Red Dead Redemption was one of my favorite games in the last console generation and in Red Dead Redemption 2, we get to dive into familiar territory once again. Well, somewhat familiar. New systems, and button layouts and events can sometimes take the turn for the worst and quickly. So, I’m here to lend a hand!
Here are 5 things to watch out for while playing Red Dead Redemption 2.
Don’t Rely Too Much On Auto Aim
It’s a lot of fun feeling like a gunslinger in the Wild West. With the click of just a couple of buttons, you can be taking down armies of enemies with just your revolver. Red Dead Redemption 2 does a good job of making you feel like Billy The Kid because of the games auto-aim feature. While auto-aim makes a rather awkward combat system feel smooth, I wouldn’t solely rely on it. Here’s why:
As I was traveling the Wild West with my trusty steed, Bugs, I came across a fellow traveler who was being attacked by three wolves. I felt bad so I graciously decided to help him out. From atop my horse, I pulled out my revolver and took about 3 – 4 shots before the first wolf fell with the auto-aim helping me out. Now, 3 – 4 shots was more than I thought it would take to kill a wolf so I decide to switch to my shotgun. BOOM. The second wolf went down. I was one wolf away from saving this poor fella who simply walked into the wrong neck of the woods. The third wolf took some chasing and when I finally got close enough I took aim, relying on the auto-aim feature, and shot. BAM. The auto-aim wasn’t as trusty this time as I had locked onto the man I was trying to save and blasted him to the great server in the sky.
Well, at least I can take down this final wolf and get some meat and pelts, right? Easy as pie.
I missed the wolf and auto-aimed onto some coppers who were investigating a crime-scene nearby (my crime scene). Needless to say, they shot me up pretty fast and I ended up with no wolf pelts and feeling pretty embarrassed.
Moral of the story, don’t rely too much on auto-aim. It WILL betray you.
LT And RT Have VERY Different Outcomes
When you begin playing Red Dead Redemption 2 it’ll be important to remember that left trigger (LT) and right trigger (RT) have VERY different outcomes.
It’s been a while since I’ve played Red Dead Redemption and for the most part, Red Dead Redemption 2 keeps most of the same button controls so there’s not much more to learn. But as a new feature in the game, players are able to interact with the world more frequently by holding LT and choosing from a number of actions to take. But there’s a problem with this, especially for people like me who for some reason have a hard time with their left and rights.
While traveling to the town of Valentine, I came across a woman whose horse had fallen on her. She couldn’t get up and was screaming for help so like the gentleman I am, I decided to help. I would first start by greeting her, I thought to myself. So I walked up close enough to have the LT icon pop up in the bottom right corner of my screen. This signifies that I can interact with her and as planned, greet her.
Instead of pressing LT I accidentally clicked RT, pulled out my shotgun and blasted her. BOOM.
I yelled “Oh My God!” out loud as I was shocked at what just happened.
Er, that’s not the end of the story.
It turns out the road I was on was a pretty busy road. Before I had an opportunity to hide the body (and my shame) I came face to face with a witness. He just sat there on his horse making no movement, watching me and my situation. I had to do it, so I blasted him too. I quickly decided to hide both bodies but by the time I got to the second man, I came face to face with another witness. Again, he sat on his wagon just staring at me. I took a step and he pulled out his revolver and began shooting. I took out my shotgun and shot him, immediately hopped on my horse and RAN from the carnage.
I got off my horse to help a woman in need and ended up killing three innocent people all because I pressed the wrong button.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Don’t Forget Your Gun!
In the first Red Dead Redemption, John Marston was an arsenal on two feet. He carried every weapon on him making it easier to adjust to your situation. In Red Dead Redemption 2 your horse becomes an integral part of your journey, allowing you to bring along more weapons with you as you have a limited amount of weaponry you can carry on your person. As this is a new feature to the game, you might often forget to bring your firepower with you.
Early in the game, you’ll be tasked with tracking and hunting down a 900 lbs, scar-faced bear who has clearly seen some shit in his (or her) day. Being an early mission, I wasn’t completely used to the newer systems in the game. After tracking down the bear and setting the bait, we waited and waited and nothing came. When we went to check on the bait the bear surprised us! So I pulled up my weapon wheel only to find out all I brought was my revolver.
Well, that didn’t do much and before I knew it the bear had eaten me.
Note to self: bring a real gun if you’re hunting a bear.
Well, it was a great learning experience and I began bringing my shotgun wherever I went, including a mission where I needed to spring a fellow gang member from jail. Turns out the shotgun wasn’t the best option for that mission as most of the combat was long range. I didn’t have my rifle on me and I kept having to run from cover to hit my targets, where I met my untimely demise and failed the mission.
Note to self: Do not bring just your shotgun when you’re taking out a town full of people.
Lesson learned, don’t forget your gun!
Those DAMN O’Driscolls
Honestly, I’m at the point where I might just instinctively spit at the mention of the O’Driscolls. The O’Driscolls are the rival gang in Red Dead Redemption 2 and they’ll do their best to take you down at any moment of the game so watch out.
The time will come when you riding along minding your own business when a wagon will burst through the trees and stop you in your tracks while 2 or 3 horsemen surround you, relentlessly peppering you with bullets.
At this point in the game, they’ve killed me twice and I have been WAITING for my revenge. With God as my witness, I’ll be damn ready next time.
So watch out for those DAMN O’Driscolls.
One of the things I love about the Red Dead Redemption series that really sets it apart from its troubled cousin, Grand Theft Auto, is your ability to choose whether you’re a good character or a bad character. For the most part, I like helping people in the game and being the hero. But a lot of the time, the game just doesn’t give you that option.
In my first couple of confrontations in the game, I chose to put the guns aside and use my fists. I didn’t want to kill anyone I just wanted to show them who’s boss. But in the couple of scraps I’ve gotten in, your last punch ends up killing the other guy.
If I wanted to kill him I would’ve just pulled out my gun? Not only that, but there have been a couple of scenarios where my Honor would drop because of this! So keep this in mind if you think you’re taking the high road by putting your gun away. You’re not, you jerk.