Mod turns Red Dead Redemption 2 into a peaceful bird simulator

Shawn Knight

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It seems young Jenny’s prayers were finally answered.

YouTuber jedijosh920 recently created a mod for Red Dead Redemption 2 that allows players to explore the vast game world as one of the many birds that populate the environment. What’s that, you say? The senseless violence is what makes Red Dead Redemption 2 so great? I couldn’t agree more, but after watching the serene 24-minute aerial jaunt, I’ve had a change of heart.

While I’m far from a birder, I did gain a new appreciation for our feathered friends here. And huge props to Rockstar as well. They absolutely nailed the audio, from the constant flapping of the birds’ wings to their various calls and close encounters with others of the avian variety.

And the views, oh, the views! I knew this was a visually stunning game but I had no idea just how much attention to detail the developers injected.

Worth noting is the fact that birds aren’t invincible. Hit the ground too hard or catch a stray bullet from a gunfight and it’ll be lights out.

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mbk34

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It would be quite interesting if it could use the sun position to generate lift for thermals (perhaps with cumulus) and then wind direction to generate lift from hills and cliffs. It would then be a challenge to fly cross country without "flapping".