours of Red Dead Redemption 2, your dead eye ability will be fairly weak and as a result, it will drain fairly quickly.

Crafting snake oil and its enhanced versions such as special snake oil, you'll easily be able to keep your dead eye meter filled, which is good against bandits and legendary animals alike. 

The poppy can also be consumed on its own if you're in a pinch, but it lacks the full enhancements a bottle of snake oil would grant you.

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That's it for our Red Dead Redemption 2 prairie poppy locations guide. Now you know where to find these helpful crafting items in both the RDR2 campaign and Red Dead Online. For more Red Dead Online guides, be sure to click the links above or check here. And if you're looking for RDR2 tips and tricks for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Stadia, we have you covered over at our guides hub

Red Dead Redemption 2 Rides Onto Xbox Game Pass Thu, 23 Apr 2020 18:31:38 -0400 GS_Staff

Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the best games of this generation. According to the most recent sales numbers from February, the Wild-West epic has sold a whopping 29 million copies since launching in October 2018. Now the game is finally making its way to Xbox Game Pass. 

According to the Xbox Wire, the title will be available on console starting May 7. It will not be coming to Game Pass for PC at the same time; there is no word yet if it will sometime in the future. 

Though it was just added to Game Pass in January, RDR2's modern cousin, Grand Theft Auto 5, will leave the service on May 7. Those that want to purchase the game can purchase GTA5 for $24 (20% off the retail price). 

Red Dead Redemption 2 is currently available for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. We reviewed both the console and PC versions, receiving a 9/10 and a 10/10 respectively. We gave the game high marks across the board, but specifically for story, scale, and gameplay. 

Though the game's online mode, Red Dead Online, wasn't the GTA Online we were hoping for at launch, it has remained widely popular with the RDR2 fanbase. Rockstar has churned out steady quality updates since release. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Red Dead Redemption 2 and Game Pass. 

Fans Demake Fallout 4, Red Dead Online in Media Molecule's Dreams Mon, 17 Feb 2020 16:16:03 -0500 Ty Arthur

The Dreams video game creation system from Media Molecule has already been responsible for a host of creative and inspiring projects, from various original content to The Last Of Us 2 PS1-era "demake." 

Though the game just officially released on February 14, some devoted fans have already managed to get demake Bethesda's Fallout 4 and Rockstar's Red Dead Online in Dreams. You can check out 12 minutes of the eerily spot-on recreation of Bethesda's wasteland in the clip above.

On the other hand, the Red Dead Online clip is much more of an inside joke than and actual demake, with the "disconnected" screen players are all too familiar with flashing up repeatedly. It's missing the dynamite arrows, but hey, people are just getting started on these projects. 

It's only a matter of time before someone posts a full de-scaled version of the Wild West in New Austin

Having just come out of Early Access, Dreams is currently available for the PS4, but the game- and experience-builder may make it to other platforms in the future.

Meanwhile, Red Dead Online has been busy adding new professions lately and launching various limited-time events to keep players busy. While it hasn't reached the heights of its criminal cousin, there's a good bit to do for those looking for some fun in the Wild West. 

Currently, Fallout 4 may be less involved than RDRO and GTA Online. It's DLC ended with Nuka-World back in the summer of 2016. But it still sees its fair share of players revisiting the world. The online-only Fallout 76 may not captivate as many Fallout fans as Bethesda might have hope, but it is about to see its biggest change yet with the Wastelanders update in April.

That anticipated release will see the addition of human NPC factions for the first time, as well as mark Fallout 76's official launch on Steam for PC players.

Stay tuned for our full review on Dreams, as well as any other awesome content that comes from Media Molecule's latest.

Saddle Up: Red Dead Online Offers Extra Bonuses to Bounty Hunters Tue, 04 Feb 2020 12:19:26 -0500 Ty Arthur

A special celebration of bounty hunters is now live in Red Dead Online. From February 4 to February 10, the Bounty Hunter License is free from the Bounty Board.

All new and active Bounty Hunter players can also nab 25 Bolas and 25 Tracking Arrows at no cost. They can be found in the Camp Lockbox or at the Post Office. Perhaps more importantly, though: players will also see some big discounts.

In addition to the 25% reduction in Stable Slot costs, bounty hunters can get 40% off these horses and emotes during the event:

  • Breton (horse)
  • Criollo (horse)
  • Kladruber (horse)
  • Norfolk Roadster (horse)
  •  I'm Watching You (emote)
  • Hat Tipping (emote)
  • Look To Distance (emote)
  • Hangover (emote)

Want even more goodies? If you're a PS+ member, you get three free Mash Refills for your Moonshiner operation and three free Trader Resupplies.

Meanwhile, if you've signed up for Twitch Prime and linked accounts with the Rockstar Games Social Club, you also immediately earn a Polished Copper Still Upgrade and a Collector's Bag.

Not sure how to become a Bounty Hunter yet? Find out how to start and see the full list of rewards in our Red Dead Online Bounty Hunter guide.

This Was the Best Decade in Gaming History, and I Can Prove It Sun, 29 Dec 2019 14:27:56 -0500 Ty Arthur

The decade is coming to a close, and while there was controversy — and a few franchises flopped  the last 10 years provided some of the best moments in the history of gaming.

If you lived through the 2010s, you witnessed new, powerful console launches, new developers knocking it out of the park, and new, exciting tech releases from the ill-fated Kinect to the still burgeoning VR field.

All of that and more led to an unforgettable 10 years in gaming that rivaled much of what came before. Don't believe me? Let's take a look back at the industry's defining achievements over the past 10 years.  

The Early 2010s

Certain moments will live forever. Lady Gaga's meat outfit. Rebecca Black's Friday. Kony 2012. The color of that stupid dress. Marriage equality. "But her emails." Leo finally getting that damn Oscar. 

For me, the decade began in earnest when I put GLaDOS into a potato in Portal 2. The combination of humor and disturbing horror sold it as much as the game's top-notch voice acting and rock solid gameplay. That overall package had me sitting in awe, thinking: "Did modern video games just become amazing right this second?" 

Aside from the hilarious legacy of Portal's sequel (which itself will never be a follow-up since Valve sadly can't count to three), the 2010s kicked off in earnest with notable returns from major series featuring big changes. Mass Effect 2 ditched the extraneous RPG elements and somehow came out better for it; Dead Space 2 ramped up the horror and gore of the first game; and, of course, Starcraft 2: Wings Of Liberty arrived with a makeover and revamped multiplayer.

The early 2010s proudly brought the gaming universe a re-tooled horde mode in Gears of War 3, and it's one that stood the test of time. Aside from still holding the title of "one of the least toxic cooperative multiplayer modes" ever made, horde in Gears of War 3 remains the gold standard of multiplayer. Horde is one of the primary reasons why fans return to the Gears series even after the IP switched developers.

