Discussion of the very beginning of Red Dead Redemption 2: no real spoilers
Cuz it’s good.
I don’t hate it right now, but I’m not in love with it either. I’m only 6% done, though, so delaying judgment. I’ve basically just reached Valentine, tracked down a bounty, and kept his horse (score!).
One prediction: we’re all going to wind up talking like grizzled prospectors after a couple of months of this game.
And, just like that, we’re back to normal. You’re ahead of me, you’re playing a game you don’t hate but aren’t in love with, all’s right with the world.
I just robbed the train. Then I had to stop during a very nice, relaxing montage of covered wagons cuz people in my house were fighting.
I, too, am reserving judgment, as all this seems to be so far is a tutorial (fine) and getting to know a large cast of characters, which is difficult when everyone is all bundled up and wearing cowboy hats. I’m all “Wait…are you Micah? Oh, he’s the other dude bundled up? Then who are you? I thought he was Lenny!”
It’s a lot easier to tell people apart when it’s just “Ok, you’re the Krogan, and you, over there, you’re the hottie I’m gonna bang before the endgame.”
But so far so good. At least I have things to talk about. WHEN THE KIDS ARE GONE.
Arthur is SO Geralt. And I like Geralt.
Oh, and I won’t wind up talking like a prospector. This is because every time I try for “prospector” it comes out “pirate.”
I do enjoy Arthur’s grumpy wisecracks. And yes, it’s really hard to tell these people apart at this point, all bundled up and almost all with the same grizzled prospector intonation so I can’t even tell who’s talking half the time. They’ll be having a conversation while riding (which, nice way to fill in some backstory while also keeping us busy steering or whatnot), and I honestly cannot tell who’s saying what unless they include some helpful context. Or if one of them is Charles, or Javier. I like Charles and Javier. Only partially because they have a distinctive way of speaking that sets them apart enough that I know which ones they are even when I can’t see their faces.
Micah? Lenny? Good luck.
World weary. He’s world weary.
And themey. I have shit to say. Later.
Dude you have trouble following who’s talking? I lose track of which horse is mine.
“Why is Micah wandering off? Or is that Lenny? Oh, it’s me.”
Ha! Yes. I absolutely lose track of which one I am. “Dude, why are you wandering all over the damn… Oh, sorry, that’s me.”
X to follow? Uh… Does not seem to work for me. I wind up bumping into the horse ahead, or else drifting to a stop.
And then everyone yells at me! Which is kind of refreshing, to have other characters call me on my usual random wandering around. “Some time TODAY!” or whatever they say. Sarcastic bastards. I’m just exploring here, guys. It’s called enjoying the scenery. Try it.
Dude, you gotta HOLD X. X alone just makes you go all “Ya!” to speed up some. Tap and HOLD X to follow.
Annoying, cuz you gotta hold a button for a long time, but works.
Ah, look at us. Right back into the swing of insightful game commentary.
I do have some insightful game commentary, but I figure I’ll hold off until we get settled in.
Dude, I HAVE held X! I tried hitting, tried holding, tried hitting then holding. It did not work for me. It made me run into the horse ahead. Or else wander off the trail. I was intentionally testing it by holding X at one point, and while I did, my horse walked directly off a riverbank into the water. Not following the horse ahead.
No doubt there is some complex timing around the whole issue that I have yet to determine.
You tap X, then HOLD X to MATCH SPEEDS with whoever. You still have to STEER, dude!
Do me a favor: If you ever drive anywhere, just….don’t use cruise control.
Dude! “Follow” means follow! In what world does “follow” mean “go off in some random direction”?
No world. That’s which one.
Also, I never do use cruise control. I don’t trust it to follow the horse ahead. With good reason.
Just hold X and steer.
I think that, once we’re in a larger world, you can use that “cinematic camera” thing to set a waypoint, THEN do the whole “automatically go to where you’re gonna go” thing. But just hitting X when Dutch is yapping about shit? Gotta steer.
THIS world, Femmy. This world.
Please never use cruise control.
Yapping or not yapping, follow means follow in this world.
I didn’t make these rules about language, man.
I kind of hate the cinematic camera. I keep getting stuck in it.
You do? I can never get it to turn on….
There’s something about tapping the center pad vs holding it down. Like many of this game’s mechanics, it’s been weirdly annoying and difficult for me.
Yeah, I figured it out just now. I think. I kept pausing to make sure I was on the correct road. I was. All good.
Made it to the lookout place thing. Learned to shave. As one does. Mrs. McP pointed out that now Arthur has shaved more recently than I have. Rather passive aggressive, but correct.
This game does make use of the “tap to do one thing, hold to do another” deal that I’m having trouble getting used to. I’m sure I WILL get used to it, but it’s different….
I have this feeling, though, that we better get used to it. As games get bigger, and there’s more and more stuff to do, there’s going to have to be more and more ways to do all of said stuff with the rather limited buttons on a controller. We do not live in a keyboard world, here. So unless they make a controller with more buttons (and I kinda hope they don’t), this might be the way of things for the foreseeable future.
It’s true… Buttons are limited. And I agree that more buttons on a controller is not necessarily a good solution. It would probably be just as confusing as more ways to hold the buttons we have, with the disadvantage of requiring more awkward finger stretches. So yeah, I suppose maybe we just have to get used to it.
All things evolve.
My ex is all “you know, I have a keyboard!”
Shut it, ex. We’ve made our decision.
The extra booze money is still too good to turn down.
Though, you gotta help me.
The one PC franchise I desperately miss is Civilization. You know this. I had a problem that eclipsed even my Gwent problem with Civilization.
And it’s now….on the Switch.
I have a Switch.
You don’t need that time sink, man! Fight it! You have a time sink right here, right now, in this game we’re trying to figure out the mechanics of!
I also have kids, a wife, a need to eat and sleep….