Red Dead Redemption Articles RSS Feed | Red Dead Redemption RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network 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.

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

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.

Red Dead Online Bard's Crossing Treasure Guide: How to Find and What You'll Get Fri, 30 Nov 2018 11:21:46 -0500 Synzer

In Red Dead Online, you get treasure maps as rewards for leveling up. This is a good way to get money, even though you have to progress through the ranks to do so. 

Treasure locations, such as Bard's Crossing, are also a lot easier to find online than they are in Red Dead 2's base game. Once you get a map, all you have to do is open the satchel, go documents, and select the treasure map. This will mark an area on your map to search for the treasure.

It won't show you the exact area, though, so you'll have to do some searching when you get there.

Finding the Bard's Crossing Treasure

One such map you can get is for the Bard's Crossing location. Once you reach level 10, you unlock the map. In order to actually get the map, you must head to a post office or your camp to collect it.

Bard's Crossing is between Riggs Station and Flatneck Station, east of the town of Strawberry, or northeast of Blackwater.

Once you reach the location, there are two things you can do.

  • Walk around until you feel the controller rumble
  • Use Eagle Eye to look for the lockbox

Waiting for the rumble is the what you should do first. If you don't feel a rumble, keep walking around the area until you do. As you get closer, it rumbles more. 

When you reach the location, the rumble stops. This is when you want to use Eagle Eye to search for the lockbox. You will see a yellow glow while in Eagle Eye, which marks the location of the treasure.

I found it on a rocky cliff near a skull under some rocks. You might find it in a different spot, so be sure to follow the above steps until you find where it is located in your game.

Opening the treasure lock box gave me 100 gold nuggets, which equals 1 gold bar, $141, a few consumables and ammo, and some experience.


That's all you need to find the treasure at Bard's Crossing in Red Dead Online and get a significant increase in your income. If you haven't already, I suggest using some of it to buy a bow, which you also conveniently unlock for purchase at level 10.

Be sure to check out our guides on how to make money fast and the infinite money exploits if you want more ways to get money in Red Dead Online.

How To Make Money Super Fast in Red Dead Online Thu, 29 Nov 2018 13:49:08 -0500 Ty Arthur

Like GTA 5 before it, Red Dead Redemption 2 finally has an online mode available, and its the real deal wild west!

Unfortunately, being an outlaw is expensive, as the daily camp and stable fees will quickly eat through any money you've earned up by robbing folks and completing stranger tasks.

Money is fairly tough to come by in this game as well. Randomly murdering every NPC you come across isn't usually a viable option. You'll net very sad amounts -- like around 9 cents a pop -- that just aren't worth the attention you'll receive.

Hunting and looting corpses are the obvious ways to earn, but that's mostly just chicken scratch since there won't be enough animals or dead bodies available to make real money quickly (with the few exceptions noted below).

Raiding other player camps is lucrative, but risky. If you want a low-risk, high-reward way to earn cash fast, use our Red Dead Online fast money guide we've got here.

Farm The Emerald Ranch Animals

Grinding on Emerald Ranch livestock

This is midway between a clever way to earn money for an unscrupulous thief and an outright exploit of the system that will likely be patched. Emerald Ranch has a large stockyard area filled with animals that are easy to kill, because they are corralled in a pen and can't escape.

Head over to our short guide on the exploit to see exactly what you need to do. 

Hunting For Pelts In The Wild

If you want better pelts than what you can find from the poor corralled animals at Emerald Ranch, bow or knife hunting can potentially yield more money more quickly -- if you find the right animals and get perfect pelts.

By skinning perfect pelts from three star pronghorns outside Blackwater, its possible to make up to $180 an hour if you get lucky. Be sure to keep in mind the type of ammo / weapon needed and the star rating for each creature, as poor pelts are easy to come by by don't yield much money unless you are quickly farming large numbers of creatures like with the method above.

Have you found any other surefire spots for great pelts in the wild? Let us know where to look and we'll get this sectino update!

Quick Join Story Missions

Most of the various activities from stranger quests or large scale events net small amounts of money, and we want to avoid that. The real cash is to be found in completing story missions.

While this works better with a posse you trust to blaze through the missions, you can do this with random players to get some quick money as well.

While in free roam mode, tap the left d-pad button (don't hold it down or it will pull up the catalog). If the Free Roam menu, choose Quick Join and then Story Mission On Call. Choose a mission and wait for three other random players to be slotted in.

Since this system puts you in a mission with other players, note that you may see things later in the story than you've currently experienced while playing solo, so there are spoilers there!

Continue to play successive on call story missions (but don't repeat the same ones as they don't have cash bonuses) because the later missions supply several hundred dollars each.

Reset Your Character Repeatedly

Another day, another character to farm with

This nifty little system is slightly time consuming, but if you want a bunch of money and don't mind playing the same missions a few times over, it can be extremely lucrative.

First, make any character you want (sticking with all the base options is best so its quickest) and play the first six story missions of the free roam mode. This will get you around $400 and nearly a full gold bar.

If you want an extra $100 and another gold bar, play that character until hitting rank 10, which automatically unlocks a treasure map.

Next, delete the character entirely in the Player menu and start over with a new character. The game keeps track of how much money you had, so you can repeat this process several times until you have as much money as you want, then continue on with the character you actually want to play.

Go Trout Fishing

Red Dead Online fishing

When you hit rank 14, your character will unlock a fishing rod (or if you've managed to grind enough gold nuggets, you can buy one for four gold bars early).

If you can get one gold bar, you can order the lake lure (unlocks normally at rank 30) from the catalog, which makes it much, much easier to catch fish. From that point, it's simple to make plenty of money by fishing.

For the most money, though, set up camp at the lake at the south end of Valentine, which has Steel Head Trout. Place your camp there and put up your white flag so other players can't kill you, then collect as many fish as you want!

Sell them in stacks of 10 at the butcher in Rhodes for more than $40 per trip!


Have you found any other ways to quickly grind large sums of cash while exploring the wild west? Let us know and we'll get your method added!

You can also check out our growing list of Red Dead Online guides here:

Red Dead Online Infinite Money Exploit Guide Thu, 29 Nov 2018 10:40:14 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Editor's note: This guide has been updated to include more money exploits and glitches as of 11/30/18.

