Red Dead Redemption 2’s First Extended Gameplay Video Shows Amazing Vistas, Shooting, More


It’s level of hype surrounding Red Dead Redemption 2 is kind of amazing, considering just how little we’ve actually seen of the game. So far, we’ve only got three trailers (watch them here, here, and here) each of which has been under two minutes long and consisted mostly of cinematics. Sure, all the trailers were created using in-engine footage, but they give little hint as to how the game will actually play.

Well, good news, cowpokes – Rockstar have finally opened up the vault and released some honest-to-goodness Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay footage, and, unsurprisingly, it’s impressive stuff. Check out the gameplay video, below.

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The video provides a nice general overview of Red Dead Redemption 2, giving us a peek at fighting, shooting, camp/gang management, character interaction, and, of course, plenty of gorgeous, varied vistas. We catch glimpses of mountains, dense forests, steamy swamps, deserts, dusty cattle towns, bigger cities, and more. This looks to be Rockstar’s biggest, most diverse open world yet.

On the gameplay front, Red Dead Redemption 2 appears to have a refreshingly stripped down HUD, with only a small mini-map and the occasional dialogue options on screen. Fighting looks a bit canned, but the animations are undeniably impressive. Meanwhile, shooting has been significantly upgraded, with each weapon boasting realistic reload and recoil. Ultimately though, the most interesting aspect of RDR2 might be it’s RPG-like character interactions and camps, where you eat, sleep, socialize and play games. Hopefully Rockstar can make us care about this world as something more than just a fun sandbox.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel to the previous entry in the series, set in the late 1890s. The game casts players as Arthur Morgan, an outlaw and high-ranking member of the Van der Linde gang. Here’s a more detailed official synopsis of the game’s story:

America, 1899. The end of the wild west era has begun as lawmen hunt down the last remaining outlaw gangs. Those who will not surrender or succumb to the law are killed.

After a robbery goes wrong in the western town of Blackwater, Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang are forced to flee. With federal agents and the best bounty hunters in the nation massing on their heels, the gang must rob, steal and fight their way across the rugged heartland of America in order to survive. As deepening internal divisions threaten to tear the gang apart, Arthur must make a choice between his own ideals and loyalty to the gang who raised him.

Read Dead Redemption 2 rides onto Xbox One and PS4 on October 14. Rockstar has confirmed we’ll be getting more gameplay videos before launch, with the next one focusing on missions, activities, enemy gangs, robberies, and the evolution of the Dead Eye system. So, what do you think? Ready for some Wild West rowdiness now that you’ve seen more of RDR2?