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A new game means new ways to play! Red Dead Redemption 2 will definitely improve upon previous titles - and not just the RDR series. Here's a few things to expect.

Customize Arthur

There are many ways to make Arthur unique to your liking. Firstly, you can mix and match all clothing items. You can even choose to roll up the sleeves! But before you prance around the snowcapped mountains shirtless, know that clothing will have an effect on Arthur's performance. Dress appropriately.

Arthur's hair will also grow out. Either trim it back or let it grow so the barber has something to work with. Unlike previous games where the barber shop can make hair magically appear, in Red Dead Redemption 2 you'll need to actually grow the hair out first.

Camera Modes

Watching the beautiful game world over the should of Arthur is fine but wouldn't you rather see if from his eyes? Rockstar has implemented a first-person camera so you can immerse yourself in the detailed landscape.

In addition to that, the cinematic camera has been updated. Either select it with the other views or simply press a button (similar to GTA V) and the camera will perch itself nearby as you wander around. Arthur or the horse he is riding will automatically move towards a waypoint or keep on the road.

Dead Eye

The signature feature of the Red Dead series is Dead Eye. At the click of a button the world slows down so you can paint your enemies with hits. Then hit the trigger and your character makes quick work of hitting each mark.

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Dead-Eye will be improved for RDR2. Level-up your senses to show weak point on enemies or animals including the heart or brain.

Weapons

Revolvers are a given. Rifles, shotguns, and knives are available as well. More modern weapons such as Gatling and Maxim guns will return. Good-ol' cannons? They might be back. Nothing confirmed. But if you want to have some fun, a lasso is usually good for laughs.

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Rockstar Games has come to love using a weapon wheel in their games. It makes selecting weapons much easier than cycling through like games of old.

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Weapon wheel in Red Dead Redemption

But unlike games of yesteryear, you won't be able to carry every single weapon you come across. As far as guns, you'll need to choose only the two best handguns and rifles. Arthur will carry the smaller guns and sling a rifle. Weapons not in use will be stored on your horse.

Another added feature is that weapons need to be maintained in order to work efficiently. After a good fire fight be sure to clean them up so they are ready for the next one.

Wanted Level

We can't always be the good guy... When you have too much fun local law enforcement will ride in to set you straight [into the ground]. The larger your wanted level the more attention you'll seek. Hide out for a while until they give up the search or go to the local post office to pay your own bounty.

Honor Level

Returning from Redemption, your notoriety in the game world is tracked and people will react accordingly. Higher honor will have citizens greet you when arriving in town. Lower honor will have them quietly exit the area and the tougher ones will try to make a name for themselves. Your honor can also help you get a fairer price for goods. But don't worry if it gets low, simple greet people as you find them and it'll slowly creep back up.

Hunting

Hunting will be more of a minigame and important for the survival of yourself and your gang. After taking down a large beast you have to drag it back to camp for food or a town to sell it off. The longer you take, the more the carcass rots. Using a bow and arrow will create a cleaner kill and increase your spoils.

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Hauling a dead deer

Your gang gets hungry. If there's no food they won't be in high spirits and not perform as well as you need them to. Fishing will also be available if you want to grab food in a more relaxed way.

Camera

Previews from September 20th revealed that an in-game camera will be available. You can even take selfies with it!

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The world around you

Red Dead Redemption 2 will include many other world features from the previous game including:
  • Duels - Settle disputes the old fashioned current way.
  • Bounties - Not-so-nice people are wanted by law enforcement. Take them in alive for big rewards.
  • Strangers - Secondary mission strings where you meet and help other people
  • Random Events - Encounters in the open world that may or may not be worth your while.
  • Animals - One of Red Dead Redemption's bigger features was the wildlife you could interact with.
  • Trading Posts - Sell or trade your animal furs for more useful items.
  • Games - Cards, horseshoes, dice and other games for extra cash and bragging rights - assuming you get out alive when they catch you cheating.
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