If you've played Red Dead Online, you know that it's not easy to make money. You might even find yourself struggling to make ends meet. Beans aren't cheap, you know. 

However, aside from these quick ways to make money, there are a few money glitches/exploits you can take advantage of right now to make your wallet grow. 

Player carrying cow skin at night at Emerald Ranch

Infinite Money Exploit 1: Harvest Animal Skins at Emerald Ranch and Other Farms

The best time to do this is at night since killing the animals in the day will not only affect your Honor level, but it will also increase your Wanted level because there will be witnesses. Having the law called on you will only make the process take longer. 

Here's what you need to do: 

  1. Go to Emerald Ranch at night
  2. Kill all of the animals 
  3. Harvest their skins/pelts
  4. Sell those skins to the butcher/trapper/fence 

After you've killed the animals, harvested their skins, and sold them, start a new session by pausing the game, then going to Online -> Free Roam. This will start a new session and the animals will respawn, letting you farm more money. 

You can find Emerald Ranch in New Hanover, east of Valentine. It can be found between the "N" and the "O" in "Hanover" on the map, southeast of Heartland Overflow. 

You can also use this exploit on all of the farms and ranches near Rhodes and Valentine

Infinite Money Exploit 2: Exploiting Free Roam

This method for getting infinite money in Red Dead Online comes from YouTuber JumpmanGerm via GameRant

Every time you begin a new Free Roam session, you also start a new instance of RDO. That means that the money and items you're carrying transfer to the new instance, but the items in the world respawn. 

We mention this above with the Emerald Ranch glitch, but it's worth noting by itself: any items you loot from any location will respawn after starting a new Free Roam session. 

West elizabeth map with cabin location

GameRant's article shows off a great spot for loot in West Elizabeth. North of the "E" in Elizabeth on the map, and northwest of "Creek" in "Little Creek River", you'll find a cabin with some valuables that you can farm using this method. 

It takes around one to two minutes to farm this location. Each piece of jewelry will net you $9 for both, which is around $270 per hour

Red circle on map showing bayou cabin money glitch location

Another great place to loot items for money can be found in the Bayou south of Lagras and west of St. Denis. Pointed out by YouTuber Daryus P, a cabin here also has two pieces of jewelry that you can easily farm. 

In the video, the jewelry type changes each time they enter the house after reloading a Free Roam instance, but you can make roughly $8.70 per three minutes, which comes out to roughly $174 per hour. Not as good as the West Elizabeth, exploit, but still not bad.  

Red Dead Online map showing cabin east of Tall Trees

A third place to farm jewelry for money in Red Dead Redemption 2 Online can be found east of Three Sisters in Ambarino

As pointed out by YouTuber Obese Giraffe, you can find a platinum chain necklace/platinum watch and 2x platinum earrings in the cabin here. The platinum pocket watch has the best value at $3.25, while the platinum chain necklace will sell for $2.50 and the platinum earrings will sell for $2.

This comes out to around $155 per hour. Again, not as lucrative as the previous two locations, but a good place to check if the other two are crowded by other players. 

Map of Granite Pass for the fish farming money glitch

Infinite Money Exploit 3: Falling Fish Farming

This exploit is more interesting than it is lucrative because it's rather hit or miss. However, if you're in the area, and farming money via hunting, it's an exploit you might want to check out. 

Found by YouTuber Mansa Gaming, this spot can be found at Granite Pass, west of Bacchus Station. Climb up to the cliff underneath the waterfall, and you'll find that fish rain down onto the cliff from the waterfall during the morning hours

The types of fish are random, but you can pick up two- and three-star bluegill and salmon. Some of the fish sell for $1, while the salmon can fetch $3


These are some of the better ways to farm money in Red Dead Online, but they most certainly aren't the only ways. Let us know in the comments if you've found a more lucrative way.

If you're looking for more tips on Red Dead Online, head over to our growing RDRO guides hub

How to Make a Posse, Play With Friends in Red Dead Online Thu, 29 Nov 2018 11:13:08 -0500 Jonathan Moore

While you can play Red Dead Online without ever trying to make a posse, playing with friends or a like-minded group of randos has benefits beyond just being "more fun". 

Forming a posse will help you get money faster, overcome harder missions quicker, and let you stay alive longer while exploring in free roam. In other words, the posse system is the co-op element of Red Dead Online that you definitely want to take advantage of whenever you can. 

To do that, you need to know how to form a posse and the differences between the types available. 

How to Join and Make a Posse in Red Dead Online

To join a posse:

  1. Press left on the d-pad (don't hold because that will open your catalog) Select "Posse" from the "Free Roam" menu

Choose from the list of all nearby posses; if they are open, you can join up and start working with them to collect money, gold nuggets, and more.  

To form or create your own posse

  1. Go to the "Posse" menu (outlined above)
  2. Press "Square" on PS4 and "X" on Xbox One

After following those steps, you'll find yourself in a new menu. Here, you can choose your posse type (which we'll cover below), privacy, if friendly fire is on or off, where to place your camp, and the posse's name. 

Once you form your posse, you'll see another menu where you can view members, change your settings, invite players, and abandon your posse. 

Inviting Members to Your Posse

To invite members, choose the "Invite to Posse" option. Here, you can select from nearby players, recently-met players, your friends list, and crew, which are the players you're connected with via Rockstar's Social Club. 

Just press "X" or "A" to invite after highlighting the player. 

Different Posse Types

Not all groups of outlaws are created equal. There are a few distinct difference you need to know about. 

  • Temporary posse: These types disappear when the posse leader exits the game or posse. These are free to form and support up to four players. 

  • Persistent posse: These types stay together even if the posse leader leaves. Think of these as clans. They cost $200 (in-game money) to form and support up to seven players. 

Depending on how you want to play Red Dead Redemption 2 Online -- such as if you just want a quick run with whoever's on your server or if you always want to team up with the same players when completing missions -- the posse type matters. You don't want to drop $200 for a Persistent Posse if you have no one you can regularly play with. 


