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Mintal

I can't motivate myself to play RDR2

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Mintal

Hey folks!

 

As you can read, I have got a "problem": I can't motivate myself to play RDR2. I bought the game back then on release and played the first short chapter, haven't played the game since then.

 

I'm sure as hell it is an absolutely amazing game which sets the bar very high for future (R*-) games. My problem is the circumstance that the controls feel very complicated at the beginning and the way Arthur moves is very, well, I might call it "slow" (yeah I know, it is for the style of the game and yes, it might actually fit!). The thing is, I'm studying at the moment, and in the evenings I don't have time to play video games for hours and hours, unfortunately. Sometimes I can do that, but not very often, actually. I fire up my Xbox to play some Fortnite with friends, or FIFA for some fun rounds. So at the moment I am a real "casual gamer" and play such "pick-up-and-play"-games.

 

Therefore I can't motivate myself to adapt to those complex (and sometimes slow) controls of RDR2. I know it is "learning by doing", but in the evening I just want to sit down, shut down my brain and chill in front of the TV. And playing RDR2 somehow felt "exhausting" because there was so, so, so much to see, so much to learn, even in the first chapter, and I was overwhelmed by that. Not complaining about the fact that it has so much content, no, I love that, but - like I said - I feel overwhelmed when I fire up this game on my Xbox. 

 

Hope you get what I'm saying, sorry for my English.

 

The quintessence is: I would love to play the hell out of this game, but somehow I can't find the motivation to get used to the game. I loved all R* games (also GTA V which disappointed me in some aspects) and I'm sure RDR2 is absolutely stunning and fantastic.

 

Any tips?

Are there some people who feel the way I do? :D

 

Cheers!

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StangOne50
11 minutes ago, Mintal said:

Any tips?

Either play it or dont, wa ya want lol

If you are not motivated and force yourself to play I cant see that being an enjoyable experience. Put it down till you find the motivation or just forget about it.

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Mister Pink

I know how you feel. I had to put the game down over Christmas. I couln't pick it up due to being busy and just wanting a break and to switch off. 

 

I have some tips, first one is to set up quality time to play.  Not after studying, not after work - just dedicated "me time." Some real time to sit down and play. I know this might be harder if you are busy but I'm busy too. I like to do all the work I have to do before I can sit down and reward myself with some gaming time. Sometimes it's late by the time I get to play and I'm too tired so I don't bother. When I say late, it could be 21:00 or 22:00, I may not go to bed until 12:00 but my brain is too drained to concentrate. More passive entertainment is useful then like Netflix. 

 

Dedicate a day to play where you can play with no distractions. Sometimes I'll work on projects and I'll set a day off just to do nothing. Recently, I set aside a day for my re-entry to RDR2. I had it planned so I never felt guilty or worried I had other work to do. I made sure I did everything I need to do before. It was my reward to myself. Before I booted up the game, I knew what I was going to do and that was focus on challenges. 

 

In your case, if you are concerned about using the controls, have a large block of time where you can play will help this. The controls will come very quickly to you when you have a clear head and you aren't tired. It's pretty much same controls for GTA V and RDR. You might write out the controls you keep forgetting on a piece of paper and stick it on your wall so you can just glance at it and remember. All these small things save you time so you can keep playing more fun stuff and not checking button configs in menus. 

 

Decide that you might want to complete chapter 2. Do story missions only. That will open up features. Once you feel you have opened the game up a bit you can relax and focus on hunting or non-story-related activities. Or you can try focus on hunting or side missions to get acquainted with the controls. I always make 3 saves in case I want to go back to an older save and the auto-save doesn't go over a save I need to return to. Allows you to make mistakes and go back if you need to, 

 

TLDR: 

  • Set aside quality game time to play when you aren't tired. 
  • Write out any controls that you easily forget and put it on paper.
  • Focus on side-missions, ambient missions/activites to practice controls.
  • Have a separete save-files in case you made a mistake somewhere and want to return to and old save point. 

