Today Rockstar released a batch of new screenshots and details about the weaponry that we’ll be able to enjoy in Red Dead Redemption 2.
First of all, we hear about the difference between weapons and the various ways we can customize them:
“With a myriad of customization options ranging from visual upgrades like new metals, woods, varnishes and engravings to performance upgrades like new barrels, grips, sights and scopes, you can design an entirely unique weapon that looks and handles exactly the way you want it to. Every weapon’s performance varies in terms of damage, range, fire rate, accuracy and reload speed so it’s important to pick wisely depending on the situation.
The high fire rate of a Double-Action Revolver lends itself well to shooting on the move from horseback. If you’re carrying something in one hand, like a lantern or small animal, consider using a Sawed-Off Shotgun which packs a much bigger punch at close range than other one-handed weapons. The Varmint Rifle is perfect for hunting small game because it’s far less likely to damage the quality of the skin and meat than a firearm with a bigger shell size.
When faced with just one or two enemies, you might want to go for a Springfield Rifle which has a slower fire rate but delivers much higher damage. For range, a sniper rifle of some kind is obviously a good choice, but scopes can also be fitted to all other types of rifle enabling you to switch between regular view and scope view at any time.”
Interestingly, each component can be customized separately, which appears to be a very extensive system.
“Metals and engravings are customizable per component – select different colors and engravings for the trigger guard, barrel, frame and more. You can also choose from a variety of inlay metals for the engravings on each part.”
Different ammo type also let us personalize the way we fight.
“For extra stopping power, purchase and craft a variety of ammo types such as Split Point, High Velocity or Explosive ammo.”
Since that sounds like a lot of stuff, we can use our saddlebags to store all the equipment we need.
“Your horse’s saddle will store all of your weapons. Be sure to select and carry the weaponry you’ll need when leaving your horse behind.”
It couldn’t be a western game without holsters, which protect the weapons and even give us the chance to dual wield.
“Carry single handed pistols, revolvers and the single handed Sawed-Off Shotgun in your holsters. Upgraded and reinforced holsters will protect the weapons from degradation against the elements while Off-Hand Holsters give you the ability to dual wield.”
The Dead Eye system is also an important component of gunfights, allowing players to slow down time in combat for more precise shooting. It even evolves as the game progresses.
“Dead Eye is a powerful weapon of its own, temporarily slowing down time during combat so you can pick off your enemies with more precision.
The new Dead Eye system gradually expands and becomes more sophisticated over the course of the game, from automatically selecting targets in your crosshairs, to allowing you to manually place shots on multiple targets, to being able to shoot at will in slow motion, and ultimately to pinpointing the weak spots on your enemies for even deadlier accuracy. The system grows with you and your experience and can often provide the critical edge in a life or death situation.”
Last, but not least, we see three clips showcasing three different gun types, from the classic Bolt-Action Rifle to the Pump-Action Shotgun. You can find them at the bottom of the post. If you want to see and read more about the game, you should definitely check out our hands-on preview.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will release for PS4 and Xbox One on October 26th, 2018. If you have yet to reserve a copy of the game, you can still pre-order it on Amazon.
“The Bolt-Action Rifle is strong and versatile, with an ammo capacity of five rounds; an ideal choice for long-range combat with multiple targets.”
“The Carbine Repeater is a reliable repeating rifle, with a solid firing rate and quick reload speed thanks to the tube-loaded magazine in the weapon’s stock.”
“The Cattleman Revolver has an ammo capacity of six rounds and is a great all-around revolver with a good balance of damage, accuracy and fire rate.”
“The high-powered Pump-Action Shotgun is a powerful weapon should you find yourself confronted by a wild beast or enemy in close combat.”