22 things you need to know about Red Dead Redemption 2

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22 things you need to know about Red Dead Redemption 2

A few of the impressive details we noticed when playing Rockstar’s upcoming sequel

Red Dead Redemption 2 hits PS4 on 26th October and with it, Rockstar’s follow-up (actually a prequel) to 2010’s influential hit Red Dead Redemption.

I recently played RDR2, and it’s shaping up to be a smooth, polished and ambitious epic that capably builds on the strengths of the original game, while adding deep layers of conversation, combat and exploration.

To celebrate the release of the latest gameplay trailer, here are the details that you need to know about the next iteration of Rockstar’s open-world epic.

  1. A robbery gone wrong puts the story in motion
  2. You play as Arthur Morgan, member of the infamous Van der Linde outlaw gang. Following a bloody robbery in the Western town of Blackwater that left a trail of dead, the gang is chased by the law east into the Grizzly Mountains. The game picks up as the gang fights to survive the elements in a brutally cold winter.

  3. The Van Der Linde gang is a rowdy bunch, but they’re like family
  4. Lead by the philosopher-outlaw Dutch van der Linde, this gang of hellraisers is 23 members strong. Doing your part for the gang will raise morale and change the way gang members respond to you.

    Talk to fellow members for leads on new money-making activities for the gang, or roll up your sleeves and chop some wood or head out to hunt wild game. Alternatively, just pour yourself a cup of joe and listen to some stories. Cough up some of your hard-earned cash for the camp’s donation box to fund future camp upgrades, like fast travel.

    Red Dead Redemption 2 for PS4

  5. It’s visually impressive
  6. This is hardly a surprise, considering Rockstar’s production pedigree. But running on PS4 Pro, Red Dead Redemption 2 shows that Rockstar has mastered the PS4 hardware. After all, it’s the studio’s first title natively designed for this generation.

    The HDR and volumetric lighting bring the game’s sweeping exteriors to life. And the boosted resolution highlights subtle details, from the rough bark on trees to grass shoots peeking out of the snow.

  7. There are multiple camera settings
  8. In addition to the standard third-person camera, you can pull the camera back to see more of your horse’s fancy footwork, or activate a first-person camera view a la Grand Theft Auto V.

    Activate cinematic camera angles that toggle between dramatic close-range and panoramic shots as you ride the open plains. Hold down X as you ride in this view, and your horse will keep to the track, allowing you to take in some stunning views on epic rides.

    New cinematic techniques are also used for seamless transitions between cutscenes and gameplay.



  9. You can customise the in-game HUD
  10. Press down on the D-pad to toggle between several different HUD options: off, a minimised version, and the default setting. On the radar, you can easily identify story beats by the yellow icons, while emergent “ambient” events are marked in white.

  11. Hold L1 to access the weapon wheel
  12. A new version of the original’s weapon wheel is available by pressing and holding L1 – but tap R1 and you’ll now have access to helpful support items, including healing potions, binoculars, and the bandana.

    Weapons include a knife, revolver, repeater, lever-action rifle, and a classic bow and arrow. You can also earn the ability to dual-wield as you move through the story.

    Red Dead Redemption 2 for PS4

  13. Fire a warning shot to get attention
  14. Sometimes you won’t want or need to cause unnecessary trouble. While aiming, tap up on the D-pad to fire a warning shot. Handy for intimidating a witness, or causing a carriage to stop so you can climb aboard or simply chat with the driver.

  15. Everything you carry is independently rendered
  16. This is a subtle detail, but you can’t unsee it. Arthur’s bag, coat, hat, and weaponry all jostle realistically as he moves. The impressive animation carries over to your horse’s reins, saddle, bags and more.

  17. Expect wide environmental diversity
  18. As you play, you’ll traverse snowed-in mountains, agoraphobia-inducing plains, gloomy swamps and bustling frontier towns. The game seamlessly transitions between wide outdoor vistas into detail-rich interiors, a technical achievement rarely seen.



