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5 things we want to see in Red Dead Redemption 2 when it launches this October

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Feb 18, 2018, 3:44 PM EST (Updated)

Red Dead Redemption 2 is, without a doubt, one of the most hotly anticipated titles of 2018 for many gamers, and yet we don't know very much about it just yet. But we know a whole lot about the first title, of course, and we absolutely loved it. So we're all anxious to see what Rockstar has up its sleeve for the next installment of the saga. But what can we expect from it, beyond a healthy dose of Wild West-themed goodness? We can't know for sure just yet, but we can spculate, and we can certainly hope to see specific things in the next installment. Here are things we want to see in Red Dead Redemption 2, which launches this October.

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Photo Mode

Photo Mode is a feature that you see a lot of lately, and it's useful for taking some of the best screenshots and visual content possible when it comes to great-looking games. Essentially, it lets you position the camera and take photos of what's going on in the game so you can snap photos in a custom manner, with special filters, lighting, and even different expressions for the characters involved. It proved very useful in games like Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Super Mario Odyssey, and Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. It would no doubt be a boon for players who want to document their experience with the latest Red Dead Redemption game to have Photo Mode in this iteration too, so it would be a useful feature to see added. 

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Another Undead Nightmare

Red Dead Redemption's stand-alone DLC adventure Undead Nightmare was an excellent way to add more content to the core game in a unique way. As you can imagine, it involved the zombie apocalypse. It wasn't simply a horde-based mode with lazy level mechanics, however. It also introduced a new alternate campaign to explore with some genuinely creepy moments and a new reason to return to the game. Red Dead Redemption 2 deserves a new chapter in the Undead Nightmare saga, or at least something similarly hokey, like maybe an alien attack? It could happen!

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More Customization Options

Customizing your character is a staple of several of Rockstar's other games, like Grand Theft Auto for one, so of course we want to see a robust set of customization options in the newest Red Dead Redemption title as well. While it may not make sense for every aspect of the game, given the characterization required to make it the most powerful narrative possible, a few more customization options would be an interesting move. Players love to dress up their characters, and sometimes you need a little bit of that to make the star of the game feel more like "your" avatar. 

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Outlaw Sidequests

You'll be stepping into the shoes of a veritable criminal when you start playing Red Dead Redemption 2, and as such there should be plenty of opportunities to wreak havoc if you want to. You could choose to play as a goodie two-shoes or ravage the countryside, if Rockstar plays its cards right. A morality system with choices and special sidequests to help you live the best, most authentic outlaw life you can would be an interesting addition to a multifaceted narrative and offer extended playability. How would one character react if you robbed them and you encountered them later in the game? How would one treat you if you chose to snub them entirely? These mechanics would certainly turn the Wild West on its head. 

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Deeper Online Options

With the bustling online world of Grand Theft Auto Online, it may not behoove Rockstar to implement new online framework for Red Dead Redemption 2, but it would certainly attract a large portion of gamers to the game if they were to do it. With all the interesting moves that have been made for GTA Online, it makes perfect sense to implement them in another game with an entirely different environment. For instance, if you could team up to make a rowdy bunch of hombres to go on a bank-robbing run or spend a night out in a casino-like area just living up the cowboy life. There are about a million ways this could go, but since Wild West Online doesn't seem like everything we wanted it to be, Red Dead Redemption 2 could jump in and take its place in a big way.