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Endless Summer — December 9, 2018

Endless Summer

Red Dead Redemption 2 • You completed the Epilogue • 20G • 15.72% of gamers unlocked this

Roll Credits. What a ride. What a goddamn ride. And, yes, the pun is somewhat intended – but my God, Rockstar have managed to pull together an almighty journey that is a simply AAA in scope. Sure, there are a couple of flat bits here-and-there, and the Epilogue could have successfully been cut in half (though I suspect parts of this were to train players for future aspects of Red Dead Online – ie. ‘ranch building’), but all-in-all, I have simply delighted in the journey of Arthur, Dutch, John et. al. from start to finish.


The final mission is, of course, the chaos you’d come to expect from a finale, and it helps both bring RDR2’s story full circle, while setting it up for the original, which comes later, but … you know what I mean. The story is strong with this one.

I’m keen to get into some online now, but the joy of having finished RDR2 means that it’s also a good chance to have a break. I would like to whip around and do a proper achievement clean-up, but at the same time, it’s good for the soul to take a break from time-to-time. Short version: I don’t know where I’m at or what I play on doing now, but I’m sure I’ll do something.

First port of call involves an early night’s sleep though … Heaven knows I could do with one!

Breakout — December 6, 2018


Red Dead Redemption 2 (2)

Red Dead Redemption 2 • Red Dead Online: You completed the Intro • 5G • 32.93% of gamers unlocked this

I actually broke ground on the Epilogue Part II tonight, but there was no achievement unlock for it, so I don’t know whether I did things in the wrong order, whether there’s simply no achievement for it, or if there’s a glitch. In any event, it seemed like I only had to do one thing – open my player menu – in Red Dead Online before I unlocked the first achievement from the online side … so after an hour and a half tidying up John Marston’s time as a farm-hand, I ventured into Blackwater and did what the menu told me to do.


Red Dead Redemption 2

Once again, I’ve left my gaming far too late in the evening – well, there’s that, plus the achievements aren’t exactly flowing at this late stage in the game, which is all part of the fun of the challenge I guess. Tomorrow is the beginning of a much-needed weekend, so I’m hoping that I polish off the main story sometime over the next few days, and then can move to achievement cleanup and … hopefully … maybe even another game?

Or, heck, even a sleep might be nice?

Redemption — December 4, 2018


Red Dead Redemption 2 • You completed ‘Red Dead Redemption’ • 30G • 19.26% of gamers unlocked this

Finally. Finally. I’ve reached the end of the ‘main’ story. Yes, I know there’s a few epilogue’s to go … but I’m satisfied getting this far. It feels like I’ve now opened up the game to be able to enjoy the beginning of the end … or the end of the beginning … either way, it’s a nice way to lead into the original game … and if I’m perfectly honest, I wouldn’t mind diving back into the main story – if only I hadn’t already earned all my achievements!

Today also marks the return of the internet to my house, which brings me no end of unbridled pleasure. I’ve already gotten into the rhythm of updating everything and giving my PC a warm embrace as it sucks down gigabytes of data it has been missing the past few days.

What I am missing though, is a decent Steam Sale. I feel like I’ve either gotten more stingy with money or the companies are just not cutting as much as they used to – but either way, I haven’t found any good discounts among the game companies – including Valve, Xbox and GOG – who have recently had sales. The closest has been EB Games, who are doing good deals, but none to warrant me making a special trip to a store to buy something.

Anyway, who needs the grinch. You have one right here!


No Traitors — November 25, 2018

No Traitors

Red Dead Redemption 2 • You completed Chapter 5 • 20G • 23.42% of gamers unlocked this

I had another sneaky look at the RDR2 guide earlier today to see whether it was worth pushing through with Chapter 5 today, but it was perhaps one of the shortest chapters on account of it being a straightforward story. One mission leads into another and the pace is kept fast-and-loose, so it took no time at all to get through the core campaign.

