I did a few story missions yet abandoned them again to explore more. One of the missions started to teleport me across the new map so I cancelled that. I want to fill in the map at my own pace, not have little revealed islands mess up my discovery of the map .It does mean running into closed doors all the time, take out all the bad guys yet the content is locked behind glued shut doors.There's still plenty to discover anyway.
I canoed down the new river, however for the second leg canoes would not spawn again. I took one up from all the way down and of course when I finally got back up the canoes were back. It's so glitchy. If you save too close they are always gone, save further away and you have a chance they will be there. Of course you don't keep anything when you camp or save/reload. And the teleporting when camping and saving is even worse in the new territory. I camp and end up in a different zone. I save, reload the game on my other tv and I'm somewhere completely different with a different time of day lol. Camp in a valley, wake up on top of a ridge with no way back down. Why is it so hard to remember x,y where I am! So immersion breaking when you find a nice spot to camp, select the option and end up half a kilometer away up a vertical cliff.
And the story ignoring my actual state continues. I had to take out a bank loan for $405 for the story while I have over $1350 cash in pocket. So I blew it on a new Arabian, a silver brownish grey girl. Btw girl horses aren't any better at avoiding trees than boy horses. She hasn't run off a cliff yet, that's a plus! I sold some more crap and got the rolling block rifle back, shooting deer from a distant is still very satisfying. The game is still fun, smart move to lock a third of the map away until the epilogue. Only reason I still put up with the story missions. I did play Tetris effect instead last night in actual HDR, amazing! (you have to turn HDR on in the settings than the screen goes black for 10 seconds or more, don't panic I guess it reloads the game)