Red Dead Redemption 2 |OT2| For A Few Hours More

Oct 26, 2017
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If anything this game makes me want to play RDR again to pick up the story, but I wonder if the gameplay would hold up very well. Would love to see R* put RDR on the Switch, then I might do it.
RDR defintely feels dated now. It feels more "game-y", if that makes any sense. Like going from GTA IV to a PS2 GTA. I certainly wouldn't say it has aged poorly, or is suddenly a bad game now this one is out, but I couldn't see myself going back to it, other than to finish off Undead Nightmare, which I never completed.

The horses, at least the best ones, also go like rockets.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I listened to the soundtrack today at work and boy is it diverse. I start to really appreciate it. My favorite is still the house building song which always puts a smile on my face. And the camp gang songs are great too.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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RDR defintely feels dated now. It feels more "game-y", if that makes any sense. Like going from GTA IV to a PS2 GTA. I certainly wouldn't say it has aged poorly, or is suddenly a bad game now this one is out, but I couldn't see myself going back to it, other than to finish off Undead Nightmare, which I never completed.

The horses, at least the best ones, also go like rockets.

I've been watching some videos on youtube of RDR story to try and remind myself of now the storyline ties in now that I've finished RDR2. I'd say graphically RDR holds up pretty well. But I do recall trying to go back and play RDR on my Xbox One a few years ago and quitting after the first try because the controls felt bad, particularly the horse controls which are well done in RDR2. I think I would play through it again, but only on Switch or some other future portable (unless they remaster).

I think I understand what you mean by gamey - RDR2 feels more like a long interactive movie, and yes there are elements that break the realism (getting shot 4-5 times and nothing happening), but its a smoother integration of story and gameplay. It doesn't have things like the meter bars for quick draw in RDR and the unrealistic horse controls.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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I listened to the soundtrack today at work and boy is it diverse. I start to really appreciate it. My favorite is still the house building song which always puts a smile on my face. And the camp gang songs are great too.

That's the Way It Is
Cruel, Cruel World
May I (Unshaken)
Fire in Your Eyes

All of these are just fantastic songs that I would love even if they weren't part of the game, but they mean so much more once you've played the game. I'm ready for soundtrack to hit iTunes.

And yes, agree also on the house building song and the camp songs are great too.

Few movies have original soundtracks this great.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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There's no way to take a boat from Blackwater to Saint Denis, right? Seems like a surefire miss by the team here... there's a steamship that you can watch that regularly goes from port to port, I feel like a character even mentions it in passing early in the game, yet, as far as I can tell, you can't travel between the two places.

I was just kinda figuring they'd unlock that once you "unlocked" Blackwater.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I don’t think I’ve ever been as touched by a video game as I was by this one. Sitting at work randomly thinking of the conversation between Arthur and Sister Calderon about to tear up.

What a beautiful moment.
 
Oct 27, 2018
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I've just started playing this so read back through this thread (and OT1) for some of the earlier reactions, while successfully avoiding spoilers. Feels good to have so much ahead, still just milling around in chapter 2 like a total newbie.

The controls are janky are best, like really hard to accommodate. I recently played Hitman 2 and then going back to this was like "oh shit yeah that's like that, for NO REASON WHATSOEVER" but I'm slowly getting used to it. I swear L1 will bust on my DS4 before I finish the game though. The game looks magnifique though, like visually astounding, and I have wasted a lot of time just looking at stuff. Also spent all my early money on a nice outfit, because everygame is The Sims at heart, right? I barely get time to play games so I'm getting max 2 hours a night, so it's gonna be a long slog, and I find myself wishing I could play it more. Man I miss the days of 12+ hour game sessions when I was younger.

Oh, why is Hosea spelt like that and not José? Is that really a thing? Literally never seen it before.

Anyone platinum'd it?
 
Oct 27, 2017
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I've just started playing this so read back through this thread (and OT1) for some of the earlier reactions, while successfully avoiding spoilers. Feels good to have so much ahead, still just milling around in chapter 2 like a total newbie.

The controls are janky are best, like really hard to accommodate. I recently played Hitman 2 and then going back to this was like "oh shit yeah that's like that, for NO REASON WHATSOEVER" but I'm slowly getting used to it. I swear L1 will bust on my DS4 before I finish the game though. The game looks magnifique though, like visually astounding, and I have wasted a lot of time just looking at stuff. Also spent all my early money on a nice outfit, because everygame is The Sims at heart, right? I barely get time to play games so I'm getting max 2 hours a night, so it's gonna be a long slog, and I find myself wishing I could play it more. Man I miss the days of 12+ hour game sessions when I was younger.

