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Ok, I'm started RDR2 tonight. I saw tuna_delight mention the companion app for the phone or tablet - anyone else use that? Any early tips for the game?
Depends if you want to play honourably or an outlaw
Get a varmint rifle, and craft small game arrows and upgraded arrows for perfect pelts.
Do the legendary animal hunt for the trinket that gets you a better chance of perfect pelts. I did all the legendary animals because the talisman are great (most anyway)
Help people along the road. There are snake bite victims and people trapped in bear traps. Help them and then when you go to a general store or gunsmith, they give you any item in the catalogue for free so use it well.
I upgraded my camp ASAP to get the fast travel, but you can only fast travel out and not back to camp ( bit shit really).
Enjoy the ride. If going to a mission, you see all sorts of weird and wonderful stuff, so don't be in a hurry to get there else you miss all the neat stuff. Especially at night (KKK anyone?).
Keep you and the horse fed and watered. What I did, especially in the early stages of the game is go out for a couple of days and stock up on meat, feathers and herbs, sat down and just crafted/cooked it all to save money.
Loot...... Everyone you kill..... Especially at the early stages. You'll save cash on bullets and get stuff to sell.
Do the treasure maps to start getting some gold bars, there are also loads hidden about and there are some online vids for that if you find yourself short of cash.
With guns, keep them maintained either through gun oil or at the gunsmith. Put all the rifling and sights etc on them but everything else is just cosmetic, so when low on money, save it for more needed stuff. You can come back to that later. Also there are some accessories in the back of the gunsmith catalogue. Get them. They are very handy to have.
Keep the camp supplies up and then you have access to plenty of ammo, meds and food.
As for horses, everyone has their favourite, but for me the Turkoman was the best. A cross between a war horse and an Arabian, so it doesn't get spooked too easily in fights and run away and also has a high gallop speed. There is a free Arabian horse in the NW of the map in the snow that you can tame.
If you do rob a train that can be a lucrative haul, try to stop the train either in the tunnel up in the north or on the bridge I think it's around Rhodes but can't remember so could be wrong. That way the cops can't get you and gives you plenty of time to rob the people, kill them, then loot them for double cash and blow the safes. You can earn around $300-$500 each train rob.
Not sure what else on the top of my head other than enjoy it and take your time with it. Definitely not a game that wants you to rush through. The skinning animals animation, forced slow walking in camps and things like that did my head in and you'll find that if you bump into someone, it can give you a wanted level so be wary.
I can't wait for some DLC for this.
Oh and P.S. Solve the serial killer mystery. It was heaps of fun
And yes I used the companion app on the ipad. I was using it as a map, set way points etc. Its a good app. Chews the battery though so use it plugged in