Is Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Edition Worth It?

Not really, but it depends

Alright, so you were busy for the last two years, and now you have decided to buy Red Dead Redemption 2. Upon checking out the Steam or PlayStation Store, you stumbled across three editions. The Standard, Special, and the Ultimate Edition. Well, Ultimate Edition is expensive, and we aren’t going to talk much about it. Instead, we’ll look at the Special Edition, which is only 20 dollars more expensive than Standard Edition. So is it worth spending the $20 extra? Are there any benefits? Well, let’s dive right into it.

Key Highlights
  • Red Dead Redemption has been released for quite some time, and so far, there are three versions of it that have been released.
  • The Three versions are: “The Standard,” “Ultimate Edition,” and “Special Edition.” 
  • The ultimate version is the most expensive, but the Special Edition costs only $20 more than “The Standard”

In “Special Edition,” you get exclusive things to do that you can’t have in “The Standard” version. The exclusives are:

  • More Bank Robbery missions
  • Special customized Black Horse
  • More Bonus Items
  • More Weapons
  • You will receive a real-world map of the game with the game

Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Edition

The Red Dead Redemption 2 Special edition features a price point of $79.99. Adequately, it comes with a few perks and bonuses that you wouldn’t usually get in the standard edition. Here is an overview of exclusive items; you will get right away after buying the special edition.

Exclusive Bank Robbery Mission

Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Edition worth it
The exclusive mission you get with the special edition

The Special edition has an exclusive bank robbery mission, in which Arthur and his gang break into a bank in Rhodes.

Worth it? I’ve personally completed the mission, and I must say it’s average. All you get is hardly 10 minutes of action and a total payout of $400. Arthur only gets $100, while the rest goes to the camp. To clarify, this is a side quest and has nothing to do with the story. Anybody keen on observing the mission can check it here.

Dappled Black Thoroughbred Racehorse

Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Edition worth it
Dappled Black Thoroughbred Racehorse

Buying the standard edition will also get you this exclusive Thoroughbred Racehorse with a Nuevo Paraiso Saddle. The Thoroughbred Racehorse is extremely fast and agile. It comes with a reverse dappled black coat and handmaiden dark chocolate leather’s nuevo Paraiso saddle.

Overview: As I said, the horse is excellent, and thoroughbred are good choices for hunting because they get scared when danger is near. With this particular horse that comes in the special edition, there are two things to note. Firstly, as you progress in Red Dead Redemption 2, you will find dozens of better horses. Secondly, there are tons of reports that players have lost this horse, and others complain he ran away. You should already know that once a horse is lost or dead, there isn’t any particular way you can get him back.

Bonus Items

Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Edition worth it
Eagle Talon Talisman

The special edition will also land you some items and money. The first item is the Eagle Talon Talisman, which can be attached to the boots. The Eagle Talon Talisman can help increase Arthur’s awareness, and with Iguana Scale, he takes less damage. The item is nice to have, but once again, you will get better Talisman as you progress in the game.

Additionally, you will also get some free cash bonuses and discounts. As you start the game, you will right away have a decent amount of money. Other than that, Arthur gets stamina, health, dead eye stat boosts, and most importantly extra cash from any robbery with Van Der Linde Gang.

Discounts aren’t a lot, but if you are willing to upgrade the camp, you are going to get a discount on nearly all items. Lastly, there is also The Nuevo Paraiso Gunslinger Outfit, which can be worn by Arthur. It has three parts, the black cowboy hat, worn denim chaps, leather gloves, boots, and deep indigo coat.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Edition worth it
The Nuevo Paraiso Gunslinger Outfit

Are these worth it? If you haven’t played the game before, they might sound a bit funky to you. However, as you start playing Red Dead Redemption 2, you will find out that there are better versions of all these items. For the money, I’d say, it’s always a dirt-cheap idea to start the game with money. This takes the fun away, and often players question themselves, “ok, I’m rich”, what next? Besides, money isn’t a big problem in the game. Red Dead Redemption 2 will always keep you occupied with new robberies, missions, treasure maps, and various side quests. For the rest of the items, sure they are useful but not game-changing.


Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Edition worth it
Pump Action Shotgun

As you buy the Special Edition. You will already get free access to additional weapons. These include Pump Action Shotgun, Lancaster Varmint rifle, and Volcanic Pistol.

Like I said before, there are better guns in the game, and if you are starting the game with free weapons already. You will lose your hunger to work towards earning more money. Subsequently, with better guns already in your hands, the missions feel comfortable, and it lets go of the charm.

Physical World Map

Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Edition worth it
Bonus Map with Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Edition

If by any means you are lucky and can get a hands-on physical disc of Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Edition. Then, there is a fair amount of chance you will get a free physical map along with it. The map does not come with a standard edition, and it’s pretty neat. Just note that you won’t get it if you buy the game digitally. Apart from the physical map, do not expect any other miracles from the disc. There is no steel copy, and the only difference between standard and special is the map.

Extra Gang Hideout

Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Edition worth it
Fort Mercer

The last feature of the special edition is a different gang hideout. We already discovered its location, but do not bother if you aren’t willing to spoil the story. There are a total of 6 gang hideouts in Red Dead Redemption 2. With special edition, they become 7. Once again, not a big deal, since gang hideouts do not play an essential role in the main quest.

Final Verdict: Is Special Edition Worth It?

There are two perspectives to this answer. First, Rockstar takes a lot longer than they used to develop games. Therefore, it’s kind of worth it to get the best possible edition because all their games are great. I said the best possible edition, which means, go for the ultimate edition. The ultimate edition guarantees good bonuses in both story mode and online.

The second perspective to this would be, are all these items listed above worth it for $20? For me, the answer is no. To explain it more, I really can’t enjoy games If I have all the money and weapons from the start of the game.

Another important reason why I would pass is that getting a physical version of the special edition is nearly impossible in my country. Likewise, I’d miss the physical map. Also, I’m a fan of multiplayer, and since there aren’t any benefits online, that would be another pass for me.

I’d highly recommend everyone to go through the items and see if they fit your need. This was my opinion on the special edition, and I’ve noticed that not a lot of players have gotten the special edition.

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