It feels like the end is near, though I know that I’m now up to pretty much a ‘full size’ chapter, and there’s two epilogues to go … so I’m not expecting to down tools anytime soon … but while I can’t see the island, the dove has certainly come back with the olive branch.


Washed Ashore — November 24, 2018

Washed Ashore

Red Dead Redemption 2 • You completed Chapter 4 • 20G • 25.23% of gamers unlocked this

The journey continues! This time culminating in a battle with a whole bunch of police and mobsters in the middle of Saint Denis, and the eventual move to the next location in the game. I had already known that you ended up in this place as a result of having skimmed the plot line on Wikipedia, but it was interesting to see how the team got to where they were … along with who is left from the posse along the way.

I managed to grab myself a few mindless arcade games from the Windows 10 store over the course of the day, so I’m thinking that this might be a good opportunity to grab an achievement on something different considering I’m now only beginning my Chapter 5 journey. What is most annoying is that I have an overnight work trip this week, and so I’ll either be relying on my Vita, phone or laptop to get me through … which is fine, but I’d rather be making progress on RDR2.

Still, I am looking forward to the end-game where I can go back and tidy up a few of the non-core achievements. There is an exceptional amount of side loaded content in this game, and I’m a sucker for a good experience … if not impatient for the payoff (usually an achievement).

Hobby Horse — November 22, 2018

Hobby Horse

Red Dead Redemption 2 • You played all mini games • 10G • 8.78% of gamers unlocked this

As it turns out, I had quite a journey to take if I wanted to play Blackjack in a territory that wasn’t hell-bent on killing me as soon as I stepped foot in it. But I found one at a place north of Saint Denis called the Van Horn Trading Post, which also had a funny little stranger mission and a bit of character all to its own.

Tonight I wanted to progress main stories a bit further, seen as my examination of the story structure shows that I’ve got ‘quite a bit’ left to go. I’m still not sure if that ‘completion percentage’ that’s provided as part of the pause menu factors in just the core story or ‘a little bit of everything’ else, but needless to say that I have some work ahead of me.

I had a delightful mission which was essentially a spot of stealth around a luxury property in-town during a party. Arthur got dressed up, and he, Dutch and a few others partied like it was anything other than 1999.

Tomorrow should, hopefully, give me some space to pursue a progress achievement, but time and inclination will tell. Watch this space.

Take From The Rich — November 20, 2018

Take From The Rich

Red Dead Redemption 2 • You robbed or looted $250 • 10G • 34.86% of gamers unlocked this

Sometimes gaming makes you do strange things. Despite my somewhat good intentions, I never planned on going out to rob stores and hold-up banks and hijack stage coaches. It’s not ‘me’. And yet, when there’s an achievement at stake and you’re hovering around 89% completion, you – and by you, I mean, of course, me – tend to do any and everything to get you over the line, particularly when there’s not really any real ‘end’ to story progress in sight, and you don’t have the time or inclination to start another game.

A moment silence for the townsfolk of Rhodes who were pretty much annihilated in the pursuit of this achievement.

Of course, being so enthusiastic about killing an entire town in the hunt for a few bucks means that most of that haul is almost instantaneously consumed by an ever-increasing bounty. As the body count went up, so did the bounty, ending up in the early $300s by the time I checked out for the evening. That’s a hefty fine, and I’d let it go if I didn’t rely on the stagecoach transport so much! I really do miss the ol’ RDR mode of setting up camp and fast travelling your way through to game completion, but so much of the story telling in RDR2 relies on those chance encounters you have on your journey from place to place.

And they are fully fledged encounters.

Tomorrow, I’m planning on making another attempt to find a blackjack table and get that side game achievement over and done with. That’s actually why I ended up in Rhodes, apparently there’s a table there somewhere above one of the stores … so now I’ll either have to go hunting, or hope that there’s a respawn somewhere else on the map.

Time will tell …