While those big-name AAA franchises made their marks, Minecraft became a phenomenon. Mojang's smash hit created an enduring legacy that can't be denied, even if the survival/open-world LEGO mashup has been endlessly emulated. Somehow the pop phenomenon still has hundreds of millions of active players, showing Mojang's vision wasn't just a fluke. 

Between an insane number of skins, seeds, maps, and mods, Minecraft has to be one of the most expansive gaming experiences of all time, and it will probably still be up and running long after we are all dead and gone. As we move into the next decade, we're preparing for Minecraft Dungeons, which could possibly be a game we'll still be talking about in 10 years. Who knows?

      OK, maybe it wouldn't have been the worst
thing if we didn't know about this guy...

Another low-key title that had a bigger impact than many realize — though not Minecraft big — came in the horror genre. 

Amnesia: The Dark Descent kicked off the "defenseless" horror subgenre that has seen the likes of Outlast, Layers of Fear, and Alien: Isolation follow in its footsteps. Although the Amnesia series is now quaint when compared to what came after it, it brought the horror genre to the masses. Why? Because big-name streamers loved it.

Reaction videos to Amnesia's scarier scenes caught on like wildfire, and it's partly to thank for the sudden spike in video game streaming personalities in the early part of the decade. Without Amnesia, it's possible that the likes of PewDiePie and Markiplier might remain relatively unknown.

       It is an absolute tragedy that this didn't catch on.

Despite all of the unexpected successes, there were some "sure things" that ended up nosediving in the early part of the decade. Nintendo — normally a pillar of stability — saw the Wii U ultimately flop, even though the hardware itself had some fantastic applications.

If you haven't experienced Rayman Legends local multiplayer using both the Wii U pad and your television screen, then you missed out on a critical piece of amazing gaming history.

While the Wii U has been consigned to the dust bin, other parts of the early 2010 gaming landscape caught on like wildfire and still haven't gone out.

Though I point blank hated Skyrim, credit must be given where it's due. Bethesda captured the imagination of a generation with that particular Elder Scrolls entry, and Skyrim managed to remain popular enough to see re-release some dozen or so times across multiple consoles throughout the decade.

Without question, Skyrim played a large role in the success of the 2010 console cycle, but it had an even bigger impact on the PC landscape. Simply put, Skyrim is the king of mods, and has born an entire generation of modders that have created some truly fantastic experiences. 

To date, Skyrim has more than 56,000 downloads available on Nexus Mods. Yeah, a lot of them are nude mods, but between the total conversion mods and extremely clever gameplay tweaks, Skyrim can be an amazing game with the right modding.

The mod effect went well past Bethesda's fantasy baby this decade. Other open world games like Red Dead Redemption 2 are getting a slew of mods, but everything from XCOM to the Resident Evil 2 remake are finding extra play time through some pretty genius mods.

While story took a back seat to open-world exploration in Skyrim, storytelling as a whole wasn't left in the dust in this early period of the decade. Plenty of games weren't afraid to go with more mature or unexpected themes, from the devastating opening of The Last Of Us to the mind-bending twist in Bioshock Infinite

Story rich or story lacking, open world or linear, the early part of the 10s was drowning in genre-defining games... but things would take a turn just a few years later. 

The Mid 2010s

         Telltale looking at Telltale and getting ready to pull the trigger       

Has a developer ever risen so quickly and then fallen so far as Telltale? The Wolf Among Us and the first season of The Walking Dead are still hallmarks of interactive storytelling, but sadly, the development team, under immense pressure, faced insurmountable hurdles.

A badly aging engine, lack of new ideas, and overspending on major franchises weighed the dev down by the time Game Of Thrones Season 1 ended. Sadly, things did not improve, and the company shuttered later in the decade. We never got to see the heights this style could have reached if material like Stranger Things, Hellraiser, or True Detective had been made available.

While the Telltale name is currently clawing back from the dead, it appears this new version of the company won't feature the same people (which may be a good thing) and will work on a much smaller scale. Will we ever get anything as compelling as Bigby's murder mystery or Clementine's journey to adulthood? Probably not, but at least we've still got our memories. 

       Goodbye old friend. You will be missed.

Another amazingly bittersweet moment arrived in April 2016 as the beloved Xbox 360 finally met its end. While Games With Gold is still offering up free titles each month and a handful of games are still hitting the platform, production on this console legend officially stopped. If you've still got a 360, be sure to keep hold of it -- because no more are being made! Microsoft managed to bring out the longest-running console cycle in gaming history, lasting more than 10 solid years. 

The next-gen got off to a rocky start not long before the 360 ceased production (remember the horror that was Assassin's Creed Unity?) but the decade's trend of disappointing trilogy conclusions with Dead Space 3 and Mass Effect 3 would come to a shattering and conclusive close with The Witcher 3.

Without question, The Witcher 3 put CD Projekt Red on the map and showed that an open-world RPG could be story-rich and offer more than just endless fetch quests and following map markers. Even more impressively, The Witcher 3 remains one of the very few titles to feature DLC that is easily as strong as the base game.

Considering the many amazing ladies of the series (oh, and Geralt too, I guess) just made the leap to a Netflix Original Series, it seems The Witcher franchise is going to live on for quite some time.

The same time period didn't just see the arrival of some truly great games it also saw a change in how games are developed and the ways in which developers interact with players.

Although the method had been around for some time, it was around the mid-2010s that Early Access started to become a vehicle for on-going development. 

Though Early Access has seen its fair share of hate and has been legitimately abused, it gave us titles as diverse and satisfying as Darkest Dungeon, Slime Rancher, and later, Subnautica. Early Access has shown that supporting developers along the way and allowing tweaks to be made from fan feedback can result in better-finished products.

      Should have called it Baldur's Wind Dale: Temple Of Elemental Torment.

Rising alongside Early Access, the crowd-funding revolution also emerged in the 2010s, giving us an amazing crop of old-school RPGs like Pillars of Eternity and Wasteland 2

Fans wanted classic isometric games utilizing tactical real-time-with-pause or turn-based combat, but publishers just weren't willing to take the risk. They couldn't see that nostalgia equals money. Kickstarter and Indiegogo stepped in.

While Obsidian and InXile got snapped up by Microsoft in 2018 and it would seem are now cranking out some very off-brand console titles we still had a good number of years where fans had the final say on what would get released in those instances.

Kickstarter would later grow to feature revitalized classics such as Shenmue 3 and the Castlevania-adjacent Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Whether you asked for a refund and still think its a scam or are eagerly playing along, Star Citizen showed just how massive a crowd funding campaign can become. Somehow its still earning crowd funding revenue, having raked in more than $250 million from fans who know what they want and are willing to pay to get it.

Outside the realm of the typical gaming sphere, a surprising new genre would emerge and make a bigger impact than anyone suspected: absurdist games meant entirely for Let's Plays, reaction vids, and water-cooler talk.

