A large part of the experience of Red Dead Redemption 2 crosses the wide openings of the wild west on horseback. The world is big and while there are many things to do along the way, wherever you are heading, it will take time to get anywhere. It's not always a bad thing; The world of RDR2 is beautiful and it's nice to just sit on your horse and take it all in.
You can further reduce travel in Red Dead Redemption 2 by letting the horse take the lead while driving. The game contains a feature that allows you to automatically set your horse to take you to a destination by stopping paths and roads. Your horse is pretty clever and once you have given the right instructions, you can rely on making the journey ̵
To put your horse into autopilot, you must first define where you want the horse to go. Do it by dragging the open map and inserting a waypoint marks at the destination. The game then adds the route to your location using paths like a GPS would. That's the path your horse will follow to your destination.
When you get up, you start riding your horse as usual, and press the button to track it (X on PlayStation, A on Xbox One) until you get up to speed where you want to travel. When you go fast, hold down the track button to maintain the horse's speed, the same as when you're on speed with a companion during a mission.
While holding the track button, press and hold to switch camera perspectives (PS4, View on Xbox control panel). You see a small meter fill in the corner of the screen labeled Cinematic Camera. Once enabled, the horse will follow the paths to your final destination without further input from you. In fact, you can put the camera down and watch when the camera turns around to give you different perspectives on Arthur's turn and the world around.
While on the way, press the spur button again in time with your horse's gallop to speed up and touch the slow button (R1 on PS4, RB on Xbox) to reduce the horse's speed without canceling the autopilot. If you press the right Analog Stick, the camera switches to a new angle if you do not like the one that the game picks for you. You can take control back by just pressing the control pins and you can switch the camera back to normal by pressing the camera button again.
The camera trick is nice when you have a long trip and you do not care to steer your horse around every little curve in the path, but it has some drawbacks. For one thing, you will not be able to see things on the side of the road before turning off the kinematic camera if you were to pass an optional activity. You will also be a little vulnerable if you let the horse do the driving, bandits, criminals or lawyers should attack you while riding.
In general, however, letting the horse take control is a great way to relax when you come to Red Dead Redemption 2 and enjoy nature. Just be sure to keep your revolver handy – just in case.
See our other Red Dead Redemption 2 guides for even more info, like all you need to know about horses, where to find all the legendary animals and how the core system works.