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Picked out a few interesting details from IGN....

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After a bank job gone wrong - which presumably opens the game - Dutch van der Linde and his gang have holed up in the Grizzlies, a bank of mountains along the north of the game’s map. Like GTA 5’s North Yankton, it’s a constrained area designed to teach players who’s who and what’s what. Also it’s snowy. Unlike GTA 5, we’ll be able to return here later - this is a gateway to the world, not an island away from it.

Rockstar says the world opens up in its entirety after that opening section is through - no locked-off Mexico sections this time around, it seems.

It’s a relatively minor change amidst the scale of this game, but Red Dead 2’s option to name your horse speaks to the bond the developers feel you should have with yours. Every breed has different strengths and weaknesses, acts as an overflow inventory for anything Arthur can’t carry, even becomes a lost-and-found (if Arthur loses his hat or gets disarmed, the dropped item will reappear in the saddle). You’ll be relying on your animal - and the better you treat it, the better it’ll treat you. Feeding and grooming your horse builds its level of affection towards you, governing whether they’ll respond to your whistles, if they’ll buck at gunfire, even whether they can perform dressage.

Most central buildings here seem to have a function - from posting your own bounty at the Post Office to call off a manhunt, or managing some of the frankly ludicrous amount of customisation of your weapons and horse in the Gun Store and Stables.

You can shave down individual parts of Arthur’s face to various lengths, essentially creating totally custom beards.

Red Dead 2’s new dialogue system is governed by two button presses at a time - look at any living creature with your guns holstered and hold L2, and a miniature menu of possible interactions appears.
If that’s your horse, you can check its stats, feed it, calm it, or groom it. If it’s possible hunting prey, you can study its breed, adding it to a compendium, and check what spoils it might offer...

Gunplay immediately feels like a step up from even GTA 5 - reduced ammo counts on antiquated weaponry makes every shot mean more, and that’s matched by a real kick to everything in your arsenal...
The addition of multiple ammo types for your weapons - fire arrows, split-point bullets, and the like - also promises a level of invention to how you go about combat that hasn’t been apparent before.

Speaking of hunting, it remains a major source of income, but now gains extra importance because of new recipes and crafting options. Arthur can set up a personal camp for himself to cook his spoils - turning them into meals for either himself or his horse, or use loot from enemies and wildlife alike to make new ammo or items.

The camp, like so much I’ve seen today, is technically optional. The only punishment I’ll get for not helping out the gang outside of story missions is a scolding if I ever run into another member. But there are rewards - Arthur’s tent can be upgraded to become a fast travel point, for example. It’s also a condensed settlement of sorts - Arthur can change his outfits here, which can have a real benefit.


Source: IGN: We Played 2 hours of Red Dead Redemption 2 - Here's What Happened

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It's also notable that in Red Dead Redemption 2 you can physically see all your weapons on Arthur's character model--you can hold only hold two sidearms and two long weapons (along with a knife, lasso, and throwables), and when switching from a rifle to a sidearm Arthur would simply hold his rifle in one hand while he aimed his pistol with the other. Dual wielding is also an option later in the game....Gamespot
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Red Dead Redemption 2 still features a similar kind of auto-aim assistance to the previous game, whereby zooming in with the left shoulder button will snap your cursor to an enemy--helpful because we found bodies hard to make out amongst the forests' dense foliage, and we didn't have a scoped weapon. We were reminded again how familiar shooting felt to Red Dead Redemption, but it was nonetheless still satisfying to confidently line up a string of headshots with the bow using Dead Eye........Gamespot


