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Red Dead Redemption 2's Most Intriguing New Details And Features (So Far)

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As is to be expected from a new project that Rockstar has been working on for years, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an incredibly dense open-world game that's jam-packed full of details. We recently got to go hands-on with the high-anticipated sequel, and while playing we discovered numerous mechanics and details that go above and beyond those from the original Red Dead Redemption. While the game features improvements to pre-existing mechanics, there are light survival systems this time around. These require you to pay attention to things like your body temperature, gun maintenance, and meat expiration. As fans of the original, all of these new details are surprising and unexpected. But what has us the most enthused about it all is how these mechanics are likely to foster tons of ridiculous shenanigans in the game's world--especially once Red Dead Online releases.

We got to experience many of the new systems at work--most of which you can read about in our comprehensive feature compiling them all. But there were some fascinating standouts we wanted to highlight that we feel will contribute to some of the game's most memorable and entertaining moment-to-moment experiences. Included in this feature are nine of the most unexpected mechanics and details in Red Dead Redemption 2.

If you haven't already seen our Red Dead Redemption 2 preview covering the story missions we saw, make sure to read it for our in-depth impressions on the game. Though, if you want to get caught up with everything there is to know about Red Dead Redemption 2, check out our roundup of everything we've learned about RDR2. In the meantime, what details are you most excited to experience in Red Dead Redemption 2? Let us know in the comments below.

Clothes Make The Outlaw

The game's clothing customization options are comprehensive--each character will have different sets to coincide with hot and cold weather conditions. The type of clothes you wear will affect Arthur's performance. For example, if you wear a weighty jacket during a hot summer day, your running stamina will take a big hit.

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Other customizations will allow layering and minor adjustments, like the option to roll up your sleeves or tuck your pants into your boots. Whatever you end up choosing, you're free to craft Arthur into the high plains drifter you want him to be.

You Can Fire Warning Shots And Whistle For Fun

By having your gun unholstered and holding Up on the d-pad, you can fire warning shots into the air. This is handy for intimidating people, scaring off animals, or generally being a rowdy buffoon while you're riding around.

Speaking of possible buffoonery, you can even whistle at people to get their attention or call your horse. And if you keep holding down the button, you can keep whistling until Arthur runs out of breath. Imagine combining both warning shots and whistling; you'll become the countryside menace you've always dreamed of being.

Your Guns Can Degrade And Jam

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You need to take care of your weapons in Red Dead Redemption 2. You have the option to clean them, which is incredibly important to do regularly because guns can jam mid-fire due to disrepair and environmental conditions. You don't want to be caught with a rusted gun--lest you seek to dig yourself an early grave.

Hunted Materials Can Rot And Be Damaged

The components you acquire from hunting all have an expiration date. If you're not careful, time will eventually take its toll and both the fresh pelt and carcass you've acquired will start to rot and attract vermin, reducing its value and making you generally unpleasant to be around. Not only that, but if you use a firearm to kill an animal as opposed to an arrow or knife, its pelt will be damaged and will sell for less at local stores.

Cleaning, Grooming, And Feeding Yourself

Speaking of unpleasantness, NPCs will react not just to the stink of your rotting deer corpse, but also if you haven't taken a bath in a while. Arthur needs to get clean and change his clothes every once in a while, since townsfolk may refuse to talk or serve him based on his appearance--having blood on your jacket doesn't attract the best reactions.

Time also has an effect on Arthur's hair, which actually grow longer. Customizing Arthur's haircut and facial hair styling is also dependent on length since you're allowed to cut things shorter, but won't have access to options that require more hair--a more realistic take on customization compared to GTA V. Of course, you're welcome to not pay attention to grooming. In fact, you can totally rock the mountain man look by just letting Arthur's hair and facial hair grow to its max.

Arthur will need to eat to keep his health and stamina meters up, but will also lose and gain weight depending on his food intake. He'll have to stay active in order to keep in top shape.

You Will Get A Camera

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We started a side quest during our time with Red Dead Redemption 2, and the mission giver handed Arthur a camera. This camera could be used at any time via your inventory, and yes, the first thing we did was take a selfie.

