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What You Need to Know Before Starting ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’

Red Dead Redemption 2 — the epic follow-up to Rockstar’s 2010 Western masterpiece — is now available on PS4 and Xbox One.

Enjoying the scenery in Red Dead Redemption 2

The Setting

Red Dead Redemption 2 is set in 1899 — 12 years before Red Dead Redemption — with the Wild West all but tamed. The steam engine has revolutionized transportation, railroads carve harsh lines through what used to be wilderness, and while many don’t yet know it, the world sits on the precipice of change.

The world of Red Dead Redemption 2 features swampy bayous filled with hillbillies, snakes, and gators. There are rolling green hills, luscious flat countryside, and snowy mountains to trek over. Cities and towns of all sizes freckle the land, many connected by rail. It’s massive in size: There are more than 1,000 things to do and discover, and NPCs sport half a million lines of dialog — more than twice the amount featured in Grand Theft Auto 5. And it’s made bigger still thanks to the technology of the setting. There are no Hydra Jets or Ocelot Pariahs in the Wild West: instead of thousands of horsepower, you’re traveling at just one.

Rockstar makes the most of this, filling every inch of the map with things to see and do — be it wildlife, other travelers, or landmarks.

Red Dead Redemption 2

The Characters

In Red Dead Redemption 2 you’ll play as Arthur Morgan, an enforcer in Dutch van der Linde’s gang. A no-nonsense kind of guy, Arthur has been a member of the gang since he was a young boy, and his upbringing as an outlaw shows.

The Van der Linde Gang is an anarchic collection of misfit wayfarers — that is to say, a bunch of scoundrels — and you’re a key member of the group. Dutch handles the strategy: He decides where you and the crew will find your next big score. That means train robberies, bank heists, assaulting other gang hideouts, and more — and as one of the best shooters in the gang, you’ll be front-and-center.

Your time is mostly your own though. You can play poker or blackjack, either at the camp or in one of the saloons in the many towns. You can tame wild horses, get into brawls, fish in the rivers, and hunt down wildlife.

If you’re looking to help the Camp out, you can lean on debtors for a loan shark friend or scramble up herbs for your friendly doctor. You don’t have to do these things, but if you do the Camp will grow as you improve it, and you’ll get access to better medicines, fast travel points, and more as you go.

Red Dead Redemption 2

The Combat (or Lack Thereof)

Rockstar is revolutionizing the way we interact with games in Red Dead Redemption 2. If you accidentally antagonize someone, sure, you could draw your revolver and shoot them dead. You’re the notorious outlaw Arthur Morgan, after all. But you’ll get a bounty on your head, and you’ll have to dodge the sheriffs until you get rid of it.

In Red Dead Redemption 2, if you keep that weapon holstered and interact with the person you’ve upset, you’ll be able to try to talk your way out of the situation.

It’s part of the revolutionary new interaction. You use it to bond with your horse, to butter up shopkeeps around the world, to pat dogs, and to start fistfights with men who look at you funny. Instead of primarily interacting via the shooting of a gun, the world of Red Dead Redemption 2 feels more alive because you interact with it in a more natural way.

Red Dead Redemption 2

The Honor System

Those interactions you have influence another new system in Red Dead Redemption 2: Honor. The actions you take will be reflected in the way people react to Arthur in the game world. Do honorable things, and people will be quicker to give Arthur the benefit of the doubt. He’ll get more offers for bounty hunting jobs, allowing him to make legal cash easier.

Act dishonorably, and things will be a bit rougher on Arthur — in law-abiding towns, anyway. People will steer clear of you, and deputies might be quicker on the draw. Outside of civilization though, robberies will pay more, witnesses will be easier to intimidate and the cinematic killshots will be more intense. Balancing Honor will play a large role in your time with the game, and will influence many of your decisions as you play.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is Rockstar’s most ambitious game yet. It’s more in-depth, more intimate and more immersive than any game they’ve ever done. It’s out now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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What to Know (and Do) Starting ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’

It’s time to properly get into the meat of Red Dead Redemption 2, and we all have many glorious gunslinging hours ahead of us. We want to make sure you get off to the best start possible.

