Tuesday, November 6, 2018

No truce, only war!

It has been difficult to find time to string words together into vitriolic sentences for the past several weeks. As much as I would like to make my lunch hour(ish) sacrosanct, it just doesn't work that way. My schedule it my own to make, except when it isn't, which is all the time.

This is not a place to complain about work, though, it is a place to complain about videogames!

Yes, I am still playing Red Dead Redemption 2. No, I have not forgiven it for its shortcomings nor have I come to any sort of truce with it. In fact I have almost put the game down a few times on account of shootouts that are just not any fun or horse chases that seem impossible. I will not let these thing go yes I cannot stop playing.

Under normal circumstances I will pick apart an open world game, find everything there is to find on the map, do every quest, unlock every item. Last year's Assassin's Creed Origins claimed a ridiculous number of hours, more than half of which were spent faffing about in the desert. Red Dead Redemption 2 is not getting that treatment. I am just doing the quests as they appear, be they main quest line or optional. No hunting, no crafting, no striking out in a random direction and hoping for the best.

I am playing the game as if it were a linear experience and it is still taking fucking forever to get anything done. This is due to a very limited fast travel system and the world just being too big for its own good. Want to chase down that bounty? Fine, it will take at least five minutes to ride there, a few minutes to capture the bounty (assuming the first attempt is successful) and then five more minutes to ride back, not to mention being ambushed on the return trip.

A simple capture mission can take twenty minutes. I am not a man who moseys, I want to get shit done and I want to get it done now. Is the world immersive and impressively detailed? Yes, but so is real life and I am not a big fan of that right now, either.


Arthur Morgan is a dickhead, by the way. I assume that he is going to die by the time the game ends. It will be refreshing to see him receive his comeuppance.

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