About to play RDR. Tips?

Posted by awesomeusername (4230 posts) -

My brother went to my friends house and he's going to borrow Red Dead Redemption. I haven't played it before and I know some people here have so anyonne have any tips for me? Like what kind of things to take, sell, places to go. Stuff like that. 

#1 Posted by awesomeusername (4230 posts) -

My brother went to my friends house and he's going to borrow Red Dead Redemption. I haven't played it before and I know some people here have so anyonne have any tips for me? Like what kind of things to take, sell, places to go. Stuff like that. 

#2 Posted by JoeyRavn (5004 posts) -

Always keep an eye for the cougars. And trust me, you'll know exactly what kind of cougars I'm talking about in no time. 

#3 Posted by awesomeusername (4230 posts) -
@JoeyRavn said:
" Always keep an eye for the cougars. And trust me, you'll know exactly what kind of cougars I'm talking about in no time.  "
O.o ?
#4 Posted by Sweep (8948 posts) -

Do all the Bonnie McFarlene missions first, as until you have completed them there are certain tools and abilities that you won't have available, like the Lasso. It always irritated me that that was so poorly explained.

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#5 Posted by awesomeusername (4230 posts) -
@Sweep: I'll keep that in mind, thanks.
#6 Posted by JoeyRavn (5004 posts) -
@awesomeusername said:
" @JoeyRavn said:
" Always keep an eye for the cougars. And trust me, you'll know exactly what kind of cougars I'm talking about in no time.  "
O.o ? "
Cougars. As in "feline that will kill you and you won't hear it coming". Really, trust me. Once you encounter a cougar, you'll know what I'm talking about. Cougars pop out of nowhere, slash you a couple of times and boom. You're dead. They appear, basically, randomly all over the map, although there are have certain areas with a higher population of cougars. They can be so annoying even the devs admitted they went a bit too far with the spawning. 
 
Damn you, cougars.
#7 Posted by Agent47 (1901 posts) -
@awesomeusername:
@JoeyRavn said:

" Always keep an eye for the cougars. And trust me, you'll know exactly what kind of cougars I'm talking about in no time.  "



This is very important. Also make sure to have bullets when traveling out at nights in the woods, sometimes you can't hear those grizzlies coming till it is too late. Also it helps to explore a bit, some of the best most wildiest horses can't be bought. So keep an eye out for different breeds, mainly seeing a horse you've never seen before.
#8 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6341 posts) -

If you're being attacked by animals and have dangerously low health, just pop open your inventory and either switch horses or use a campsite if you can.  Heals you, keeps you from dying, and potentially saves you from losing any animal hides or furs.

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#9 Posted by NoelVeiga (1105 posts) -

I would very much recommend to not get too sidetracked. RDR can get kind of stuck on all the side activities about halfway through, and it's easy to just drop out at that point without the momentum of the narrative to push you forward. You can go back and play side quests after the story is over, so once you unlock all of the basic abilities, just sit back and enjoy the plot as it comes along, don't put it off for the sake of fetch quests and side tasks. 
 
Of course, that was my experience. Your mileage may vary and so on.

#10 Posted by HandsomeDead (11863 posts) -

If you think the game is boring by the time you get to Mexico, throw yourself out of a second story window and, if you survive, play Saints Row 2 instead.

#11 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -
@JoeyRavn said:
" Always keep an eye for the cougars. And trust me, you'll know exactly what kind of cougars I'm talking about in no time.  "
Pfft, you're equipped with the knife from the start! 
Kill them with that when they show up. Best advice for doing that though is doing something that looks like circle strafing. 
#12 Posted by awesomeusername (4230 posts) -
@JoeyRavn: Oh, I know what cougars are. The way you wrote it made me think they were like gangs or indians that own the shit out of you though!
#13 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -
@awesomeusername said:
" @JoeyRavn: Oh, I know what cougars are. The way you wrote it made me think they were like gangs or indians that own the shit out of you though! "
Hah, indians are nothing compared to a little group of cougars. 
#14 Posted by Aetheldod (3681 posts) -
@awesomeusername:  The best tip .... have fun :)
 
Oh yes just ignore the picking up flowers and plants side stuff , its a bit boring but if you want the best costumes you must do them .... to find the right place to hunt for Y or Z animal look at the drawings in your map , those are useful for a idea to where to hunt them. Wild pigs are best found in the north in the mountains near Bonnie's farm (watch out for cougars tho).You must do the hunting in secuence , as to avoid hunting animals not being registered (if you do this side mission/hunting). Oh yeah its fun to hunt birds from a moving train :P
 
Oh yeah it is best to shoot a bear one shot gun blast from far to lower its health then go for the knife kill (the same for cougars). But a shit ton of health medicine .... you will thank me as you get killed by 2 attacks of a cougar/bear when you are hit once replenish your health to avoid death by them.
#15 Posted by DonutFever (3561 posts) -

Shoot men in the face.

#16 Posted by habster3 (3600 posts) -

As much fun as it is to kill Herbert Moon, please abstain from doing so; it's not worth it :P

#17 Edited by SSully (4266 posts) -

Do yourself a favor and just take your time exploring the world. Some of my favorite moments in that game are just from exploring the world, or when im on my way to a mission and something cool catches my eyes.  
 