Thankfully, much of Red Dead Redemption 2 is explained very well. It’s not like you’re excessively having your hand held, but there’s enough polish to the game that helpful messages pop up at the right times, and Rockstar has made it impossible to dig yourself into a hole you can’t get out of.

That said, there are a few things we were stressing over that we probably didn’t need to.

A horse rears up on its hind legs with a rider on top in Red Dead Redemption 2.
The rearing technique is learned at tier 2 of bonding with your horse.

Any Gun or Horse Will Do

There’s been a lot of hype about the weapon systems, and taking care of your horse. We’ve written about it, and the hype is warranted — these are very cool parts of the game. But they’re also more optional than perhaps you were led to believe.

The default autoaim (which can be turned off) is so strong, we found it didn’t really matter which gun we used. Aim with Left Trigger and the reticle will centre on your enemy’s chest. Adjust for a headshot if you like, and pull Right Trigger to fire the shot.

A horserider stands near a tall tree.
There's no lack of expansive scenery to go horseriding in.

Similarly, we went through the game with what we’re sure is a “weak” horse with unexciting stats. We never had a problem. We still won races, and hauled carcasses after hunting. Bonding happens naturally with time in the saddle, and there’s plenty of that when going from A to B.

There’s a deep side of the game for anyone who wants to take care of their horse, and customise their weapons. But just be aware this is something to do if you want to. It simply won’t make much of a difference if you use a different horse or gun, so use your favourite and customise the hell out of it.

Sure, a sawed-off shotgun will perform better in short range engagements than a sniper. But for most middling firefights? Use whatever you like.

Decisions Come in Many Forms

Much of the time in Red Dead Redemption 2, you’re making decisions without even knowing it. Even when you do know it, it’s hard to know the import of those decisions at the time.

That’s because games usually give you challenges with a fail state and a win state. Many of RDR2‘s activities have neither — rather, just different story branches.

Take this spoiler-free example from a mission in which you get Lenny drunk to take his mind off some things. Eventually you’re intoxicated enough to run from the police. If you’re caught, it seems like you were meant to be caught. If you get away, it seems like getting caught would have resulted in a fail state.

In reality, both are just different story branches which see you wake up in a different spot. Though admittedly, waking up in jail is worse. But the drunkard who gave you a hard time earlier in the night? Depending on what you chose to do with him, the night could’ve taken a much darker turn. You might’ve been okay with that, but would Lenny? Especially given his state of mind?

Fast travel Red Dead Redemption 2 map Arthur Morgan accommodation ledger
You may have to look for the fast travel map again when you move camp.

Fast Travel in RDR2

It’s not exactly hidden, but it’s not exactly signposted either. Red Dead Redemption 2 has a fast travel option, but you’ll almost always have to pay (in-game money) to use it.

There’s a fast travel ability from your camp to anywhere you’ve visited before, or there are stagecoaches in each town that can take you to previously reached locations. Just make sure you don’t have a bounty on your head if you want to use a taxi coach.

Read our fast travel guide to learn how to unlock the option at your camp.

Blue shack at Lenora View Red Dead Redemption 2
This blue house at Lenora View has a sad story to tell.

Not All Stories Are Told Through Words

Not all stories are told through missions, either. Some of the coolest things you’ll come across in Rockstar’s wild west are somewhat off the grid.

These intentionally unexplained elements of the game range from mysterious cabins, a serial killer’s bodies to find, hunting legendary animals and fish, and… well, hunting in general. The game doesn’t explain that very well.

The serial killer’s first victim is quite close to Valentine, and will just appear as “corpse” on the map. We recommend checking that out, as well as the first shack at Hani’s Bethel for an example of Rockstar’s environmental storytelling at work.

Just beware that if you’re on a mission, sometimes going a little too far will force you to restart from a checkpoint. But otherwise, ride free once in a while. It’s a little too easy to rely on that map. Get lost and find yourself at a new town far away, and ride the stagecoach back.

Bandana character draws bow and arrow in RDR2.
The bow and arrow is good for stealth, but also clean hunting kills.

Hunt Smarter, Not Harder

Running out and using whatever weapon/ammo you want when hunting is fine for food, but not for pelts. You can sell poor and good quality pelts, but for crafting, only perfect pelts will do.

