'Red Dead Redemption 2' Has Cheats But Here's How Players Unlock Them

Arthur Morgan in the "Red Dead Redemption 2" gameplay trailer.
Arthur Morgan in the "Red Dead Redemption 2" gameplay trailer. (Photo: "Red Dead Redemption 2" Gameplay Trailer / Rockstar Games)

When video game enthusiasts think of cheat codes, the last thing on their mind is how cheats are a reward. But it seems that "Red Dead Redemption 2" is taking the route of rewarding its players with access to cheats rather than making them immediately available.

GameSpot recently compiled a list of all the currently known cheat codes for "Red Dead Redemption 2." Included in the publication's list are both the publicly available cheat codes as well as those locked behind specific game achievements. The "Red Dead Redemption 2" cheats featured in GameSpot's article are different from the exploites that other sites such as GameRant are featuring.

The "Red Dead Redemption 2" cheat codes can be accessed by pausing the game and selecting the settings menu. At the settings menu, players will simply have to press the triangle (PlayStation 4) or Y (Xbox One) button to bring up the cheats menu. The "Red Dead Redemption 2" cheats menu will have a list of the available codes while hiding the option for those that need unlocks.

The locked "Red Dead Redemption 2" cheat codes can be accessed by purchasing in-game newspapers alongside either completing missions or unlocking in-game locations. Others codes can be discovered by exploring the game's environment such as the "You want more than you have" cheat which can be found written on a shelf inside a deer cottage northwest of Annesburg. The specific cheat mentioned will provide "Red Dead Redemption 2" players with a superior horse.

Some of the locked cheats include access to heavy weapons or refreshes a character's health, stamina, and dead eye bars. The most interesting cheat for "Red Dead Redemption 2" has no unlock requirement and has the potential for entertaining the players rather than being actually helpful for completing the game. The code "A fool on command" lets the player's character always stay drunk.

While cheat codes are all in good fun, "Red Dead Redemption 2" players will have to remember that there are consequences for using cheats. Once cheats are activated, players will no longer be able to unlock and acquire in-game trophies and achievements. This ensures that players who are hoping to accomplish the "Red Dead Redemption 2" challenges will do so without relying on cheat codes.

As GameSpot points out, players who want to make use of the game's cheat codes should probably create a back-up of their save file first to ensure that they still have the opportunity to unlock trophies and achievements for "Red Dead Redemption 2." Creating a back-up before using the codes also allows players a chance to experience "Red Dead Redemption 2" the way Rockstar Games intended it to be played.

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