The Red Dead Redemption 2 companion app is available for players to download on iOS and Android. If you have joined the legions of gamers to have purchased Rockstar’s long-awaited Western on release week, I recommend that you download it because it is very helpful.
Finding the right one might seem confusing due to all the clones that are out there on the app stores. You just need to find the one that is developed by Rockstar Games. You must wonder why the app is so useful when the second-screen concept has failed so badly in previous games over the years. Here, we are going to look into what the second screen has to offer and why you should download the app.
Arthur’s Journal Provides Deeper Dive into RDR2 Lore
The Red Dead Redemption 2 companion app looks like a notebook and everyone knows how to take notes, so there isn’t much of a learning curve here. It might be tricky for someone that has grown up with apps and laptops instead of notebooks, but the older players will get used to the app very quickly.
The game has plenty of catalogues that come with text and illustrations. Reading all this on a large display might not be all that interactive even if you have a high-resolution TV. Reading the same catalogue on your phone feels like holding the object from the game and is a whole other experience.
When you read Arthur’s journal in the app, it is like going through an actual diary. You can flip through the pages and read the text and look at the illustrations. You can do all this even when you are not playing the game. So, you are reading about the game and the lore at your own pace.
There are some downsides as well. Some content is not available in the app and it will open in the browser. In some cases, you cannot zoom into the images. I think these precautions have been taken to keep the app as small as possible. While I get why Rockstar wanted to keep the size of the app small, it is a bummer for people that have plenty of storage available on their devices.
Real-time Map Incredibly Useful When Playing Main Game
The Red Dead Redemption 2 companion app really helps out when you are playing the game. The map comes to life in-game and shows your location in real-time. It also allows you to zoom in and out of the map as well as set waypoints – particularly useful given the sheer size of the game world. You can do all this in seconds without leaving the game. I find all this very immersive even though I have to look down at my phone to do so.
While the app does not offer something revolutionary, it is a great fit for the game and it is nice to see that Rockstar put in the effort to make this available for the players of the game. While companion apps don’t make sense for every game, I think that it adds great value to Red Dead Redemption 2.