Red Dead Redemption 2 is finally here. Rockstar’s new open-world western game is now available on both PS4 and Xbox One, and it presents players with a massive, deep open world to explore. The main story alone will take you in the neighborhood of 50 hours to complete, and that’s before engaging in much of its side content–and all of this is to be followed by Red Dead Online in November, the game’s online multiplayer component.

To help you make the most of the experience, we’ve put together numerous guides and tips, tackling both specific aspects of the game and a broader array of things you should be aware of before starting. Rockstar has opted not to hold your hand with many features in the game, leaving it to you to either discover them or find them hidden away in menus. We’ll also be taking a look at some of these examples to ensure you’re aware of everything the game has to offer.

We’ve got plenty of other guides and tips on the way, and we’ll continue to update the list below with all of them. While you wait to actually get your hands on the game, be sure to check out our RDR 2 review.

Cheats

One potentially big aspect of the new game is cheat codes. Like GTA V before it, RDR 2 allows you to use cheats and even has an entire menu available for the feature. However, at this early stage, we don’t actually know what all of them are; at least some are cleverly hidden in newspapers in-game. We’ll be doing our best to hunt these down and will report back as they are uncovered–you can see those we’ve been able to confirm in our list of all the Red Dead 2 cheats. In the meantime, we’ve also got a rundown on the best RDR2 cheats that are worth a try.

Do You Need To Play Red Dead Redemption First?

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Can You Play Red Dead 2 If You Didn't Play The First Red Dead Redemption?

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Red Dead Redemption 2 is the third game in the Red Dead series, though it’s only closely connected to its direct predecessor. However, RDR 2 is a prequel, taking place years before the events of the first RDR. If you’ve played the previous game, you’ll recognize the names and faces of many of its characters, including RDR protagonist John Marston. We dive into whether you should play RDR first in our feature, but whatever choice you make, you should give our Red Dead Redemption story recap a look to refresh your memory–or fill in the holes for the first time.

Tips To Know Before Starting

As with any game, it can be useful to start with certain knowledge in hand. That’s certainly true of RDR 2, which is a dense game full of various systems that interact with each other. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of key tips you should know before booting up the game for the first time. We’ve kept spoilers to a minimum, but you’ll want to be aware, for instance, that side missions can expire if you don’t get to them quickly enough.

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