I have officially started my play through of Red Dead Redemption (2010)! I am playing it in 4K on the Xbox One X in Backwards Compatibility (BC).
I am playing through this for (basically) the first time. I technically started it sometime in 2016 when it first went BC on Xbox, I only got a tiny way in though before I gave up. The controls seemed weird, the story hadn't hooked me, and there were other things to play. I never played it on Xbox 360 when it came out because it didn't seem like a game I'd like (A western! Pshaw!). I'd heard great things, EPIC things about the game over the years.. but just never got around to it.
All that being said, I could not escape the critical and financial juggernaut that is Red Dead Redemption 2.. and since it was a prequel, it seemed like a good place to jump in. So I did.. and wow.. RDR2 is already one of my top games of all time, and may be my top "cinematic" game of all time. It really resonated with me. Controls took a while to get used to/fix, and some of the stuff was counter intuitive, but after the first 5-10 hours, it was sublime. I finally beat it this week, so I decided to immediately move over to RDR1 as a proper sequel to see how it plays out.
Note.. this will be a work in progress as I play through the game.. and will have spoilers from RDR2 and RDR1 as I get past them.
So I starts the game.. and.. here's a ferry.. and John is getting off the boat with two Pinkertons! Nothing is said, but clearly he's not a fan. He makes his way to a train, and then to Armadillo. Considering how RDR2 ended, this is a little strange, though you do see the Pinkertons poking around Beecher's Hope during the credits, after Epilogue 2. The graphics difference makes it hard to tell if it's supposed to be the exact same two, or what. I am guessing they'll explain in exposition later why he was on a ferry coming INTO Blackwater (if he still lives at Beecher's Hope?).
Oh look, it's Bill Williamson! I remember him being there in RDR2, though only interacting with him a handful of times. I remember him kinda being a dick. Yep, dick. Shoots me! Seems rather poorly planned by ol' Marston. I got to the farm and helped the nice lady hunt rabbits. Looking at the map, it's mostly all places I didn't visit in RDR2 (though you could, I only went where the missions sent me for the most part).
Looking forward to digging in tonight and tomorrow and figuring out where the story is going to go, and how it evolves where we left off in RDR2.. they were so happy.. good things never last I guess. Will Arthur be mentioned? Or was he an invention after-the-fact?