  19.  Small talk can lead to outsized consequences
  20. There’s more to interacting with this world than just drawing a weapon. When approaching another person, you can hold L2 to pull up a menu of interactions. A greeting can trigger pleasant exchanges, awkward replies… or could provoke a brawl if your counterpart enjoys his privacy. Engaging with townspeople or fellow travellers adds colour and unpredictability to the game. You never know what reaction you’ll get.

  21.  Some towns keep secrets
  22. Not every shopkeeper is running an honest business. Some stores have an illicit business on the side – if you can find it, you can hold up the owner for access to their less-than-lawful enterprise.

    Red Dead Redemption 2 for PS4

  23.  You can behave honourably or dishonourably
  24. Arthur Morgan is whoever you want him to be: a good-natured outlaw, a cold-hearted killer, or something in-between. If you want to show off your rebellious side, get ready for witnesses to report your crimes to the local lawmen.

  25.  You can cook and craft by the campfire
  26. Ready for a hearty meal of Gritty Fish, or a healing potion? Or perhaps something a bit more substantial, like special rounds for your revolver or shells for your shotgun? You can craft a wide array of supplies at campfires using ingredients you find or purchase during your travels.

    Red Dead Redemption 2 for PS4

  27.  The wildlife is diverse and unpredictable
  28. Red Dead Redemption 2 is seething with life, from snakes and swallowtails to deer, skunk, bear, and Lord knows what else. And the creatures engage with each other: during our demo, a hawk soared down to pluck a snake from a nearby bush. It was a dynamic event triggered by the game’s AI, not some scripted sequence.

  29.  Hunt Legendary Animals for special outfits
  30. Legendary Animals are unique beasts of each species scattered across the world. Bring items from any downed Legendary Animals to a trapper to create unique pieces of clothing to wear.

  31.  Your horse is your partner, but you’ll need to earn its trust
  32. Horses aren’t treated as expendable vehicles here, but as living, breathing creatures with individual temperaments. They provide more than transport: they can carry animal skins and carcasses, as well as extra weapons and gear.

    To build trust with a new horse, you’ll want to tread lightly — patting it until it’s comfortable in your presence. Horses can be unpredictable based on the situation, too. A nearby snake might give your ride a case of the jitters!

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  33.  Caveat emptor
  34. Town gun shops sell a variety of weapons and gear for the seasoned traveller, from new firepower (revolvers, repeaters, rifles, and shotguns) to performance-boosting accessories like gun belts and bandoliers. The shopping UI is a clever touch: you browse the selection using a vintage shopping catalogue.

  35.  You can bathe, shave, eat, drink, and more
  36. Arthur’s clothes will accumulate grit, grime, blood, and mud as you fight your way across the Wild West. When you’re ready to clean him up, just head to the local hotel and pay $0.25 to scrub down in the bathtub. To complete the look, get a haircut and a shave — if you’ve got the cash.

  37.  The soundtrack is dynamic
  38. The rich epic score is being led by returning composer Woody Jackson and a range of guest artists across the game. The game’s soundtrack features approximately 190 individual music pieces, and in the open world, the dynamic score subtly changes based on your actions.

    Red Dead Redemption 2 for PS4

  39.  It’s a cross-studio initiative
  40. Every studio associated with Rockstar Games is pitching in to help create the massive world of Red Dead Redemption 2, which Rockstar sees as a continuation and extension of the vision first laid out in Grand Theft Auto 3 all those years ago.

  41.  Pick up your hat with the Square button
  42. A fun detail here that’ll come in handy sooner than you think.

  43.  Twirl your guns for extra style
  44. Just double tap L1 to draw and holster your guns with a twirl and a flourish.

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  • Cant wait for this, its gonna be amazing

  • So pumped. The last couple of weeks the hype has been killing me.

  • Hello Playstation Team,

    I have read that the digital version of Rdr 2 consists of 105 gb of data, so I hope so that the Preload option will be available more than 2 days before release so we can download it before 26th October.

    Thans in advance

    Keep up the great work!

  • Well, Rockstar made it so we know it will be a good game at its core. That being said, we also know it will look like it came straight off a PS2/3, be very rough around the edges, look like its 14 FPS and be loaded with bad acting / audio.