 

I will say, RDR2 is such an amazing game. To set time off for it is worth it, if you can. I know some people can feel like a day is wasted if they just game all day but not if you've done a hard-weeks work and you need some relaxing time to yourself. Don't try play it if you are too tired. Games do require a level of concetration and RDR2 is worth your undivided attention, in my opinion. 

Edited by Mister Pinkerton

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Mintal

Thank you for your answer, that was very helpful, especially writing down some of the controls and using side missions to get used to them. I will try my very best, and I believe you when you say that RDR2 is worth it.

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Mister Pink
Just now, Mintal said:

Thank you for your answer, that was very helpful, especially writing down some of the controls and using side missions to get used to them. I will try my very best, and I believe you when you say that RDR2 is worth it.

You are very welcome. 

 

I do appreciate how you feel. I went through the same feeling over Christmas for about a month. I was looking at the game and I just couldn't pick it up. It felt like too much effort. I was playing quick to pick up games too like Forza Horizon 2 and was contemplating re-installing FIFA 18. I was even worried that I might be going-off RDR2. 

 

Then I got a free day and I said I would dedicate some proper RDR2 time. I fell in love with the game all over again. So I guess it was just me being a bit burnt-out to game in a more detailed and rich world. Some quick-access games like Forza was good. Just remember, it's OK to feel burnt out, even on games you might love, hobbies that you love. They'll always be there for when you are ready for them again. 

 

Best of luck! 

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HockeyMike24

The game might not be for you either, and that's fine.

 

I remember when Skyrim first came out and everyone and their grandmother was racking up 100+ hours but I just couldn't get into it. I put in about 15-20 hours and never touched it again.

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Ma-mothers-Ma-Sister

I just completed it 100% after taking a massive break over Christmas from it, while it is slow I definitely appreciate the mechanics, it reminds me of GTA IV more realistic than V, i can see why some casual players might find it hard to get into but as a completionist I enjoyed the ride! Time to replay the story now for my last 4 achievements 🙂

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Nutduster

The game and controls are slow, and it seems very much intentional to me.  If I were you I'd let it sit and try to pick it up another time when you think you might be in the proper mood.  It's a "poke around and explore, and occasionally blast somebody" game, it's not going to grab you by the collar if you don't meet it halfway.  And I don't think forcing it will help.

 

I will say that I was in the right mood from the beginning and it STILL took until near the end of chapter 2 before I was fully on the game's wavelength. I ended replaying the entire beginning soon after that (due to a bug) and enjoyed it more the second time, when I was already used to the pace.

 

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Tonesta

The joy of video games is that they're not going anywhere. You're too busy to get into the game now? No problem - sit your exams, or whatever, and then look forward to playing it at some point in the future where you have some serious blocks of time for gaming.

 

Personally, I love this game and although very busy myself, I've basically dedicated every moment of 'me' time I have to it since release (although I still haven't finished it yet!). But different players are going to get into it at different rates (or sometimes not at all) and there's absolutely no harm in waiting! Just don't come on here if you hate spoilers!!

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FreeMaxB585

No offense but sounds like a typical fortnite player. I dont mean ANY offense by that at all) A game for usually younger kids with very short attention spans who need a quick action fix every 10-15 minutes.(Yes I know all the players are not 12-14 and younger but id say 85% are) I am not really sure what about the game is complicated? If anything they made the game way too easy. When it comes to cores etc all have to do is go to provisions and eat something, can even pause the game go to your player select him and see the % rate so know if need to eat or not. And then if have good core as far as health if low just need to drink a tonic. Its very simple and the game itself especially with the auto aim is very easy for ANYONE to play. Literally if just take cover and dont run and stand in the open and just pop out and shoot its a very very very easy game

 

And if need non stop action and all that then just go online and play the battle royale modes, or the big team showdown series modes. Plenty of action there

 