As we learn more about posses in RDO, we'll update this guide with even more information (like, can you create a Temporary Posse while part of a Persistent Posse?). If you know the answer to that question or have other posse tips, let us know in the comments below. 

Looking for more tips on RDRO? Head over to our Red Dead Online guides page to learn how to fast travel or exploit the infinite money glitch

How to Unlock Fast Travel in Red Dead Online Wed, 28 Nov 2018 13:36:50 -0500 Jonathan Moore

The fast travel system in Red Dead Online is almost identical to the one found in Red Dead Redemption 2. Stagecoaches still play a large role in getting you around the map, and using the cinematic camera to ride your horse from one waypoint to another is still a good option. 

However, there are a few caveats in the fast travel system that are worth noting. 

Fast Traveling From Your Camp

Unlocking fast travel in Red Dead Redemption 2 meant getting the ledger and buying the Next in Line upgrade. However, unlocking fast travel in Red Dead Online has one of two requirements: 

  • Reach level 65 
  • Pay 112 gold

Arguably, neither of those tasks is easy, with the 112 gold requirement being especially difficult seeing that you get such little gold from missions and multiplayer modes like Most Wanted. 

For the best ways to get gold (kind of) fast, head over to our gold grinding guide here

How to Access Fast Travel From Your Camp

However, once you do meet one of those requirements, you can access fast travel in your camp by: 

  1. Going to Cripps and focusing on him 
  2. Selecting "Wilderness Outfitters
  3. Choosing "Equipment"

Traveling by Other Means

Almost every one of the major hubs in Red Dead Online is connected by stagecoach as soon as you enter free roam. When you reach them, you'll be looking for posts with ram skulls on top of them and a broken stagecoach wheel leaning against them instead of the prim and proper signs from the base game. 

As you would expect, there are different prices for traveling to each of the hubs. However, know that traveling to your camp from any of the hubs -- even those very close to your camp -- will set you back a flat $15. 

You can also "fast travel" by using the cinematic camera while riding your horse. Simply place a waypoint, start riding, and activate the cinematic camera. Make sure you are on a road or designated path or your horse will just go forward a few steps and stop. 


That's all you need to know about fast travel in Red Dead Online. Be sure to keep an eye out for more RDRO guides as we make our way through the online mode over the coming days. 

How to Get Gold Bars (Kind of ) Fast in Red Dead Online Wed, 28 Nov 2018 14:52:12 -0500 Ty Arthur

Outside of ranking up over time and acquiring new card abilities, Red Dead Online gates off certain content by requiring you to acquire and spend gold bars.

The currency is used to unlock items like new outfits, better horses with upgraded stats, and the fast travel system. While several gold bars are easy to come by just by finding the right locations in the base game, the online version makes you work a lot harder for them.

Below we cover exactly where to go to turn nuggets into the coveted Red Dead Online gold bars.

Important Note: You can currently only play Red Dead Online if you meet certain criteria. You can find those criteria here

Some users are also currently experiencing problems connecting to the online version -- check out our guide to resolving that problem here.

How To Get Gold Bars In Red Dead Online

Since the online mode is technically still in beta, this is all very much subject to change. Currently, 100 nuggets are automatically converted to one gold bar.

However, almost anything that requires gold bars demands a steep price. For example, you need 18 gold bars to get the horse from the catalog in the image above. You need 112 gold bars to unlock fast travel (unless you want to wait until Level 65 to get it). Obviously, you've got some grinding to do.

To make that grind easier, here's where to go to get gold nuggets:

The fastest ways to get gold bars in the early-game are by completing both story missions and stranger missions. Unlike Red Dead Online's multiplayer modes, these are often linear and filled with easy-to-kill NPCs. 

The time on each type of mission varies, as do the rewards based on how you performed. Typically, you'll get between 1-4 nuggets per event or MP series. 

Red Dead Online character in Rhodes showing gold nugget acquisition rate

On average -- getting the lowest reward and taking about 10 minutes per event -- you can expect to get one gold bar per 7-8 hours of play. Clearly, that's a pretty slow progression, particularly if saving up 10-20 gold bars.

After missions and MP events, challenges, horse races, and treasure maps are all toss-ups for best ways to get gold bars and gold nuggets. Challenges can be very time consuming, while horse races are hit and miss depending on your horse.

Treasure maps are hard to find and often seem to come at random. You do get one in the first mission and another when you hit rank 10, however.

Gold bars will also be available to buy directly with real-world money when the in-game store comes online (presumably next week).

Need help figuring out how to posse up, complete missions, or increase your wanted level? Head over to our growing Red Dead Online guides hub for more. 

Red Dead Redemption Online Not Working? Try These Potential Fixes Tue, 27 Nov 2018 16:25:36 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Unless you live under a rock, you know that Red Dead Redemption Online released today. And as you might expect from a beta, not everything has gotten off to a peachy start. 

While most players have been able to log in, create their characters, and form a posse with their friends, some players have found that they either can't load Red Dead Redemption Online or it's simply not working at all.

Although problems persist across both PS4 and Xbox One, it appears Xbox One users have been hit the hardest.

If you're running into this problem, let's start with the most basic of basics: make sure you have the ultimate edition of the game or are accessing the beta at the right time. Since Rockstar is rolling the release of the beta out over the course of this week, not every player has access to the beta at the same time

Here are the times when the beta is releasing this week, as well as the requirements for access: 

  • Tuesday, November 27Red Dead Redemption Online will be available to all players who purchased the ultimate edition of Red Dead Redemption 2

  • Wednesday, November 28: Anyone who played RDR 2 on October 26  will gain access to the beta. 

  • Thursday, November 29: Anyone who played RDR 2 from October 26 to October 29. 

  • Friday, November 30: Everyone else who has purchased any other edition of Red Dead Redemption 2 and played after the above dates. 

If the beta is still not working, your next step is to check the server status here

If all else fails, then you'll have to get your hands dirty. 

Clear Your System Cache: Xbox One & PS4

Since both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 store temporary files, you need to make sure to clear your cache from time to time to speed things up and improve gameplay. 