Oh, why is Hosea spelt like that and not José? Is that really a thing? Literally never seen it before.

Anyone platinum'd it?

On the controls I recommend looking on youtube or other areas of the internet on best settings to optimize aiming. You can make the aiming speed faster, cut down on auto lock, etc. I think there also is an option to make running one button press but I never used it. While you are in Chapter 2 that is the best time to do that and play around with settings. They don't really explain hand to hand combat really well, but circle punches, square blocks and triangle grabs.

Chapter 2 and 3 are probably the best time to explore the open world, hunt, etc. On hunting, learn to use the binoculars to identify perfect 3 star pelts and study the animals to know which weapon to use to preserve perfect pelts.

Overall, I would recommend playing a more honorable path, but you can make up for robbing, etc. by doing other good deeds and greeting people. You have time also in later chapters to up your honor.
 
Oh, why is Hosea spelt like that and not José? Is that really a thing? Literally never seen it before.
It’s a name from the Bible. Biblical names were common in that era. Possible it alludes to him coming from Jewish heritage as well being from the Old Testament.

Literally no relation to the name Jose which is just the Spanish variant of Joseph in English.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Oh, why is Hosea spelt like that and not José? Is that really a thing? Literally never seen it before.
The Prophet Hosea is "The Prophet of Doom" in the old testament / Tenak / Hebrew Bible. It was definitely a more common name 120+ years ago than it would be today, but I think Rockstar intentionally chose the name Hosea. Hosea, in the game, is the wisest of all of Dutch's gang, similar to the Prophet Hosea being generally considered the most prophetic of the major Jewish prophets, at least for Christians... in the New Testament, the Book of Matthew references the Prophet Hosea in fortelling the coming of Christ out of Egypt, and returning to Jerusalem.

I think choosing the name Hosea for the character in the game is a bit of a metaphor, but... following the metaphor to its likely conclusion kinda makes Jack Marston into Jesus, while John and Abigail are Joseph and Mary... so... It might be a stretch.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I don’t think I’ve ever been as touched by a video game as I was by this one. Sitting at work randomly thinking of the conversation between Arthur and Sister Calderon about to tear up.

What a beautiful moment.
Agreed, one of my favorite moments in the game. Also helped that this was immediately after it for me.



Now... is that the same nun who runs Las Hermanas in Mexico in RDR1?

I listened to the soundtrack today at work and boy is it diverse. I start to really appreciate it. My favorite is still the house building song which always puts a smile on my face. And the camp gang songs are great too.
Is the Soundtrack on any major streaming services?
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Awesome... also do you know if this conversation changes based on your honor level? Seemed like he convo with that nun and also with the Native American chief would have been instances where the game could change the conversation a bit based on how honorable you are.

One thing that struck me about the nun from RDR1, and from Undead Nightmare, is that as far as I can remember, she's really one of the only "good" or positive characterizations of a religious character in any modern game that I could think of. That struck me from RDR1, she's not stupid, naive, trying to trick the main character, or ultimately up to no good, she was just a genuine nun looking out for her sisters in the convent. In most other representations of a character like that, there'd be some malicious side of her really using her stature in the convent to do something nefarious, or what have you.
 
Oct 25, 2017
8,906
Awesome... also do you know if this conversation changes based on your honor level? Seemed like he convo with that nun and also with the Native American chief would have been instances where the game could change the conversation a bit based on how honorable you are.
If you reach that point with low honor, you speak to the Reverend instead. You basically catch him leaving camp and running away. The convo is pretty damn depressing.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Awesome... also do you know if this conversation changes based on your honor level? Seemed like he convo with that nun and also with the Native American chief would have been instances where the game could change the conversation a bit based on how honorable you are.
Not only the honor level, but there are two missions for Brother Dorkins in Saint Denis that you have to do. Only then do you get the nun at the train station instead of the reverend.

I actually kinda wish there wasn't variance there (and a few other scenes). The high honor conversations are so perfect and so deeply moving. Arthur talking to the nun at the train station is one of the best story-focused scenes I've seen in a game in a long, long time.

