Cheats in video games are very often frowned upon by the hardcore crowd. Many feel they cheapen the experience by giving players an easy way out.
While this can sometime be true, in the GTA series of games Rockstar has shown us that cheats can be legitimately used to expand and improve a gameplay experience instead. So we’re hoping that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be taking a page out of, and even improving on, the cheats found in GTA 5.
GTA 5 cheats (PS4, Xbox One and PC) include your garden variety effects which make the game easier by giving you an advantage (like invincibility or free weapons and ammo) but some cheats are also used to activate various entertaining mechanics that don’t exactly fit the game’s grounded setting.
In GTA 5 you can cycle through the weather, decrease the force of gravity, remove traction from vehicles and give your character wacky superpowers. One of the best things about them, though, is that you can mix and match these effects since any number of cheats may be active at any given time.
When it comes to Red Dead Redemption 2, we hope this measure of fun and creativity persists in amplified form. Back in 2010 Red Dead Redemption featured some pretty cheats which amounted to more than mere methods of acquiring an unfair advantage. You could use them to unlock outfits and one particular cheat “Beastmaster”, turned animals into your bodyguards.
Something we’d like to see in Red Dead Redemption 2 is a version of that cheat which globally sets all animals to regard you as friendly, but other NPCs as hostile. Couple this with a way to spawn animals and players can have fun with creating a furry army to send against your enemies. Some other cheat ideas include one which allows you to turn all NPCs, even those which are otherwise friendly, hostile. Those NPCs would also know your location at all times and actively hunt you down, turning the game into a massive battle arena where you fight for survival.
Beyond this, Rockstar might choose to go fully unhinged with their cheats and add all kinds of over-the-top effects. How about a cheat that calls down flaming meteors? A cheat that induces earthquakes, or, provided the game allows for swimming and doesn’t instakill you when contact with water is made, a cheat that submerges the whole map?
One thing we DON’T want to see persist from Grand Theft Auto 5 however, is the 5 minute time limit for invincibility. Why Rockstar included this constraint is unknown, but it can be freakin’ annoying. Often the cheat will deactivate right in the middle of a massive firefight with a half-dozen Buzzards in front of you, leading to a pretty quick death. So yeah, invincibility without a time limit before you need to re-enter the code would be grand.
In the end though, it’s really just imagination that defines the borders and limits of what cheats might accomplish, and we’re eager to try them out in Red Dead Redemption 2 when the game finally launches. You’ll be able to find the list of PS4 cheats for RDR2 right here, and the Xbox One list here.