To clear your cache on either system: 

  1. Turn the console completely off
  2. Unplug the power cord from the console itself (not just the wall)
  3. Wait for at least 30 seconds (60 seconds to be sure)
  4. Plug the power cable back in
  5. Turn on the console

Set Nat Type to Open

Another possible reason Red Dead Online might not be working correctly is that your NAT Type is not set to open. While it doesn't always affect your connection, an open Nat Type is always best for online play. 

For Xbox One, follow these steps: 

  1. Settings -> Network -> Test Multiplayer Connection.
  2. Wait for your Xbox One to test your connection.
  3. When it says "Everything is Good", press LT+RT+LB+RB to go into "Detailed Network Statistics." 
  4. Wait for the three dots under "Detailed NAT Information" to change to either "Your network is behind a cone NAT" or "Your network is behind a port-restricted NAT."
  5. If you see "Your network is behind a cone NAT", press "A" twice. You'll be taken back to the "Network Settings" menu and you should have an open NAT Type. 
  6. If you see "Your network is behind a port-restricted NAT", you'll need to follow these detailed instructions.

For PS4, the easiest method for getting an open NAT type is by simply plugging your PS4 directly into your modem with an ethernet cable. There are a few other ways, which YouTuber John Glasscock does a great job of explaining here, but they're far more complicated. 


Aside from clearing the cache on your router by turning it off, unplugging it, and plugging it back in, you can submit a ticket to Rockstar and a representative will attempt to fix the issue. 

On top of what's above, there are several other ways that you can try to rectify the problem, such as calling your cable provider, disabling firewalls, and tweaking uPnP, but all of those are rather lengthy processes. 

Rockstar is currently aware of the issue, and they will most likely have a fix out for the issue relatively quickly. So if the methods above don't fix Red Dead Online for you, it might just be best to wait a few hours for the problem to be fixed server-side.  

Red Dead Online Battle Royale, Multiplayer Modes Leaked Tue, 27 Nov 2018 11:24:20 -0500 QuintLyn

Rockstar Games launched the long-anticipated multiplayer beta for its popular Western epic, Red Dead Redemption 2, today, and it took no time for testers to start sharing details on what their fellow players can expect in Red Dead Redemption Online.

According to reports, the multiplayer will offer players six different modes to choose from -- including the obligatory battle royale mode.

Titled "Make It Count", Red Dead Redemption 2's take on the battle royale genre pits 32 players against each other in a map with a shrinking circle. There are three maps pulled from the base game: Strawberry, Stillwater Creek, and Tall Trees, and players will be able to fight with weapons like bows and arrows and throwing knives. (Though not mentioned, it's probably safe to assume that shotguns and rifles are available, or will become available, as well.)

Other multiplayer modes include "Most Wanted", "Name Your Weapon", "Team Shootout", "Hostile Territory", and "Races". The first is a leaderboard style PvP event where players fight for the most kills, the trick being that all that killing will earn a player an increasing bounty on their head, making them the primary target of other players.

In "Name Your Weapon" players will use a pre-determined set of weapons to fight each other with. Depending on the weapon used, and the difficulty in using them, players can earn even more points.

"Races" is exactly what it sounds like. Players compete in one of three types of races: point to point, open, and laps. All take place on different maps throughout the game.

As for "Team Shootout" and "Hostile Territory", these are your standard team deathmatch, and a capture the zone PvP mode, respectively.

Red Dead Redemption Online will also feature single-player story missions, much like GTA Online. 

Stay tuned for our impressions on Red Dead Redemption Online in the coming days, as well as guides on the mode's activities and missions. If you're looking for tips on Red Dead Redemption 2, be sure to head over to our RDR 2 game hub

Red Dead Redemption Online Has Single-Player Story Missions Tue, 27 Nov 2018 10:44:27 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Much like GTA OnlineRed Dead Online will have what appears to be an overarching narrative running through the mode's various missions and activities. 

While we've reached out to Rockstar for more information as we don't yet know if the story missions in RDRO will connect in any way to the game's mainline story, we do have the names and descriptions of several missions via illogical Mods as originally reported by VG24/7

  • Highly Illegal and Highly Immoral: Marshall Davies asked you to meet him near Van Horn. He is on the trail of Alfredo Montez and he wants to finish things.

  • Honor Among Horse Thieves: Horley suggested you go to see Clay Davies, a horse thief, to learn the ins and outs of the horse-rustling trade.

  • If the Hat Fits…: Horley directed you towards the Blackwater police chief in Pike’s Basin. A conman and outlaw is on the loose. Whether or not justice will be done depends on your Honor.

  • Kerosene, Tar, and Greed: Horley thought you should offer your services to Samson Finch near Dewberry Creek. Industry is in his crosshairs. He has a job to do and a score to settle.

  • Kill Them, Each and Every One: You were told to meet Horley and Mrs. LeClerk south of Armadillo. The man who killed her husband may be holed up nearby.

  • Love and Honor: Horley told you to call on the Tumbleweed Sheriff. A young woman has been taken by a gang of outlaws and her husband is concerned. A moral decision will be required.

Throughout these missions, you'll be working for -- or at least receiving your objectives -- from a man named Horley. You'll also find yourself riding all over the Red Dead Redemption 2 map, from Van Horn to Valentine and beyond. 

Morality also appears to be an important factor in these missions, as many will require you to make specific choices that will impact your Honor. And although it hasn't been confirmed, your Honor rank should impact how NPCs react to you in Online's world, as well as what items and buffs you're able to obtain, just like it does in RDR 2.

The leaks from illogical Mods also outlined the various multiplayer modes found in RDRO

Stay tuned for our impressions on Red Dead Redemption Online in the coming days, as well as guides on the mode's activities and missions. If you're looking for tips on Red Dead Redemption 2, be sure to head over to our RDR 2 game hub

Red Dead Redemption 2 Online Rides Out This Week Mon, 26 Nov 2018 12:32:07 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Editor's Note: This story has been updated on 11/26/18 @ 2:50 p.m. following a Rockstar press release for Red Dead Online. 

The much anticipated online component for Red Dead Redemption 2 will enter beta starting tomorrow, Tuesday, November 27, as reported by multiple outlets.  

However, the beta will not be immediately available to everyone. Here's how Rockstar will be rolling things out per Polygon

  • Tuesday, November 27: Red Dead Redemption Online will be available to all players who purchased the ultimate edition of Red Dead Redemption 2

  • Wednesday, November 28: Anyone who played RDR 2 on October 26  will gain access to the beta. 