The low honor ones by comparison don't hit anywhere near as hard imo.
 
Oct 27, 2017
431
Yeah, that's why I recommend playing on a high honor path. Pretty much all of the story stuff later is better IMO with the high honor, and I think the game nudges you down that path anyway. Although I think you can be pretty bad through the first part of the game and have time to change your ways.


The conversation with the Nun is the best dialogue in the game. Going back to it later after you've finished the game......"helping people makes you happy. do something to help someone."......paraphrasing.....man, its special and more meaningful later.

The whole story and the epilogue and the ways it ties into RDR is just amazingly well done.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Is the Soundtrack on any major streaming services?

Not as far as I can tell, although I think May I (Unshaken) is on iTunes and its the Deangelo version. The rest of the songs on iTunes from the game are covers. I looked last week but couldn't find a date for when the soundtrack will officially release. Don't know the reason for the hold up.

Most of the songs are on youtube if you want to listen.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Yeah, that's why I recommend playing on a high honor path. Pretty much all of the story stuff later is better IMO with the high honor, and I think the game nudges you down that path anyway. Although I think you can be pretty bad through the first part of the game and have time to change your ways.


The conversation with the Nun is the best dialogue in the game. Going back to it later after you've finished the game......"helping people makes you happy. do something to help someone."......paraphrasing.....man, its special and more meaningful later.

The whole story and the epilogue and the ways it ties into RDR is just amazingly well done.
"Take a gamble that love exists...and do a loving act"

 
Oct 27, 2017
674
Finally finished what a awesome beautiful ride. Quirks aside I loved it all. I still am amazed of the world they created,just gorgeous. In my top 2 favs of last year,GOW being the other. Also the "Unshaken" cover by Christian is Amazing. Had it playing in the background for the remainder of my long rides through world till the end. Great job Rockstar!

https://youtu.be/Za2Ijm7Am5Y
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Is there any way to see how many hours I've spent in this game? I'm closing in on the end of chapter 6 after what feels like a million hours, I'm just curious how long it's actually been.

That Sister Calderon scene mentioned above is my favorite so far.
Arthur's facial expression when he said "I'm afraid" made me tear up a little bit.
 
Is there any way to see how many hours I've spent in this game? I'm closing in on the end of chapter 6 after what feels like a million hours, I'm just curious how long it's actually been.

That Sister Calderon scene mentioned above is my favorite so far.
Arthur's facial expression when he said "I'm afraid" made me tear up a little bit.
As mentioned - on Xbox One, the achievements page will show your playtime. On the PS4 there’s no time tracking function. However certain users have received email from Sony with gameplay stats - including playtime - but the reason and regularity of this seems random at best.

And yes; the Sister Calderon scene - wow. Great performances. So much more meaningful if you played the first game, too. Glad you’re enjoying!
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Is there any way to see how many hours I've spent in this game? I'm closing in on the end of chapter 6 after what feels like a million hours, I'm just curious how long it's actually been.

That Sister Calderon scene mentioned above is my favorite so far.
Arthur's facial expression when he said "I'm afraid" made me tear up a little bit.
You can check how many hours you've played on socialclub.rockstargames.com
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I really love the post-Credits



I just thought it was amazing how post-credits, it comes back to John leaning up against the fence, gazing at the place he'd be buried at the end of Red Dead Redemption, as the sun is rising. It's like a really, really great nod to Red Dead Redemption and the start of that game.

You can check how many hours you've played on socialclub.rockstargames.com
Oh interesting they must have added that recently, I used to go looking for it and couldn't find it... and now it's right in front of your face :D

I've done very few of the ambient challenges and I'm at 2 Days 7 hours 5 Minutes... Although Xbox says I'm at 96.25 hours... so I wonder whose right.

I went through most of the game blind and I kind of wish I had taken people's advice and done the ambient challenges (Hunting, fishing, discovery, etc), in Chapter 3 or w/e it was. I didn't want to explore too far out of where the main story was taking me at the time, because ... I always feel like when you explore around and then the game takes you there later in the story and the charracter says like, "... where the hell are we Dutch...?" it feels a little fake because I've already been there hunting rattlesnakes or something. So I intentionally didn't go TOO far away from my main areas of discovery, until Ch. 6, which was fine, and then the epilogues. But now, I've got less motivation to to d alot of the challenges because the main elements of the game are over.
 
