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I had a pop up telling me I'd lost my hat but it could be found in my wardrobe at camp or on my horse.... That was the original hat though, not one I'd bought/made @Hendo & @Middle_Class_Hero

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1 hour ago, Hendo said:

I too have lost my hat. :(

My amazing legendary bear hat has gone, possibly lost forever as I was killed going for a trek from an abandoned little village back to Valentine. Incidentally, that abandoned village is financially worth a visit, plus worth a look to see the grim prison.

 

I love how pre-launch everyone was banging on about how you'll get emotionally attached to your horse, yet I was more upset to lose my hat than poor 'Dobby' (in hindsight - should have tried to skin him) - seems i'm incredibly materialistic. I lack the funds to buy another at the moment as well, so had to settle for some hair pomade.

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Today was the day everything finally clicked for me with this game. Granted it has taken a very long time (13 hours) and lots of fiddling with settings to get there but wow wow wow wow wow what a game now I know what it is and have a grasp on its controls and systems.

 

Don’t get me wrong the previous 9 hours I was engrossed by it but today I was absolutely mesmerised. You can usually tell how engrossed I am in a game by how little/much I drink my drink next to me when I play and today I drank literally nothing in 3 hours before realising what the time was 😮

 

The first thing I did when starting the game up was sort the HDR issues - I had the calibration set to the recommended 100 and put it up to 400 - which improved the visual quality massively and meant the world didn’t look so grey and washed out anymore. Instead the world was now full of colour, the nighttime luminescence from lanterns, wood fires and inside houses is nothing less than jaw dropping and the sky full of bright twinkling stars.

 

To sort my control issues out I upped the sensitivity even more and then upped the aim acceleration and lowered the aiming dead zone. It still isn’t perfect but it makes the combat feel so much snappier, smoother and responsive instead of the heavy feeling, slow default option. The other more confusing control issues I had with the various menus have gone away too but I think I’ve just got used to them by now.

I do understand the complaints from others that they focused on the realism too much and not enough in making it a ‘game’ and ‘fun’ and I agreed with those complaints at times within the first 9 hours but now everything has clicked I’m struggling to see them manifested personally.

 

To me what it feels most like is Fallout. But, Fallout without all the gamey elements stripped away. Instead of the Top Compass from Fallout showing you silhouettes with points of interest on the horizon gradually becoming clearer as you get closer in this the points of interest are just houses, farms, abandoned towns etc. That you can choose or choose not to explore. They catch your eye and entice you in through light or smoke and stoke your natural curiosity to explore rather than relying on an icon to do this for you.

 

It just feels so organic and real. I was just riding past this house earlier, snuck up around the outside to see a guy inside a window reading a newspaper and some piles of money on the table. So I equip my shotgun, kick in the front door and take their heads off in the stairwell, then loot the place and net myself a nice healthy amount of cash.

 

I also infiltrated this farm which didn’t go to play at all. I approached and tried to be friendly but they started firing so I shot them, then the dog started biting me so I had to kill it :( Whilst I was inside reading a book I found someone discovered the bodies and by the time I came out a load of Lawmen were hot on my tail, they chased me all across the swamps and I had to gun a load of them down which led to a full $195 bounty on my head :lol:

 

The hunting has grown on me too, the Eagle Eye thing does feel a bit unrealistic in a game based in realism but I get that it’s probably the best compromise R* could come up with. Hunting this Legendary Bear on one of the early missions really got my heart pumping but unfortunately he charged and killed me before I knew what the fuck was going on.

 

It has taken a long time to get there but now all the pieces of the puzzle have come together I truly think this could be the next step in gaming and the first time a game has truly properly felt like a living, breathing, real place. I don’t want to get bogged down in the hyperbole yet as it’s still early days, but, wow.