  • Thursday, November 29: Anyone who played RDR 2 from October 26 to October 29. 

  • Friday, November 30: Everyone else who has purchased any other edition of Red Dead Redemption 2 and played after the above dates. 

The beta will begin at 8:30 a.m. EDT on November 27, although it is currently not clear at what times players will gain access to the beta on November 28 and November 30. After logging in, players will see the option for RDR Online in the top right-hand corner of the screen. 

While we don't currently know exactly what to expect with Red Dead Redemption Online, we do know that it will take cues from GTA Online, that there will be heists, and, per some vulture-eyed sleuthing by UltraGamerz, the beginning of the mode will potentially feature some type of breakout scenario. 

We also know that players will be able to create their own characters and live out their Wild West fantasies in the vibrant world RDR 2 created in its base game. As with any online, multiplayer game, players will be able to ride solo or create posses -- and they can be attacked, robbed, and murdered by other players at any given moment, even if they aren't causing a ruckus. 

Per Rockstar, we will learn more about the mode tomorrow. 

Be sure to head over to our Red Dead Redemption 2 game hub for our review of the game, as well as a bevy of helpful tips and tricks guides while you wait. 

And check back over the coming days and weeks for our impressions of RDR 2's online component and more guide content on the mode. 

Red Dead Redemption 2 Online to Launch by "End of Month" Thu, 08 Nov 2018 10:56:12 -0500 Jonathan Moore

As reported by multiple outlets, the online component of Red Dead Redemption 2 is slated to release into public beta by the end of November. It will be free to those who already own the base game. 

The news comes from a recent Take 2 Interactive investment call where the company's CEO, Strauss Zelnick, told investors he expected Rockstar to launch the mode in the coming weeks. 

As expected, Zelnick did not provide a specific launch date or elaborate on what Red Dead Online would include. Although there aren't too many concrete details surrounding RDR Online as of yet, we do know that Rockstar is using GTA Online, as well as its expansions, as a gameplay template. 

We also know from interviews with the developers, that the online multiplayer component will take place in the same world as the base game. However, we still don't know if that means the entire map found in the base game or only a portion of it. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on Red Dead Redemption Online. If you're looking for tips and tricks for RDR 2, be sure to check out our guides page for everything from gold bar glitches to weapons locations and more. 

To see what we thought of Rockstar's latest Wild West epic, head over to our Red Dead Redemption 2 review

Red Dead Redemption 2 - Gang Hideout Locations Mon, 05 Nov 2018 10:56:06 -0500 galacticfreds

Red Dead Redemption 2 has rival gang hideouts scattered throughout the map for you to find. I'm going to go over both the unmissable and hidden gang hideouts for you to discover.

There are a total of seven hideouts, with four being unmissable by playing through the story, two are hidden in the state of New Austin, and one is only accessible by owning the special edition of the game.

The unmissable gang hideouts:

  1. Six Point Cabin: Automatically in Chapter 2
  2. Shady Belle: Automatically in Chapter 3
  3. Beaver Hollow: Automatically in Chapter 5
  4. Hanging Dog Ranch: Automatically in Chapter 6

The secret gang hideouts:

Keep in mind these are only accessible after finishing the game.

Thieves Landing 

Fort Mercer

The special edition hideout:

If you go here the standard edition random NPCs will spawn and won't count as a gang.

Twin Rocks

There you have six Gang Hideouts total (seven with special edition). If done correctly, it will check off the “Gang Hideouts” in your 100% Completion Checklist.

If you found this guide useful, check out our other Red Dead Redemption 2 guides here on GameSkinny.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Guide: Fence Locations Wed, 31 Oct 2018 12:22:33 -0400 Synzer

Living the life of an outlaw in Red Dead Redemption 2 can be a profitable one. Besides the money you rake in from train and bank robberies, you will come across plenty of valuables. These stolen goods can give you a small fortune -- if you know where to unload them.

There are five Fence locations you can sell these good at in Red Dead Redemption 2. I'm going to go over the details and locations of each so you can turn better profits on your thievery. 

Red Dead Redemption 2 Fence Locations

Although you can sell these goods at your camp, yo won't get nearly as much as you would at one of the Fence locations. If you're looking to make good money, sell all of those unsavory finds at a Fence location.

All of the Fence locations also have a store to buy from and a crafting option.

The store sells throwing weapons, provisions, masks, crafting recipes and more. All of them sell the same things, so no need to go to a specific location.

red dead redemption 2 fence vendor

You can craft trinkets and talismans at Fence locations as well. These give permanent boosts when you make them, such as increased stamina experience, or receiving higher quality skinned animal parts.

Most require at least one kind of legendary animal part. The good thing is that you don't have to bring them to the location, you just need to have skinned it before.

You can also buy the Lock Breaker at a fence location, which allows you to silently break locks.

Emerald Ranch - Wagons and Stage Coaches

red dead redemption 2 emerald ranch fence location

This is the first location you will likely come across. Emerald Ranch is slightly northeast of Horseshoe Overlook in New Hanover. It is unlocked after doing the Chapter 2 mission, "The Spines of America", for Hosea. This mission is available after you do his first mission where you hunt a legendary bear.

In addition to the normal goods, you can also sell stolen stage coaches and wagons at Emerald Ranch.

Van Horn Trading Post

red dead redemption 2 van horn trading post fence location

This location is to the far east of Emerald Ranch, in New Hanover.


red dead redemption 2 rhodes fence location

This location is just north of the town of Rhodes, which is southeast of Horseshoe Overlook in Lemoyne.

Clemens Point - Horses

You must complete the Chapter 3 mission, "Horse Flesh for Dinner". to unlock this location. It is to the northwest of Rhodes, near the Clemens Point camp. You will be able to sell stolen horses here.

Saint Denis

red dead redemption 2 saint denis fence location

This big city in Lemoyne has a great fence location as well. Saint Denis is just east of Rhodes. You can find the Fence location on the east side of town, near the trapper's location.

