The Most Underrated Features On Red Dead Redemption

Rockstar recently released the new title, Red Dead Redemption 2, and the game has been a major success. Within its first three days on sale, the wild west inspired video game made a massive £650m in retail sales. Following its worldwide success, Red Dead Redemption 2 has been crowned the second biggest entertainment launch of all time. The game has been praised far and wide for its amazing detail and outstanding graphics. Some would argue that the game is so visually memorising that a lot of players are missing various opportunities in the game.

There is a range of slightly lesser known features on Red Dead Redemption 2 that can help increase your level and put you in a stronger gaming position. In this article, we’re going to reveal the most underrated features you might have missed when playing Red Dead Redemption 2.

1. Upgrade your camp

In the beginning, your camp looks a little worse for wear. But, you’ve got the opportunity to improve it by upgrading various parts as the game progresses. When you complete the “Money Lending and Other Sins” side mission, a ledger appears beside the donation box in your camp. This is your means of spending money to upgrade things like supplies, provision wagons, the ammunition wagon, Dutch’s tend and lots more. By upgrading things like Dutch’s tent, you will help improve the morale of the camp. This helps to make your fellow gang members feel a little more generous with their donations.

2. Learn to hunt like a pro

The wilderness is alive with 200 species of animals, birds and fish. Each of them behaves differently, and it goes a long way knowing exactly how to hunt properly. Attacking a grizzly bear with a weak bow and arrow probably won’t work. But, when it comes to snagging a deer for dinner, mastering the bow is ideal for a quick and clean kill. Once you’ve succeeded, don’t leave your kill lying around or it’ll be stolen by greedy scavengers!

3. Play poker

What many players don’t know about Red Dead Redemption 2 is the fact that you can play a mini game of poker in five different locations. If you’re hanging around Flatneck Station, you can enjoy a game of fearless poker after completing chapter 2 of the main mission. You can also play poker in the Saloon of Valentine, Saint Denis, Tumbleweed and Blackwater.

The best part is that if you actually know how to play poker, you can seriously increase your chances of winning the pot. So, if you learn how to play poker, you’ll have no problem mastering it in the game. Before sitting down for a heated game with your fellow cowboys, it’s a good idea to get familiar with poker hand rankings, table positions, poker strategy, rules and terminology. The better you can play in real life, the better you can play in the game!

4. Horse drifting

With hundreds of different characters with unique personalities and over 500,000 lines of recorded dialogue, it’s easy to assume Red Dead Redemption 2 is all about person-to-person relationships. However, your best friend throughout the game is more likely to be your trusted four-legged companion. A great new feature added to Red Dead Redemption 2 is your ability to “horse drift”. All you need to do is pick up enough speed, and your noble steed will switch directions as fast as a race car.

5. Take a selfie

Not many people know that you can take a proud selfie in the game. You’ll eventually come across a character who will gift you with a fully-functioning camera. You can use your photography skills to snap a few photos of the impressive scenery and yourself. In the game, they call it a “self-portrait” rather than a selfie, but it’s essentially the same thing. For the perfect shot, set your camera on a tripod and strike a pose!

Red Dead Redemption 2 has broken countless records. It takes the average player around 60 hours to complete the story, which means you’ve got plenty of entertaining gaming time ahead if you’ve just started your journey.
The open world of Red Dead Redemption 2 is huge, which is obviously a good thing. However, with so many layers to explore, it can be easy to miss out on some of the game’s best features. So, make sure you keep a look out for the ones mentioned on this list and who knows, you might even discover a few lesser known elements yourself!

The 9 Best Things About ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’

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Red Dead Redemption 2Well, cowboys and cowgirls, Red Dead Redemption 2 is finally here. Eight years after the original title took the gaming world by storm, Rockstar is back with a prequel set ten years before the original. For people who like horses but may not want to ride them in real life, they're in luck, because anyone who plays Red Dead Redemption 2 will be sitting on a horse for quite a while. As you pursue an outlaw life, jumping from town-to-town, players explore a world full of danger and excitement behind every corner.

Red Dead Redemption 2 has already broken pretty much every entertainment record imaginable. It's had the most successful opening weekend for any entertainment product ever, so you don't need to take my word on why this game is so good, just go look at the numbers. Underneath the massive, 60-hour story, is a beautiful world layered with complicated characters, powerful predators and painful memories. So, what are you waiting for, go jump on your horse and start playing this game!

Hit Next to discover the 9 Best Things about Red Dead Redemption 2!

9. The Dialogue

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Sure the game is beautiful and it's fun to duel other outlaws, but what first pulls people into Red Dead Redemption 2 is the sharp writing and dialogue. Every character, from the protagonist Arthur Morgan or his colleagues in Dutch's gang to the random interactive individuals the player bumps into, has sharp, unique dialogue. Despite the similarities between many characters, they all have something interesting to say and add to the world. More than just time-filler, the background conversations in this game often fill people in on the details of the world and give hints about other people's backgrounds. Sitting down at a local saloon to play poker is more than just an entertaining way to lose some money, it's also a way to collect information. Red Dead Redemption 2 takes place in a rough setting, so it's fascinating to learn what people are thinking and stressing about at that time through their dialogue.