"Classics" like Goat Simulator and Octodad: Dadliest Catch saw gamers re-thinking what truly makes a game great, while also laying the foundation for newer entries like Untitled Goose Game.

The Late 2010s

      Welcome back, Nintendo!

Breath Of The Wild was exactly what Nintendo needed to retake its position near the head of the pack. A major shift in gameplay towards an open-world style gave the Zelda franchise and the Switch a serious shot in the arm.

A brand new design for Nintendo's latest console didn't hurt either, as the combination of permanent home base console and mobile device re-captured the imaginations of gamers. While the controller and movement-based games like 1-2 Switch don't seem to have caught on, Nintendo is still very clearly back into position as console innovator. 

Another open-world game that defined this same period, but on the PlayStation 4, was Horizon Zero Dawn. The combination of old and new styles with a gripping mystery of humanity's past pushed forward by a fiery main character gave many players a reason to stick with the PS4. 

Considering the lauded Red Dead Redemption came out in 2010 and Red Dead Redemption 2 was one of the most highly anticipated titles of 2018, it's clear that the open-world trend has reigned supreme this decade.

One game refutes that claim, though, is Fortnite.

You might love to hate it, but you have to ask yourself: has any other title done more to bring gaming into the public consciousness? When Star Wars and Avengers hold in-game events in Fortnite, I think it's clear we've surpassed fandom boundaries and hit the big time.

The concept of Battle Royale has been around for quite awhile, and one could argue it hit its stride with PUBG not long after getting popular through the DayZ mod to Arma 2. That being said, it wasn't until Fortnite that the term became a household name and a genre giant in its own right. 

The resurgence of Battle Royale aside, Fortnite still plays a major role in live streaming, catapulting it to a previously unknown level of popularity with celebrity appearances and major eSports events. Fortnite managed to hit just about every platform imaginable, including mobile phones, and that's another area of gaming worth looking at that made a huge splash in the '10s.

      Not only is this peak 2010s, I'd argue it was also the
reason the internet was invented

Forget Angry Birds and Candy Crush, because there was an absolute explosion of mobile gaming covering every conceivable genre this decade. Aside from the clear cultural significance, Pokemon Go's launch started the AR craze meant to get gamers off the couch and out into the world of sunlight and exercise.

Even if you didn't care for the change in mechanics from the other monster-collecting titles, Pokemon Go was the gift that just kept on giving, from Pokemoan dildos (yep, they exist) to a Chuck Tingle erotica book, to a news cycle that kept bringing up new insanity every, single day.

While some games got smaller and more mobile, others got larger and more tethered VR broke into the mainstream. The PSVR brought true virtual reality to console gamers for a (sort of) affordable price for the first time.

Meanwhile, a number of dueling PC VR platforms are now pushing the boundaries and getting the tech where it needs to go. Vive and Oculus are currently duking it out, with the Oculus Quest now ditching wires and even the PC entirely for a more liberated experience. We haven't seen the best VR has to offer yet  that's for sure  but what's available today is already impressive.

If virtual worlds are less important to you than the interactions that occur within them, the late 2010s were a time when communities really started coming together through platforms like Twitch and Discord.

While the former popped up in 2011 and the latter in 2015, it hasn't been until recent years that they've really come into their own. Whether a mobile gacha title or a graphics-intensive PC shooter, pretty much every game worth playing has its own Discord community where players help each other out and forge new relationships.

New consoles, new tech, new ways of communicating, and new and returning franchises made this is a decade to remember in gaming history.

Looking Forward to 2020 and Beyond

That all about brings us to the present: 2019 was filled to the brim with major gaming news. Bungie parted with Activision but kept the Destiny series; Blizzard stepped in it with their poor handling of eSports players discussing Chinese democracy protests; and Xbox Game Studios snapped up Double Fine back in August.

On the release front, the tail end of the decade hasn't slouched with top-notch new games in a number of surprising genres. Disco Elysium came out of nowhere, and yeah, it deserves the hype. If you miss Planescape: Torment style text-heavy experiences, you want to play this one. The movie snippet experimentation with Telling Lies is also well worth experiencing and shows gaming can be just as interesting and story-rich as cinema. That's not to mention Netflix's Bandersnatch.

As the year ends, we're seeing more changes to the gaming landscape with monthly game services like Game Pass, PS Now, EA Access, and more coming into prominence. Even the mobile gaming crowd is getting in on the monthly subscription action with Apple Arcade and Google Play Pass. If you want to try out a bunch of games for a low monthly price, there's never been a better time to explore what's available on console, PC, or mobile devices.

Of course, the obvious next step of this digital revolution was the advent of the all-streaming Stadia and XCloud. The effect of those changes is still anyone's guess, but it sure looks like we're barreling towards a digital future with a Netflix style library of games.

As Google and all-streaming services come into the spotlight, the console wars still raged between Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. The PS4 managed to become the fourth best selling console of all time this gen, and some killer exclusives likely played a big role there. How the PS5 and Xbox Series X stack up against each other still remains to be seen.

Far more happened in this decade than we ever could have covered in one article, and I'm sure you'll be happy to tell me which games and events I missed that made this the best 10 years in gaming history.

For now, it's time to look toward the future, as next-gen consoles are well into development and are expected to arrive next holiday season. Major titles like Cyberpunk 2077, Baldur's Gate 3, and The Last Of Us 2 are mere months away, and we can't wait to see what the next 10 years have in store! 

What were your favorite video game moments from 2010-2019, and do you agree that it was the best decade in gaming history? Sound off in the comments below!

Red Dead Redemption 2 Mods: The Best of the West Thu, 14 Nov 2019 14:19:03 -0500 Ty Arthur


What did you think of our list of the best Red Dead Redemption 2 mods currently available for PC? What RDR2 mods are you most excited to try out?


There will undoubtedly be many more mods arriving soon as the community gets to work on updating the game, so if we missed any awesome mods you've seen, be sure to let us know and we'll add them to the list!


Red Dead Redemption 2 Real Western Reshade Mod


There are already several different reshade mods available to customize Red Dead Redemption 2's PC visuals to your preferences. This is one of the better options. It's a fairly subtle change to the colors that looks better than the others but isn't radically different. It won't cost you a ton of performance on a lower-end machine.


Red Dead Redemption 2 Simple Slow Motion Mod


Like how the game slows down while using deadeye, but wish you could go into slo-mo mode in other areas? With this mod, you can now slow down to 40% speed at any time, whether you just want to admire the wildlife galloping across the landscape or need to have finer tuned control during combat sequences.


Red Dead Redemption 2 Longer Days Mod


You're going to have to do a little math to take advantage of this particular mod, since you have to figure out the seconds per minute crossover to get the exact length of in-game time you want to use.


Once that's dealt with, you can freely change the length of days and nights to whatever works best for your playstyle.


Keep in mind that some events and interactions can only happen at night, though, like seeing a UFO in a certain cabin, or finding the KKK in one of their ill-fated night time cross burning ceremonies (which will promptly lead you to beat their ass, of course).


