Red Dead Redemption 2 Catch-All

Took me a long time to find an equilibrium with the game I adored it once I did. As I remember it took me a good while to get used to the shooting in the first game.

Does anyone here play Red Dead Online? I'm just about getting into but I don't have a posse.

I played in the Beta, but kind of bounced off of it (suprisingly, since I've spent tons of hours in GTA 4, GTA V, and RDR 1 online). How does the current online experience compare to launch? I might consider jumping back in.

Can't compare to launch as I've only been playing during the lockdown. It works really well as an outside-simulator, and has surprisingly pleasant social interactions for a Rockstar game. There's a decent amount of coming across another player, maybe a wave or a nod, then kind of organically cooperating for a little bit, then drifting apart.

Negatives include some predatory microtransaction engagement crap, pointlessly gated content, and conflicting systems.

The engagement stuff isn't really in your face, more like progression streaks and seasons of whatever to generate a fear of missing out. Still, it seems distasteful to me. I ignore it. Then unlocking of stuff by leveling up that seems beyond pointless, just like in GTA 5.

The four roles you can unlock are gated by the gold currency, which I assume can be purchased for real monies. You earn gold in game by completing missions, but starting out a very low rate. This is all pointless, and those roles should just be unlocked by talking to the right person, so there's more to do in the world from the start.

The trader role requires interacting with your camp, but you don't always get a camp? I think the whole world map has fewer potential locations for camps that maximum players, maybe? Either that or there are enough locations, but the system for getting a camp is just bugged.

But as a moseying simulator it is very good. They need to add a hobo role that focuses on train hopping, cryptic symbol interpretation, and telling npcs stories that ramble on but ultimately don't go anywhere. I wanna unlock an equipable bindle, dagnabbit!

Agree with most of what Danjo says. It's fun, but it has unnecessary costs and gates that are there for two reasons: 1. To entice players to spend real money, or 2. To keep them playing longer. Either way, Rockstar wins, but it's not very player-friendly. Nevertheless, the core gameplay is still bananas crazy and there's so much to do. Plus, the online story (yep, there's a story in online mode), whilst never getting near the heights of the singleplayer game is still very good.

Silly question: Is the map the same for online?

PaladinTom wrote:

Silly question: Is the map the same for online?

Yep

strangederby wrote:

Ok. So many many hours in and this game is finally feeling fun like the first game. I'm glad I stuck with it and forced myself to ignore the terrible control scheme.

Today I went to see a show in some highfalutin posh town full of city folk. Some guy on stage caught a bullet then asked for a volunteer to use one of their own guns.

Spoiler:

So I did.

I have a mild fascination with stage magic. This is a legendary trick with a very compelling history. You should check it out.

I finally caved. Had some Xbox credits from Xmas and picked this up for half price as a slow-burning change of pace from CoD/Apex with pals during quarantine. I'm done with the tutorial and a few missions into Valentine at this point, any burning recommendations or things I should know straight away? Anyone playing on Xbox online?

I put in a little online most days, exploring the world, hunting and fishing, the occasional bounty. It is very pleasant.

I can see where jumping back and forth between singleplayer and online could get the controls confused, because like GTA 5 and 4, Red Dead's online controls are 2% simplified from what I remember. Specifically for running and the equipping of weapons when you get off your horse.

WizardM0de wrote:

any burning recommendations or things I should know straight away? Anyone playing on Xbox online?

In my personal opinion you should try and keep your honour fairly high. Sure, have the odd fun rampage from time to time but generally try to keep it high. There are two reasons for that. Firstly, having higher honour gives you access to more missions later on in the story. Secondly, I think the story just makes more sense that way. You'll see what I mean by the end. You can quickly check your honour by pressing down on the d-pad.

Take your time and drink it in. If you've played a few missions in valentine already then you've probably made peace with the slightly odd control scheme and the very slow, deliberate pace of the game. That's good, you can just enjoy the game now.

Depending on how you feel about achievements, I could give you a few more pointers, because there's one that's easy to miss and lock yourself out of.

Hit a potentially game breaking bug. I can't access my weapon/item wheel. Pressing left bumper does nothing. This means I can't change weapons or access items like my fishing rod.

strangederby wrote:

Hit a potentially game breaking bug. I can't access my weapon/item wheel. Pressing left bumper does nothing. This means I can't change weapons or access items like my fishing rod.

I've never come across that one before. Do you have an earlier save you can load from?

Sadly no. My current theory is that I'm at a point where Dutch doesn't want me to use weapons in Rhodes and the game had decided I can't use weapons anywhere.

Now if they’ll only add the 4K version of LA Noir I can stop feeling tempted to buy it again. I don’t want to play the story. I just want to drive around in 1940s Los Angeles.

That would be because I just bought it on sale for $30. You're welcome everyone! If anyone needs it to rain just say when and I'll get the car washed.

So why is it the highest stakes poker game in the single player game is $5? Unless I missed something?

Because for the period that was a lot of money for a poker game in a frontier town. Rough equivalent of $130-150 today according to dollartimes.com (closest year there is 1914).

Also it probably helps with not breaking the in game economy.

Meanwhile you can rob 20 from a register, earn 50 from a house robbery, dozens from the folks in a train car...

It takes like half an hour to win a poker game. At $100 but in it still wouldn't be economy breaking.

Online buy in is $25, but the animations make the game excruciatingly slow. Still, most players are very stupid, so if you know poker (and have some patience) it's a money maker.

It's a single player game. Why not let players break the economy?

I searched for an online poker game yesterday and it failed without finding anyone. Apparently there's no way to play with ai players online.

I might see if there's a way to mod it but I haven't seen any mods that edit game data. Mostly art swaps and shader tweaks.

How does one take a screenshot on the PC without using the Photo mode?

I use Windows + Shift + S to activate a region capture with the Windows built in Snip & Sketch tool.
And there's always Print Screen

For anyone starting this on PC, this guide was super helpful, particularly since my machine is starting to show its age:

Also worth trying out the DX12 setting instead of Rockstar's default Vulcanoid.

polypusher wrote:

I use Windows + Shift + S to activate a region capture with the Windows built in Snip & Sketch tool.
And there's always Print Screen

Ill try that. Print screen never works for me. Do you know the location of the screenshots?

It'll be in your clipboard so you can paste it into paint or paint.net or whatever. You can also click on the window that'll pop up and do a Save As from there.

kergguz wrote:

Does anyone here play Red Dead Online? I'm just about getting into but I don't have a posse.

I just finished the single player and I'm looking for a permanent posse for Online! If there are no existing posses, shall we start one? I'm on PC. PM me if anyone wants to join.

wwje wrote:
kergguz wrote:

Does anyone here play Red Dead Online? I'm just about getting into but I don't have a posse.

I just finished the single player and I'm looking for a permanent posse for Online! If there are no existing posses, shall we start one? I'm on PC. PM me if anyone wants to join.

Hey, wwje.... I tried online for 20 hours or so. I love story mode, but online was buggy, and generally ruined by hackers/griefers maybe 1 out of every 3 sessions I played. It stopped being fun sorry. There may be others more tolerant to it though!