Red Dead Redemption 2 beginner’s guide

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a really great open-world game.  Spend a little time in its world, and you might never want to leave it.  Just riding around and seeing what you find can be unexpected fun.

Plus, it helps to have some direction to make sure you live a completely illicit life.  We've spent a lot of time at the center of Rockstar's latest open-world romp and come up with tons of tips to get you on the right track.

 Loot everyone and everything

During the opening chapter of Red Dead Redemption 2, there are two gunfights that leave a lot of your enemies dead on the ground.

 Use camera angles to your advantage

In some games, you can choose a camera angle at the beginning and never touch a setting again.  But we quickly found that swapping between Red Dead Redemption 2's different camera options depending on the situation made sense.

 Don’t worry about a better horse

Your horse is your constant companion during Red Dead Redemption 2 - even more so than your gang family.

Don’t always do what the game tells you to

In the early chapters of the game, you will almost always have many yellow dots and initials on your map.

 Use it to improve it

Red Dead Redemption 2 gives you three meters to worry about: Health, Stamina, and Dead Eye.  It is a kind of complex system called a core.

 Chewing tobacco is great for dead eye

As we mentioned in our core guide (seriously, read our core guide), your dead eye core and ring (or, as the game insists on calling it, bar) function like other cores and rings.  do not.

 Hide your identity

There is a bandana on the bottom left of your item wheel.  It's the one you want to use any time you are (or may even be) in violation of the law.

Obviously, this doesn't make you invisible, but it does make you anonymous.  You're still going to be on the chase for your various crimes, but Arthur's face won't be associated with illegality.