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txpurpleandgold
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Starting RDR2
No spoilers obviously. I don’t want to read anything about the game, but is there anything that I absolutely SHOULDN’T do? Like “if you kill so and so, then you’ll never get these side missions” or whatever.


GoCrazyAuburn
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re: Starting RDR2
You can progress past some side missions. So, if you are worried about that, i'd knock them out as they pop up. When you have none left, do some more story until more pop up, etc.



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Neauxla_Tiger
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re: Starting RDR2
Advance in the main story far enough to unlock the map and fast travel. Also, setting a waypoint and entering cinematic mode on your horse will put you on auto-pilot to your destination. Use carriages/trains too. There's plenty of content in this game, don't need to spend hours travelling.


txpurpleandgold
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re: Starting RDR2
Thanks. Can I just be an *sshole to everybody (kill anybody I want, etc) or will that mess things up and have a whole town coming after me?


toosleaux
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Use carriages/trains too.


I literally played 95% of the game not knowing you could fast travel in the carriage. I auto-ran in cinematic mode everywhere. I guess the plus was that I did a shite ton of random encounter stuff.


ElectricWizard0
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re: Starting RDR2
I never got past chapter 2 sadly. Just felt like there was too much stuff to try to get a handle on, maybe I should give it another try.


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Froman
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re: Starting RDR2
Definitely don’t skip missions involving your camp. You learn a lot about each character by doing missions with them and were my favorite part of the game.


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Neauxla_Tiger
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re: Starting RDR2
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Can I just be an *sshole to everybody (kill anybody I want, etc) or will that mess things up and have a whole town coming after me?


Yeah for the most part. You have an honor system and it does impact how people interact with you. I went bad honor on my playthrough and I don't think it hurt my experience. But most of my "evil acts" were done in isolation out in the wilderness. Going on a murdering spree in the middle of a town has bigger consequences You will get huge bounties and early on if you don't have the cash to pay them then it can make it difficult to do other things

ETA: But even on random encounters in the wilderness you need to beware witnesses. Those f*ckers will pop up out of a bush and snitch to the cops
This post was edited on 7/8 at 3:25 pm


txpurpleandgold
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re: Starting RDR2
Got it. Thanks again.


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McCaigBro69
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re: Starting RDR2
I started it a month ago and I’m close to finishing. Here are a few tips I’d give.

- I would recommend making a new save for each chapter in case you want to go back. Chapters 2-4 have the best camps.

- Don’t plow through the story. Do stranger missions as you come across them and take time to grind out the satchels from the cook. You will get one that allows you to carry 99 of everything and it makes looting much less of a hassle.

- Explore. If something looks interesting there is probably a reason why. The world is beautiful and I’ve wasted hours just wandering.

- If you are overwhelmed at first don’t put it down. I was a bit overwhelmed at how much I had to do to stay alive, keep my horse in top riding condition, etc. you will pick it up quick.

- Catch and break the white Arabian horse ASAP. It’s one of the best horses in the game and is available as soon as the world opens up.

- Don’t trade in jewelry/valuables to the camp donation box. Just donate enough to upgrade camp. You will need the stuff for later.

- if you have a high bounty and a lot of cash then spend your cash first. The more cash you have on hand if you die or surrender the more the game takes away from you. Also, if you have a $500 bounty just antagonize a cop and surrender if you are broke. Your bounty will go away fully no matter how little cash you have.

- be sure to clean your guns

That’s what I’ve got off of the top of my head.



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McCaigBro69
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re: Starting RDR2
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Advance in the main story far enough to unlock the map and fast travel. Also, setting a waypoint and entering cinematic mode on your horse will put you on auto-pilot to your destination. Use carriages/trains too. There's plenty of content in this game, don't need to spend hours travelling.


I haven't fast travelled a single time in my save

You encounter so much riding everywhere, imo.



GoCrazyAuburn
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re: Starting RDR2
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Thanks. Can I just be an *sshole to everybody (kill anybody I want, etc) or will that mess things up and have a whole town coming after me?




One thing of note here, is your character interactions can alter the story some and how people interact with you, as well as the overall ending.

Only reason I say that is there are more implications to being an a-hole than racking up a high bounty and some people are ruder to you, or being a goody two shoes and never doing a single thing wrong. The choices you make do have some consequences.


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PEPE
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re: Starting RDR2
Don't bother spending a lot of money on weapons and outfits and supplies early on, shite like that, what you find in the world is more than enough to get by.

Upgrading the Camp Lodgings twice is the best use of money early, as that unlocks fast travel which is by far the most useful thing your money will buy the entire game.


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Ham Solo
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re: Starting RDR2
Don't try to name your horse Sugar Tits, it won't go well.


SG_Geaux
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re: Starting RDR2
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Don't try to name your horse Sugar Tits, it won't go well.





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Neauxla_Tiger
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re: Starting RDR2
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I haven't fast travelled a single time in my save

You encounter so much riding everywhere, imo.


Oh yeah, I enjoyed exploring too. I guess I separate exploring and just trying to get from Point A to Point B for something two different things. It's just good to have the option to fast travel if you need to. Sometimes I'd be low on ammo and didn't want to risk running into a gang or something, other times the wife was nagging me so I had to speed things up to finish whatever I was working on


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YumYum Sauce
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re: Starting RDR2
you can turn off the looting animation that is so damn frustrating. do this now


don't run into people on your horse


keep one of those horse revive potions on you at all times. cant think of the name


the pump shotgun is great

take your time exploring. once its over you'll be sad.


Ace Midnight
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re: Starting RDR2
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Don't try to name your horse Sugar Tits, it won't go well.


Tugar Sits would be funnier, anyway.

Should I play RDR (original) before I try this one?

I tend to avoid overhyped games these days, but an open world, wild west RPG, at least in the key of Elder Scrolls, might be just what I need later this year.


GoCrazyAuburn
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re: Starting RDR2
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Should I play RDR (original) before I try this one?


It isn't necessary. RDR2 is actually the prequel to RDR, so in essence you could play it second. Now, there is definitely some stuff that was really cool being able to see in RDR2 that you wouldn't really pick up on if you didn't play RDR.

Buddy of mine had never played RDR and went straight to RDR2 and loved it.

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I tend to avoid overhyped games these days, but an open world, wild west RPG, at least in the key of Elder Scrolls, might be just what I need later this year.



This game and RDR definitely aren't over hyped. Now, like any game, it just may not be your thing, but both games really are phenomenal.


txpurpleandgold
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Member since Nov 2005
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re: Starting RDR2
Thanks for the tips. Really enjoying it so far. I see what y’all mean about keeping track of everything (horse health and stamina, your health and stamina, etc) but I’ll figure it out. I didn’t realize that Dead Eye was going to be a VATS type system like Fallout. I like it in small doses, and I loved Fallout 4, but I hated that there was no real time combat, just VATS. This seems like a good mix.


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