- Oct 25, 2017
Agreed. One of my favorite things about the game is visiting the RDR locations and seeing how they've changed or haven't changed from Red Dead Redemption. I love how Tumbleweed is the thriving community in that portion of the map, while Tumbleweed was the ghost town of RDR1. I even love how Blackwater develops during the course of RDR2 story, something that 99% of players -- maybe more -- won't even get to experience because you're persona non grata in Blackwater.
Check this out, starting at 1:57
(Location "spoilers" for those who haven't played through the game entirely, but not really, video just shows how areas change throughout the game, train tracks being laid, camps turning into towns, or the reverse, etc)
I really wish they did more with it though, and had a couple other nods to the previous game. Like, I wish that they had an early bridge being built into the San Louis river (or w/e the river is / Rio Bravo / Rio Grande / etc). Like, a quarter built bridge or something, showing that work had started but it wouldn't be complete until the events of RDR1. It's disappointing how much they didn't use the mass, and it seems clear they basically threw it in there just for Red Dead Online. Aside from a couple funny easter eggs virtually the entire landmass has nothing going on. I still love that it's there because I love riding around that area and I'd much rather it be in the game in its current state than get the treatment that Mexico did (e.g., like you can look at it but can't get there). There's a beauty to how sparse it is, and the rest of RDR2 is obviously beautiful, but there's still part of me that loves the flat Texas brush country and plains from the first game.
Also I wish there was a way to take a boat from Blackwater to St. Denis. You see these steam boats going back and forth through the whole game, so I thought it'd be obvious that when you finally make it to Blackwater or St. Denis that you could take a boat that'd take you right to the heart of it... but you can't.
BTW, I'm not spoilering this post only because the game came out ~7mos ago and I think spoilering locations on the main map at this point is a little overkill. There's only one location that I'd consider spoilering for story reasons, and for anybody whose finished the game it should be obvious which one :)