8. Open World

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Instead of being restricted to one town, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an open world game in every way imaginable. Once the game loads up, there is no loading as the character traverses the massive map. Instead, the game seamlessly transitions from one area to the next as Arthur rides around on his horse. Then, once you finally settle on a town or a camp you like, the people are already walking around and talking, waiting for some interaction. Once this game boots up there is nothing that takes you out of the moment, giving the game a very fluid, life-like quality.

7. John Marston and the Gang

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Red Dead Redemption became an immediate classic for many reasons. An incredible plot and slick game-play certainly helped, but part of why audiences truly connected with the classic game was the protagonist: John Marston. A former outlaw who has since found a new path, Marston is an ethical individual trying his best to survive as the west slowly transforms into an industrially controlled zone. Over the course of the first game, players truly grow alongside Marston and watch as he interacts with people from his past and hatches a plot to keep his family safe.

Red Dead Redemption 2 may be a prequel that sees players control a different character, Arthur Morgan, but that doesn't mean Rockstar forgot about their original sweetheart. Marston is back, and this time he's much younger, meaner and stupider as he's still a young man trying to make his mark on the world. His family and many of the shady character's he crosses in Red Dead Redemption are here too, giving audiences even more information about Marston and the way he likes to live his life. At the moment, Red Dead Redemption 2 seems to be setting Morgan and Marston up for some kind of confrontation, but I'm just happy to see the classic cowboy back after all these years.

6. Staying Alive

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Red Dead Redemption 2 is more than just an intense single-player game, it's also an RPG that makes players take care of themselves. It's not enough simply to heal yourself, to stay at top performance, players have to make sure Arthur is constantly nourished and well-rested. Over fatigue is a big deal in this game, and if you find yourself too far away from your horse you may have to start foraging for food in order to make the long trek back.

Not only do players have to keep Arthur alive, but they also have to take care of their horse. It may sound tedious, but ensuring that the players horses are at top strength is an essential component of the game. No one in the west just jumped on a random horse and immediately bonded with them, it takes time to cultivate that relationship, and Red Dead Redemption 2 allows this simple, realistic side of the cowboy lifestyle to shine through.

5. Hunting Simulator

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There are a lot of ways to entertain yourself in Red Dead Redemption 2's massive world, but one of the most interesting things to do is go hunting. Whether your skinning animals to make money in town or finding something to eat for dinner, the game takes the act of hunting very seriously. Everything from foxes to grizzly bears are roaming this big world, and players need to stay alert as to where they are on the map or they may just cross a hungry predator. There are multiple levels to hunting in this game, including tracking and laying out bait, making it a long-process where players need to patiently stalk their prey instead of simply pointing their gun and shooting into the forest.

4. Choose for Yourself: The Rockstar Formula

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Like most games with a major story running through it, a lot of the character's actions are predetermined. But, as with any Rockstar game, players can choose to cause a ruckus or follow society's laws. One of the most enjoyable aspects of Grand Theft Auto is just letting loose and causing some trouble, and while the carnage isn't nearly as destructive in Red Dead Redemption 2, running from the law is just as fun. Having a large bounty on your head may make things inconvenient in major cities, but it's easy enough to pay it off at a local train station. What makes playing an outlaw so entertaining is that they get to be a hero on one day and a scoundrel on the next without feeling like they are abandoning their personalities.

3. The Beautiful Music

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No game is complete without a beautiful soundscape, and Red Dead Redemption 2 has just that. Not only does it have a sprawling soundtrack that includes everyone from Willie Nelson to D'Angelo, but the score, recorded with over 100 artists, is wonderful. Woody Jackson, the composer on the original game, returned to score this new one and his pieces are as effective as ever. Whether you're just riding around the country or engaged in a vicious shootout, the music is right there accompanying you, dragging out the intensity or serenity of each moment.

2. The Scope

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As entertaining as Red Dead Redemption 2's core story is- and this is speaking as someone who still hasn't defeated the massive game- it's really the side-missions and random interactions that make the game so enjoyable. Immersion is a word game critics and developers throw around a lot, but it is a central component of Red Dead Redemption 2. Whether you're just walking around the town or riding your horse through the desert, odds are someone is going to talk to you and introduce you to another part of this massive world. Everyone here has a story and something worth saying, making the amount of content shoved in the game seem almost daunting. Sometimes it's hard to choose which mission to continue because some of the side quests are equally or more compelling than the core story line. The game has 60 hours of story and over 500,000 lines of recorded dialogue, and this doesn't even include the upcoming online mode that will keep players engaged long-after they've defeated the solo mode.

1. Getting Back on the Saddle

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There have been some big releases for game franchises over the last few months with both Call of Duty and Assassins Creed introducing new titles. What makes Red Dead Redemption 2 so special is that this is the first time gamers have stepped back into this world. Sure, there was the Undead Zombie expansion for the original game, something that added hours worth of content to the game, but this is a brand new experience that seemingly elevates everything that made the first one so special.

Players may control Arthur Morgan this time around, but that doesn't change much about the interactivity with this world. With the inclusion of cinematic mode, it's easy to truly get lost in Red Dead Redemption 2 as Arthur gallops across the plains. Whether you're taking in the sites, playing some poker in the local saloon or looking for trouble on the road, it's just so damn fun getting back into the cowboy mindset.

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