This Red Dead Redemption 2 Mod Adds GTA 4-Style Brutal Deaths
Red Dead Redemption 2 mods have transformed Rockstar’s open-world shooter. There is a mod that can cause you to spontaneously explode. There is a mod that lets you get a job, like being a bartender or a farmer.
However, GTA 4 fans might remember all those excruciatingly painful deaths they inflicted on cops and pedestrians, where they backed away from being hit and slammed hard on the sidewalk. If so, this new Red Dead mod might be for you.
Cineastic Euphoria Ragdoll Rework (or just CERR, because, crikey, what a name) tweaks Rockstar’s physics engine settings to deliver Red Dead deaths that feel more painful, more organic, and more responsive. Each area of an NPC’s body – legs, arms, torso, or head – comes with its own set of different responses, and characters have been reprogrammed to stand and try to defend themselves after being injured. The results are terribly realistic. When you shoot someone in Red Dead with this mod, rather than just falling to the ground, they will grab onto their wound, try to pull themselves out, but stumble and fall to the ground with their arms outstretched, struggling pain – as they would in GTA 4.
The visual effect is pretty immediate, and longtime Rockstar fans – who remember not only GTA 4, but also Max Payne 3 and the original Red Dead Redemption – will immediately recognize Euphoria’s classic physics.
But the mod, by Nexus Mods user AnymYo, adds an extra, almost emotional layer to the RDR 2 game. Like Arthur Morgan, the cowboy with a conscience who runs Rockstar’s sandbox western, when to shoot someone one seems to cause so much pain, you can’t help but think twice before pulling the trigger. The entire world of Red Dead Redemption 2 suddenly seems darker, and the game’s questions – about the violence, the sin, and the tragedy of it all – are more clearly illustrated.
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Mods like these, which don’t completely transform or contradict a game, but rather add to and deepen it, are exactly what we like to see.