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woggleman

Arthur is such a great character

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woggleman

That people are actually sad about playing as John Marston at the end. One of the most beloved video game characters and people love the new protagonist so much they would rather play as him. 

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Jason

Rockstar knocked it out of the park with him, they really did.

 

He has a fantastic journey and some great character development if you just do the main story but if you get into the stranger missions you see whole other sides to his character that you don't see otherwise and it's genuinely some of the best writing Rockstar have ever done, if not the best. He's one of the most well developed characters I have ever seen in a video game and yea, it made the end of his story hit you like a f*cking bus.

 

It's funny, actually, there was some talk pre-release of Arthur being boring and people wanting to play John post-story or maybe play as multiple characters during the story (cause some thought Rockstar were keeping that a secret), these being criticisms mainly born out of the fact that Rockstar didn't really show much about what made Arthur tick. As it turns out, he's pretty much the best protagonist they've ever done and honestly, I'd say it's by some distance too.

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Furi0sa

Superior to John in every way really.

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woggleman

When they advertised the game they didn't even hint at his depth. I thought he was going to be some generic badass cowboy but he is so much more.

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Furi0sa

I was disappointed in the josh brolin look, luckily my long greasy hair and grizzly beard saves the day

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Algonquin Assassin

I'm surprised by how much I ended liking him. I have to admit in the trailers he came across as a bit "meh", but the more I played the more he grew on me. Watching him succumb to tuberculosis is honestly one of the most heart wrenching things I've ever seen in a video game.

 

You know it's special when it evokes those kind of emotions. After the disappointments I had with GTA V's protagonists it was refreshing that R* got back onto their saddle (no pun intended) with such a great character. Watching him in his final moments give John his hat which to me I interpret as a strong symbolism of passing the torch is just so touching because of how much they meant to eachother.

 

I could probably keep going, but I haven't felt this way about any video game character since Niko and John respectively.

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Furi0sa

I can't recall a character getting universal acclaim like Arthur Morgan is getting in a game for a long long time. I got him up there with my favorites. Cloud Strife, Trevor Phillips, Commander Shephard etc

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Lonely-Martin

Yeah, Arthur's cool. But don't mind riding as John at all either. Nice to see R* put much effort into the stranger and random things for both characters so we can pick how and when on replays too.

 

Still prefer CJ. But that game came at a more influential time and will probably never be knocked off of top spot, lol. Love this franchise as much as GTA though.

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White Shark

Arthur Morgan, hands down, the greatest character I've ever played as in a game.  Superb character development and script by R*.  

 

The character will become legendary in the RDR universe.  It's why I started a thread about how people may think or refer to him:  

 

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woggleman
13 hours ago, scotthedge12 said:

I can't recall a character getting universal acclaim like Arthur Morgan is getting in a game for a long long time. I got him up there with my favorites. Cloud Strife, Trevor Phillips, Commander Shephard etc

Comparing him to Trevor is fightin words around these parts and I like Trevor.

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saintsrow
20 hours ago, scotthedge12 said:

Superior to John in every way really.

My opinion is that we don't need to bash the John Marston character from RDR1 in order to build up Arthur Morgan.  John Marston was and still is a unique character, worthy of being the anchor protag of the original blockbuster game.  I liked his voice inflection, and the consistency of his character.  There are people in the US heartland that talk like him, and have the same American heartland principles, unchanged since the pioneer days.  The John Marston character was very well written, animated, and acted. 

 

The RDR1 story arc ... well, like the RDR2 story arc, that's just Rockstar being Rockstar.  

 

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Furi0sa
3 hours ago, woggleman said:

Comparing him to Trevor is fightin words around these parts and I like Trevor.

Is Trevor not well liked around here or something? He's an amazing character. American Nihilism/indulgence personified. One of the greatest characters in gaming history as far as I'm concerned.

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saintsrow
24 minutes ago, scotthedge12 said:

Is Trevor not well liked around here or something? He's an amazing character. American Nihilism/indulgence personified. One of the greatest characters in gaming history as far as I'm concerned.

Micah is the Trevor of RDR2, as I said as soon as his character became clear, in the first days of the game.  

 

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HockeyMike24

The way missions are built in this game helps too I think. You don't feel like a mindless errand boy so much as most other R* titles are designed. As in all the missions that are not pushing the narrative forward are all optional, but also very enjoyable. Also, Arthur is such a likeable and believable protagonist.

 

I really loved Niko and even Johnny. But the GTA V characters was a bit of a let down for me. So I was a little worried here, but R* has clearly nailed it.

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