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Oct 27, 2017
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Bay Area, California
Is it possible to grow a full-length beard with John? I was searching and some people on reddit were saying that Rockstar patched it so that John is capped at 7/10 or something, but I don't know if that's true or not. Even with Arthur I never managed to get it past 7 or 8.
 
May 11, 2018
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Man, I've finished this last night after putting the second epilogue on hold for the longest time.
It's not that I was bored of it or something but I wanted to play as Marston a while longer, since he is my favourite character in the series by far and I didn't want to rush it.
Loved the house building mission/song/vibe.

I feel Arthur, Charles and Sadie are the best new characters to ever grace videogames in the last 5 years. What a great cast.
Also, while I'm going through an open-world burnout right now (couldn't finish Horizon ZD, due to boredom/repetition), this still kept my attention. I dunno, R*'s open-worlds are simply on a whole different level. I will also never get the people who whine about the gameplay, but eh.
Great game, will surely pick it up again to roam around, hunt, fish, whatever in the endless summer
 
Oct 27, 2017
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I’m early on in Chapter 4 and while God of War was great, I cannot understand how it received the GOTY awards over this. This is competing with The Witcher 3 for me as the game of the gen, the storytelling is just incredible and I can’t put the game down. It’s like this is the Mad Men of video games with so many great characters.
 
May 27, 2018
322
England
Can anyone help with tips to get feathers from smaller birds like sparrows, quails, woodpeckers? I've been using small game arrows, but I never get the option to "pluck", only to pick the bird up.
 
May 27, 2018
322
England
I had the same issue when trying to get feathers for crafting. Sometimes the game tells you everything in detail and sometimes it's a lot more obtuse.
Yeah, it's a funny game like that.

Also it wasn't cooking it, it was going into the satchel and "break down" the carcass. But I wouldn't have even thought about doing that without your reply so thanks again.
 
Oct 28, 2017
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So after months of putting it off, I finally embarked on the journey with Arthur Morgan yesterday. Considering the response from most of Era has been negative due to the game's archaic gameplay mechanics, I was concerned I wouldn't enjoy it. However, playing through Chapter 1, I enjoyed every minute - the slow introduction to the gang; the dialogue between characters; the world-building; how beautiful the world is.

I've just got to the first camp, and I'm wondering if anyone has any tips now that I'm about to continue the story?
 
So after months of putting it off, I finally embarked on the journey with Arthur Morgan yesterday. Considering the response from most of Era has been negative due to the game's archaic gameplay mechanics, I was concerned I wouldn't enjoy it. However, playing through Chapter 1, I enjoyed every minute - the slow introduction to the gang; the dialogue between characters; the world-building; how beautiful the world is.

I've just got to the first camp, and I'm wondering if anyone has any tips now that I'm about to continue the story?
I would prioritize exploring the world and doing all the camp upgrades and crafting as soon as possible. Also do side quests as they come up. Most can be done any time, but some are dependent on where you are in the story. By early chapter 3, you can have a lot of the challenges and crafting stuff wrapped up.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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So after months of putting it off, I finally embarked on the journey with Arthur Morgan yesterday. Considering the response from most of Era has been negative due to the game's archaic gameplay mechanics, I was concerned I wouldn't enjoy it. However, playing through Chapter 1, I enjoyed every minute - the slow introduction to the gang; the dialogue between characters; the world-building; how beautiful the world is.

I've just got to the first camp, and I'm wondering if anyone has any tips now that I'm about to continue the story?
Money is never an issue in the game, even if it seems like it to start off with. If you find yourself low on cash, either continue with the story until you earn a bit more, or look for other ways of earning it.

A lot of people spent a lot of time in Chapter 2, and you only really start getting decent payouts from missions in Chapter 3 onwards.

If you enjoy the world building, make sure to visit camp often: there are lots of cool events and conversations there that occur outside of missions.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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So after months of putting it off, I finally embarked on the journey with Arthur Morgan yesterday. Considering the response from most of Era has been negative due to the game's archaic gameplay mechanics, I was concerned I wouldn't enjoy it. However, playing through Chapter 1, I enjoyed every minute - the slow introduction to the gang; the dialogue between characters; the world-building; how beautiful the world is.

I've just got to the first camp, and I'm wondering if anyone has any tips now that I'm about to continue the story?

