Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the best games of the year. I shouldn't have to state why this is the case to anyone who has played it, but just in case you haven't, let me fill you in. The game... is... awesome! The story is a moving tale about one of the last few bands of outlaws left in the West. They are a close-knit group of people, more of a family than a gang, but you have to watch as the ties that bind them slowly unravel. Given that Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel, we more or less know that the Van der Linde gang will fall apart, but that makes it no less tragic when it happens.
Aside from the story, the world of Red Dead Redemption 2 is amazing as well. Rockstar Games has always been adept at making vast open worlds, but Red Dead Redemption 2 takes the cake. The space your outlaws inhabit feels huge and immersive. Part of the immersion is due to the fact that there are a plethora of activities you can participate in. I've had the game for a while, and I feel as if I've barely scratched the surface of what I can accomplish.
But of course, the developers of this game are the developers who worked on the Grand Theft Auto series. A lot of what you can do in Red Dead Redemption 2 is downright ridiculous. Read on if you want to hear about some of the gosh-darned silliest things you can do in one of the best games of the year.
Learning how to hogtie criminals and turn them in for a bounty is one of the first things Red Dead Redemption 2 teaches you how to do. This enables you to raise your honor in the game because you can turn them in alive.
However, if you want to use that in a more dastardly fashion, you can hogtie a person and lay them down on the tracks. All you need to complete the image is a large mustache to twirl and an oncoming train. And thanks to the living environment, a train is sure to come around and oblige you.
During the course of his rough-and-tumble adventures, Arthur Morgan gets pretty dirty. It doesn't help that the roads he travels on are sometimes just muddy tracks in the earth. If you get soiled enough, other NPCs will comment on Arthur's rundown state.
Rockstar Games has you covered though. If you pop on into a hotel, there is an option to give your character a nice and luxurious bath with actual hot water. Making sure my character bathes is something I never thought I would do in a video game.
Sometimes robbing a stagecoach and collecting bounties can get tiresome. It is strenuous to engage in so many shoot-outs. If you ever feel like chilling at camp, you can sit back and play a game of dominoes with one of your fellow gang members.
I was caught completely off-guard when I found out I could do that. I had not played dominoes (in real life) for a long time. Luckily for me, my skills had not disappeared in all that time. I was able to claim victory more often than not.
Everyone who plays Red Dead Redemption 2 has, at some point, tried to feed an alligator a lifeless body. Don't lie, you know you've tried it. Hiding the evidence of your crimes before it is investigated makes sense.
The big question is, have you tried the same trick with pigs? If you haven't, I am going to tentatively suggest that you do. I've seen alligators ignore floating bodies before. But as it turns out, pigs can be just as hungry for fresh meat. If you need a handy way to destroy evidence, try pigs.
Arthur Morgan's hair actually grows throughout the game. If you're not careful and do not get it taken care of, your hair can grow to extreme lengths. Arthur can look like quite the wild man. If your hair gets to be too long, you can take Arthur to a barber and get it trimmed.
What's even stranger, if hair generally bothers you, Arthur can pay to get a shaved head. I have not mustered the courage yet to shear Arthur that way. Be braver than me and give it a try.
Hopefully, this "glitch" will not be fixed by the time this is published. There is a spot by Saint Denis where, if you walk your horse through it, your horse will catch on fire and collapse.
What is so crazy about this is that it's not just your own horse that will burst into flames. If an NPC attempts to ride a horse through this spot, their horse will light up as well. I dearly loved my horse too much to ride through the area myself. But I did hang around for fifteen minutes waiting for an unsuspecting bystander.
Arthur Morgan is not a heartless crook all of the time, especially if he is being controlled by a kind-hearted player. A player can, if he or she so chooses, give money to homeless people if they catch them begging on the streets.
If simple generosity is not enough to convince you to give to the poor, you should know that interacting with them kindly allows for further conversations with them in the future. They will remember Arthur Morgan and have a few words for him later on.
I've covered pretty mundane and silly activities so far, but helping a mad scientist build a robot is pretty epic. If you find a man named Marko Dragic, you can begin a quest to help him create artificial intelligence.
This quest ends up taking you up to the snowy north. I won't spoil what happens, but it's a pretty ridiculous story with over-the-top dramatic moments. I mean, robots during the time of cowboys? What's next, cowboys fighting aliens?
It is kind of strange that a rough man like Arthur Morgan keeps a diary and writes in it regularly. But he does. I think Arthur Morgan's diary is one of the most underrated things in Red Dead Redemption 2.
Do not let the opportunity to read Arthur's diary go to waste.
Not only does it provide insight into the gang's disintegration, but Arthur is a bit of an artist. He fills parts of his diary with little sketches of things he has seen on his journeys. So be sure to read your diary!
There are some people who enjoy fishing mini-games. I'm not one of them. I don't have the patience for standing around waiting for a nibble. Thankfully, there is a way to fish in Red Dead Redemption 2 without a fishing pole.
You can use a lit piece of dynamite to literally blow the fish out of the water.
No longer do you have to wade out into the water, cast out your line, wait for five hours, and then reel in a single fish. You just ignite the fuse, toss the stick of dynamite into the water, and ba-blam! Instant fish fillet.
Okay, so you don't actually become a paleontologist. Rather you become an amateur paleontologist as you help the real paleontologist collect dinosaur bones.
I'm a huge dinosaur nerd, so I was tickled pink to find out that Arthur Morgan could go on a hunt for dinosaur bones in Red Dead Redemption 2. This is definitely one side quest that I could get behind. I did not mind scouring the very large map for these bones one bit. Fair warning, it can get a bit tedious.
