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Get That Currency

December 3, 2018 by Tim

I’m finding that I am not entirely in love with Red Dead Redemption Online so far.

I mean, I’ll play it inbetween story sessions. I don’t hate it. I just don’t find myself excited about it. The wonky economy doesn’t really bother me all that much… it’s a beta, and I figure it’s better to start conservatively and slowly tweak upwards, rather than having to scale back after the early-accessers are already riding around on gold-plated horses or whatever.

I guess it adds a weird sense of suspense to the game, where I have to pawn two gold wedding rings in order to afford one can of beans, and selling pelts at the butcher involved a mad dash through murdertown. But so far I haven’t thought to myself “I can’t afford a new stripy shirt and now I’m mad!”

However it does feel like a little bit of the charm is missing from RDR Online. Not that Story mode doesn’t have its own little issues (zero power curve) but the world feels more alive somehow. RDR Online feels like if Westworld’s robots all suddenly turned into gun-crazed homicidal maniacs… except this time they’re also racist and homophobic.

Session-wise, there are a few I enjoy, and a few I loathe (Pick Your Weapon), but overall I’m just feeling a little lukewarm about the whole thing.


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foducool
foducool
2 years ago

tfw you need to cancel your wedding to have a cheap dinner

DodgyD
DodgyD
2 years ago

My first interaction with other players in free roam was as following: Just sold my horse during the tutorial mission to those two inbred guys and was walking around Saint Denis. Within a minute two dudes on a cart came storming at me with their guns blazing. I took both of them out with a headshot and was getting my bearings about what just happened and how easy it was to get those headshots. Played for two hours and found I could not hunt or fish as the needed items were level locked. Instead I just joined in on the… Read more »

DodgyD
DodgyD
2 years ago
Reply to  DodgyD

About the headshots… – never just aim and shoot – instead lock on your target, tab up on the thumbstick so you aim at the head and then fire – if you do not get a kill shot then do not keep firing as I found out it takes up to 5 or 6 shots to kill someone, instead retarget and aim for the head again – after each fight check for nearby players, if there are none immediatelt reload – you do not want to get into a gun fight and find out you have only one or two… Read more »

foducool
foducool
2 years ago
Reply to  DodgyD

just like the real far west

John
John
2 years ago
Reply to  foducool

Well, not really at all. The media’s portrayal of the Okd West is terribly off-base. Historical evidence indicates violence and crime were less prevalent than today even without organized law enforcement. In the absence of law officers, private citizen organizations enacted and upheld rules, which people mostly abided by.

eat a deek
eat a deek
2 years ago

“except this time they’re also racist and homophobic”

Oh wow. We are so progressive now.

leduk
leduk
2 years ago
Reply to  eat a deek

what’s the problem about being progressive?

Croi
Croi
2 years ago
Reply to  leduk

1940’s Germany was extremely progressive. They even say so themselves in their leader’s book.

Anonymous coward
Anonymous coward
2 years ago
Reply to  Croi

1940’s germany was very racist and homophobic.

Robert Loughrey
Robert Loughrey
2 years ago

Only for the first half. They shut about it after that pretty quick.

leduk
leduk
2 years ago

what the hell??

Him.
Him.
2 years ago

I’m guessing their point was ironic. Pretty much every dictatorship will claim to be perfect (or nearly so) with the flaws being present in everyone else.

leduk
leduk
2 years ago
Reply to  Croi

wtf is that troll?

Avaku
Avaku
2 years ago
Reply to  leduk

No, it is known as sarcasm…

Urazz
Urazz
2 years ago
Reply to  Avaku

@Avaku Big issue is that sarcasm isn’t something you can tell is being used with written words. There are people that can be that stupid.

Ven
Ven
2 years ago
Reply to  eat a deek

Hey you! Shhh! no politics! Let it go.

DannyboyO1
DannyboyO1
2 years ago
Reply to  Ven

Politics is real life. Politics affects real life. Hating racist homophobes should be our default. Protecting them should be shameful. Shush.

Rolan7
Rolan7
2 years ago
Reply to  eat a deek

Being annoyed by racists and homophobes is no longer progressive, it’s normal. We live in peace, almost entirely invisible. Racists and homophobes insert their “politics” into gaming, where it doesn’t belong.

DannyboyO1
DannyboyO1
2 years ago
Reply to  Rolan7

THIS. Racists and homophobes don’t belong anywhere and they do not need to be heard… they don’t have any points to make, they just want to share how much they don’t understand that you can be a human without being white and straight.

Croi
Croi
2 years ago

Whoever decided to endorse, sanctify, and actively encourage toxic behavior needs to be fired immediately. i tried doing some side missions…only to have someone immediately show up, take the “opposite” mission and continue to fu** with me because that was basically their side mission.

Don’t bother trying to skin animals and selling them, either. People are camping the butchers and killing people along with their horse, making them lose EVERYTHING they had on their horse.

schnozzberries
schnozzberries
2 years ago
Reply to  Croi

So you’re saying this game has progressed towards a level of realism in the sense that this is exactly how the real world would look without actual consequences to murder and theft?

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
2 years ago

Why have a premium type currency in the game in the first place anyways?

I mean, aside from the obvious “Gold-Digger Mine Cart – just $100 dollars for 3 gold bars!” Shark Card equivalent.

FITCamaro
FITCamaro
2 years ago

Polygon’s article on this topic made this cartoon even funnier.

larry putnam
larry putnam
2 years ago

Well of course they are racist, “You waterbag of scummy meat, can’t even leak decent oil , no you have to leak either that yellow water of yours or rusty water and scream as I put your fleshly water bag full of holes and out of my misery!!! Look at the mess you made..Meat bag!!!”

Person5
Person5
2 years ago

i like how 5 years ago no one was on the “its homophobic” train. now everyone does so. welcome to the mainstream train. Rip webcomics.

MacLeod
MacLeod
2 years ago
Reply to  Tim

Or you know.. they’re maybe just calling you a bundle of sticks or cigarettes.

Maybe?

Yeah, I’m pretty sure THAT’s the meaning behind the word they’re using.

I’m totally sure of it.

Him.
Him.
2 years ago

I mean, you are taking the outlaw route through the Old West. You think you aren’t going to end up with more gunshots aimed at you than you have money?