- Sep 4, 2018
so a little background: several years ago i got a PS3 at a thrift store and purchased the first RDR for it. i really fell in love with the game. Rockstar may not make the best games on a gameplay level, but they do a wonderful job at creating a world and immersing you in it. it was very charming and had a nice, natural pacing to it. very much a "hangout game" where it is almost a place you want to visit and explore more than a game. anyways i recently got a PS4 Pro and purchased this for it cos i knew it looked good on that console and plus it turned out to be way cheaper than the newer PC release.
so im playing this, and it's a great sequel so far. i have only just gotten to camp and already it has been a great experience. IMO Rockstar's writers are very underrated, they do some really cool stuff. right now i am driving a carriage into town with folks from the camp and there are a trio of girls in the back singing historically accurate dirty songs. another buggy crosses ahead of us, the driver steering erratically, and Arthur makes a crack about the drunk driving. the game is full of this kind of slice of life writing, and it is really well done. most movie writers can barely put together 1h 30m of story, let alone hundreds of hours worth of in-universe dialogue. such a lavish attention to detail results in a very nice level of immersion. it's good stuff.
anyways, i love this game. i love the setting. it is slow and has it's own pace but that's alright. i can mosey. i am a huge fan of the classic Westerns. John Ford is the man, and that epic landscape is the perfect setting for Rockstar's open world aesthetics. really looking forward to seeing the story through and getting to hang out with all these cowboy characters. already i feel like they all are more interesting than 99% of movie characters. very cool of them to build a game around this camp. i guess cowboys sitting around campfires was the one thing really missing from that first game ;-p