Red Dead Redemption 2 is a mighty fine game, where anti-hero Arthur Morgan walks the line between petting horses and robbing old ladies for kicks. He’s a croaky crook with a heart.
While you can pretty much do whatever you like in Red Dead Redemption 2, two things hold the player back from going all-out asshole. One, Arthur’s personal story leans towards regret at his actions and empathy for the underdogs trying to make a living in a society struggling to keep up with progress.
And two, that damn Honor System rewards playing nice more than playing nasty.
Kick a dog and you’ll never get discount on your smokes, let alone unlock the coolest outfits. Act like an outlaw and expect strangers to run in fear, while lawmen will pull a gun as soon as look at you. So as much as you might have a mean streak, playing through the story nudges you to restrain yourself from being an utter bastard.
But if we play nice we’ll never discover the possibility of delicious sin. If only we didn’t have to ruin our own Honor System and saves by acting the prick. If only we could get someone else to play Red Dead Redemption 2 as El Bastardo and discover what happens when you shoot up a town of innocents, steal horses and trample little pigs to death.
Step up Simon Miller, as he asks the important question:
“Who’s next to answer to the angel of death?”
If you love to watch a man cackling at his own misfortune, you should consider throwing some dollars at Miller’s Patreon page. It’s not like we pay him for this.
If you’re playing through Red Dead Redemption 2 as a goody two-shoes or a shitbird, we’ve got a giant walkthrough and guide just for you.