Those are all the Fence locations in RDR2. Let me know if you have any questions! For more help and info on the game, please check out our other Red Dead Redemption 2 guides.

Red Dead Redemption 2: How To Bond With Your Horse & Customize It Sun, 28 Oct 2018 11:13:06 -0400 David Jagneaux

Horses are extremely important in Red Dead Redemption 2. Not only will you likely spend just as much, if not more, time on your horse than compared to on-foot, but they are living, breathing creatures in the game world that must be taken care of carefully.

No matter how much time you spend with a horse, bonding with it, and upgrading everything, if it dies then it’s gone forever if you can’t revive it. I’ll never forget when I lost Bullseye on a mission that went bad.

How To Bond With Your Horse Quickly

If you’re not too far away, you can press up on your d-pad to whistle and call for your horse.

The more you ride your horse and spend time with it, the higher your bond level will go. The higher your bond level is, the higher your horse’s health and stamina will be. Plus, you’ll unlock new abilities with your horse as the bond level increases.

Once you’ve got a horse that’s saddled up, there are six main ways to keep your horse happy and increase your bond with it:

  • Feed your horse: Feeding your horse hay, carrots, and other items is a sure-fire way to heal it in the heat of battle (hold L1/LB then cycle to horse items) but when you’re on the ground you can hold L2/LT and select “feed” for some casual eating, which is great for bonding too.
  • Brush your horse: While standing next to your horse, hold L2/LT and select “brush” to clean it off. Keeping your horse clean is important for not only bonding, but a dirty horse suffers from lower stamina as well.
  • Pat your horse:  Finally, when on the ground you can hold L2/LT and select “pat” to give your good little horsie a loving pat on the side of the head to soothe it and build your bond.
  • Ride your horse: Spending time on your horse, galloping around and traveling slowly increases your bond over time.
  • Ease your horse: While out riding your horse may get upset, start bucking, or grunting with anxiety. Press L3/LS to soothe it and ease it with some kind “it’s okay there boyyyy” from Arthur’s soothing deep voice.
  • Protect your horse: Similarly, steer clear of dangerous areas and predators to decrease the chances of your horse getting spooked.

Basically my routine is I go up to my horse or call it to me then I feed it, brush it, and pat it before riding. If you just do this every time, it’ll be at a much higher bond level in no time.

How To Get New Horses

There are two main ways to get new horse in Red Dead Redemption 2.

The most obvious way is to buy them from stables that you can find in towns or peppered along roads. Typically these horses are not cheap and generally we wouldn’t recommend buying a horse unless you’re in desperate need of one or one of the horses up for sale has amazing stats.

The other way to get a horse is to just steal it. You’ll find horses all over town, on roads, in the wild, and with bandits that can be taken as your own. There is a bit of work to be done in terms of easing it and getting it to bond with you, but you can totally do it. Or, after killing someone, you could always hop on their horse and ride it into town to stable it as a backup or sell it.

How To Retrieve Your Horse

If you get separated from your horse you either have to whistle for it and hope you’re close enough or go to the nearest stable and retrieve it. Using some video game magic, it will teleport to the stable you’re at for free.

How To Customize Your Horse

Finally, there’s also horse customization in Red Dead Redemption 2. It’s extremely thorough and feels reminiscent of the vehicle customization options you’re probably familiar with from the Grand Theft Auto series.

To customize your horse all you have to do is find one of the many stables and go inside just like you would if you wanted to buy a hose.

Customization options on horses are broken down into two types: cosmetic and functional. For example, things like the length and color of your horse's mane and tail are purely cosmetic customization options. But change out the stirrups can actually increase speed and stamina and upgrading to larger saddlebags will expand the inventory.

That's it for the basics of RDR2's horses. Be sure to check out our other Red Dead Redemption 2 guides here on GameSkinny!

Red Dead Online Takes RDR Multiplayer To The Next Level Fri, 21 Sep 2018 13:53:58 -0400 QuintLyn

The expansive portion of Red Dead Redemption 2's online component -- Red Dead Online -- was announced by Rockstar earlier this week and will be available to players sometime in November.

According to the game's development team, they will be pulling from Red Dead Redemption's current multiplayer and combining it with everything they've learned working on Grand Theft Auto Online.

Players will be able to explore the expansive world alone or with friends, and the developers promise constant updates, just like in GTA Online

Following the announcement of Red Dead Online, some of the Rockstar devs did a Q&A session with IGN. During the interview, they discussed what players can expect from RDO.

Of note is that while Red Dead Online uses RDR2 as a jumping off point, the two will not be released together and are seen as separate products that will continue to develop individually.

Rockstar has stated that Red Dead Online will be available free to anyone who owns Red Dead Redemption 2.

The interview also discusses the game's open world format, with the devs noting its potential as an open world multiplayer component that expands beyond cities.

For those wondering how the game will differ from GTA Online -- other than the obvious -- the developers said a major difference is the pace of the game. Unlike GTA where everything is fast, things run at a more moderate pace in RDO.

Players will have time to really settle in and get comfortable with their characters. From the explanation, it seems like there might actually be a higher opportunity for true roleplay in Red Dead Online

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Redemption Online

Red Dead Redemption 2 Could Be Taking Its Cues From These 8 Westerns Tue, 28 Aug 2018 12:47:01 -0400 Fenislav


Rockstar Games is known for getting their inspiration from movies and popular culture. Sometimes it’s the general outline of the entire main storyline (Red Dead Redemption and Wild Bunch), sometimes it’s the art, setting, and ambiance (GTA: Vice City and Scarface). The way they mix tropes and memes and create new ones in the process is always a joy to watch. If and how much they’ll draw upon any of the movies from this list in Red Dead Redemption 2 still remains to be seen. Whatever the outcome, we can’t wait to find that out when the game comes out on the 26th of October.

8. Django: Unchained (2012)

You might be forgiven for thinking that not much has changed in the western genre since the original Red Dead Redemption came out in 2010. In case you weren't paying attention to the other audiovisual medium, this happened: a groundbreaking spaghetti blaxploitation western written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.


Django: Unchained is at its core a universally relatable story of vengeance, love and freedom. As such, it is just an amazing movie, period, and anyone designing a narrative could benefit from analysing how Tarantino wrote it.


