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10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Playing Red Dead Redemption 2

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The Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the open-world games that have high ratings. Sometimes, opening the game can be overwhelming as it has so much to it. Thus, there are a few handy tips to grip at the earliest to make it easier. You will also come across top providers such as battlelog that has some fantastic Red Dead Redemption hacks. 

Below is a list of techniques to make your experience with this unique game even better. So what are you waiting for? 

1. To quickly open the map, press the ‘start’ button

Many of us spend so much time looking around in Red Dead Redemption 2 before coming across this information. Opening the map is very easy by just pressing down the start button. This tip can indeed turn out to be a game-changer.

2. Don’t concentrate on supplies

Gamers usually prefer to store all the hideouts filled with food, ammo, and healing items. This point is undoubtedly a powerful technique in Red Dead Redemption 2. However, you might get overwhelmed quickly. 

Your attention will be on how you can provide supplies to your team and spend a considerable chunk of time collecting items for your camp. This will swipe your attention from the primary mission. Thus, don’t keep thinking about supplies too much, especially at the beginning of the mission. 

3. No need to rush

This is not an action game, so there is no need to rush. You don’t have to go for a gunfight and halt only to reload. You will have wide and open areas to explore and missions to complete.

4. Loot whatever you can

During the first chapter of this game, gunfights will kill many of the enemies. Try to utilize this time and loot all the corpses that you come across. You will come across several voices asking to hurry up but avoid them. 

Now, in Chapter 2, you will have enough money and ammo to retire on, and you can get through the supplies on time. It is advisable to loot everything at the very early stage to avoid scarcity.

5. Try to make use of various camera angles

There are a few games where you just pick a camera angle at the beginning of the game and let the setting be as it is. However, in Red Dead Redemption 2, swapping camera settings can make sense according to the situation.

Third-person view is the default option, and many people find it helpful. But when he or she is in the indoor or any of the loot locations, it is better to switch to the first-person view. Picking up specific items becomes easy when they can be seen from close. 

6. Keep a check on your step

Many players might feel this point to be basic. But it is very crucial to be mindful of where you walk. In Red Dead Redemption 2, accidents ought to happen. Whether from horseback or on foot, one might easily slip and fall down while climbing a hill, causing an untimely death. Thus, be careful of your footsteps.

7. Don’t bother about money

You might feel like spending your hard-earned money on flashy things that Dead Redemption 2 provides as a player. But many people control their temptation by thinking about the future. 

In this game, you will come across many opportunities to earn money, especially by finishing missions. Thus, there isn’t any need to go out of the way to keep your bag full of cash.

8. Do read the Red Dead Redemption 1 story

If you haven’t read or played Red Dead Redemption 1, make sure to do it. It will help you to enjoy Red Dead Redemption 2 a lot more. Also, getting to know the characters will give you context. 

Even if you don’t want to play Red Dead Redemption 1, just watch a short primer on YouTube before starting with Red Dead Redemption 2.

9. Don’t think of getting a better horse

Your horse is your faithful mate in the game of Red Dead Redemption 2. However, you will find many horses for sale, which might make you think of changing your starter horse. Instead of looking for a new horse, try to take out time to grow your bond with the horse you already have. 

10. Don’t hurry in upgrading your camp

There isn’t any reason why you shouldn’t upgrade your camp. In fact, improving anything is always beneficial, but first, focus on looting and then think of upgrades, according to https://gameressential.com/.


Hopefully, this guide helps you understand the little things that actually matter in this game. Knowing these tips at the beginning of your journey with Red Dead Redemption 2 will offer you several benefits. Comment below if you have any related questions. Also, stay tuned for more content. 

Last Updated: July 14, 2021


  1. JWT-80

    July 11, 2021 at 03:04

    This reads like a bad Reddit post. Terrible writing.


    • Paraiyar

      July 11, 2021 at 05:24

    • Hammersteyn

      July 12, 2021 at 02:26

      It’s a bit unfair how people dump on Cheddar. I’ve seen it here and on Twitter. The new owner(Kevin) asked for people to write and Cheddar jumped to the occasion. Not sure if there was an interview or if Kevin cares that he’s not a writer or a journalist. He’s simply Cheddar that works with pipes in a warehouse I think, he told me one time we were playing but my liver was doing the backstroke in my belly full of whiskey. He also has a couple of rabbits and a cat and he loves playing games.

      I thought long and hard about what happened to this site. The reunion was fantastic, but it was bitter sweet because of the article that was posted. Also I’m addressing Kevin as well. People are saying you tend to flip the site, people are saying you locked the old staff out after promising things will be business as usual.

      What I would like and I think the rest of us would agree is that we’d like to see more transparency from you. For instance, what is your plan with the site? Will Sam, Noelle, Tracy, Brad, Kervyn and the rest still write for you? Because I can see why people are frustrated. Because if your goal is simply to make a quick buck and leave then I’m out. In fact, I’m stepping aside till we get more clarity. Sorry for sounding demanding, you are the new owner and you owe us nothing.