Read Dead Redemption 2 FLiNG Trainer Mod


This trainer one isn't focused on model swapping. Instead, it is your standard cheater mod.


Just tap the "NUM" keys to enable cheats like infinite health, stamina, and deadeye. Of course, you can also give yourself obnoxious sums of money. You can also get infinite items so you can keep restoring deadeye or health values without stopping during combat


Keep in mind that these cheats can cause some really unexpected in-game behavior, especially when you go somewhere you aren't meant to or enter an area where you are supposed to die but can't.


Red Dead Redemption 2 Widescreen FOV Mod


For the videophiles who need things to look just right on specific monitor resolution setups, this mod lets you adjust your field of view.


It also does something the previous Photo Mode Enhancer mod doesn't let you do: remove the black bars from cut scenes and cinematic mode!


After installing, open the mod while RDR2 is running then tap "F3" and "F8" to change the field of view until you have it exactly where you want it to be.


Red Dead Redemption 2 Model Swap


Here we have a dedicated model swap mod, rather than a free-for-all like the trainer nude mod.


While you can use it to switch Arthur's model with Sadie Adler or another character, the real draw here is to play through the game as a bird, wolf, crab or fish, for example.


This particular mod is very much a work in progress, and it leads to some buggy and odd behavior during story segments. Due to how it swaps character models in save files, you may also lose some story progress if you don't first backup your game.


Red Dead Redemption 2 Photo Mode Enhancer Mod


One of the biggest draws to RDR2 is the stunning level of cinematic visuals that portray the game's huge, open world.


When you're not robbing trains, hunting bears, or polishing your gun, you could spend hours just checking out the scenery, and this mod enhances that option by removing all restrictions on the free-moving camera. With the mod installed, you can check out anything in the game world regardless of distance.


The Red Dead Redemption 2 Nude Mod


This is the one you were really looking for anyway, right?


As a disclaimer, this mod comes with a bit of work. And no, it isn't primarily meant to give you free-roaming jibbly bits, though it can do that if you use it properly.


This is actually a mod called Lenny's Simple Trainer, and it's meant to let you teleport, move through walls, clear your wanted level, use unlimited explosive ammo... and swap out character models.


It's this last bit that's pertinent to the nude mod fans. Scrolling through the list of character models you might notice this hidden little gem: 




Yeah, you can swap out Arthur's character model with a nude woman from Rhodes. The shenanigans to be had here with keeping Arthur's voice seem, well, limitless.


For now, this is all we have in terms of these sorts of mods, but I'd expect something on par with Skyrim's infamous Caliente's Beautiful Body mod to arrive for Red Dead Redemption 2 sooner rather than later.


Red Dead Redemption 2 Get 30 Gold Bars Mod


Since the game just launched on PC, most of the "mods" available right now are save files with specific items acquired or story points completed.


This one gives you 30 gold bars, which is a huge boost in the money department and can be useful for completing several achievements. Unfortunately, it doesn't start at the beginning of the game where it would be most helpful, as the save is actually at 49.1% story completion.


Red Dead Redemption 2 Skip The Intro Mod


Don't want to play through the RDR 2 intro segment yet again when starting over? This mod is actually just a save file, so you *might* be able to use this one when playing Red Dead Online, but I still wouldn't recommend it just in case.


This is particularly useful if you already played the console version and don't want to go through the beginning and the protracted tutorial.


Red Dead Redemption 2 mods are already taking over the Wild West on PC. In fact, there has been a literal stampede of RDR2 mods since the game released just a short time ago. 


The mods for RDR2 have just begun to arrive, so most of those aforementioned options aren't here (yet), but there are still some must-download mods already available for the game's new PC launch. From playing as a bird to removing the black bars during cinematics and a bunch of cheating trainers, these mods are worth taking a gander at. 


You might notice that the "Arthur Morgan as the Joker" mod floating around other sites isn't listed here. That's because it doesn't actually work yet, so we aren't including it. Sadly, there's no living in a society in the Old West for you right now.


As a final note before we get started rounding up the best RDR2 PC mods, absolutely do NOT use any of these mods when playing Red Dead Online. You will unquestionably be banned.

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Review: How the West Was Truly Won Wed, 13 Nov 2019 14:01:20 -0500 Jordan Baranowski

Red Dead Redemption 2 has finally made its way to PC, opening a new frontier to players that patiently awaited the better of two wagon trains. 

In many ways, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an astounding technical achievement. The quality of the game's graphics and animation, as well as the high-level of voice acting displayed throughout, make RDR2 truly feel like a top-tier AAA title. Its story, writing, and design are all deliberate and nuanced. The whole game feels like an event and spectacle, but it never sacrifices gameplay or vision to achieve such lofty heights.

This review will look at what separates the PC version of RDR2 from its console brethren. If you would like a more traditional review of RDR2's story and gameplay, we covered those elements in our original review of the console version. And all of those sentiments still stand as true. 

So, should you get back in the saddle for another go around — or saddle up for your first ride into the sunset? In a phrase: Ride on, cowboy. Let's head out and see why. 

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Review — Howdy, Partner

Before we jump into the meat of this Red Dead 2 review, we need to address the Clydesdale in the room: Red Dead Redemption 2's PC launch did not go as smoothly as Rockstar had hoped. It's a resource-heavy game, and the newness of Rockstar's game launcher may have contributed to some of the launch woes, but there were reports of crashes, freezing, and overall low performance from many different outlets.

Luckily, that seems to have all been smoothed out.

As of the latest patches, these reports have mostly been answered. My PC, a pretty solid gaming rig starting to see a bit of age, experienced some issues in the first few days after launch but has had no technical hiccups running RDR2 since the first major fixes came in.

Essentially, if you were hesitant to saddle up because of the technical side of things, it seems that Rockstar has pretty much patched those issues and gotten Red Dead Redemption 2 running as smooth as butter on PC.

A Majestic View

Red Dead Redemption 2 has always looked amazing, but this is a game built to maximize high-end gaming PCs. Though, that doesn't mean you need a high-end rig to make RDR 2 look good. 

I have an Nvidia GTX 980 and an Intel i7-4790K, and RDR2 runs fairly consistently at 1080p, and 50 to 60fps. With my setup, the frames per second did occasionally dip to 30fps when action overtook the screen or when entering a town, for example, but I'm also not a pinky-out PC gamer, so I barely noticed these hitches in my time with it. 

Everything about Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC looks beautiful, and the enhanced graphical adjustments available in the menus let you tinker with the game's granular settings until you've got something absolutely mesmerizing. It's tough to argue with a game that lets you max it out on high-end machines and still maintaining performance on older PCs. 

Old Dog, New Tricks

Besides looking good, what else does Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC offer? In terms of content, not much. There is new content to be had, and Rockstar has said that the new content on the PC version content will stay exclusive to the PC. However, it's nothing to go crazy about.

