Best Red Dead Redemption 2 PC mods – play as the Joker, skip intro, reshaders

By James Billcliffe
6 November 2019 14:05 GMT

Rockstar’s essential western has crossed onto a whole new frontier with Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC. And what happens when a massive game makes the jump to PC? It gets filled with more mods than you can stuff in a ten-gallon hat. Here are some of the best Red Dead Redemption 2 PC mods that we’ve seen so far.

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Mods

Mods are a cornerstone of the desktop gaming experience, and give a whole new lease of life to Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC. There are various different kinds of mods – some smooth out the technical performance of a game, while others add silly costumes or original content. Whatever they do, mods are just for fun and should be used with caution.

Especially with in-progress and early projects, mods can corrupt save files and cause unstable performance. Make sure you’re not too attached to your current progress before you try to mod your game.

One thing that we won’t go through on this page however, is how to fix specific crashes. For some players Red Dead Redemption 2 has exited unexpected and crashed to desktop – we have a full page of fixes for that here.

How to install Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Mods

Since Red Dead Redemption 2 is so new to PC, the install process for each of these mods is yet to be standardised. In fact, some of them are still being tweaked.

We’ll point to the install instructions for each mod underneath the download links.

All mods are hosted on Nexus Mods and rdr2mods.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Gameplay Mods

Quickstart Save

  • Mod Author: Taurenhunter

Already played through the game on console and want to skip straight to the open world? This mod allows you to start from chapter 2 without having to play through Red Dead Redemption 2’s lengthy into.

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Install Instructions: Copy all files into “profiles” subfolder, see mod download page.

Turn Arthur into Joaquin Phoenix era Joker

Joker costume mods are ubiquitous in GTA, so it’s natural they’ve made the jump to Red Dead as well. This version is specifically modelled on the recent rebooted origin story starring Joaquin Phoenix.

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Install Instructions: In progress, see download page.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Visual Mods and Technical Mods

Photorealistic Reshade

  • Mod Author: DigitalDreams

This mod is designed to enhance Red Dead Redemption 2’s already incredible visuals on PC by improving the look of shadows, colours, tonemapping, and visual sharpness.

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Install Instructions: The mod creator included the following video instructions with their listing. See mod page for written instructions:

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Simple Reshade

If you’re not packing a top-tier rig, but still want to dip your toe into visual modding, this is a simpler reshading mod that aims to improve Red Dead Redemption 2’s graphics without impairing performance.

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Install Instructions: Extract files into the same folder as .exe file – see download page.

For some unmodified help with Red Dead Redemption 2, here’s how to make money quickly.

And if you’re more interested in diversions than the main story, here’s how to collect and store perfect pelts.

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