So far, I am bouncing off this game pretty damn hard. They have just made everything needlessly complicated for the sake of making it complicated. The controls have become so crazy involved that everything becomes just a struggle of trying to make something happen. And I get it, a controller only has like 10 buttons, so you're going to need to go the wheel route to do anything, but, I dunno, maybe don't have 500000 systems in your game then, especially since most of them don't add any actual fun to the game.
Here are some random just stupid things in the game that have been annoying:
- Arthur controls like he's Andre the Giant. I've said this before, I like that Rockstar games have presence and heft to them, and I don't want him to move like Assassin's Creed or Shadow of War or anything like that. But RDR2 makes the Witcher 3 feel smooth as shit in comparison. Once you've spent 30 second just lining that lumbering oaf up with a flower so you can pick it, you'll get what I mean. Looting a house will take 5 minutes, especially because after you open a drawer with three items in it, you have to grab each item separately.
- Remember how Ubisoft introduced the "Hold a button to do the same thing that a simple button press used to do?" RDR2 takes this system to entirely new levels. EVERYTHING requires you to hold buttons down for like five seconds. Want to confirm your auto-save being overwritten? Better hold that button for five seconds. Grab something from a counter? Five seconds. Change clothes? Five seconds.
When your horse is dying, and you have the choice to mercy kill it or to give it a horse reviver medicine? That's a single keypress.
- Speaking of flowers. After I had picked 5 of them, my satchel was full. There are like 900 flowers in the game that you can use to make 9000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 different items with. You can carry about 5 of them. Crafting fun ahoy! (Note, the same satchel carries 5 chunks of venison, 5 chunks of animal fat, 5 chunks of beef, 5 chunks of stringy meat, and forty times 5 bottles of random shit just fine. But more than 5 flowers? FUCK NO!
- If you get into a fight while you had your gun out, you will drop your gun and your hat, and you have to pick them up. Okay. The button to pick up your gun? R1. The button to pick up your hat? Triangle. WTF? I guess this is what happens when a thousand people work on a game.
- When you get dirty, you have to take a bath. People will respond to you being dirty. That's cool, that adds to the immersion. So you go take a bath. Five second cutscene, right? No. You have to... scrub... every... single... limb... separately. I'm sorry, who in God's name came up with this and thought "Yes, that will be FUN!"
- During chapter 1, the game teaches you that in order to bring a deer back to the camp for meat, you have to drop it in front of Pearson. Okay.
In chapter 2, I bring a deer back to camp. Take it off the horse, take it to Pearson. Drop it in front of him. I get teleported to another part of the camp with the deer on the ground in front of me. WTF? Take it back to pearson, try again. Same thing happens. Okay. Hold deer on my shoulder, go to the table where you turn shit in. Deer doesn't show up. I finally figure out that you have to leave it on your horse, then you can turn it in.
There's nothing inherently wrong with that, but why did you teach me to manually take the fucking deer to Pearson then in the tutorial??? Again, if a thousand people work on a game, it might help if a producer makes sure all their systems align.
- I thought this may just be me, but I've heard the same complaint from four other guys here at work. It's so freaking hard to spot anything in this game. The only way I can see any predator or whatever is just by auto-locking onto it. I don't really want to play with auto-lock, but it's almost a necessity in this game. My horse was shying away from a predator. I spent five minutes looking around, couldn't see it. Hit Eagle Eye, still nothing. Finally just hit target, and boom, off to my right, there's a bear sitting in the foliage. Sigh.
- I got told I needed to clean my horse last night, because it was dirty, and because of that its stamina was draining more quickly. What, is it caked in 9000 lbs of dirt???
- Along with that, I've come across at least three or four instances where "events" happen, and I hear people crying out for help. A guy trapped with his leg (judging by what he said.) A guy apparently murdering some poor woman over money. I'm sure these would have been fun events. I can't find them. I walk around, and I see nothing. Is there any way to call out to these people? There is not. We were too busy designing systems for you to be dirty and for you to brush your horse and wash your limbs individually, that when someone is crying out for help, and the logical thing to do would be to yell back "I can hear you! Where are you?!" you can't do that.