There are a few bounty hunter missions, trinkets, horses, and weapons that aren't available on console. There are a couple of new gang hideouts and treasure maps, and one (incredibly disappointing) "go gather herbs!" mission. It's certainly nice that there's new content here, but you aren't missing anything special over the console version.

Otherwise, the PC version has the whole suite ready to roll, including Red Dead Online, which is a much better place to play than GTA Online. That's mainly because its more deliberate style allows for more realistic interaction. It feels similar to what Westworld purports to be: a "real world" cowboy theme park.

You can hop into Red Dead Online and just stroll about town. You can take part in debauchery around you  steal a horse, fire your pistol into the air, start a general ruckus — or you can just sip whiskey and play cards. It's like a little slice of wonderful western life, feature-built for the PC.

Fine Goods

There are a few other bits that make the PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2 a winner, and they feed into one another directly. 

Fight me if you must, but RDR2 is better with a mouse and keyboard. Looking with the mouse helps ease the sluggishness of the console version. This is a game that's designed with deliberate pacing, and that filters down to the character movement. A game this pretty should be make looking around as seamless as plucking a wild herb, and both the speed and ease of using a mouse to do so stands as a huge positive for the PC version.

The second big win for the game's PC version is a direct tie to this first one: first-person view. Because of that aforementioned sluggishness, first-person view was essentially unusable in the console version. With a keyboard and mouse, first-person view is a revelation of great magnitude. In no small way does it provide a whole new way to play Red Dead Redemption 2, and it helps to show off those upgraded visuals, too.

For someone who's already played Red Dead 2 and is on the fence about the PC version, this is the biggest selling point. There's very little out there that can compare to RDR2's first-person mode. It's an entirely new way to look at the world, and I found myself using first-person mode more often than not once I became used to the PC controls.

Lastly, the PC version of the game allows for modding. If it's your bag, there are already plenty of good mods out there for RDR2. If you love messing with your games, that's a strong sell for the PC version as well. 

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Review — The Bottom Line

  • Amazing on a technical level
  • Thoughtful and realistic writing
  • PC exclusive content
  • Mouse and keyboard open up the game
  • Mods could extend the life of the game several times over
  • Early technical issues (that seem to be resolved at this point)
  • Not dramatically different than console counterpart

If you've never played Red Dead Redemption 2, the PC version is the way to go. The extra options and content are nice, but it's the graphical upgrades and the ability to swap in a mouse and keyboard that really put it over the top. RDR2 is one of the best open-world games ever made, and definitely a defining game of this decade.

Things get a bit trickier if you've already played through the game on Xbox One or PlayStation 4. You won't see anything completely new and mindblowing (at least until you start modding things). It's just different enough to recommend, but it certainly isn't something you're missing out on if you decide to stick with the console version.

[Note: A copy of Red Dead Redemption 2 was provided by Rockstar for the purposes of this review.]

Red Dead Redemption 2 Cheats for PC, PS4, Xbox One Wed, 13 Nov 2019 11:39:29 -0500 Jordan Baranowski

Red Dead Redemption 2 cheats cover everything from spawning horses of all types to the typical wanted level adjustments and money codes. There are unlock codes and weapons cheats, too. Their functions aren't all that different from those in the Grand Theft Auto series.

Like Rockstar's flagship series, RDR2 cheats will disable accomplishments on PC, trophies on PS4, and achievements on Xbox One. You will also not be able to save. However, that's the price of using cheat codes in Rockstar's titles and shouldn't stop you from playing around with them.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Cheats for PC, PS4, Xbox One

How to Use Cheat Codes Red Dead Redemption 2

Normally, you can find cheats/cheat codes in newspapers scattered throughout the game. Others are found in the game world, such as in caves. But you don't have to find them in newspapers or in the world to use them. The list below collects them all for you.

To use them, though, you'll first need to access the cheat menu. To do this simply:

  • Open the Settings menu
    • "Left Shift" on PC
    • "Y" on Xbox One
    • "Triangle" on PS4

In this menu, you will see a list of locked cheats (unless you have previously unlocked them through newspapers, etc.). To unlock cheats, hit:

  • "Left Shift" again on PC
  • "Y" again on Xbox One
  • "Triangle" again on PS4

Type the cheat code you wish to unlock, and you should get a notification informing you that the cheat is unlocked. Once you've unlocked a cheat, simply find it in the menu and select it to activate it or deactivate it. Just remember those restrictions we discussed!

Red Dead Redemption 2 Cheats List

There are currently 37 known cheat codes for Red Dead Redemption 2. We've broken them down into groupings to better help you find the codes you're looking for a bit faster. 

Honor and Wanted Level Cheats

Cheat Code Result
Virtue unearned is not virtue Maximum honor
You revel in your disgrace, I see Minimum honor
Balance. All is balance Neutral honor
You want punishment Increase wanted level
You want freedom Decrease wanted level
You want everyone to go away Remove all notoriety
and bounties

Money and Weapons Cheats

Cheat Code Result
Greed is now a virtue Gain $500
A simple life, a beautiful death Grants basic weapon loadout
Greed is American virtue Grants heavy weapon loadout
Death is silence Grants stealth weapon loadout
History is written by fools Grants gunslinger side weapon set
Abundance is the dullest desire Infinite ammo

Stats Cheats

Cheat Code Result
Seek all the bounty of this place Increase your health,
stamina and dead eye meters
You flourish before you die Fill health, stamina, and Dead Eye meters
You seek more than the world offers Fill all meters and fortify all cores
The lucky be strong evermore Infinite stamina
Be greedy only for foresight Infinite Dead Eye
Guide me better Dead Eye Level 1
Make me better Dead Eye Level 2
I shall be better Dead Eye Level 3
I still seek more Dead Eye Level 4
I seek and I find Dead Eye Level 5
A fool on command Become drunk


Travel Cheats

Cheat Code Result
You long for sight and see nothing Remove fog of war
My kingdom is a horse Increase horse bonding level
Better than my dog  Call your horse from any distance
You want something new Spawns a random horse
Run! Run! Run! Spawns a race horse
You want more than you have Spawns a superior horse
You are a beast built for war Spawns a war horse
The best of the old ways Spawns a stagecoach
Would you be happier as a clown? Spawns a circus wagon
Keep your dreams simple Spawns a wagon
Keep your dreams light Spawns a horse-drawn buggy

Unlock Cheats

Cheat Code Result
Share Unlocks all camp upgrades
Vanity. All is vanity Unlock all outfits
Eat of knowledge Unlock all crafting recipes

There you have it: all Red Dead Redemption 2 cheats. Now that you have the RDR2 cheat list, get out there and rob some trains or whatever it is you do in the Wild West! If you need more RDR2 tips and strategies, check out our other Red Dead Redemption 2 guides.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Crashing on PC Fix Tue, 05 Nov 2019 17:26:31 -0500 Ty Arthur

Since release, Red Dead Redemption 2 has been crashing on PC. This pesky RDR2 error has happened to players whether they're playing the special edition of the game or not. So, is there a fix to Red Dead Redemption 2 crashing on PC? Yes and no.