These aren't arm-out handheld selfies, though. The mode is titled "self-portrait" and will frame Arthur's whole body as if the camera were set up on a tripod. You'll be able to adjust expressions and poses, too--expect to see a whole bunch of self-portraits depicting Arthur squatting in front of various things on Twitter once the game releases.

You Can Lose Your Hat

If you're not careful, you can easily lose your hat in the midst of a shootout. If you drop your hat, you need to physically pick it back up to get back to looking like a proper outlaw. Though, if you ride away from your hat, it'll appear as an icon on the map. However, it will reappear back on your horse if you go too far away. Alternatively, Arthur can swap his hat for any other one that just happens to fall off someone else's head. Sometimes you just have to adjust your style on the go.

There's A Killcam That Changes Depending On Your Honor

When you take out the final opponent during a gunfight, a killcam will frame that final blow a la Max Payne 3. This will change depending on Arthur's moral standing: If you've been a naughty cowboy, these kill cams will be gorier. If you've been upstanding and honorable, they'll be framed in a more heroic fashion like those from the classic film Westerns of old.

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You Can Break Enemy's Weapons

Speaking of heroic behavior: if you want to go the more non-lethal route, it's possible to shoot weapons out of enemy hands. Not only that, but you can even shoot at their weapons and break them. This seems like a handy technique if you're looking to be an outlaw with a heart of gold as opposed to a straight-up cold-blooded killer.

Catch A Stage Show

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Assuming he isn't too stinky to make it past the ushers, Arthur can kick back and catch a show at the local theater. We're curious the sorts of genre of theater you'll be able to see or what Arthur like watching.

You Can Dance (If You Want To!)

If you find yourself at camp and the mood strikes you, you can break a leg and dance with your gang. The simple moves in the trailer seems fairly traditional, but we'll put good money on there being sillier options whenever Red Dead Online launches.

Horse Dressage And Drifting Techniques

Horses are an important part of Red Dead Redemption 2, but it seems like they're far more capable creatures than they've ever been in previous games. During our hands-on, we were able to rear our horse on its hind legs, perform drifts to change direction quickly (apologies to equestrian enthusiasts), and move our horse precisely by performing dressage techniques.

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Wow. People are actually complaining because of more fine gameplay mechanics and details, and that even BEFORE it came out and they actually played it.

Go play your other shallow open world games of recent times then, like AC Origins/Odyssey or The Witcher 3 where there's nothing else to do but follow a line on you mini-map to your next dialogue and engage in some simplistic, piss easy combat in between. There's plenty of them.

Leave the Breath of the Wild's and Red Dead Redemption's of this world to us, who expect something more out of a game that boasts with an "immersive open world", and stop bitching it isn't dumbed down and "aCcEsSiBLe" enough for you...

I don't consider myself a hardcore gamer or whatever at all, but people that are complaining that RDR2 will be too complex for them are just the filthiest of casuals.

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Why is it that the more I read about this game, the more I want to cancel my order.

Survival aspects? Really?? RPG anyone?

I just want to run around and have fun like GTA and RDR, not have to maintain my horse, body, gun, meat, temperature.. and all the other stupid crap they are putting into this game. Do I have to wipe my ass and jerk myself off too?

Way to mess up something that was once fun...

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@chubby170: wait, so making the game more interesting and deep are negatives to you?

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@p1p3dream: You find that stuff interesting? Not me! Thats just a hassle having to do that stupid stuff. its a great way for them to make the game longer by having you stop gameplay and add that crap.

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@chubby170: Hey, fair enough! I can easily understand that not everyone enjoys having simulation and survival elements. I typically dont really enjoy games that are based completely around survival aspects like DUST... but for games that have a story / narrative, and the surival elements fit in with the story- i think it can be a cool way of making you feel more apart of the world. I don't think you need to worry too much about these things though, as Rockstar is a smart developer and they understand their player base, so my guess is that if they have survival elements they will be very "light" and perhaps might even be able to be turned off. Rockstar has a pretty stellar track record, so it might be premature to judge the mechanics of their game before playing.... who knows, you might be surprised and end up enjoying what they add! We'll see though.