It’s also the first popular movie that depicted racial tensions in the Old West in a work of fiction meant mainly for entertainment.


Red Dead Redemption's producer and main writer for both games, Dan Houser, said back in 2009:


We didn’t fully represent era-appropriate racial attitudes because it’s too unpleasant to deal with, but we touch on those issues


The first game dodged this aspect of the Old West. In 2018 it’s safe to say that we’re ready to face at least some of that unpleasantness and that the general public appreciates inclusive stories that try to maturely approach all intricacies of their chosen setting.

7. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

This one’s pretty obvious, since we already know Red Dead Redemption 2 references The Assassination, at least in its trailer.


The legendary Jesse James (Brad Pitt) is followed by a starstruck fan, Robert Ford (Casey Affleck), who tries to join the James-Younger gang. Train robberies, a botched heist, infighting within the gang, conflicting loyalties and honor among thieves — there’s a lot in this movie that could inspire a story beat or two in RDR2’s depiction of the dissolution of the Van der Linde gang.


For now, at least the film's beautiful cinematography made it to the game's trailer, which leads me to believe Red Dead Redemption 2 may be the second game with movie-grade visual storytelling coming out this year.

6. Justified (2010–2015)

Neither a movie nor a western, Justified tells the story of Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) as his over-the-top Wild-West brand of justice gets him sent to his backwater home county of Harlan, Kentucky.


For many viewers, though, the real hero of Justified is Raylan's friend from the old days, Boyd Crowder. Played with equal parts ham and finesse by Walton Goggins, the sly, affable, entrepreneurial criminal displaying model Southern manners arguably steals the show from the second season onwards.


Even though Justified has a contemporary setting, it's so intent on depicting the rural US as the modern frontier, that it's a western in all but the appearances. Red Dead Redemption 2 would do well featuring a slightly larger-than-life magnificent bastard with Goggins' voice, no matter which side of the law he would occupy.

5. Unforgiven (1992)

It’s the last Clint Eastwood movie on this list, I promise! Stay with me though, cause this one’s a real diamond and a Best Picture Oscar winner.


Let’s face it, if Red Dead Redemption had one flaw, it was the way it dealt with morality. The game just doesn’t work well if we’re trying to make John Marston a bad guy. It even sent us to perform honorable genocide on a band of cattle thieves (quite literally rewarding us with Honor points for murder) in the name of the law as soon as its fourth story mission. Red Dead Redemption 2, on the other hand, is set to feature alternate approaches to conflicts and more interesting ways to be a bandit. It would be a waste if its story didn’t depict a complex society where good and evil are about more than the color of one’s hat.


Like The Missouri Breaks, Unforgiven makes sure your sympathies don’t completely agree with the legal delineation, though Gene Hackman is a very convincing and layered character as the movie’s sheriff. This film is also a deconstruction of iconic western tropes and features an absolutely badass portrayal of the outlaw archetype. Since we’ll be able to pick between good guy and bad guy lines in Red Dead Redemption 2, we can only hope they’re as powerful as the final dialogues of Unforgiven.

4. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

Eastwood’s directorial debut is a simpler and more straightforward vision of the outlaw life, that also has some pacing problems. The heart of the story, however — a chased man’s search for a semblance of family and home, is very much in line with what we’ve seen in the trailers for Red Dead Redemption 2 so far.


The movie's not perfect — its action scenes and dialogues are a bit stilted by today's standards. Eastwood's Confederate sympathies are probably at their strongest here, which harms the story by crudely drawing a very thick line between good and evil. It's a beloved classic, though, drawing upon as well as cementing many tropes of the genre.

3. Hang 'em High (1968)

One of the first revisionist westerns. It features Clint Eastwood as Jed Cooper, a man first wrongly accused of stealing cattle and lynched, then saved from near-death by a marshal and offered the chance to take vengeance with a badge in his hand.


Not only does the movie set up a grey morality from the very beginning, it proceeds to point out the hypocrisy of its lawful society, where a desire for vengeance, influence and a sense of belonging are passed off as longing for justice. 


Back when Rockstar was making the original game, Rob Wiethoff, the voice actor portraying John Marston said of the character’s past:


I think John made some decisions in his life that made him feel accepted. I don’t know if he knew that what he was doing was wrong or not. I don’t know if he cared until, one day, he realized he didn’t want that life anymore.


Those words aren’t exactly canon, but if Rockstar proceeds with that or a similar interpretation of Morgan’s and Marston’s actions in RDR2, they’re going to need to picture a society that pushed them into this life. A society as flawed as the one depicted in Hang ’Em High.

2. The Missouri Breaks (1976)

Speaking of bounty hunters, it takes a really unsavory character chasing after outlaws to make the audience sympathize with the gang instead of the law. Marlon Brando was just such a character as a regulator who hunts down Tom Logan’s (Jack Nicholson) jolly band of rustlers.


The Missouri Breaks matches the freedom vs order theme of the dying frontier that Red Dead Redemption 2 seems to be going for. Nicholson’s character is a semi-decent guy who just happens to be stealing horses from a land baron that has enough money to have him and his friends all killed. Plus, you can’t help but notice that he even looks a bit like both RDR protagonists. If the young John Marston had his own gang, this is how I’d picture it.


There's also the fact that Rockstar blogged about the real-life inspiration behind Brando's character back in the RDR days.

1. For a Few Dollars More (1965)

All signs point to Red Dead Redemption 2's main theme being gangs of the Old West. There’s plenty of inspiration the game could take from a movie about two bounty hunters infiltrating the gang of a ruthless, sociopathic murderer haunted by the sins of his past. Perhaps we’ll see Arthur Morgan and John Marston worming their way into a rival outfit that threatens the Van der Linde gang? Or maybe Dutch will ally them with another band that will turn out to be out of control due to its leader smoking opium to cope with his animalistic nature?


Red Dead Redemption is an open-world masterpiece and, arguably, the best story ever written by Rockstar. The development team took field trips to the Library of Congress to learn from history and watched countless western films to inform and inspire the journey of John Marston as he hunts down his former gangmates across the dying Old West of 1911.


