I've been playing since Friday afternoon, all weekend, still not reached chapter 3!. It's so easy to get side tracked, so much stuff to see, so many places to explore and I guess that's all in the extended tutorial area. Of course that time also includes plenty deaths and reloads cause of the clunky controls and random nonsense that tends to happen. Horse jumps over a fence into someone, instant murder charge, bounty, reload. Heck just accidentally knocking someone over in town gets you a death sentence.
Beware the game upset my wife when one of those random attacks happened and they shot my horse dead from under me. Plus be careful with the controller in town. Even though your weapons are stowed accidentally pushing the R2 button instantly fires a round right into the face of the person you are trying to talk to, Reload. Don't stand to close to a train either at a crossing, horses are fragile things and have no sense of self preservation. They need their brakes checked as well.
However despite the game play being hit and miss, leaning more towards the miss side, I can't stop playing. The world is so awesome, characters so well defined and brought to life that all the annoying game mechanics fade to the background.
I've been at it 8 hours at least, each day now as well as 6 or 7 hours thursday morning. I'm somewhere int o chapter 3 and the tutorials have just about faded out, haven't seen any in a few missions and things are starting to really rev up story wise. It is an insanely slow burn but I think it feels more like that because it's so distracting, I've played the story less than I've done side stuff, I spent two hours just fishing on two different ocassions at the start of chapter 3, I couldn't pull myself away from the beautiful scenes that kept unfolding. It's like playing a high definition moving fresco but better. Don't give up on it yet, it really does get better and there is a groove to be fallen into even though it's much, much more loose than any other majour open world game (refreshing to say the least) and no worries taking it slow cause who knows what'll be missed by rushing it, I'm still finding a slew of random content everytime I ride out, Scripted or not it leads to emergent gameplay and journeys that are mind melting the way they seem to flow together and it seems they've just crammed as much in as they possibly can, perhaps overloading it so there is an illusion of emergence and difference in players paths, and it works as far as I can tell.
Edit. Oh and ramp up the bond with your horses, it makes all the difference. Might ad well put a bullet in the head of a horse that has zero bond, it's near useless even if the stats are high. Keep feeding him, brushing, patting, lead him/her through water as often as possible to bath and press L3 often when riding or if it scares at something. I'm dreading re bonding another horse. I'm hoping a quick tap of the ps button and close application might save her if the worst happens. Fortunately I have moderately bonded back ups.
Last edited by John2290 - on 28 October 2018
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