Just entered into Chapter 6. No spoilers, but because of “things” it’s kinda amazing how much different my mood is right now than it was earlier in the game. I’ve been riding a Missouri Trotter since Chapter 4, but right now I just want to go back to the White Arabian I caught and tamed very early in the game (named her Destiny) and finish the game out on her. Unfortunately, she seems to have disappeared from all the stables! No idea why, there’s now an empty stall whereas before they were full and she was there. Bummer, but fits the atmosphere now anyway.
Pre-finishing the game review: I loved RDR1. I thought the game itself was so-so and had a lot of issues, but the story and the emotions it managed to create in me made it one of my top 10 games in over 30 years of computer gaming.
RDR2 is, IMO, really, really incredible. This open world is so open, so filled with things to do and explore. I will not find a LOT by the time I finish, I can tell. But what really elevates it, for me, is the story. The emotions it draws out of me, especially entering Chapter 6. This is one of those characters that I’ll never forget. I had wanted to replay the game when I finally finish it, to play the main protagonist as a “bad guy.” I’ve played this run through role playing him as a man with a bad past, who is wanting to be the best man he can be in the circumstances. My good-bad scale is far on the good side. That means I haven’t done many (at all) optional robberies or other things that are opportunities for a “bad” guy. Not really any optional stage coach robberies, train robberies, breaking into homes, etc. I’ve killed a lot but only when I felt forced to. I thought it would be fun to replay, when I finish, as a Bad Guy and do all of that stuff.
But Arthur feels like a real person to me, particularly going into Chapter 6, and it somehow feels “wrong” to start over and make him be that person. As I thought about it, I felt kinda silly to think that deeply about it. It’s a video game. But the fact that it does make me feel that way is one reason I really love this game.
I just wish Destiny was still around so I could saddle her up and finish up my time left with her.