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What I found interesting in the recent trailer, screenshots and previews


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It's a real drag waiting for more news now that everything that could be said about our most recent batch of information has already been said, I couldn't help but be hyped looking through the recent trailer, screenshots and previews. The realistic route Rockstar is taking with RDR 2 interests me a lot and I'm personally hoping the realistic gameplay mechanics they've shown in previews and talked about are included in Red Dead Online.

I thought Trailer 3 gave us a great look at the atmosphere of RDR 2 and the sense of encroaching government and the end of the Wild West, we also got a better look at some of the returning characters from RDR as well as the new characters we'll get to know in RDR 2. We caught a glimpse of what many people including myself believe to be Edgar Ross standing next to what appears to be our main antagonist in RDR 2, I am greatly looking forward to seeing what role Edgar Ross will play in RDR 2 but I'm even more interested to learn about who I'm guessing is our main antagonist.

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I'm curious whether we'll see similarities between how this unknown antagonist acts throughout the story and how Edgar Ross acted in RDR as I get the impression that this unknown antagonist will be somewhat of a mentor to Edgar Ross throughout RDR 2 much like how Edgar Ross was a mentor to Archer Fordham in RDR, the possible demise of this unknown antagonist may even be a secondary reason for Edgar Ross's conviction in taking down the Van der Linde in Red Dead Redemption. Looking at the image above maybe this unknown antagonist will be the catalyst for Dutch adopting the Semi-automatic pistol which was something I always found weird in RDR as Dutch always spoke like a someone stuck in the past wanting things to be back the way the were

Something that immediately stood out for me about this unknown antagonist is that he bears a close resemblance to the late Pete Postlethwaite, I don't believe he was particularly well known in the States (although some Americans might remember him from Jurassic Park) but in England he was regarded as one of our best character actors.

Charles Smith who is described by various previews as one of the younger members of the Van der Linde Gang and Sadie Adler are two other characters I'm also eager to learn more about. We didn't have much interaction with Native Americans in RDR, the only Native American John Marston had extended dialogue with was Nastas who I found quite interesting but unfortunately he quickly got his head hollowed out which subsequently ended his story and made him far less interesting.

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Sadie Adler seems to be a far cry from the female characters in RDR as from the best of my knowledge there were no female outlaws in RDR, the trailers imply she has a strong bond with Arthur Morgan and she is shown fighting alongside John Marston in multiple screenshots but not much is really known about her at this point. In trailers and screenshots she always seems to be sporting a gun belt unique to her with a handgun holster on the right side and a larger holster on the left possibly designed to carry a shortened rifle or shotgun although I've not seen a single image where she is carrying a weapon in it.

The last thing I'm currently excited about is the depth of clothing, hair and weapon customization Rockstar seem to be implementing in RDR 2, from trailers to screenshots to artwork Arthur's facial hair has changed a fair amount and clothing on Arthur has changed as well and even shown weathering. Across all the trailers and screenshots I've seen multiple versions of the same guns and knives so I there's no doubt in my mind that players will be able to have a style and loadout for Arthur that is all their own.

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On 5/23/2018 at 8:29 PM, Archbell said:

Something that immediately stood out for me about this unknown antagonist is that he bears a close resemblance to the late Pete Postlethwaite, I don't believe he was particularly well known in the States (although some Americans might remember him from Jurassic Park) but in England he was regarded as one of our best character actors.

I didn't even notice that one. Good call on that. There is a lot that can be dissected from the information we have. I haven't went into great detail of doing this myself because I want there to be some surprises and realizations of things while playing it. 

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The customization is really mind-blowing to me. Every little detail. Now what I would love to see is the clothing staying wet for a while after being out in the rain, maybe some dust/dirt after riding through the sandy plains. Wouldn't surprise me to see it though. 

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I was always one of those guys who didn't care so much about customizing on standard story game modes on any game but the way they have done this has intrigued me. We don't know everything but we know enough to assume this is going to be a very cool feature. 

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