Saturday Morning Gaming: Red Dead Redemption


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  1. Jaybird says:

    Disk 1 installed overnight.

    Now Disk 2 is installing.Report

    • Jaybird in reply to Jaybird says:

      Okay, we’re installed.

      Seriously, you need to put aside 4 hours for disk one to install and an hour, hour and a half, for the second.

      For your own sanity: Do not buy this game and think you’ll be playing it 10 minutes after you get home.Report

      • Michael Cain in reply to Jaybird says:

        Seriously, you need to put aside 4 hours for disk one to install and an hour, hour and a half, for the second.

        What are they doing, compiling it from source?Report

        • Jaybird in reply to Michael Cain says:

          As far as I can tell, it’s to reduce (if not eliminate) loading times.

          (Of course, they might have just figured out a way to have loading times happen at the same time as cutscenes… of which there are many.)Report

          • PROFESSOR ESPERANTO in reply to Jaybird says:

            Imagine there’s someone at Rockstar whose job is to figure out how to minimize loading times. That Rockstar employee has to remote into a server from Scotland to the USA and Japan, trying to figure out the particularities of the PS4’s hardware to ensure there are no 0-day bugs and people can start prowling the prairie as Arthur Morgan.

            They have a lot in common with you. Except they probably smoke weed.Report

            • I’m not complaining, not really. Now that it’s installed, I don’t mind not having been able to play the day I got it.

              I guess I’m just old and remember back when you plugged in a cartridge and you were playing the game 2 seconds after that.Report

          • Brandon Berg in reply to Jaybird says:

            I think he understands why it gets installed to the hard disk; the question is why it takes that long. The Internet says it’s a 100GB install; five hours means it’s writing about one gigabyte every three minutes, or 5 megabytes per second. Even allowing for the fact that this is on hardware that wasn’t top-of-the-line when it was released five years ago, that’s pretty slow.Report

        • Mike Schilling in reply to Michael Cain says:

          Copying a disc sector every few minutes, in between mining Bitcoins.Report

  2. Jaybird says:

    First thought: I’ve played about 3 or 4 hours now.

    The game has finally said “okay, go ahead and do what you want”.

    I’m in here writing this comment because I am experiencing massive choice paralysis.Report

    • Lewis Johnson in reply to Jaybird says:

      I had the same feelings. I wanted to explore more from the very beginning but the game forces you to go through a lengthy prologue before giving you total freedom. The intro reminded me a lot of GTA V, same snowy weather, same situation (running from trouble) and even the death of a crew member.Report