Also throwing knives are the greatest weapon, use them!

#18 Posted by RagnarokRed (90 posts) -
@NoelVeiga said:
" I would very much recommend to not get too sidetracked. "
I was going to suggest the opposite. I feel the main story bogs down at certain points and taking breaks by doing gang hideout missions, stranger missions, challenges, and random activities actually kept me into the game. Plus you get some pretty sweet items from doing some of those side missions and challenges.
 
Oh and buy a bandanna and lucky rabbit's foot asap from the general store.
#19 Posted by FrankCanada97 (4039 posts) -

Gang hideouts can provide new weapons for free.

#20 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5854 posts) -

Try to get through the part in Mexico as fast as possible. 

#21 Posted by Thordain (959 posts) -

If you don't activate your campfire from your horse and you fast travel, you lose that horse.

#22 Posted by RagnarokRed (90 posts) -
@Thordain said:
" If you don't activate your campfire from your horse and you fast travel, you lose that horse. "
Sure, if you don't hitch it. As long as the horse you hitched is alive, it will always come to you when you whistle for it.
#23 Posted by kingclaw (757 posts) -

1.- Aim
2.- Move the right stick slightly up
3.- Shoot
4.- Repeat
 
Headshot ever time!!

#24 Posted by cosmic (36 posts) -

Use the same horse for 20 missions and you get a secret achievement.

#25 Edited by awesomeusername (4230 posts) -

Thanks everyone. I will definitely use these, except the ones of not picking up flowers and doing side quests. It's hard for me to refrain from doing those.>_> 

#26 Posted by awesomeusername (4230 posts) -
@habster3: Is it a mission to kill him or something? Why do people hate him?
#27 Posted by RagnarokRed (90 posts) -
@awesomeusername 
 
 Killing a shop keeper closes the shop for a few days. People like to kill that particular shop keeper for some of the things he says.
#28 Posted by JJWeatherman (14562 posts) -

I recommend looking up how to properly duel before playing. That part's kinda hard to grasp when it's presented so quickly. Other than that, have fun!

#29 Posted by TheGreatGuero (9130 posts) -

Whistle a lot. It brings out the cougars. ;)

#30 Posted by Marcsman (3256 posts) -

Keep the same horse for 30 missions. It's one of the hadest achievements\ trophy to get.
#31 Posted by VWGTI (1919 posts) -
@JJWeatherman said:
" I recommend looking up how to properly duel before playing. That part's kinda hard to grasp when it's presented so quickly. Other than that, have fun! "
THIIIIIIIIIS
#32 Posted by Walreese55 (508 posts) -
@awesomeusername: If you feel bored, DO NOT STOP PLAYING UNTIL YOU GET TO MEXICO, that's where the game really opens up. If you don't like the Mexico part, then this is probably not the game for you
#33 Posted by JJWeatherman (14562 posts) -
@brainboy77 said:
" @awesomeusername: If you feel bored, DO NOT STOP PLAYING UNTIL YOU GET TO MEXICO, that's where the game really opens up. If you don't like the Mexico part, then this is probably not the game for you "
I actually remember a lot of people being turned off when they got to the Mexico section. 
 
I think the opening to the game is great, but I thought the whole game was great, so there's that.
#34 Posted by BraveToaster (12588 posts) -

Don't help women near broken carriages.

#35 Posted by Vinnylegs (96 posts) -
@Michael_B_Back:  
 
Can you put spoiler tag on that please. Some people might not want to know this. I know it would of ruined it for me if I knew that when I started playing.
#36 Posted by GunstarRed (5397 posts) -

If you just encountered and killed a bear  there is a 99% chance theres another one behind you and youre about to die.

#37 Posted by animateria (3253 posts) -

Use more skill... 
 
Can't say much, since I never played the game.

#38 Edited by Doctorchimp (4078 posts) -

Be a man turn off auto aim and switch to free aim. 
 
That way you'll have a lot more fun and it'll be a little more challenging. Plus you'll also see the amazing physics more at work as you make horses in front trip the horses behind them and shooting at legs to make people fall.

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#39 Posted by Icemael (6354 posts) -

If you get bored, don't bother playing on to see if it gets better. It doesn't.

#40 Posted by Hoursofbs (88 posts) -
#41 Posted by awesomeusername (4230 posts) -
@JJWeatherman: Did that 1, 2, 3. It was easy. 
 
@TheGreatGuero: No thanks.(; 
 
@Axxol: I saw one of those and my horse was running so fast I stopped behind the carriage and they said "HOLY CRAP! He found us!" and I destroyed them. I was surprised.  
 
@Doctorchimp: I was going to say no but now I think I might actually switch it. 
 
@Michael_B_Back: I would've cursed you out if I didn't know this already. Serioulsy, delete that comment though, you already stopped hoursofbs from playing the game. And I don't like to be reminded that he dies. Thank you.
#42 Posted by swamplord666 (1763 posts) -

I'd say make sure you make an effort to immerse yourself in the world. It's so beautifully realized :)

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