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*You Can Play The Whole Game In First Person
*You Can Disable The HUD
*You Can Inspect Everything
*There Are A Variety of Business, Activities, and Secret Stores (5 Finger Filet returns)
*Your Weapons Are Visible On Your Person
*There's A Kill Cam That Changes Depending On Your Honor
*You Can Break Enemy Weapons
*Dead Eye Has Five Levels Now
*You Can Customise Your Guns
*Your Guns Can Degrade And Jam
*You Can Fire Warning Shots
*The Eyewitness System Returns
*Melee Combat Has Been Expanded
*Hunting Is More Realistic, Laborious, And Confronting
*Time To Shave (if you get a short haircut, you can't change it to a longer style...you have to wait until it grows back)
*Stay Cleanr (NPC's reactions will depend on how clean you and your clothes are)
*You Can Layer Your Clothes (you need to dress properly depending on the weather conditions)
*You Get A Camera. Yes, You Can Take Selfies
*You Need To Eat  (you can carry snacks, but Arthur will need to get to camp or a town to have a good meal to keep his stats up)
*You Can Gain And Lose Weight
*Your Horse's Saddlebags Hold Everything
*Camps Are Complex And Affected By Time
*Gang Members Can Join You In Free-Roam
Source: Gamespot: Red Dead Redemption2: All the New Features
            Red Dead Redemption 2: We Played It On PS4, Here's Everything We Saw


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Red Dead Redemption 2 / Rockstar shares new details with gaming websites!
« on: September 20, 2018, 01:52:38 PM »
If you haven't been on Twitter lately, Rockstar has shared several interviews with popular gaming sites today. I've made a list, if you guys haven't seen them all yet and I have pointed out some interesting details that they have shared after playing a demo of Red Dead Redemption 2! There is so much! I have not read all of the articles yet, but I am working on it!  I'm actually almost afraid to play this game now after reading the commentaries....it sounds soooo in depth! It's not going to be like any game I've ever played! I'm excited and apprehensive at the same time!

Here is the list of gaming sites that Rockstar has shared this info with...so far. What are you most surprised to hear about? What returning/enhanced features are you happy to see again?  What new features are you excited about the most?

  • Gamespot
  • IGN
  • GamesRadar
  • Verge
  • Polygon
  • Kotaku
  • GameInformer

***WARNING***  Some articles have slight spoilers... depending on how much you want to know or not. Some will give a little bit of mission details but won't talk about the entire mission, for example. So they were very considerate in their report. Rockstar most likely made sure that they only let them reveal so much anyway.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 / Not much longer now! Who's HYPED??!!
« on: September 01, 2018, 12:59:46 PM »
Well everyone, we can now officially say that we will be playing RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2.....NEXT MONTH!

Doesn't that sound better than 56 days away or 8 weeks away? We just have to get through September now. What is everyone doing to keep occupied?  Playing RDR? Playing other games?  Marking your days off the calendar?  How many times have you watched the gameplay trailer? Have we all asked for time off during that first week of release?

Hopefully we will see the next gameplay trailer very soon! 

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The Saloon (Off Topic) / Re: Happy Birthday!
« on: July 27, 2018, 11:38:57 AM »
Happy Birthday, VMB!  Hope you have a great day!

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Red Dead Redemption 2 / Re: Pre-order info for Xbox
« on: June 04, 2018, 05:01:24 PM »
You know, I used to think the same way...I always preferred a physical copy.  Now I am getting lazy, I like to just be able to click the little tile on the screen instead of getting up to change the disc.  LOL, I know...how lazy I am!  And, if I play this game as much as I played the first RDR (well, of course I will and more) I don't want the disc to get scratched up and chipped like my old RDR. Also, I have 2 Xboxes now and game share with the hubby (and another friend), so it's like getting 2 games for the price of one!

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Red Dead Redemption 2 / Re: Pre-order info for Xbox
« on: June 03, 2018, 01:31:49 AM »
Well....I think it was up only for a very short time because now it is gone from the Xbox/Microsoft store! Someone made a boo boo! I mean there was something in the store before this but now there is absolutely NOTHING for RDR2 even after trying to search for it.

I heard about it on youtube (LegacyKillaHD) and quickly went to check it out and it was in the Xbox store earlier today.

Well, one thing is sure....this info will be confirmed very soon it seems! It's getting closer, guys!

Excited about the War horse making a return....just hope they get rid of those crazy horse eyes! LOL!

