Dutch Van Der Linde and his gang are on the run after a botched heist in the growing town of blackwater and they’ve retreated high into the mountains where an atrocious blizzard is covering there escape. We slip into the spurs of Arthur Morgan an exceedingly cool and capable outlaw. And settle in for a roughly 60 hour story. Its a self contained and linear introduction but its a clever one. (gunshot) It heightened the impact of having the full map opened up to me a few hours later. Being set loose in the true opened world after toughing it out in this intentionally impressive environment really underscores the incredible feeling of freedom the format offers. (western music) And what a world it is, more beautiful, broader and more varied than the one we explored in 2010s Red Dead Redemption by a massive margin.