I think the majority of people love the game and it is many people's GOTY for 2018. Its just the intentional slow pace was offputting for some, particularly those that just want to go mission to mission and not hunt/fish, explore, experience the random encounters, etc. And if you want to try and rush through, its going to make the other parts of the controls irritate you more. The controls can be improved in the options menu - look up some settings on youtube and try them out - Chapter 2 is a good place to experiment with control settings and get used to something. You can do things like lower the auto lock-on and improve aiming speed, so you have more control and flexibility.


The story is really top notch and rewarding, as is the music. Chapter 2 and 3 are the best time to explore, but don't overdo it and get burned out because Chapter 6 is really long and the epilogues are worth doing as well.

In terms of story, I recommend a more honorable path. But that doesn't mean you can't play around with doing dastardly things, particularly in Chapter 2 and 3. To me its worth doing things like robbing stores and wagons just for the experience, and some of that type stuff you'll do in the story - you are an outlaw gang. But lean more towards doing good so that you can maximize your honor in the late Chapters. Its actually easy to make up for the bad stuff you do outside the main missions just by greeting people in towns. When you are in a mission, I would default to doing the honorable thing when choices are presented to you, that seems like where most honor is earned - I think at a certain point earlier in the game it kinda caps your honor and you can't move up until some story stuff - at least that was my experience.

Learn the slow quick draw dead-eye, which you can do just by slowly pulling in the right trigger when your gun is holstered. Some of the optional duels will teach you this, but I think its one of the coolest mechanics and its nice to use for when you get held up on the road or in a conflict that is escalating to violence.
 
So after months of putting it off, I finally embarked on the journey with Arthur Morgan yesterday. Considering the response from most of Era has been negative due to the game's archaic gameplay mechanics, I was concerned I wouldn't enjoy it. However, playing through Chapter 1, I enjoyed every minute - the slow introduction to the gang; the dialogue between characters; the world-building; how beautiful the world is.

I've just got to the first camp, and I'm wondering if anyone has any tips now that I'm about to continue the story?
The best tip I received when I was in your shoes was to change the default control scheme to the one listed in the OP. Do this from the get-go so you can get used to it.

I was never one of the people who had an issue with the default controls, but the tweaked settings really made a difference.

Take your time doing side activities during chapters 2-4. After this point the main story hits a fever pitch and you’ll miss the simpler times of earlier chapters.

When exploring make sure you look at your map. The little squares are buildings and most of them have something fun or unique to offer - even if nothing formal pops up on the map.

Don’t sprint around through crowds of people etc. The default movement speed is a walk for a reason. Act like you would in a real scenario. This is what lead to many people claiming they couldn’t mount their horse without tackling people and other hyperbole.

Personal preference here, but try to avoid Ste-Denis until you end up there via the main story. It’ll make a lot more sense continuity-wise and I found it was great having that to look forward to.

Take your time! It’s a long epic of a game. Soak it all in. It took most players 80-100 hours to complete. It took me 150 hours. If you try to burn through it it will burn you out.

Beware the bayou at night.
 
Nov 5, 2017
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So, I finally started to play this game - after around 7-8 hours I'm still in chapter 2 (probably also pretty much at the beginning, since there are still tons of missions for me to do) and luckily after a quite rough and slow start finally everything seems to click for me! Now that the world opened up more, it seems just atmospheric to ride around, pick up your challenges and explore the world. It's really great! It's just so overwhelming... apart from this huge world there seem to be so many options in terms of crafting and collecting.... I don't even know if I really wanna engage in it, because it just seems so huge, lol. Is crafting / cooking really a huge part of the game or will I be able to continue through everything without really improving my weapons, bags etc. I guess doing challenges will be pretty important, right?

Two questions so far (there will be probably a ton more later):
1. I met an NPC who gave me the advice to rob a certain place (forgot the name unfortunately) - I was convinced that it would mark it on my map, but it never happened, so now I don't know how to proceed. I once got into some sort of menu, where it would summerize my talk with the NPC + the location information, but I don't know how to get back in this menue. (It was a menu where you could also swipe though your current open challenges.

2. I met another question mark NPC - an archeleogist -, but unfortunately something happened that made her run away. Maybe I pulled my gun? I don't even remember, but I couldn't make her stay via the command (does the command even do anything?! It didn't let me stop any witnesses either...) So basically: did I already fuck up or will she be later there again, so I'll have another chance?
 