Though Rockstar has said it is working on a patch to help or eradicate the crashing issues, crashes have yet to be resolved. Since Red Dead Redemption 2 is not out on Steam or the Epic Games Store yet, these issues are relegated to the Rockstar Launcher as of this writing.

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Crashing Fix

Red Dead Redemption 2 error code following a crash in the Rockstar Launcher.

1. Verify Your Game Files

Since it’s the easiest option, you should verify your game files first. Files can get corrupted for a variety of reasons, which can lead to a number of bugs, glitches, and crashes.

To verify your game files:

  • Sign in to the Rockstar Games Launcher
  • Go to Settings
  • Select RDR2 from the list under "My Installed Games" on the left
  • Select "Verify Integrity"
    • Under "Verify Game File Integrity" from the options on the right

As with Steam, doing this will make sure all of your game files are working correctly. If there is a broken or missing file, it will be repaired or redownloaded.

2. Delete Local Profile(s)

This is also called cache clearing. It removes local profiles on your computer, which can become corrupted for a number of reasons. Don’t worry, though: doing this will not delete your progress, saved games, ranks, items, etc.

To delete local profiles: 

  • Open the Rockstar Launcher
  • Click “Settings” in the top-right corner
  • Click “Account Information” on the left side
    • Under “General”
  • Click “Delete” underneath “Delete local profile”
  • Click “Confirm” when asked if you’re sure

You will be logged out of the Rockstar Launcher. Re-enter your credentials and sign back in. Launch Red Dead Redemption 2.

3. Run the Game as an Administrator

You can also run the game as an administrator. This tells your computer that a program is safe and trusted.

To launch RDR2 as an administrator:

  • Select "Settings" in the Rockstar launcher
  • Go to "Red Dead Redemption 2" under "My Installed Games"
  • Click "Open" below "View Installation Folder"
  • Right-Click "Red Dead Redemption 2" and select "Properties"
  • Choose "Run this Program as an Administrator" and disable Full-Screen
  • Click "Optimization" on the Compatibility tab
  • Click "OK" and re-launch the game

If you have an icon for Red Dead Redemption 2 on your desktop, you can right-click the icon and choose “Run as Administrator.” You can also hold Shift+Ctrl and double click the file name or icon to open as an admin.

4. Disable Your Anti-Virus Software

Disabling your anti-virus software may get you into the game. 

Sometimes, anti-virus software can’t tell the difference between a good program and a malicious program. When that happens, programs such as Red Dead Redemption 2 might get blocked. This occurs in the background and often results in crashing shortly after a program starts.

There are multiple anti-virus products on the market. Norton, McAfee, Malwarebytes, and Bitdefender are some of the more popular choices. Every Windows 10 computer comes with Windows Defender already installed, so check there as well.

We don’t recommend disabling your anti-virus, though you can disable it while playing Red Dead Redemption 2. If you do disable your anti-virus, be sure to restart your computer before launching RDR2 — and turn it back on before getting on the internet. 

5. Add RDR2 to Your Anti-Virus Exclusion List

Instead, we recommend you add Red Dead Redemption 2 to your anti-virus or firewall exclusion list.

If you are using Windows Defender on a Windows 10 PC, you can search for Windows Defender Center yourself or go to the Microsoft Support website.

Once there, click the “Add an Exclusion” button near the bottom of the page. It will open your Windows security settings for you. You can then add your RDR2.exe files to the list of exclusions.

To add exclusions for other anti-virus software, check with the company’s support page.

6. Update Graphics Drivers

You can also update your graphics drivers. Every time a new game releases, both Nvidia and AMD tend to release new driver updates. While updating your graphics card isn’t always necessary to play new games, it does help by mitigating crashes and giving you improved performance.

Updating graphics drivers can be automatically handled through your GPU software (such as GeForce Experience or Radeon Adrenalin). You can also find these in Device Manager.

  • Go to Device Manager
  • Click the arrow to the left of “Display Adapters”
  • This will open a submenu with the name of your graphics card
  • Right-click the name of your graphics card
  • Select “Update Driver”
  • Your computer will search for a driver update and automatically update your GPU
  • Restart your computer once the download and installation is finished 

If you restart and are still having crashing problems, you might want to manually download the most recent drivers for your graphics card. Sometimes the automatic download does not work properly. You can manually download new video driver updates here:

Be sure to restart your computer before launching Red Dead Redemption 2.

7. Update Your Bios

This is a last-ditch effort to keep RDR2 from crashing on PC. It’s a bit more advanced than the methods above, and it requires you know the make and model of your motherboard.

If you already know what motherboard you have, go to your motherboard manufacturer’s website and search for your motherboard model. The website will have links to new motherboard drivers specific to your model.

If you don’t know what motherboard you have, then you will either need to look up your computer’s model number and read the specifications, or you will need to download your computer’s manual. Find the make and model of your motherboard and safely download the appropriate drivers from the manufacturer’s website.


Unfortunately, even if you get beyond this launcher issue with any of the previous steps, the game may then freeze or crash again as soon as you enter the menu or start the campaign.

That half of the issue is a dev-side issue, and you'll need to wait on the help of a patch expected to land soon if you're still experiencing the crash.

Have you found any other workarounds for Red Dead Redemption 2 crashing on PC that we didn't mention? For more, be sure to check out our Red Dead Redemption 2 guides, all of which still work for the game's PC launch.

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Requirements and Specs Wed, 09 Oct 2019 10:56:36 -0400 GS_Staff

The official PC requirements and specs for Red Dead Redemption 2 have been released. The information comes from the game's page on the Rockstar Launcher. 

For anyone that's remotely familiar with PC gaming, the requirements and specs below aren't surprising. They run in line with what we've come to expect of games in this generation. 

Of course, it's worth noting that these recommendations aren't necessarily for playing the game in 2K or 4K. Rather, they are for running the game at 1080p 30fps and 1080p 60fps, respectively. 

Red Dead 2 PC Minimum Specs

  • OS: Windows 7 - Service Pack 1 (6.1.7601)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K / AMD FX-6300
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 2GB / AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB HDD
  • Space: 150GB
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible

Red Dead 2 PC Recommended Specs

  • OS: Windows 10 - April 2018 Update (v1803)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4770K / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
  • Memory: 12GB
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB / AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB
  • HDD Space: 150GB
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible

After months and months of rumors, Red Dead Redemption 2 was officially announced for the PC last week. One of the worst-kept secrets in gaming, it's reveal was nonetheless greeted with wild excitement across the gaming world. 