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@chubby170: don’t buy it then crybaby

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@deeeeznuts: hahah im not going to!

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@chubby170: Why would you pre order a game anyways, unless of course its a physical copy packed with some goodies, maybe character figurines in a limited run. Thats a pre order. Dont get that, especially pre ordering digital

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@dudebropartyyo: Ha, I typically dont. I preordered it two years ago on Amazon when it was first announced and got a deal for $47.00. So saving a few bucks made sense to me.

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@chubby170: I completely disagree with you. They are trying to move away from typical open world tropes and give us a world to get lost in... not a world that we just move point to point in. This game is going to be a game changer... If you don't want to take care of your horse or yourself in the game you don't have too. Its up to you. I think that is very cool. I have only dreamed of a game that goes into so much detail. I personally can't wait to play

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@Legend_of_Link: I guess its just a difference of opinion. I am not looking to play something with side grinding.

To me, Rockstar games were never made to be realistic and thats what I like about them. Doing this kind of stuff actually pulls me out of the game as its an annoyance and distraction and gets in the way of the flow.

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@chubby170: I can understand your point. I have some mild concerns too. Preparing for a mission shouldn't be like getting ready for a Friday night out. Polish Gun, Shave, Bathe, Eat, Brush Horse, Change Clothes, Ready!

I'm hoping these arent thing that detract away from the main game as I agree that this will slow the game and be annoying, i'm getting flashbacks of "Hey Nico, Want to go Bowling!?"

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@Legend_of_Link: So why do people complain about survival in Kingdom Come, apparently its to hard and annoying to have to eat and all that.

We have a great survival mod in Skyrim PC, again most found it hard and time consuming and only really hardcore crowd kept playing the game that way.

Majority of gamers are really casual, also casual or hardcore has nothing to do with how much you play games, what sytem or whatever. Its how challenging you want your games to be.

Imagine GTA V being targeted at hardcore audience, game wouldnt have done that well financially because hardcore audience isnt that big overall.

My point is, either make survival in RDR2 as hard as possible or dont make it all, gimmick bullshit is pointless

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@dudebropartyyo: fair point

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@dudebropartyyo: I enjoy the survival aspects. I loved Kingdom Come - such an underrated title. I also played Fallout 4, although the survival aspects were only included in the Survival difficulty level - which was so f#cking hard I got fed up with it. But if you only played it on "Very Hard" (the level below Survival), the survival aspects weren't included.

Oh well - back to Subnautica / The Long Dark then...

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I love seeing a new red dead article even time stamped today (10/10) only to see comments 20 days old.

Write, get clicks, recycle get clicks.

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@xxmavr1kxx: This article has been re-uploaded four times I think (with no new info)

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Rockstar have really outdone themselves with this game.

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I like how casual the video is but can we please not do it in the kitchen area again? It was very annoying hearing people open and close the microwave and moving around plates and silverware. Not cool.

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This Gamespot dude in this video look like a werewolf, he got hair almost covering his entire hands. That's one really hairy son of a gun.

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Gotta add, again, how much I like this format, from the camera work to the casual conversational feel and your chemistry together. Feels like I just hung out with two friends at the coffee shop. Very cool. And though you,say the video “went on” I didn’t feel it was too long at all.

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Wow, they are taking so many risks with all these complicated systems in regards to will they all hold together and make for an enjoyable experience. I have high confidence in these devs and super-impressed with their ambition, nit just sitting on their laurels.

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@cappy: Thats right. I just cancelled my two year old preorder due to all the crap they put in this game. Sounds like they sucked the fun right out of it.

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@chubby170:

Hey, thanks for the reply. :)

From your other post, I can definitely see why you’d cancel. It seems to have gone in a very different direction than you hoped!

Personally, I am excited about this IF the systems are not too cumbersome, but just add some depth. I’m interested in losing myself in a world like this, and more depth can help. I use Destiny 2 for my light hearted pew pew, so this could offer something different for me.

