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The Western Simulator

Just balance out the scales and try again. Red Dead Redemption 2 is a Western simulator, meaning you’ll need to pay attention to your diet, your horses, and your ammo in addition to gunning down your foes. But sometimes you don’t want to worry — you just want to shoot stuff. That’s when “Abundance is the dullest desire” comes in handy. Ammunition isn’t hard to come by in Red Dead, but some of the game’s lengthier combat challenges throw dozens of enemies at you. During these encounters, you might find your favorite shotgun, rifle, or pistol running low on bullets.

When that happens to you, enter the cheat code — which you earn after buying the New Hanover Gazette No. 27 — and let ‘er rip. Face it: while Red Dead Redemption 2 is an amazing game, it can also be remarkably tedious. You’ve got guns to maintain, horses to care for, a camp to upgrade, outfits to buy, quests to complete, bounties to hunt, animals to track and skin, fossils to find, and much, much more. That’s a big problem when it comes to your stat bars, which grow slowly as the game progresses. In order to extend your bars, you need to use their associated abilities.

If you want Arthur to be able to run a little farther, you need to run all of the time. If you want him to have just a sliver of more health, he’ll have to absorb countless bullets. To increase your deadeye meter, you have to land headshots, hunt animals, and perform other chores.

The grind is real. Unless you enter “Seek all the bounty of this place” in the cheat menu, that is, which increases all of your bars instantly. Like other cheats, you can’t save your progress when you have it activated, so those upgrades are only temporary. But if you’re sick of Arthur only being able to sprint for a few feet before he gets winded, it’s a godsend. While the Dead Eye skill is incredibly useful in every gunfight you get mixed up in, it’s not an unlimited power. While it’s fun to feel like the most talented crackshot in the old West, games still need limitations to force players to figure out how to succeed.

This is no different. Even still, if you get sick of seeing your gunfighting skills slip away, you might want to use the “Be greedy only for foresight” cheat code, which gives you an infinite Dead Eye supply. Because the only thing cooler than filling your enemies with lead is getting to do it in slow-motion.