In the hours following the announcement, Twitter exploded with users saying they would finally be jumping in for the first. Nearly as many legacy players said they would be purchasing the game again on PC. 

Red Dead Redemption 2 for the PC is set to launch on November 5. The game is currently up for pre-order on the Rockstar Launcher. The game will not launch on Steam until sometime in December. Pre-orders for other launchers and storefronts such as Epic Games and GameStop will go live on October 23. 

Cowboy Up: Red Dead Redemption 2 is Riding Onto PC Fri, 04 Oct 2019 11:49:11 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Remember all those rumors about Red Dead Redemption 2 coming to PC? Well, it turns out they were true. Red Dead Redemption 2 will launch on PC November 5.

Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC will bring with it a bundle of improvements, such as new graphics enhancements, new weapons, Bounty Missions, and Hangouts, with Rockstar promising even more new content as well.

Pre-orders open October 9 at 11 a.m. EST, with a slew of bonuses for those who pre-order on the Rockstar Games Launcher.

One of the big bonuses is getting two free Rockstar games from the following list:

  • Grand Theft Auto III
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  • Bully: Scholarship Edition
  • L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition
  • Max Payne 3: The Complete Edition 

Pre-purchases on the RGL will get you a free upgrade to the premium edition of the game and $20 off the Special and Ultimate editions.

Additionally, it gives free access to Red Dead Online, plus:

  • Outlaw Survival Kit for Story Mode
  • War Horse for Story Mode
  • Treasure Map for Story Mode
  • Cash Bonus for Story Mode
  • 50 Gold Bars for Red Dead Online 

Note this is all for pre-purchases specifically on Rockstar's new Rockstar Games Launcher. It won't be on Steam until sometime in December, with pre-orders from other retailers, like the Epic Games Store, GameStop, and HumbleBundle, opening October 23.

Rockstar is promising even more details about Red Dead Redemption 2 PC when pre-orders open, so be sure to check back for more information.

How to be a Bounty Hunter: A Professions Guide to Red Dead Online Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:11:46 -0400 Serhii Patskan

The Frontier Pursuits content update for Red Dead Online adds several new professions to the game — Trader, Collector, and Bounty Hunter — of which Bounty Hunter is the most dangerous. The profession will appeal to players who like to live on the edge, challenge themselves, and make money doing it. 

Just like every other profession in Red Dead Online, one must fulfill certain requirements to become a Bounty Hunter; there's a code, after all, to hunting for gangs and other lawbreakers across the RDO map.

Our guide below outlines helpful tips and tricks for those who want to play the specialty role. 

Getting Started as Bounty Hunter in Red Dead Online

Before getting yourself into all kinds of trouble, you need to get a proper license first. Here's what to do for a fast start:

  1. Travel to Rhodes
  2. When you arrive, follow the yellow marker on the map
  3. Speak to the Sheriff
  4. Purchase the Bounty Hunter license from him for 15 gold

If you already have a Twitch Prime Member account linked to Red Dead Online, then you will get the license for free, regardless of your platform.

After getting a license, you will see a new marker appear in each town. This is for the bounty board, which, of course, provides you with different types of bounty missions — and different ways to make money and gain XP.

Maybe you will even get lucky and find a legendary bounty. 

Deals, Skills, and Items

All bounty hunting missions are pretty much straightforward, but if you're having trouble getting to your first mission, here's the complete cycle:

  • Mark your destination: Follow the marker on the map after activating the bounty hunting mission.
  • Deal with bandits: Take out all enemies except your target, which should be taken alive.
  • Deliver the package: Bring the fugitive back to the Sheriff's office for a reward.

Obviously, bounty hunting is extremely dangerous business, since you will operate alone in most cases. You will need to be on the lookout for griefers, too, as you hunt your prey since they can make things more difficult.

Because of all of the variables at play, this method requires extra preparation for each mission. Fortunately, every Bounty Hunter is given a number of new skills and items to use while on this dangerous path:

Rewards What They Do
Focus Targets glow red in Eagle Eye
Reinforced Lasso A lasso made with reinforced rope to keep bounties secure
Reverse Spin Perform a Reverse Spin with a single pistol or revolver
Tonics Satchel Upgrade Store more items in your Tonics Pouch
Eagle Eye+ Track enemies while sprinting or galloping
Spin Up Perform a Spin Up with a single pistol or revolver
Kit Satchel Upgrade Store more items in your Kit Pouch
Tracking Arrow Pamphlet A pamphlet recipe on how to craft Tracking Arrows
Reverse Spin Up Perform a Reverse Spin Up with a single pistol or revolver
Ducking Duck for protection while on horseback
Bolas A thrown weapon, perfect for tangling the legs of bounties
Bounty Wagon A wagon for securely retaining multiple bounty targets
Perception Receive bounty notifications from a greater distance
Alternating Flips Perform Alternating Flips with a single pistol or revolver
Dual Gun Spinning Perform gun spinning tricks with two pistols or revolvers
Breton Horses This breed is strong and muscular

Bounty Hunting Tips and Tricks

Even though bounty hunting is a very straightforward trade, there are a few things one should keep in mind if they want to succeed in the role: 

  • Bring your targets back alive rather than dead for bigger rewards
  • Take advantage of your lasso for capturing your targets alive
  • Check out post offices and train stations for more bounty hunts
  • Bring your posse or play with friends for top-tier bounty hunts
  • Reinforce your lasso to win hard-to-get targets
  • Reach Level 15 and hunt for real players for $20 or more


That is all you need to know on how to make money as a successful Bounty Hunter. For more Red Dead Online guides, check out the list below:

Red Dead Online is the online component of Red Dead Redemption 2. It is currently available for the PS4 and Xbox One.

RDO is free to those who own the RDR2 base game, though PlayStation 4 players must subscribe to PlayStation Plus to play online, while Xbox players must subscribe to Xbox Live. 

For more on Red Dead Redemption 2, be sure to head over to our official review of the game

How to be a Trader: A Professions Guide to Red Dead Online Fri, 13 Sep 2019 10:57:16 -0400 Serhii Patskan

Rockstar Games has just released a new summer content update for Red Dead Online, titled Frontier Pursuits. It adds new gameplay elements to the mode, as well as three new professions — Bounty Hunter, Trader, and Collector  which players can pursue to make more money.

Whether you're playing with friends or randos, trading is probably the safest and most profitable job in Red Dead's multiplayer (though the other two professions certainly have their merits).

If you are looking take on the role of Trader in Red Dead Online and ultimately maximize your efforts, then follow our tips guide below.

Getting Started as Trader in Red Dead Online

Here are the details for what you need to do to start your business: 

  1. Go to any Post Office 
  2. Collect a Letter from Cripps.
  3. Open the letter and read it.
  4. Open the map and look for a new marker.
  5. Travel to the closest General Store (indicated by the marker).
  6. Purchase the Butcher's Table (15 gold on Xbox One; free on PS4).
  7. Open the map and look for another new marker.
  8. Find a wagon indicated by the marker.
  9. Bring it back to your Camp.