    • huh… i’m curious why you think that’ll be the case? I mean the negative comments.

    • What, what, what?! “Rough around the edges”? Rockstar makes the most detailed and technically outstanding open world games that are available in the gaming industry. Came straight off a PS2/PS3, 14 FPS and bad acting? Oo

      I can’t even take this comment seriously.

    • Red Dead Redemption on PS3 was VERY rough and filled with glitches and bugs when it first came out. A lot of it got fixed in patches but heck it was still a dull game.

    • @Prime Yeah I read your comments on that earlier too. Honestly can’t believe you were playing the same game as me… I never really had any major problems with any of their games. Obviously there’s the occasional glitch sometimes which is unavoidable, but nothing that really bugs me, and I’m extremely high maintenance when it comes to the technical side and controls in general. In my experience all their games raise the bar even higher while maintaining a generally very well polished standard.

    • So are you saing that if you see screenshot from RDR2 on PS4 and forest from San Andreas on PS2, you have problems to see the difference and you are not sure which is which?

  • Really really looking forward to this.

  • “But running on PS4 Pro, Red Dead Redemption 2 shows that Rockstar has mastered the PS4 hardware.”

    Didn’t really master the PS3 hardware though so i’ll believe this when i see it. God that first game was a crushing disappointment. And GTAIV and (to a lesser extent) GTAV weren’t exactly fun. As I said before I’ll probably check this game out as I want a really great western in video game form but unlike those months preceeding the first game I’ll try not get my hopes up this time.

    • PS3 was very different architecture and was not the “main” platform for developement at that generation. Xbox sold better, to games were build for PC/Xbox and then just ported to PS3. So if the game was not excusive, it usually had problem.

      Situation with PS4 is better. The architecture is nothing special and developers focus mainly on this console this generation. So I believe argumnet “Untill they master PS3 (why would they do it today anyway), I dont believe them wtih PS4” does not makes much sense :-D

    • That’s fair enough. But Rockstar aren’t one of the companies I think of when I hear ‘mastered the PS4’ but I’m gonna take a look at it when it’s out and such.

  • Is it already specified what kind of mictrotransactions will be there? So far I only read there will be more mt than in GTAO (because it made so much money). And TakeTwo managemnet is not afraid to admit how he likes mt, because the games are sold too cheap.

    So my main question – are the mt only in mp? Or did they included them into SP too (like Ubisoft does in recent games like Shadow of Mordor 2, FC5 or Assassins)? So far I did not read any info on this so Im getting little bit afraid.

  • Think people are forget that this is written by people who have actually seen and played the game, so can’t understand all the negativity, I’m personally itching to play it. Rdr2 was awesome!

    • my negativity comes from the first game being a huge letdown and Rockstar’s other games since (GTAIV and GTAV) being boring tedious things filled with so much padding. There’s been so many great games on PS4 since then, many of them exclusives too. I’m all for giving it a chance though and heck I might like it but I’m just using my past experiences with the games mentioned to not get my hopes up. Anyways a pleasant surprise is always much better than a crushing disappointment :P

  • Is the game on 2 discs?

  • I can see it being a large download off the net.and small install off the disk. So release day will see psn network problems as the strain kills it

  • Really hope i can swing this for a xmas treat, looks great. Bit cheeky to have a “Hunt Legendary Animals for special outfits” as that was done far cry first. I’m sure all games are copying parts from somewhere though. Hard to be original and great these days

  • Soo many of these sound like things we’ve seen many times before…

    “New cinematic techniques are also used for seamless transitions between cutscenes and gameplay.” (PS3 feature…)

    ” Hunt Legendary Animals for special outfits” (PS2 feature…)

    “The soundtrack is dynamic” (PS1 feature…)


    Also it’s weird putting “The HDR and volumetric lighting” then not exactly showing any “HDR” screenshots.

  • one very important question – will it maintain stable 30fps with 1080p in regular ps4?

  • I wonder if there is any information about the game running on the base PS4, which sometimes seems to have been forgotten and represents the largest console base in the world.

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