So, I finally started to play this game - after around 7-8 hours I'm still in chapter 2 (probably also pretty much at the beginning, since there are still tons of missions for me to do) and luckily after a quite rough and slow start finally everything seems to click for me! Now that the world opened up more, it seems just atmospheric to ride around, pick up your challenges and explore the world. It's really great! It's just so overwhelming... apart from this huge world there seem to be so many options in terms of crafting and collecting.... I don't even know if I really wanna engage in it, because it just seems so huge, lol. Is crafting / cooking really a huge part of the game or will I be able to continue through everything without really improving my weapons, bags etc. I guess doing challenges will be pretty important, right?

Two questions so far (there will be probably a ton more later):
1. I met an NPC who gave me the advice to rob a certain place (forgot the name unfortunately) - I was convinced that it would mark it on my map, but it never happened, so now I don't know how to proceed. I once got into some sort of menu, where it would summerize my talk with the NPC + the location information, but I don't know how to get back in this menue. (It was a menu where you could also swipe though your current open challenges.

2. I met another question mark NPC - an archeleogist -, but unfortunately something happened that made her run away. Maybe I pulled my gun? I don't even remember, but I couldn't make her stay via the command (does the command even do anything?! It didn't let me stop any witnesses either...) So basically: did I already fuck up or will she be later there again, so I'll have another chance?
I don't know the answer to your second question, but press left on the d-pad to open the log.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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You can easily play the entire game without doing a single challenge or any crafting. Which is not to say you should ignore them. Just don't worry about them if you feel they're particularly onerous.
Yeah, I only really started the satchel upgrade crafting once I'd finished, and I never had an issue in the main game.
 
Yeah, I only really started the satchel upgrade crafting once I'd finished, and I never had an issue in the main game.
After you've completed the main story, you can just buy the satchel upgrades at the fence. Honestly, the crafting and the challenges are two of my biggest gripes with the game; they are both implemented so poorly that you have to go completely out of your way to do them at all, the perks they unlock are completely unnecessary, and they require an absurd investment of time doing gameplay loops that aren't fun (I like the minigames but fuck the gambler challenges). And the challenges are all built backwards! The third weapons expert challenge is killing birds of prey with a tomahawk, which is not easy. The eighth challenge is simply killing people with a shotgun which you can start doing within the first few missions of the game. But the challenges have to be completed sequentially. It is an absolutely fucking rubbish design decision.
 
Oct 27, 2017
431
So, I finally started to play this game - after around 7-8 hours I'm still in chapter 2 (probably also pretty much at the beginning, since there are still tons of missions for me to do) and luckily after a quite rough and slow start finally everything seems to click for me! Now that the world opened up more, it seems just atmospheric to ride around, pick up your challenges and explore the world. It's really great! It's just so overwhelming... apart from this huge world there seem to be so many options in terms of crafting and collecting.... I don't even know if I really wanna engage in it, because it just seems so huge, lol. Is crafting / cooking really a huge part of the game or will I be able to continue through everything without really improving my weapons, bags etc. I guess doing challenges will be pretty important, right?

Two questions so far (there will be probably a ton more later):
1. I met an NPC who gave me the advice to rob a certain place (forgot the name unfortunately) - I was convinced that it would mark it on my map, but it never happened, so now I don't know how to proceed. I once got into some sort of menu, where it would summerize my talk with the NPC + the location information, but I don't know how to get back in this menue. (It was a menu where you could also swipe though your current open challenges.

2. I met another question mark NPC - an archeleogist -, but unfortunately something happened that made her run away. Maybe I pulled my gun? I don't even remember, but I couldn't make her stay via the command (does the command even do anything?! It didn't let me stop any witnesses either...) So basically: did I already fuck up or will she be later there again, so I'll have another chance?

On #1 usually they will tell you where it is, but there is no marker. If you press left on d-pad and pull up the log it should have that in the log as something to do and maybe a picture of the house. But usually stuff like that will say, its North of X town. So go to X town and start heading north if you want to find it. Takes some exploration, but these are totally optional.


Man, that archaeologist stuff - I know I played well over 100 hours and found like 2/30 bones. Maybe I was missing something, but like was said, check the log and see if that mission is there. If not maybe revisit that location later. Treasure hunting maps are more worth it IMO. I wouldn't worry about it too much unless you are doing full completionist stuff.
 