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Red Dead Redemption 2 / OFFICIAL PRE-ORDER INFO (special editions)
« on: June 02, 2018, 05:15:35 PM »
Just saw this in the Xbox store.....

Check out the approx. size....100.84GB!!  :o

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Pre-Order Red Dead Redemption 2 to get:
• The War Horse
• The Outlaw Survival Kit
• Cash Bonus for Red Dead Redemption 2 Story Mode
• Bonus GTA$500,000 to spend immediately in Grand Theft Auto Online. After pre-ordering your copy of Red Dead Redemption 2 through the Microsoft Store on Xbox, this GTA$500,000 bonus can be downloaded by searching for “$500,000 for Grand Theft Auto Online” on the Microsoft Store.

In addition, pre-order by July 31, 2018 to get an exclusive Treasure Map for Red Dead Redemption 2 Story Mode.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 / Character Info Breakdown - New Screenshots!
« on: May 06, 2018, 08:26:35 PM »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCu_rVGeoSw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCu_rVGeoSw</a>

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Red Dead Redemption 2 / OFFICIAL TRAILER #3
« on: May 02, 2018, 11:14:13 AM »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaW0tYpxyp0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaW0tYpxyp0</a>

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Oh.... :'(

That's strange that Microsoft gives you a gamertag even if you don't have a xbox console?  Must be something new I didn't know about. I have windows 10 as well....at least we can see each other's game clips (I think) with the Xbox app.....which is still cool!

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Wilson! Did you just send me a friend request on XBOX!!!?

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Yea, same here...I missed out on all the hype for the first RDR. Well, I had just gotten a 360 for Christmas 2011 and didn't set it up until after the new year.  I remember looking for a western game that was similar to Red Dead Revolver.  (I didn't know they made RDR yet.) I think I was at Target and the salesman showed me the GOTY edition of RDR.  I fell in love with that game immediately and was obsessed with the story and played for hours every day. My goal was to get that 100% completion. I remember thinking that I'll never be interested in playing multiplayer, but I curiosity eventually got to me and today I wish I had started sooner.

Do you think Rockstar will do anything at E3 in June?  Isn't that mostly for the announcement of new games? Maybe they will wait until after E3 to give us more info on RDR2. I keep checking for something new on the internet...not even any rumors.  I think it's just the calm before the storm! It's gotta be soon!

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Gaming / Re: Far Cry 5
« on: April 03, 2018, 12:12:31 PM »
I might be getting this game!!!


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Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Origins
« on: March 15, 2018, 12:36:03 PM »
I love the photo mode feature and the fact that I can save my photos to a website (just like snapmatics save to the social club on GTA5). My xbox storage gets filled up too quickly.






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Certainly is great news! And a great start to a new year. Here's hoping that 2018 (and beyond) will continue with more blessings for the Roo family and also for Will's family and Chalk's family! 

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Thanks, guys!  But, it was no ordinary birthday because we were preparing for hurricane Irma! Came thru our area late Sunday nite into Monday morning. Lost electric for almost 2 days....not fun. But, we made it through....some damage to roof shingles, neighbor's wood fence came down.  Other neighbor lost 1 1/2 trees but our trees were just fine. Lots of wind....very scary! Not much rain...we are not in a flood zone. 

Back to work today!  We were lucky to get electric back...many are still without power.

I officially hate FL.

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I hope that everyone has caught up with all the shows by now! I've only just caught up with the last 4 episodes a couple of weeks ago!

Show content for Hiden:
Don't like the trash people! Traitors! And Oceanside wouldn't have been any help anyway! How long do you think Eugene has before Negan finds out that he made that pill that Sasha used?! Should Dwight be trusted? In some of the previous episodes he seems like he wants to get away from Negan. But it's going to be hard to trust anyone from that group!

October is so far away......

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The Saloon (Off Topic) / Re: Which former member do you miss the most?
« on: March 16, 2017, 01:07:07 PM »
I love those videos where the laughter of the person that is recording is funnier than what's going on in the video.

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