But as excited as I am, I’d never pre-order any game. That goes doubly for one so ambitious. Just waiting a few weeks more is pretty easy. I can switch my perspective so as to enjoy the anticipation. It is impossible for me to tell if I’ll like a game pre-release. I need multiple good reviews to know. Even then, I get it wrong sometimes.

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sounds like a lot of busy work that will get annoying after a while, especially the weapon maintenance and required hygiene. also, please tell me you can skip the animal skinning scenes this time around? for god sakes!

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@Xristophoros: yes, that’s my fear. BUT talented devs could pull it off, if the activities are fun and the survival elements don’t take too much time and some can be taken care of just by playing the game.

But a “light Destiny 2” or GTA experience it clearly will not be.

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@Xristophoros: Agreed. It sounds awful with these unnecessary changes.

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@Xristophoros: Wasn't that one of the perks in RDR, to stop those repetitive cut scenes? Or am I thinking of Assassin's Creed / Far Cry?

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@mpl911:

You are probably thinking about AC/Far Cry.

I've been replaying RDR the last few weeks and have yet to be able to do so. Isn't really all that annoying to me anyway, but then again I am one of those people who try to avoid fast travel as much as possible and go on foot/horst, so I guess I have a bit more patience (Unless it is loading screens, I hate loading screens for entering buildings).

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@Xristophoros: I was wondering the same... rdr1 small animals had short animations, but try skinning a deer, it takes forever with no skipping :(

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Knowing Take2, they will make the survival crap tedious and like a grind. Then they'll offer a pay option so you can be permanently fed or clean. Another for a weapon that doesn't need cleaning.

Take 2 has moved HEAVILY into monetizing full retail games like they're ftp mobile games. Look at what they did to NBA! Calling the "grind" an unfortunate reality of games nowadays. There should not be any grinding in a full price game.

Some of you like this sort of bullshit, but to me it's a waste of time. It's not fun to eat, shower, and do all trivial shit in a game that I want to play for fun.

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@Vodoo: I played a little over half way through kingdom come deliverance, and you're not wrong lol this won't be that bad though.

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@bentleyj10: KCD doesn't make it too bad though. Food, water troughs, grindstones etc are littered everywhere (Plus you can get money pretty easily with the whole bandit/Kuban killing missions and use blacksmiths or your own repair kits to clean it). Sure a trough won't get you 100% clean, but enough not to be super dirty. Though I do use a mod to extend the whole dirty clothes/armor stuff, it is way too fast in vanilla.

I like all the immersion stuff they are adding in RDR 2, but I hope you don't have to go to your owned properties/camp or a bathhouse every time you get dirty (And that it has an appropriate length for getting dirty/smelly to really noticeable levels) or get a haircut after just a few days.

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They were definitely inspired by fable with some of these systems.

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I hope the eating/drinking part isn't too over the top. I have played games before where it was cool and realistic at first but then just became tedious after the game went along.

If they are going for realism then why give me the option to shoot someones gun out of their hand, that is just Hollywood fluff? In real life it is hard enough to just hit a target when you are being shot at let alone hitting anything like a hand, leg or gun that is in motion.

Still, I am looking forward to this game, not so much because I loved the original game, it was just ok, but because I know what I am going to get with a Rockstar game. It will give me hours and hours of solid play for my money.

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@sdzald: Rockstar games have never been realistic. I dont know why they are putting this garbage into the game. Very unhappy.

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Hope the eating and cleaning isn't as tedious as San Andreas.

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My brain has exploded

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"Your Guns Can Degrade And Jam"

I hope it's done more intuitively than in Far Cry 2. It was cool in theory but just became an unwelcome nuisance in that game.

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Looks like a lot of features have been added to help accentuate the feel of immersion Rockstar is going for. For fans of the first news like this is a good thing and will only make the wait until it releases even more unbearable.

It will be fun in the coming months to see just how gamers go about using some of these new mechanics in ways that even the developers did not intend.

-FULL IMMERSION NINJA APPROVED-

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@videogameninja: Im a big fan of the first and none of these changes sound like a good thing to me, at all. I am on the verge of cancelling my order actually.

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