      Just know that this community has been together for many, many years. We’ve all made lifelong friends here and talk to each other daily for the most part. This site has brought us so much joy and it was sad to see Geoff, Darryn and Gavin leave. But these things are inevitable as time moves on.


      • MonsterCheddar

        July 12, 2021 at 02:50

        AWWWW….Thanks Hammer. Thanks for the support. I really appreciate it.

        People think I’m doing this t show up Darryn and the gang. And nothing could be further from the truth. I will never be able to fill the gap they left, never.

        I just want to help the site and keep the guys engaged, because I saw nothing happening after they left and thought the site is dead, which made me sad.

        I have 3 cats though…LOL. and I work for an aluminium retail company.



        • Hammersteyn

          July 12, 2021 at 03:05

          Right, like I said, pipe warehouse 😋


          • Admiral Chief

            July 12, 2021 at 03:06

            There is a NSFW reference in there somewhere

          • MonsterCheddar

            July 12, 2021 at 03:26

            A pipedream maybe?

          • Hammersteyn

            July 12, 2021 at 03:31

            see above

          • Admiral Chief

            July 12, 2021 at 03:32

            I don’t dream of pipes tbh 😛

          • MonsterCheddar

            July 12, 2021 at 03:21


        • Admiral Chief

          July 12, 2021 at 03:06

          I get where you are coming from. Its nice to have a group of people to talk kak with. It really is. But there are many other places you could do this. Do a Teams/Zoom conference call with the guys before/during/after gaming. Do a video conference braai. Stay involved with people close to you, not just meme sharing. Check in with people, you’d be surprised just asking how someone is, listening to their response, and just being there for someone does a lot to your own well-being.

          My best friend is now half a planet away, and through technology we can still remain in contact.

          I have reached out to people that I see are going through a hard time (relationships ending, death of a loved one, etc) and just by checking in with them, I know it helps not only them, but myself because I feel happier by being there for someone in need.


          In short, the CH comments section really is not a place to culture or nurture relationships


          • MonsterCheddar

            July 12, 2021 at 03:24

            Yeah. I get what you are saying.

            I completely cut myself off from Social Media. No FB etc. I realized that’s just a bunch of kak and it poisons the soul.

            For me, selfcare has been keeping to myself mostly. And I am much happier than I was by doing so.

          • Admiral Chief

            July 12, 2021 at 03:31

            Self-care is not a “top 10 list”, each person is unique, and self-care for that person is also unique.

            For me:
            – Making a nice wood fire for a braai, even if it is just me and my wife
            – SP games
            – Playing with the cat or bunnies
            – Taking walks with the mrs
            – Watching LotR extended editions (at least once per year)
            – Cooking
            – When working long hours from home, taking breaks away from the ‘office’ (taking a short walk, stretching, petting the animals at home, etc)

          • MonsterCheddar

            July 12, 2021 at 03:40

            You have bunnies?

            I didn’t know you were a man of culture. https://media2.giphy.com/media/wsJHi6a1JwoXC/giphy.gif

          • Admiral Chief

            July 12, 2021 at 03:58

            Got one last year, got him a girlfriend in December (rescue), and we found 2x babies at my wife’s work about 4 months ago (sad story, idiots dumped building rubble on the burrow, mom and few siblings died). Big boy got his balls removed last year Nov, and the babies got their balls removed about 6 weeks go.
            Mission keeping big ones and small ones apart, and having to keep small ones apart now for last 7 weeks becoz fkn teenage hormones

          • MonsterCheddar

            July 12, 2021 at 04:14

            LOL…Don’t I know it.

            I’m down to 4. Not getting any more.

          • Admiral Chief

            July 12, 2021 at 04:24

            The babies are a lot of effort, especially now with the post-op-hormones still causing them to fight a lot. So 3x separate areas at all times, quite kak.

            We are just fostering them, would like to keep them, but not like this, this is madness

          • MonsterCheddar

            July 12, 2021 at 04:39

            You should try bonding them. Takes a lot of patience. Put them all together in a box and take them for a drive. That stress environment helps them bond.
            Or put them together in a neutral space where they never were together or no one has marked it as his.

            Takes patience. But when they all buddies, its worth it. I had to bond a lot of rabbits.

      • Admiral Chief

        July 12, 2021 at 02:59

        I’m not on the twattor platform, so not sure what is going on there. From what I can gather in the comments, it is not good.