That means paying attention to the factors that will damage the pelt. Some ammo and weapons are meant for small game like rabbits, for example. The place your shot hits matters too.

You can get close to an animal and press RB or L2 to study the animal and get valuable hunting information. This includes what kind of weapon and ammo to use. Even if you’re chasing down an animal and holding RB/L2 while close to it, it’s worth it. This was the largest factor for us in getting perfect pelts.

Stay tuned for a more in-depth hunting guide here on FANDOM which will cover things like poison arrows, weak spots, and legendary animals.

Arthur Morgan Red Dead Redemption 2
Having blood and dirt on your clothes doesn't help with the town's opinion of you.

Change Your Appearance

Using your mask when performing dastardly deeds does help, but it’s not a cure-all. Townsfolk will still put two and two together, sometimes even if they didn’t see the crime.

Another thing you can do is change your clothes and facial appearance whenever you can. Let them gossip all they like about the “man in the blue shirt who caused a ruckus” as you walk around town in your new coat. And yes, the AI really does work like that.

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Too Lit! Border Agent Pleads Guilty to Accidentally Starting a Wildfire During a Gender Reveal Party, Fined $220K

An Arizona border patrol agent accidentally started a wildfire with a firearm and explosives during a gender reveal party and has been ordered to pay a hefty fine.

via Complex:

Arizona Daily Star reports that border patrol agent Dennis Dickey was off-duty at the time of the incident that resulted in a massive fire that quickly spread.

Dickey reportedly shot at the explosive Tannerite, with the color of the subsequent powder plume to reveal the expected sex of the baby. Blue symbolized boy and pink for girl. Things didn’t go exactly as planned.

At the time the blaze began, the National Weather Service had issued a fire watch warning. When Dickey shot at the target, the colored explosion ignited. Dickey reported the fire at the time of the incident, which went down back in April of 2017 close to Madera Canyon, and admitted he was responsible for the blaze.

“It was a complete accident,” Dickey said to the judge. “I feel absolutely horrible about it. It was probably one of the worst days of my life.” Dickey pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor offense of causing a fire without a permit, and has been ordered to pay a cool $ 220,000 in restitution. He will also serve five years of probation.

According to the Department of Justice, the Sawmill Fire that he caused resulted in over $ 8 million in damages. It eventually spread across an astonishing 47,000 acres over a week and around 800 firefighters were called on to fight the blaze.

Thankfully, no injuries were reported as a result of the fire.

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Amazon Will Pay a $15/Hr Minimum Wage to All U.S. Employees Starting Nov. 1

Amazon delivered news Tuesday morning that will affect hundreds of thousands of U.S. workers: increased wages.

The retail giant is raising its minimum wage to $ 15 per hour for all U.S. employees, effective Nov. 1. The increase applies to full-, part-time, temporary and seasonal employees. Amazon subsidiaries such as Whole Foods will also see the wage increase.

More than 250,000 current Amazon employees will benefit from the wage increase, as will the 100,000-plus seasonal employees the company plans to hire for the holidays.

Currently, starting hourly pay at Amazon varies, usually depending on region. For example, a listing for a seasonal, part-time warehouse team member in Kent, Washington, has starting pay at $ 14.25 per hour — the same job in Theodore, Alabama, lists a starting pay of $ 10.40 per hour.

The company also announced that it will start lobbying for an increase in the federal minimum wage, which is currently at $ 7.25 per hour.

Maybe Amazon is being altruistic — or maybe the company is thinking of seasonal hiring needs in an extremely tight labor market.

Major retailers across the country are in the midst of major hiring for the holiday season and scrambling to fill openings. The arms race for workers has prompted many to announce wage increases, better schedules and increased benefits. Amazon appears to be following suit.

Amazon has increasingly faced criticism over pay disparity and working conditions.

A company filing in April revealed that the median pay for fulfillment center employees was just $ 28,446. And shortly after the retailer become the second U.S. company to hit the $ 1 trillion market-value milestone in early September, Sen. Bernie Sanders made headlines for announcing legislation targeted at Amazon and other companies for their low-wage practices.

In a press release regarding the wage increase, Amazon acknowledged some of the flack it has been receiving.

“We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO. “We’re excited about this change and encourage our competitors and other large employers to join us.”

Kaitlyn Blount is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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