- Hunting. They literally stole the entire simulation from Hunter:Call of the Wild, but whatever. But you can carry 1 animal or 1 pelt. That's it. More won't fit on your horse. Sure, that's realistic. Is it fun? No. I shot a bear roughly in the equivalent of Pennsylvania. I wound up hauling its pelt all the way to New Orleans before I found a guy that would buy it. He gave me a whole buck for it. Woooweee! It was about a 20 minute horse ride. (Cool horse ride, though. It was pretty.)
- I've given five deers to the camp now. There's a thousand pounds of meat rotting away somewhere. Everyone bitches how I don't do anything and all the camp necessity meters are still just as red as the day we started this camp. I've given 70 bucks to the camp, still nothing. (Also, apparently I am the ONLY one giving shit to this camp?)
- I come across the old standby from RDR, the Mexican guy who asks if you're up for a challenge shooting birds. I ride towards him, and because the horse controls are kinda weird (sometimes my horse will stop if I let go of the left control stick and/or X, and sometimes it'll just keep going), I'm charging at him, and I emergency brake the horse, and it gently bumps him. He, of course, immediately gets super fucking angry, pulls his gun, and starts wildly shooting, killing my horse in the process.
This seems like a totally legit reaction to being mildly bumped by a horse.
- I try to greet a guy out in the middle of nowhere. Because I'm holding a shotgun, the game of course just aims the shotgun at the guy (we need more systems hooked to the L2 button, Rockstar. Let's put jump on there too, that way it'll always becomes a hilarious guessing game whether Andre puts a pair of binoculars to his face, or just jumps off the cliff he's standing on!), the guy gets mad, and starts shooting at me. I kill him. Crime circle shows up, I get on my horse and race off. 20 seconds later it says that a witness who did not see the crime is investigating. Okay, whatever. Ten seconds later, I'm wanted, and 2 lawmen show up in approximately 0.0002 seconds and start shooting at me. I fire back at them and kill them, and now I have a 120 dollar bounty on me. It's like the cops from GTA5, but substantially more fucking clairvoyant.
- I get hot when I'm in New Orleans because I'm wearing a heavy outfit. Okay, I know I stashed 3 different outfits on my horse, I'll just switch. (Btw, I stashed outfits purely by accident. The game never explains this.)
I can't for the life of me figure out how to get this damn outfit off the horse.
Blegh. All of this is just drudgery.
The world is beautiful. I mean, it's beyond beautiful. The animals are AMAZING. The first time you get attacked by wolves, you will not BELIEVE how incredible they look. Same for deer, for bears, etc. The sound is insane, the simulation is mindblowing. I'm running out of adjectives to describe what an incredible world they made.
Is it fun? Not really.
(I did have some moments of fun, actually. One, I ate a poisonous plant and watched Andre vomit his guts out for about 20 seconds. It was pretty awesome. I swear they made some poor guy actually vomit while they mo-capped him. In another instance, I lassoed a wild horse while riding my own horse, and I got jerked off my horse and bounced off some rocks. That was a true lol moment. And the mission where you take Lenny to the bar to get him "a few drinks" is really, REALLY funny. "LENNYYYYY! LENNNY?!")
I'm going to keep playing, if nothing else than for the fact that I paid 60 bucks for it, but so far I'm really struggling to enjoy it. I wound up playing Shadow of War for most of the day yesterday, because it was just a lot more FUN.
All I wanted was RDR with more beautiful graphics, more animals, and a bigger map. What I got was "Real Life, the Simulation." I better go, Andre is dirty again, and it'll take 10 minutes to wash the lumbering moron.This comment was edited on Oct 29, 2018, 12:51.