        If locking out the old staff is what happened, not cool. As for ‘that’ article, beyond not cool. The behind the scenes politics I’m not fully informed on, but breaking rule #1 I’m totally against. (Rule #1 is don’t be a poepol for those who do not know)

        One last critique, the site has become severely ad-infested, and having to pause AdBlock just to get to the comments section is quite kak. I understand revenue is needed, but the ‘quality’ of those ads are about as low as it gets

        As for leaving, I’m most probably going to still stay away. Leaving gave me so much peace and I was able to focus on quite a bit of self-care. The world is a turtle/tortoise on its back at this stage, and things at work with the continuous and repeated alcohol prohibitions adds to a plethora of additional stress that I have had to deal with.

        I’m much happier than having to read and converse about things that fundamentally sit wrong with me, and ‘debating’ in the comments and feeling like I have to defend my beliefs.

        I mentioned self-care above. I never really focused on this, and failed to grasp how important this is. And it is not hard. Mental health is not something that is talked about a lot. It can not only affect you, but those around you are normally the ones that pay the biggest price.

        As part of my own self-care, I chose to step away last year after many, many years (and almost 70k comments) and it felt like a massive weight was lifted off me.

        I do still have contact with many of the friends I met through Lazygamer and most likely will still have contact with them until my final day on this blue planet of ours


      • Hammersteyn

        July 12, 2021 at 02:27

      • Admiral Chief

        July 12, 2021 at 02:43



      • Mandalorian Jim

        July 12, 2021 at 09:37

        Any one dumping on Cheddar (here or even on Twitter) should take a hard look at themselves in the mirror, and realise, “You’re exactly what’s wrong with this world. You’re not a good person, but you can be… “.

        Or as someone once posted so eloquently, “Don’t be a poes, be lekker”. On the other hand, I think I’ve mentioned it many times before, “Nothing good comes from Twitter…”


        • Hammersteyn

          July 12, 2021 at 09:38

          Lies, there are tons of adorable cat videos on Twitter


          • Mandalorian Jim

            July 12, 2021 at 10:47

            Clearly posted to lure the innocent into their den, like vicious trap door spiders.

  2. Mandalorian Jim

    July 11, 2021 at 04:49

    I wish I had known that it would be far more serious in tone than the previous two. I think a lot of people merely see Red Dead Redemption as a cowboy version of GTA, which is not in any way the case. It’s a lot more layered, whereas GTA functions more as a twisted mirror that reflects a version of our reality that is REALLY messed up – albeit through bouts of humour.

    Incidentally, the humour is kind of what I missed about the last two though.


  3. Paraiyar

    July 11, 2021 at 05:23

    Cheddar and Jimbo have been trying to be more positive so Im going to give some positive criticism. I think you cover things that many of us would have loved to know when starting any game, but I don’t like the list format.

    I disagree about not getting a new horse. I fell off a ridge with my first horse. It died but then I caught a stunning stallion in the snowy mountains. I didn’t even want to ride it because it was so good.


  4. DarthofZA

    July 12, 2021 at 02:55

    Your last 2 points are definitely bad advice.

    9. Definitely look at getting a better horse.
    Your starting horse stats are trash. Building a bond with your horse is really fast, and the higher bond levels with your horse don’t add much. You know what does make a huge difference? How fast your horse is! How tough your horse is! This is one of the pieces of advice I give people about the game, can’t believe the opposite advice is given. Getting better horses makes such a huge difference to the game, that not doing so is like selecting to play some parts of the game on hard mode for no reason.

    10. Most camp upgrades are worth it.
    Not all camp upgrades are necessary, and especially not the ones that cost anything more than money (like pelts). But upgrade the ones that cost just money from the book behind Dutch, starting with personal spot at the camp to get fast travel. Upgrade the ammo place so you don’t have to worry about ammo later. Upgrade the food place so food lasts longer and then your camp is happy with you, those side activities that come out of the camp are fun distractions and really enhance the story. Upgrade the extra facilities as they open up new mission paths.


    • Mandalorian Jim

      July 12, 2021 at 09:33

      Yeah, that first horse is one sad… sad… sad looking thing.


  5. Hammersteyn

    July 12, 2021 at 02:06

    RDR2 taught me that cars are more fun than horses. Also GTA’s heists in the SP had you walk away with lots of money that you could invest in stocks to make an even bigger profit allowing you to buy cars, guns and properties. But in RDR2 it felt like every job is botched there’s always people double crossing you and you relocate every single time things go wrong. The game is fantastic though and comparing it to GTA is literally like comparing a horse to sports car. The story is intriguing and the slow pace has a charm to it. I spent hours doing odd jobs or hunting till I decided screw it, I’ll do the gold glitch because I was getting impatient and that’s on me.


    • Mandalorian Jim

      July 12, 2021 at 09:32

      Both RDR2 and GTA5 taught me that I actually don’t want online versions of either, and yes… I played or rather I should say I ploughed many hours into the online modes of both games, but looking back, and knowing that the same will probably happend to GTA6 – which means single player expansions will be neglected, I can’t say I’m too interested any more.

      I mean where’s the promised DLC on Trevor. Wasn’t there supposed to be story DLC that explored his past?


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