Oct 27, 2017
446
USA
Wow the start of Chapter 5 was really fun
and a nice change of pace from the rest of the game. I love the open world in this game, but it was neat to have a small linear subplot disconnected from the rest of the game's world. I don't know how intentional it was, but it felt like a homage to Uncharted as well with the jungle setting, explosives being fired, and some form of militia after you. Very cool.

Also just finishing up the 'Fork in the Road' mission (mission spoilers below)

Before the event trigerred I went to the Barber in Saint Dennis to finally get a haircut and a proper shave and noticed Arthur's eyes were bloodshot. I initially just shrugged it off as Arthur being tired from everything that happened after the bank heist, but still seemed like something was off. After that scene played out certainly made more sense. Still felt a bit sudden to hear the news (honestly never expected that to happen in this game), but I'm guessing there were other clues beforehand to tie it all in. Game already mentions medicines will be less effective now, and it makes me super curious to see how it all plays out (though I suspect things will be grim). Makes me kind of happy I finished up most of the side quests I could in chapter 4 as I just want to focus on the main story now.
 
Nov 5, 2017
495
Thank you everyone for your answers - one more question:

Right now, I need to find the Trapper and the game told me that I should talk to Pearson in the camp, because he might know where to find him. Well, let's just say, Pearson doesn't appear to be very talkative. I tried everything: talked to him during various times of the day, tried to anger him, tried talk to him by the butcher table, but nothing... Does anybody know if I can nevertheless visit the Trapper right now (for example if I look up online where his location is)? The thing is namely, that I want to finally get rid of the legendary bear skin! It's so stupid...I've been riding with this thing for probably more than 2 hours already and while doing so I can't load anything different onto my horse (I even, while doing a bounty hunter mission and realizing that I had to put the skin down in order to transport my bounty, led the skin ly back there and had to ride all the way back to fetch it after getting rid of the bounty). It's no fun right now - the skin feels like a burden. Everytime I die I have to reload my save file, because apparently the skin disappears after you die.

Oh, and another short question: how do I improve Arthur's life bar permanently?

Apart from that, I really like the game and feel incredibly immersed in this world. It just feels a little bit overwhelming for me at times. I have played for around 3 hours today and didn't even do any missions or even sidemissions just because I was riding through the world and constantly getting new impulses of what to do next. Sometimes I just can't decide what to do. I think next I'm gonna tackle the rest of the camp missions and hope that it will still be possible to do all the main missions after that.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Thank you everyone for your answers - one more question:

Right now, I need to find the Trapper and the game told me that I should talk to Pearson in the camp, because he might know where to find him. Well, let's just say, Pearson doesn't appear to be very talkative. I tried everything: talked to him during various times of the day, tried to anger him, tried talk to him by the butcher table, but nothing... Does anybody know if I can nevertheless visit the Trapper right now (for example if I look up online where his location is)? The thing is namely, that I want to finally get rid of the legendary bear skin! It's so stupid...I've been riding with this thing for probably more than 2 hours already and while doing so I can't load anything different onto my horse (I even, while doing a bounty hunter mission and realizing that I had to put the skin down in order to transport my bounty, led the skin ly back there and had to ride all the way back to fetch it after getting rid of the bounty). It's no fun right now - the skin feels like a burden. Everytime I die I have to reload my save file, because apparently the skin disappears after you die.

Oh, and another short question: how do I improve Arthur's life bar permanently?

Apart from that, I really like the game and feel incredibly immersed in this world. It just feels a little bit overwhelming for me at times. I have played for around 3 hours today and didn't even do any missions or even sidemissions just because I was riding through the world and constantly getting new impulses of what to do next. Sometimes I just can't decide what to do. I think next I'm gonna tackle the rest of the camp missions and hope that it will still be possible to do all the main missions after that.
For the Trapper, I just found him by exploring. The nearest one in Chapter 2 is just west from Strawberry: it's just before you cross the railway bridge. The icon on the map is a paw with a dollar sign on it.
 
Nov 5, 2017
495
Thanks! Finally found him and got my hard earned money :D

Another quick question: do I have to consider something when it comes down to perfect skins? Do I need to use special amunition or was I just unlucky so far? I think I have been playing for around 9-10 hours and I had only one perfect skin.