However if go right to online without beating or at least playing a good bit of the SP I think you are really missing out on an amazing experience. As far as getting a lot of action in SP once you are about halfway through chapter 2 things really pick up/ Nut yea its such a beautiful game to skip the SP and go right to online. So many things to appreciate. So much detail that no game has ever done before. Even little things like your horses balls shriveling up if its cold out. Useless non important NPC's even have full time schedules. Thats amazing. There is some youtube videos showing random npc's time schedules. In other games like skyrim for example, if there is an NPC that isnt apart of any quests, or one where you cant buy any items from, 99% of the time they will just stand in the same spot the entire game, or in a town maybe walk from one house to another. While in RD2 can be a random guy in a town for example who will go to work in the morning, have a couple cigarette  breaks, when finished for the day go to the saloon and have a drink or 2 for a bit, go home somewhere and sleep. Now I know that right there wouldnt change the game much for you, but just shows you how hard they worked, and if they put that much into work with many useless characters like that, should be able to imagine how much effort they put into the game itself. They literally put their souls into it, and once get going into the story and figure things out, ive never met a single person who didnt like it enough to not finish it

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Smokewood
25 minutes ago, HockeyMike24 said:

The game might not be for you either, and that's fine.

 

I remember when Skyrim first came out and everyone and their grandmother was racking up 100+ hours but I just couldn't get into it. I put in about 15-20 hours and never touched it again.

It never appealed to me either.

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UncleTacitus

Watch some good westerns to get you motivated.

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Mintal
5 hours ago, FreeMaxB585 said:

No offense but sounds like a typical fortnite player. I dont mean ANY offense by that at all.

I get what you mean, I am not that typical fortnite player, don't worry. I just play it atm because I am busy and I can only come online for some fun, sometimes idiotic and trollish rounds with my friends. Usually I play many other games. And I know that R* employees have put their souls into that game.

 

I did some missions today and enjoyed it alot, still need to adapt to the controls a bit more, especially Dead Eye and so on, but I will figure it out.

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Mister Pink
1 hour ago, Mintal said:

I did some missions today and enjoyed it alot, still need to adapt to the controls a bit more, especially Dead Eye and so on, but I will figure it out.

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In terms of managing my play times. I always make sure I kill/cook some birds or deer to replenish my Dead Eye/Cores usually at the end of a session so when I go to play next time I have full satchel of refills. Takes some of the stress out. It's a nightmare when you get caught unexpectedly and don't have any Dead Eye to help you out. 

 

But yeah a bit of practice and you'll have it down. Practice on birds. It's the best way to not get in trouble or distracted by shooting. Also, depending on how far you are in to the story, Dead Eye can be painted manually. At first, it's a bit jarring because it auto-paints targets. After a while, while you'll get to do it manually. Sometimes I use Dead-Eye, aim and then don't paint the target and just go for the headshot - I save more Dead-Eye that way, 

 

Nothing new here but it's good just to visualize. (btw, I'm not saying you need a tutorial video, it's actually just interesting watching someone else use it).

 

 

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Barnie Spacullie

Had the same issue. I just dipped my toes in and really got immersed. There is no other way. Its how i like to play gta too despite how hard that is online with other players, but its how i stay interested. 

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Mirror Park Resident

Whatever fake motivation you can find to play won't make your RDR2 experience any better, as others have stated.

 

Just wait for the correct moment to pop up. When you get so bored of the other games, when you need to put your mind out of real life issues, or something.

 

Then you'll get immersed and regret all the time you took to start tasting this game.😉

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LeonVegaSuarez

The controls are a bit stiff and slow, but not complicated at all.

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DrDetroit

If you need motivation to play a game, then prob not the game for you.

 

Don't need motivation for Fartnight...that is your game then

 

Very odd post, no offense. Tips on how to get motivated to play a game? Jeezbus!!

 

 

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Mister Pink
6 hours ago, DrDetroit said:

If you need motivation to play a game, then prob not the game for you.

 

Don't need motivation for Fartnight...that is your game then

 

Very odd post, no offense. Tips on how to get motivated to play a game? Jeezbus!!

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Well, I think he's saying that the game ticks all the right boxes for him but he can't find the motivation to play it. IE. It's him, not the game. As mentioned above in my earlier posts, it's easy for anyone to burn-out on games they know they'll love. I'm not in the mood to play my favourite games all the time. Some require more thought and strategy, others are just mindless fun. Asking a forum for tips on motivating himself to play a game he expressed he's sure is very good but there are some barriers relating to the controls which is demotivating him is pretty reasonable. 

