Sorry for the spoilers then, I thought you had already beaten the game. The pace of the game definitely starts escalating as you get further into the story, but a lot of stranger missions will remain available even when it starts to become completely at odds with where the narrative is going. It's one thing to help out some circus performers when you're thrown into this wide open world and invited to explore at your leisure, but the idea that Arthur is going to go chasing a little pyromaniac around the woods while everything around him is falling to pieces just makes absolutely no sense. If you do optional side content immediately as it becomes available it works a lot better than trying to wrap up all the loose ends near the end of the main story.Yeah I've only just started chapter 4 and visited Saint Denis for the first time properly, and this is the first time in the overarching narrative that there's a sense of urgency, but it's also offering stranger missions and such.
btw, me after spending 10 minutes in this city: