How to play Red dead Redemption 2 [Beginner’s Guide]

Here’s how to play Red Dead Redemption 2; learn how to hunt, evolve and other gameplay elements to help Arthur Morgan.

Red Dead Redemption 2 was released by Rockstar Games for consoles in 2018 and tells a story prior to the first game in the series. The game has a very lively open world and a wide range of activities to complete in the old west. Here’s how to play Red Dead Redemption 2 and start your life outside the law a little easier.

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Arthur Morgan in Red Dead Redemption 2 (Image: Playback / Rockstar Games)

What is Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel, that is, it tells a story that takes place before the events of Red Dead Redemption , also produced by Rockstar and released in 2010. In RDR 2, we control Arthur Morgan, an outlaw, a member of the Gang Van der Linde, so don’t be surprised to see some familiar faces and references to the game released earlier.

Where to play Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 is available on the following platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows and Stadia. In addition, it is also possible to play it on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S via backwards compatibility.

Requirements to run Red Dead Redemption 2

Requirement Minimum configuration Recommended configuration
Operational system Windows 7 – Service Pack 1 (6.1.7601) Windows 10 – April 2018 Update (v1803)
Processor  Intel® Core ™ i5-2500K / AMD FX-6300 Intel® Core ™ i7-4770K / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
RAM memory 8GB 12GB
Video card Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 2GB / AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB / AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB
Storage 150GB HDD 150GB HDD

Follow tips on how to play Red Dead Redemption 2 :

1. Pay your own reward

As you are an outlaw, nothing more common than after a few “jobs”, the authorities put a price on your head. The higher the amount, the greater the chances of bounty hunters chasing you at inopportune times.

To resolve the situation, pay your reward at post offices during the day.

2. Complete camp tasks

Completing the camp tasks allows you to evolve your Dead Eye bar a little faster at the beginning of the game.

Try to interact with the gang members in the camp. It’s fun, you discover extra dialogues that tell a little more about the characters’ stories. In fact, there is the “ Garoto de errados ” trophy that is related to completing tasks for gang members, so be smart.

Making improvements to the camp can also guarantee extra ammunition supplements and enable features like “fast travel”.

3. Always use the Dead Eye in combat

Dead Eye is the ability to leave the world in slow motion and thus have the possibility to score multiple shots at one enemy or several. Learning how to use this feature is essential, after all you will have to confront many enemies at the same time on your journey.

The Dead Eye bar can be recovered using tonics, cigarettes and other consumable items.

Red Dead Redemption 2 (Image: Playback / Rockstar Games)

4. Take good care of your horse

Unlike GTA , in Red Dead Redemption 2 , the horse is not only your means of transport, but it can also store your items and the game encourages you to bond with the animal.

In order to increase this bond, it is necessary to feed, clean it and also pet it, so that the animal increases its attributes such as resistance and confidence.

Take care of your horse in Red Dead Redemption 2 (Image: Playback / Rockstar Games)

A horse with little connection to the player can easily be frightened in a shootout, take down his character and run away. While an animal with little resistance can get tired quickly and make it difficult to chase or escape.

While this description may seem like a long and boring “tamagochi process”, this is not true. All actions are done very quickly, so that none of the above is boring.

Your horse can die from several situations such as being hit in a shootout, falling off a cliff or if you are careless and leaving the poor horse parked on the train tracks. Seriously, don’t do this. To keep your horse from dying, always have a resuscitation kit.

If the horse dies. It will not return and you will have to restart all work to create a bond with another animal.

5. Hunt animals to earn money and improve attributes

Hunting animals guarantees furs and materials to be sold and thereby earn money. Carcasses can be sold to the town’s butcher. In addition, hunting allows you to obtain special meats to produce meals that temporarily guarantee attribute improvements.

Hunting and skinning animals increases the capacity of your Dead Eye bar. During your hunts, use this skill when confronting large predators such as wolves, pumas and bears.

Be on the lookout when riding through the swamps, as alligators scare horses easily, which ends up knocking your character down and leaving you in tricky situations. Believe me, it will happen. However, you are now aware.

When targeting an animal, select the “Show info / display information” field. In doing so, it is possible to know which weapon is ideal for slaughtering an animal so as not to damage the carcass and whether it serves as an ingredient for a special recipe.

Red Dead Redemption 2 (Image: Playback / Rockstar Games)

After aiming, pay attention to an icon with three stars. Carcass quality is assessed on the basis of this. Three stars is a carcass with the best quality and therefore is worth more money when sold.

6. Explore the world, but take it easy

Red Dead Redemption 2 has one of the most interesting and alive open worlds ever made, however a common mistake among players is to try to explore the world in the first hour of play and end up frustrated.

The beginning of the game takes place in a location in the mountains, called Colter. There is nothing important to explore at this point and the game does not release many skills.

Focus on completing the story missions until you liberate the city of Valentine, where the game really begins, with a wide variety of activities to do.

Be sure to play all side missions, missions of strangers, help people lost in the world. Finally, perform all possible activities. This allows you to visit different places, learn about the world, people and evolve your character faster.

Valentine City in Red Dead Redemption 2 (Image: Playback / Rockstar Games)

7. Portuguese and subtitles

The game does not allow you to change the language within your options. To change the language it is necessary to change the language settings of your console. That is, a console configured in English, will play the game in English.

Red Dead Redemption 2 has Portuguese subtitles. An option that I find interesting to enable is the possibility of putting the name of the character that is speaking in the subtitles.

To enable the option, do the following:

  1. Go to the options menu;
  2. Display;
  3. Then click on “Subtitles Speaker Name” and enable the feature.

Display menu and subtitles in Red Dead Redemption 2 (Image: Playback / Rockstar Games)

As a large part of the dialogues are done in groups, this facilitates your understanding of who is speaking.


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