The original game’s narrative took cues most ostensibly from Wild Bunch and A Fistful of Dollars, with more than a hint of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid in its finale. Red Dead Redemption 2 has a different story to tell, though, and it can draw upon the following westerns to shape the fate of its new protagonist, Arthur Morgan.

Red Dead Redemption 2: Rockstar's Follow Up to a Last-Generational Great Looks Primed to Deliver Thu, 09 Aug 2018 12:33:02 -0400 RobertPIngram

There is no shortage of anticipated games dropping in 2018, but no other game can match the hype surrounding Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2, set to release October 26.

The buzz around the prequel is so high it has even scared many of the biggest publishers around into moving dates of their normally-predictable releases to avoid being caught in its wake.

Although Rockstar has been relatively tight-lipped regarding information on Red Dead Redemption 2, what has been released, and reports from early playtime with the game, point to another game entry that will leave players coming back for more.

In other words, Red Dead Redemption 2 is set to take everything you loved about the original and make it better, all while incorporating some fun new mechanics.

A New Face Takes on History

The last Red Dead (which was a spiritual successor to Red Dead Revolver), told the story of John Marston, a man trying to make good on his past as an outlaw. Although it is a thoroughly compelling narrative, once more taking on the role of John in the prequel could only be a letdown. Any deviation from the established backstory of Red Dead Redemption would feel unsatisfying at best.

Luckily, it looks like Rockstar found an elegant way around the problem.

Take the Reigns With a New Character

Red Dead Redemption 2 still puts you in the boots of a member of Marston's old crew, the van der Linde gang, but instead of playing as John, you take on the role of a new character, Arthur Morgan. While Arthur's lack of a presence in the original doesn't bode well for his fate, it's a great thing for you as a player. There's no established path for how Arthur behaved, leaving you free to enjoy the open world elements of the game however you prefer.

Learn More About John Marston's Past

Although the gameplay for Red Dead Redemption was no doubt stellar, what put it over the top was its incredible storytelling, especially in regards to Marston. With John as an NPC, players will get a more thorough look into John's pre-Redemption life.

It seems likely we will even get to take part in the mysterious Blackwater Massacre, the formative event in John's life and the cause of which was left deviously vague throughout the first game.

Taking Skills to a New Level

Redemption was chock full of fun mechanics which players adored, and Red Dead Redemption 2 looks set to take those elements and make them even more engrossing. For example, when hunting animals, Arthur has the option to strap the prey onto the back of his horse instead of merely skinning it. It's a small addition, but one that enhances immersion and heightens the game's realism.

Oh, and speaking of horses, your interactions with your ride will be ramped up this time around, too. With a stronger relationship between you and your horse, it will be interesting to see what new mechanics might wait for us just over that sun-soaked horizon.

Heists are Here

The original Red Dead Redemption wasn't the last time Rockstar had a certified smash hit on its hands. In September of 2013, they dropped Grand Theft Auto V and its popularity continues to this day.

One of the most beloved features in GTA V were (are) the game's heists, where players controlled a team of criminals looking to make a big score.

When you're making a game about a gang of Wild West robbers and have heists in your track record, you'd be insane not to include them, and sure enough, Arthur and the rest of the van der Linde gang will have their own heists to tackle. If you're not excited at the thought of robbing a speeding train, or holding up a town bank, you're fooling yourself.

The Prettiest Wild West Yet

Pretty graphics aren't everything in a game, but they're not nothing either, and fans should be drooling over the chance to explore the open world of Red Dead Redemption 2.

You should always be cautious about assuming everything in a trailer is in-game footage and not generated cut scenes (or vertical slices), but it's clear from the first looks at the game that Arthur will be exploring a truly stunning expanse. When you combine Rockstar's proven track record of making their maps interesting to explore with stunning visuals, you get one heck of a good time.

Honor Among Thieves

The honor system in Red Dead Redemption tracked the overall merit of John's actions. Bring a bounty in alive and you get points. Bring him in dead, you earn fewer. Kill a lawmen and you lose them.

The sum of all of your actions then determines how people within the world view you and react to your actions. Think The Good Place before there was The Good Place.

Of course, this system is back for RDR 2 and it promises to have even more nuanced applications. Many encounters in the game will yield a range of possible resolutions for Arthur, each with its own unique results on how you are perceived. Fans of the first game should be stoked to see an already great system being made even better. 

Provide for Your Camp... or Don't

Red Dead Redemption 2 will also feature a camp system, with Arthur capable of providing for Dutch and the gang's needs to keep everyone happy. Put down the pitchforks and blazing torches, because Rockstar already heard you. "Managing settlements? Oh, awesome! I can't wait to meet this game's Preston Garvey!"

To say that the settlement system in Fallout 4 arrived to mixed reviews is an understatement, but fans need not worry about it in RDR 2. While hunting to provide for your camp is always an option for youit's not mandatory. You don't have to spend every session dealing with a punch of grumpy gunslingers. 

There's more content there, but it's not forced on you. 

There's a Whole World Waiting for You

John Marston's story wasn't the only brilliant storytelling piece Rockstar has delivered to fans in the past. Simply riding out into the wilds and seeing where the road took you was always a surefire way to come across something interesting to engage with.

With the power of newer consoles, there's one consistent change in open world sequels -- larger maps. You'll have more to explore and more to play. It's hard to argue with a game giving you more bang for you buck.

Online is Coming

Although Grand Theft Auto V was already a smash hit with its solo play options, it became a true juggernaut with online play. You can count on Rockstar supporting RDR 2's online mode with the same fervor as GTA V for a very simple reason -- it turns out companies enjoy making money hand over fist. 

Rockstar has constantly supported GTA V's GTA Online with new content and tweaks, which has lead to a fantastic and fresh experience for gamers. With a game that players don't want to put down comes financial rewards for the publisher, so there's no way Rockstar has any intentions other than to dive into the online experience for Red Dead Redemption 2 with the same fervor.


Simply put, Red Dead Redemption 2 sits atop the heap of anticipated releases for a reason. There's no good justification not to think that it's going to be an unbeatable experience for gamers.

So, what do you think? Are you counting down the days for Rockstar to release it into the wild, or are you able to see the cracks in the facade everyone else is missing? Let us know in the comments.

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