It can’t have escaped your attention that there’s this game called Red Dead Redemption 2 coming out very soon. Everyone’s pretty excited for it because it’s got loads of stuff to see and do, I guess.
Notice that I was trying to act all nonchalant and cool about the game just then, but in truth I am so ready to dedicate a few months to Rockstar’s open world epic that I’ve already faked my death in certain social circles.
We know the game has an insane 60 hour campaign, and even more incredible side stuff to do on top of that. As if all of this wasn’t enough, Rockstar has now revealed just how in-depth the weapon customisation in Red Dead Redemption 2 will be.
Just to be clear, I think guns are truly nasty things – except when they’re in video games and aren’t actually hurting anyone, in which case the more the merrier.
According to the official Red Dead Redemption 2 site, the game boasts a fulsome 50 weapons, each with their own customisation options and ammo types to help determine stats like accuracy, range, and damage.
Weapons level up based on how much you use them, and – insert groan here – they need to be kept in good condition to stop them from degrading and ultimately breaking apart in your hands like an old rich tea biscuit.
You can customise with your weapons with the standard additions – stuff like barrels, grips, sights, and scopes to enhance performance. But you can also make some nice aesthetic changes too, because you have to have the most on fleek gun in the West.
You can even pick custom engravings for your weapons, to really make the gun pop. If this was the kind of thing you did in real life, you’d probably be the sort of person most people hurry to get their kids away from. In a video game, it’s okay!
Different weapons will of course be better suited to different situations. You can leave a number of weapons tied up with your horse so that you can choose the best loadout for whatever situation you’re about to head into.
I’m scared that once Red Dead Redemption 2 takes me on October 26, I’m never coming back to reality.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.