Hmm not exactly. But sorta agree with you as well. I am one of the biggest fans of Rockstar but the monotony is too much to handle at times. Heck I even played Bully, which felt like a borefest when it began. GTA at least gives you a lot of room to mess around. Crash your Car, Train Suicides, Bike Accidents, Blow up Boats, here in RDR you are just freaking riding your stupid horse around. Too less to do, same format of riding from one end of the city to the other for missions, side missions, optional missions, it's the same.
I suspect that's an unavoidable design feature. The thing with all the GTA titles is that they're set in bustling cities, so it's only natural that you have a zillion things to do at any given point in time. You can't use that mechanic in a western, lest you kill that sense of solitude and melancholy that comes with a frontier setting. I can imagine players that aren't fans of westerns might not like this, but I think I might get off on it. I know that in Oblivion, I was riding around on Shadowmere across the land, even though there was a quick travel option most times. The whole wanderer feel I got from just doing that was quite fulfilling, and so were the chance encounters and sidequests that I stumbled upon during the ride.
The thing with sandbox games is that they have a central narrative, but let you fill in the blanks in between plot points yourself. Usually during my first playthrough (up till the central narrative is done), I usually find myself staying in character in a GTA game. Meaning, I don't go around shooting random people, I drive sort of decently (ok, I still blow red lights, cut lanes and handbrake into turns, but I try do it with style). I also WALK in most places even though running is more efficient simply because the player looks cooler when he's walking around like a big dog. Of course, this doesn't apply to other sandbox games like Just Cause 2, Saint's Row 2 and Crackdown, where you're actively encouraged to do crazy shit. Only GTA.
So yeah, bottom line - I'd probably dig riding around on a horse all lonesome-like, if the world was well realised enough. Hell, I've played Call of Juarez, Gun and even absolute horseshit like Dead Man's Hand; I bet RDR smokes them all to kingdom come.
Ditto on waiting for a year after buying GTA4
I was caught up with work/exams etc. How far along are you? It's an awesome game, just missed having a helipad at home. Won't spoil much, do update
Not too far, man. Roman's place just burned down a little while back, and I've got a couple of missions from Playboy X and Dwayne. I suspect I've got a hell of a lot left to do in the main story itself. I wasn't digging the car handling, so I downloaded this 'realistic handling' mod which seems to have made control even more sensitive, but driving around with the trigger half-cocked is pretty fun, I'll admit. Also have a bunch of car mods that replace the cars with their real-world counterparts, but I guess that can wait till I finish the story.
(Ha! Your move sounds bonkers - I shall give it a go sometime.)
I'm not a gamer (unless you count playing Angry Birds on your phone gaming), but Castlevania's Vampire Killer on the NES is the greatest videogame song I've ever heard. It's actually one of the best songs I've ever heard.
My poverty (or at least my parents' refusal to splurge) during the NES era has resulted in me missing out on a lot of classics. So this is the first time I'm hearing the theme, and it's great.