Red Dead Redemption 2 hands-on: 5 things to get excited about

Without doubt, one of the most anticipated games of the year (no, the generation), Red Dead Redemption 2 is about to arrive, with an official release date of just over a month on October 26, 2018. [19659002] In the run-up to the game's release, we had the opportunity to participate in Rockstar's epic western title, by experiencing selected parts of the Red Dead Redemption 2 player campaign (approximately 2 hours) in total ), and although the version we reproduced was not a complete compilation, it did offer a significant sample of what we can expect from the final product.

With an incredible amount of enamel and a meticulously designed world, Red Dead Redemption 2 exhibits a level of grandeur that rivals any epic of John Ford or Howard Hawks. Based on our practical experience, these are the five Red Dead Redemption 2 things that we are most excited about.

1. A huge playground

While the first Red Dead Redemption offered an open landscape full of many things to do and see, its sequel takes that world to the next level, offering a more rugged and varied terrain, where a wrong step can take you I find myself taking a nap at the bottom of a ravine.

You will also see variations in the weather, with our preview session starting between the snowy peaks of Mount Hagen, giving the game a cooler feel that resembles Quentin Tarantino's opus, The Hateful Eight.

Later, in a much sunnier portion of the huge game map (which for the most part darkened during our practice session), we spent some time hunting animals along beautiful green slopes filled with lush vegetation against which paint us

What surprised us during our preview session was how organic exploration felt on this occasion: not once did we show the game map during the game, but we chose to simply walk in the general direction of an icon in our mini map, we finally find ourselves trapped in a random adventure despised by a chance meeting in a small room.

Cities also feel denser and more detailed than before, offering a bustling atmosphere and a truly vivid feeling. Although the settlements in the first Red Dead Redemption were mostly on flat terrain, the ones we explored here offered different altitudes in the terrain, something that instantly made them feel more realistic and immersive.

A small town in which we stumbled offered a wide variety of businesses to examine, including a general store, doctor's office, bank, gunsmith, butcher shop and more. Some cities will even have a stable to keep a collection of horses.

2. Gang Relations

Unlike his predecessor, who saw him play as the lone wolf character John Marston, Red Dead Redemption 2 sees him take an active role within a large gang, giving the game a more social feel in the process. For example, a long day of looting and robbery could be followed by stories of campfires at night.

As an outlaw named Arthur Morgan, this time you interact with several members of Van der Linde's gang in the camps throughout the game. You can also form a team with specific members for missions or participate in large robberies involving all the members of the group.

Since your band is basically a living entity, much of what you do during the campaign will directly affect the morale of your camp, which means that you will need to keep everyone fed (either buying meat from a butcher or hunting it yourself) ) and at the same time maintain a stable income from supplies and cash.

Money can also be used to improve your camp with additional supplies, horse attachments and much more.

The morale of your band is not just to get dressed, well, although our time in the camp was brief, they told us that dialogue exchanges will be contextual, with moods and temperaments that not only affect the way they are they develop the conversations, but also the activities in which the other gang members will be willing to participate.

Needless to say, we are very curious to see what impact the morale of their camp will have on the general history, and whether or not all members of their gang arrive at the end of the game. .

3. Men of action

On our first robbery mission, titled & quot; Who The Hell is Leviticus Cornwall? & Quot;, the gang (except the hero of the first game, John Marston, who is sitting because of something new) facial lacerations, settles down through the snowy footpaths of the Grizzly Mountains to stop and steal an armored carriage that , they say, is full of money.

Of course, the dynamite that was established to stop the death of the train in its tracks does not fire, which means that Arthur and his compatriot Lenny need to run forward, trying to stop it in a much more improvised way.

Once you've traversed your path in the carriage and acquired the bearer's bonuses inside, you have the option of killing the guards in charge of protecting them or letting them go.

How you choose to proceed will invariably affect Arthur's honor: kill them, and law-abiding citizens will begin to see you as someone discredited, which in turn will affect your daily interactions and bring more energy from the law.

Later, we advance to another mission, entitled & quot; Paying A Social Call & apos; He sees Arthur team up with other Dutch gangsters and Bill to persuade Kieran, a member of the rival Oris Doll gang, to leave his gang's hideout.

Soon after, Kieran leads his group to his hideout, resulting in a large gunfight that makes the famous O.K shooting. Corral seems picturesque in comparison. Gunplay feels smooth and precise here, with Rockstar clearly implementing all the tricks he learned with Grand Theft Auto V, and did we mention that Red Dead Redemption 2 can be played completely in first person mode? Well, can.

Naturally, the mechanics of targeting Dead-Eye is back, only now it can be used in several different ways: once again, you can slow down time, but you can also paint multiple targets and highlight critical areas in men and women. animals (which is especially useful for hunting), while also shooting automatically.

Touching the right trigger in a relatively quick way will also make Arthur shoot from the hip, allowing us to live out all our spaghetti western fantasies with aplomb.

4. Horsin & apos; around

In the first Red Dead Redemption, his horses were certainly somewhat disposable, with John Marston regularly jumping from stallion to stallion without a care in the world.

However, in Red Dead Redemption 2, the relationship of your character with your horse is much more important.

If you want your horse to work as planned, you will have to bond with it over time. This involves feeding and fixing your mount regularly, and if you want to avoid a madness at the first sign of danger, you will have to stay calm with a gentle pat on the head.

Horses are also more useful than before, since you can now carry additional weapons, ammunition and other supplies in their saddlebags. Keeping your trip healthy and safe is also a necessity, because if your horse dies, it is gone forever.

As mentioned earlier, you can maintain a whole stable of horses in Red Dead Redemption 2, with different races that offer unique personalities and attributes, for example, certain horses may have better performance in certain terrains, and so on. .

You can also control your horses with much more depth and precision this time, with the ability to perform practical tricks, such as slips and taming suitable for strafing. Yes, you read it right, you can drift and attack with your horses now!

5. Ridin & apos; dirty

In an effort to up the ante in terms of immersion, Rockstar has implemented an unprecedented level of detail in its latest open-world production.

For example, when Arthur is hurt or dirty, he will stay like this until they have cleaned or seen the wounds, something that you will definitely want to do, since the NPC will treat you as you do. a bum if you look particularly dirty.

Now there are also customization options for much older characters. While the first Red Dead Redemption allowed you to buy full costumes, now you can separately buy hats, coats, boots, belts, pants and more.

Like horses in the game, you'll also have to fix Arthur at times, since his hair (which includes facial hair) will actually grow over time. Of course, a lot of style options will be available to you … as long as you have enough hair to start. And if you shave your beard, you'll have to wait for it to grow back before you can do something with it again.

These are just some of the things that appear in Red Dead Redemption 2 that left us speechless to play more. Obviously, we will learn much more about the latest Rockstar epic once we have our review copies, so keep an eye (dead) for our full review in just over a month.

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