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Why Red Dead Redemption II is the perfect game for lockdown 2.0

The 2018 Rockstar Games‘ hit, Red Dead Redemption 2 was nothing short of a gaming masterpiece.

One of our resident gamers, Brad Burgoyne says that the game, often described as “Grand Theft Auto with Horses”, has become one of his favourite ways to pass the time while living under the current stay at home orders.

Here’s why he thinks it’s the perfect game for lockdown 2.0

Why I returned to Red Dead Redemption 2 for lockdown 2.0

When it was first released, Red Dead Redemption 2 was a critical darling with its engaging open world and immersive gameplay that gave players the feeling of being transported back in time to the early 1900s. And back then, my only gripe with the game was its complete disrespect of my time.

From the opening hours of the game, you quickly realise it’s designed to be played at its own pace. There’s no running in camp, missions that just involve fishing, and if you finish a mission without your horse, you’re just stranded in the wilderness with no option but to just walk to civilisation.

About a month after I started playing, I decided to start mainlining the story, forgetting about side quests and stopped caring about getting all the legendary or perfect skins. My aim was just to complete the main campaign.

After finishing the main story, I removed the game from my PS4 and put it in the draw with the idea that I’d come back to it one day and complete EVERYTHING.

Now, with lockdown 2.0 hitting Newcastle, all my weekend plans cancelled, and no big AAA game releases on the way, I realised that right now was the perfect time to dust off the disc and “do it right”. And boy am I glad I did!

It’s the perfect way to spend your time during lockdown because you can do so many things in-game that you just can’t do in NSW right now.

Camping

One of the highlights of this playthrough was my hunt for the best horse in the game, the White Arabian.

This particular horse lives at the north of the map, in the snow-covered Grizzlies miles away from any civilised town. So, making sure I packed my warmest clothes, I set out on a week-long journey (in game time) only stopping to hunt for food along the way.

Finally, I found the Arabian only to spook her and then spend the next 5 days hopelessly looking for her again.

After six nights of camping in the freezing cold, I decided to hunt the legendary bison & return home instead. Only to return to the quest a few missions later and reclaim the horse I needed so badly!

Hunting

Although I have never hunted in real life, the immersive hunting inRed Dead is definitely one of the highlights of the game.

Following the desired animal tracks, being aware of the wind direction, masking your own scent, getting the animal in your sights and making sure you have the correct weapon and ammo. It’s all great stuff. And the reward is the perfect skin you need to craft the upgrade you’ve been working on.

Partying

As you progress through the game, certain milestones cause the gang’s camp to have a celebration.

Beer & whiskey is unlimited in supply, singing around the campfire & unique interactions with each character really makes these scenes special.

There are only a few of these parties in the game, so make sure you take your time and enjoy them because you don’t know when you will get another chance to party with your real friends.


Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online is now available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Stadia. Visit rockstargames.com to find out more.