The Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2) Companion app for iOS and Android are exactly, or almost exactly what I’ve been wanting from games in terms of second screen use. For years, probably as far back as when I first got my first smartphone with the iPhone 3G, I’ve always said it would be amazing to be playing a game and have parts of the in game interface in the palm of your hand. Few games have attempted it with Watch Dogs, Ghost Recon, Fallout 4, Destiny and Warframe to name a few, connecting the console game to a smartphone app, but RDR2 takes it a step further. Not only does the companion app display a live map as you play, which is kind of cheating because a GPS was unheard of in the old western days, but to have the “paper” map in the palm of your hand and to also include your characters HUD such as vitals, you can essentially turn off the in game HUD and really immerse yourself in the character and the beautiful world. You can also track your stats and and view your character’s journal as you progress.
Believe it or not, it is features like these that really get me excited for the future of video games because you can almost truly feel immersed in the game world and stay connected when you are away. To remove the core clutter from the HUD and put it on a second display while you play the game is amazing and an important step forward in game development in my opinion for many games going forward.
Download now from the iOS App store here: https://itunes.apple.com/app/rdr2-companion/id1293430833?ls=1&mt=8
And the Google Play store here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rockstargames.rdr2app