 

When there's a film you want to see but haven't gone to the cinema yet to see it, what is that? That film might even come and go and isn't in theatres any more. Does that mean the film isn't for the person? I think there's plenty of variables and obstacles, tiredness, study, problems, family life, quality alone time, money etc. Reaching out to others aint the worst thing I think of. At least you might just connect with someone who has experienced similar things. :)

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wagszilla

This is me but the replay mode.

 

The forced walking and talking and riding is so tedious. 

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20 minutes ago, wagszilla said:

The forced walking and talking and riding is so tedious. 

I get you.

 

Do what I did: to unlock everything the game has to offer just complete the story ASAP and then enjoy the game by doing whatever you want in it :)

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Bad Azz

To be honest the Red Dead Franchise is simply not for everyone, especially more nowadays than back in 2010.

 

I am the only gamer in my circle of friends whom has appreciated RDR2.

 

The rest have either lost interest at the very beginning of the game, and or aren't even interested in story driven games altogether, let alone the very niche cowboy setting. 

 

Shame on them, as it's actually a masterpiece of its own right. 

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SonOfLiberty

As others have said the game isn't for everyone. However in saying that I believe it's the type of game that's designed to be played over a sustained amount of time be it weeks/months. Even during my first save I finished it in about 3 1/2 weeks and I still felt like I wasn't taking my time enough which is why since I started a new save I've been slowing to a crawl.

 

We were all excited when the game first launched and probably spent hours on hours playing it every day. Eventually the shine has to wear off at some stage.

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Mintal
On 1/18/2019 at 10:29 PM, Mister Pinkerton said:

Well, I think he's saying that the game ticks all the right boxes for him but he can't find the motivation to play it. IE. It's him, not the game.

This, thank you for pointing this out again. RDR is absolutely a game for me, just like GTA. :)

 

At the moment I am getting better at the controls. I've figured out that it isn't the control scheme that is "holding me back", it is more the "slow" movement I have to adapt to. But I'm getting better.

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Jabalous

I told a friend that he needs time to fully enjoy the game. It's definitely not one that you rush through it because you'll miss many moments inside the camp and much more outside that relate to how the world is developing throughout the story. I'd not even talk about the various story books, letters and notes that you can collect and which bring the world more to life and add a layer of wonderment and creepiness. There's more out there to stumble upon than playing a mission after another. I played the game everyday for at least 5 hours, and more in weekends, and took 2 weeks to finish the whole story, and even after that, I had some more to do and explore. 

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Daniel Oprea
On 1/17/2019 at 7:10 PM, UncleTacitus said:

Watch some good westerns to get you motivated.

if they have those long cutscenes where you just hope your horse does not hit anything for like 4-5 minutes, i'm in! xD

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Mac-

I think that if your trying to motivate your self to play this master piece, then I don't think it's for you. If you love something then you don't need motivation.

 

I loved westerns for as long as I can remember. I haven't played many games in my life time, my wife bought me RDR along with a PS3 for when I got out of hospital (badly injured at work) and I was addicted. RDR II was a no brainer for me, and I have to say I'm even more addicted too this one than the first if that' even possible.

 

 

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AnimalFather

its an incredible boring game. with a story that shows how a group of people go from a state of despair to an even worse position. im not sure what rockstar was thinking here.

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FreeMaxB585
2 hours ago, AnimalFather said:

its an incredible boring game. with a story that shows how a group of people go from a state of despair to an even worse position. im not sure what rockstar was thinking here.

 

said nobody ever. except the people with short attention spans who play fortnite and cod

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SonOfLiberty
8 hours ago, AnimalFather said:

its an incredible boring game. with a story that shows how a group of people go from a state of despair to an even worse position. im not sure what rockstar was thinking here.

Yeah. I guess it could've been like a Disney film and they lived happily ever after. How dare R* show a realistic portrayal of what it was like for people back then.

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