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19 minutes ago, Blakey said:

I don’t want to get bogged down in the hyperbole yet

 

Too late 😅

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8 hours ago, Nag said:

I had a pop up telling me I'd lost my hat but it could be found in my wardrobe at camp or on my horse.... That was the original hat though, not one I'd bought/made @Hendo & @Middle_Class_Hero

Went into my wardrobe and bear hat not there. :(

 

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7 hours ago, Hendo said:

Went into my wardrobe and bear hat not there. :(

 

 

After my mammoth saddle trek, apparently any lost saddles can be retrieved at a stable. 

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Aside from having too many 'realistic' systems in place I've found the game more or less as expected. Every Rockstar game has played janky and cumbersome. At least you can tweak it to hold/toggle instead of the rapid hits in some of the situations.

It's not a surprise more of a recognition. Perhaps they should play better but the tight action isn't ever why people play Rockstar games. Same as Bethesda's games really. It's the open world. In Rockstar case it's where the little details pay off for me. That's what people liked about Rockstar. They may have stepped too far in the life management though. But I can say it's not got in my way the few hours I've now spent on it. Horse has had a biscuit and I've had some beans. That's about it. Can't seem to brush my horse yet bet I need to buy/nick one.

The story and side missions set this apart. Each are well voice acted, mocap is good, fun quirky characters that Rockstar dream up. I've done the stuff in Valentine. 'Talked' to one of those legendary photo gunslingers. That was quite amusing. His gun was more ornate than mine with similar stats. So I took it. I've now had a ride up to the snowy area we started in to nosey around. Quite a distance though.

A nice little feature I found out was that if you have a mission or waypoint trail set, put it to cinematic camera, and set off, you can out the pad down and let the horse take you there. Might want to be within ear shot tho incase of being attacked or a random side mission takes your interest.

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I currently have a bounty as I was standing in the high street checking my map, and some arsehole in a wagon didn't like me blocking his way so he shot at me. And I'm the bad guy for taking his head off with a shotgun!?

 

I'm loving the randomness of this had a pretty funny death involving a man and his sons building a house. Went back to the same location a bit later to find them under attack.

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It could be because of the goatee I got him growing, but is it just me or is Arthur very similar in appearance and voice to Rip Torn?

 

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Anyone done the mission where you shout, “Lenny!” a lot? Now that’s an entertaining one.

 

Also did one involving a cult which was not as good as I’d hoped for. Hopefully that will be something you come back to, as the weirder side of these games is always the most fun.

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27 minutes ago, Hendo said:

Anyone done the mission where you shout, “Lenny!” a lot? Now that’s an entertaining one.

 

Also did one involving a cult which was not as good as I’d hoped for. Hopefully that will be something you come back to, as the weirder side of these games is always the most fun.

 

I stumbled across an abandoned building with obvious links to a cult which was pretty creepy.

 

Oh, and remember to search chimneys. 

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Moved your post here, @RYAN WHITELAW as we tend to use this folder for game impressions.

 

It is pretty extraordinary. It’s also not for everyone as you have to be happy with sometimes not a lot going on.

I’ve spent a good chunk of time just standing by the side of a road watching people go by.

And chilling out at camp, hearing people sing songs and have arguments.

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Showed the game to my mum and dad.

 

Mums reaction:

”Well, you might as well just go for a walk in the Peak District”

 

She was very impressed by the realistic looking mud in town though.

 

😆

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Good news, everyone!

 

The legendary bear hat is back! I went back to the guy who crafted it for me and could equip it again for free.

 

In stupidity news, I stole a wagon for a mission. The area was full of guards. There is a slight chance I could’ve done it stealthily, but I think it’s more likely that it’s meant to go loud. 

A wiser man would’ve put the mask on first so you don’t get a bounty on your head, but I am not that man.

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just had my horse on autopilot back to camp while I made a cuppa. As I come back in the room I see my horse steam through some sheep in the road, knock two flying, and then the herder's come chasing after me. I then get done for bringing enemies to camp 🤨

 

😂🤷

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1 hour ago, Hendo said:

wiser man would’ve put the mask on first so you don’t get a bounty on your head, but I am not that man

😂

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