Cripps will now be your partner in trade, which opens the doors for lots of business and money-making opportunities.

Deals, Skills, and Items

After you've become a trader, you can start selling goods that you and Cripps have produced using the Butcher's Table. These are the three basic steps you need to go through to complete a full trading deal:

  1. Get materials: Hunt animals and bring them back to your camp.
  2. Get supplies: You can either buy supplies for $20, or you can start a resupply mission from your camp at no cost.
  3. Produce goods: Give your materials and supplies to Cripps, who will turn them into goods, which you can distribute for money and XP.

When you've managed to produce enough goods, you're ready to start selling your specialty goods to grow your business. It's worth noting that you can make more money by trading to rural clients

It's also worth noting that Traders have special skills and items that will help you make money:

Rewards What They Do
 Stew Pot Camp upgrade. Unlocks stew recipes to boost cores
Hammer A hard-hitting melee weapon
Ingredient Satchel
Store more items in your Ingredients Pouch
Awareness Identify rival Trader wagons at an increased range
Canine Warning Dog warns you when thieves try to raid your camp
Med/Lg Delivery
Upgraded wagons that can hold more goods 
Weapons Locker Store weapons for later use
Lance Knife A knife style only available to Traders
Efficiency Increase the number of usable materials from perfect carcasses
Materials Satchel
Store more items in your Materials Pouch
Hunting Wagon A sturdy capable of carrying multiple carcasses, hides, pelts
Protection Reduce the chance of raids at your camp
Kladruber Horses Distinctive, strong and steady horses


Trading Tips and Tricks

There is a natural progression to this profession. Here are some tips to help you survive in the highly competitive trading business of Red Dead Online:

  • Improve your hunting yields with a Hunting Wagon at Level 10.
  • Improve your Delivery Wagons and sell larger quantities of goods.
  • Improve your Pot Stew to maintain a steady source of food in your camp.
  • Purchase a dog for your camp to protect it from raiders.
  • Raise a white flag in your camp during item drop off.
  • Only do hunting missions. Forget fishing since it's not economical.
  • Hunt Turkeys.
  • Hunt Alligators and Deer.
  • Bring more horses when hunting to carry more animals.


That is all you need to know on how to become a successful Trader in the game, and for more Red Dead Online guides, check out the list below:

Red Dead Online is out now for the PS4 and Xbox One. Players must own Red Dead Redemption 2 to play the online multiplayer/co-op mode. For more on Rockstar's Wild West epic, be sure to head over to our official review.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Ships Over 25 Million Copies Tue, 06 Aug 2019 14:24:00 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Take-Two Interactive recently held its Q1 2020 earnings conference call and announced a new milestone for Red Dead Redemption 2.

Between its launch less than a year ago and June 30, the game has shipped 25 million copies worldwide (though the number of shipped copies doesn't often equal the number of sold copies). However, it does suggest demand is high nonetheless.

In May, the number shipped was at 24 million, so that's an additional 1 million from the beginning of May to the end of June alone.

No specific sales numbers were given. However, during the call Take-Two's CEO Strauss Zelnick said the company expects record-setting revenue from Rockstar's online offerings. These consist of Red Dead Online and Grand Theft Auto Online, collectively called Rockstar Online.

Zelnick also didn't offer much concrete detail about how profitable each game currently is, but with GTA Online's new expansion and RD Online's massive amounts of content plus substantial updates, it's not surprising Take-Two expects great things from both games.

Take-Two is apparently planning even more content for both online games as well, which Zelnick expects to help drive revenue further. When it will be released or what sort of content it might be, Zelnick didn't say.

As yet, RD Online hasn't received an expansion comparable to GTA Online's latest content, so it seems likely something substantial along those lines could be in order in the future during this fiscal year.

Meanwhile, while increased sales and revenue might be what most companies long for with their products, it might end up putting Rockstar in a rather difficult position overseas

Red Dead Online Update Bringing Specialist Roles, New Gameplay Tweaks Fri, 02 Aug 2019 11:38:01 -0400 Ty Arthur

After recently leaving Beta with a host of brand-new additions and tweaks, including the highly-sought after gold bar boost, Red Dead Online is now about to get another major update.

Aside from the free-roam events that were added earlier this summer, the game will soon see brand-new specialist roles, bringing changes to how player progression works.

The roles, including their descriptions, are: 

  • Bounty Hunter: track down, capture, or kill targets to unlock new lassos, gun spinning tricks, and horse upgrades 

  • Trader: run a business from your camp to unlock new camp upgrades, get a canine companion who warns of impending attacks, and earn new options for your satchel

  • Collector: find a mystic traveling saleswoman out in the wilderness to get started on the collector's journey looking for treasure and upgrading your binoculars and metal detector

Discussing these new roles and new player paths beyond the standard skill and item progression, Rockstar issued this statement today:

This fundamental change points to the long term future of Red Dead Online a world where players coexist in an uneasy peace, choosing to band together or striking out alone, fighting to survive in a world full of threats and opportunities as they build a life for themselves on the frontier.

And in addition to these roles, the next update will also deliver a variety of new content and improvements aimed at enhancing all your experiences inside the world of Red Dead Online, whether within roles, competitive modes or simply exploring free roam.

That upcoming patch will include extra damage reduction for defensive players, the addition of significantly more lootable items across the game world, and the option to reset your character's appearance for players trying out a different outside of character creation.

Could A Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Port be Announced Soon? Thu, 04 Jul 2019 10:49:03 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Rockstar Games still hasn't said whether a Red Dead Redemption 2 PC port is in the works, but an eagle-eyed Twitter user spotted something that might just confirm its existence anyway.

JakoMako51 browsed the massive wall of Rockstar Social Club source code, as one does, and posted his findings in a Tweet.

He came across a very specific string in the code: RDR2_PC_Accomplishments. That sounds very much like a set of trophies for a PC port of Red Dead Redemption 2. It sounds even more like that when one considers this string is right next to code about Trophies in the PS4 version of the game.

Those interested in checking out the code themselves can find it here, or there's always the easier way of just looking at the highlighted string in the original tweet:

Of course, nothing is confirmed until Rockstar confirms it. The company has been stubbornly silent about a RDR2 PC port for a while now, despite persistent rumors and shreds of evidence pointing to its existence.

Some fans remarked the string could simply refer to "player character" accomplishments in the console version. It's a possibility, since being placed near the Trophies code segment could point either way; accomplishments are connected to Trophies, after all.

However, as other Twitter users pointed out, it's likely the code was only recently added to the Social Club. If that's true, it would be a bit more difficult to think player character accomplishments that have existed since the game released would only just be added to the page's source code.

Whether it's been there for a year or a day, at least it's a solid piece of evidence, unlike those fake Grand Theft Auto VI leaks earlier in the week.