Red Dead Redemption 2 launched on Xbox One a few weeks ago, and since then the game has garnered tremendous reviews from critics and gamers alike. In our review, we said, "Red Dead Redemption 2 represents a generational leap for the gaming industry. It not only gives players meaningful quests that surpass even those found in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, but it also touches on social issues that plague America even to this day."

Today, Red Dead Online, the game's multiplayer mode, launched in beta form on Xbox One. While the experience is quite polished aside from some selecting issues, multiplayer games always need to be tested. Red Dead Online not only features an expansive open world, but also comes with many co-op and competitive modes. You can read some important paraphrased excerpts below from Rockstar Games.

  • The world of Red Dead Online will be a continually expanding experience. There will be some additions and updates throughout the beta period too. Starting this week, you can ride with friends in a "Posse," set up your "Camp," find strangers throughout the world to help, tackle spontaneous "Free Roam Challenges," go hunting, fishing, and much more.
  • You'll accumulate experience through your explorations and encounters that counts towards your rank and provides added bonuses. This is how you unlock new items and improve your attributes.
  • Red Dead Online begins with creating your character. You set out on your journey from Sisika Penitentiary where you'll acquire a horse, set up a Camp, hunt down a treasure, equip your first "Ability Card," and meet some fateful characters with a larger story to tell.
  • Just like the campaign, Red Dead Online features an "Honor" system. Your Honor will shift high and low based on your decisions and behavior. Additionally, many missions like "A Land of Opportunities" varies depending on your honor.

  • Head over to the "Stranger" icons throughout the map to embark on Free Roam missions. You'll see some familiar faces along the way, and these missions can vary based on how noble or nefarious you are.
  • The beta includes five modes at launch that are part of a larger series of "Showdowns." You can also enter your trusted steed into races.
  • "Shootout" features classic gunfight modes with unlimited lives. Players compete to rack up the most kills before the timer runs out.
  • "Make it Count" is a battle royale mode where you have nothing but a bow and a handful of arrows or throwing knives. As expected, the goal is to be the last one standing. There's also a gradually-shrinking player area.
  • "Most Wanted" is basically a mode where you win by having the most kills. However, the more kills you get, the more points others get for killing you.
  • "Hostile Territory" is basically "Control" from Destiny 2. You have to work in teams to control a plot of land.
  • Lastly, "Name your Weapon" requires you to use obscure weapons to get the most point per kill.

Red Dead Online sounds like quite a robust experience even in beta form. Hopefully it'll grow and get better as the months go on.

Red Dead Redemption 2 focuses on the events after a robbery goes wrong in the town of Blackwater. Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang are forced to flee. With federal agents and the best bounty hunters in the nation massing on their heels, the gang must rob, steal, and fight their way across the rugged heartland of America in order to survive.

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