Here’s a closer look at the towns that you can explore in Red Dead Redemption II

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The wild west. An age of exploration on the new frontier, manifesting destiny (not that one) and staking your claim in a land that showed no mercy to the weak. Also, it was pretty much a free for all where the leading cause of death was either dysentery on the Oregon trail or a fatal infusion of lead from a six-shooter. I think, because my entire understanding of American history comes from Clint Eastwood westerns.

It’s a way of life that you can expect to engage in within Red Dead Redemption 2 next month, but where do you go when you need to apply some balm to your saddle sores and get into a bar fight? With Red Dead Redemption 2 looming closer and closer to its October 26 release date, developer Rockstar Games have finally begun allowing a few cats out of the bag on some details for the game.

First up? A look at some of the dives and settlements that you’ll be able to visit along the new frontier when you’re not busy robbing people of their belongings. Hey, it’s not like those missionaries really needed to own such pretty dresses, am I right? Here’s a breakdown on some of the towns, straight from the horse’s mouth and wow it’s kind of weird how horses have very human teeth right?

Valentine, the Heartlands

A raucous, rough-and-tumble town in the Heartlands, Valentine’s livestock auctions attract traders, ranchers, cowboys, gamblers, outlaws and prostitutes from far and wide, all looking to make some money, raise some hell, and have a good time.

Annesburg, Roanoke Ridge

Life isn’t easy for the miners and their families in Annesburg, which has been providing coal up and down the Lannahechee River for almost a century. Working conditions are terrible for little pay, and many men have lost their lives down the pit.

Saint Denis, Bayou NWA

A key gateway into North America with a trade route that runs the length of the country, the bustling city of Saint Denis is a melting pot of cultures and people where businessmen, socialites, sailors, laborers, beggars and thieves all live side by side.

Mount Hagen, Grizzlies

One of the more well-known peaks in the snowy Grizzlies of Ambarino, Mount Hagen towers above Lake Isabella to the west and Beartooth Beck to the east, which provides the main pass through the western mountain range and joins up with the Dakota River further south.

Rhodes, Scarlet Meadows

Prim and proper on the surface, tensions and corruption run deep in the Southern town of Rhodes, which for years has been caught in the crossfire between the Braithwaites and the Grays, two warring plantation families.

Strawberry, Big Valley

Strawberry was little more than a small logging town until the arrival of its new mayor, an East Coast eccentric, who is obsessed with transforming it into a cultural beacon for wealthy tourists, much to the bemusement of the locals.

Lagras, Bayou NWA

A small, remote settlement out in the swamps of Bayou Nwa, Lemoyne, the people of Lagras live self-sufficiently for the most part, making a little money here and there from fishing and acting as guides for travellers wishing to navigate the region.

Looks interesting! Hopefully Red Dead Redemption 2 will have its fair share of secrets to discover within these towns, although I’d really enjoy not having to play a side mission that freaks me out like the Sasquatch missions from the original 2010 game.

Last Updated: September 18, 2018

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