At some point in the story, Arthur Morgan meets some men who serve as fences. They sell things that you have stolen from other people. Certain fences can even sell stolen horses. Once that option came into play, I finally utilized Arthur's ability to leap from horse to horse.
It was perhaps one of my favorite criminal activities to participate in. I would jump onto strangers' horses and then ride it away to be sold. Easiest in-game money I ever made.
It took me way too long to figure out that if you stand Arthur Morgan in front of a mirror, he will start talking to himself. It is a hilarious moment. Sadly, Arthur doesn't seem to have a very good opinion about his looks.
As soon as he starts talking, he starts disparaging his image and calling himself "ugly." I wished I could somehow go into the game and comfort Arthur, telling him that compared to the rest of the Van der Linde gang, he isn't all that unfortunate looking.
You get an opportunity to meet the Wolf Man in Red Dead Redemption 2. This little activity actually scared the heck out of me. I was just riding in the hills when I started to hear some howling. The howling did not sound like the howling of animals. It sounded like a person was howling.
I then came across a man who was not wearing any clothes. He started gibbering and led me to a cave where he was apparently living with some wolves. The guy jumped me when I tried to leave.
If you find yourself getting bored with the action and excitement of the outlaw life, why not try something refreshing and mundane like buying a newspaper? Head into town and find a local paperboy trying to sell some papers.
You can pay the lad, pick up a newspaper, and then read it at your leisure.
Just don't do what I did and read the paper in the middle of the road. I got in someone's way, and they got angry when I didn't move aside quickly enough.
Look, I know that Arthur and the Van der Linde gang are not regular do-gooders. They're outlaws. They shoot and steal as opposed to opening up peaceful dialogue. Still, I never liked robbing people in their homes. It felt so wrong.
However, breaking into people's homes and robbing them is something you can do in Red Dead Redemption 2. If you do it at night, you can sneak around the house without waking anyone up. If it's daylight, you're more likely to cause a bit of a ruckus.
My absolute favorite thing to do in Red Dead Redemption 2 is to pet the puppies that are all over the towns. Okay, that might not be my absolute favorite thing to do, but it's still so cute that you get to do that! It is the kind of interaction that shows how much attention to detail Rockstar Games gave the world.
I made sure that every time a dog or cat approached me, I would have Arthur kneel down and give the animal a pat. Anyone who scolded the doggies is a monster. All they want is love!
It's the Wild West. Of course, there are going to be plenty of saloons for Arthur Morgan to get his drink on. Red Dead Redemption 2 invites players to visit the local tavern and hammer away those glasses.
Be prepared for wild times.
Arthur Morgan's vision gets blurry, he's liable to up-chuck, and he likes to pick fights more often. Early on, you'll get the opportunity to raise a glass with Lenny. Take it from me, do not waste that chance. A night out with Lenny is the best thing I've ever seen.
Just because the game does not take place in modern times, doesn't mean you still won't be able to take a selfie. An early mission that Arthur Morgan can undertake gives him access to a camera.
With this camera, you can take a variety of photos, including many of yourself. True, you have to place the camera down and walk away, but it still counts as a selfie. Rockstar Games may be stretching the truth of history a bit, but it is worth it for such a silly moment.
When I picked up my first pack of cigarettes in Red Dead Redemption 2, I was confused as to what this strange card was that came with it. Turns out, those cards can be collected, traded, and sold. They are somewhat valuable, especially to an avid collector that Arthur Morgan can meet.
It was a mighty shame that I had discarded some of those cards early on because I'd had no interest in these strange items. How was I supposed to know these Famous Gunslinger cards were valuable?!
A huge incentive for me to buy Red Dead Redemption 2 in the first place was the ability to ride a horse in the game. I adore horse-travel in video games, so a game that centered on horse-travel so heavily was extremely attractive to me. Maintaining my horse ended up being a critical component of the game.
Plus, who knew you could customize your horse's appearance? The game treats its horses like cars. You can dye its hair, braid its hair, pick different saddles and blankets for it, or even give it dreadlocks.
Raise your hand if you've ever wanted to drive a train. All of your hands better be up in the air because Rockstar Games has made it possible for you to not only rob a train this time around, but you can also drive it.
Driving a train entails tooting its whistle and making it go slower or faster.
It can clearly only go one way, but it's still entertaining to have Arthur Morgan hop onto a locomotive and become an impromptu train conductor.
Arthur Morgan can attend several different types of productions in Red Dead Redemption 2. The game gives us a hilarious way to interact with the performers of these shows.
You can have Arthur either cheer or boo whoever is on the stage.
It became a favorite pastime of mine to have Arthur make an exclamation at the oddest of moments during a show. It was darned ridiculous. Plus, you don't even have to take a seat to watch the show. You can have Arthur stand right next to the stage as he loudly boos.
It is ridiculous how mutable and humongous Rockstar Games made the world in Red Dead Redemption 2. During the course of the story, several of Arthur Morgan's companions pass away, eliminated by the lawmen chasing after the gang. After their passing, if you can find the locations, Arthur can visit the graves of his fallen friends.
These moments are sobering reminders of the trials the Van der Linde gang has faced, but they are also jaw-dropping testaments to the insane amount of thought Rockstar placed on this game.
Red Dead Redemption 2 takes place in older times, so there are some pretty messed-up and outdated views included in the game's society. If you find the correct spot, you can attend a meeting with some white-robed members.
Now, before you go out of your way to disturb the meeting yourself, I highly suggest you just sit and watch it unfold. Mayhem ensues all on its own when an initiate accidentally sets his own robes on fire and then causes other members to go up in flames.