Yeah I recall when a friend of mine with a PS4 asked me to play a bit of The Last of Us. I warned him I suck with gamepads, especially the Dualshock 4, which has narrow handles that tend to slip out of my hands. The strange thing is, I did OK battling the monsters, even the first Bloater boss, which I took out handily. When it came to gangs though, if it wasn't a situation where I could take most or all of them out with stealth (which is tricky to learn), it became a lot harder. The main problem was getting a bead on them with the gamepad in the short window they popped up out of cover. Often times I'd shoot too late, miss, or get shot aiming too long while popped out of cover myself, it was infuriating. My friend's answer was to play on a low enough difficulty where he could rush them and use melee attacks, but that's not the way I like to play shooters.Wow that's a long post, but I read everything. I played and finished RDR2 on the PS4 and I had to use aim assist the whole time during combat, meaning I missed out on the challenge in gunfights. It was really that bad and I was a novice at the time with a controller as well, although I finished The Last of Us and Uncharted 4 without use of aim assist, prior to playing this.
Yes, the micromanaging is very tedious at times but I never found them too annoying... I guess the reason was that I had decided to take things very slow. I took almost 2 months I think to beat it. I didn't engage too much into the different activities available like fishing or hunting but I did them at least once. There's a lot of detail in the game which I appreciated a lot when I was playing at such a slow pace. But I think I finished all of the side quests the game had to offer. I liked riding to a nearby river to sit down and read Arthur's journal. It made me attached to him a lot more. I did get attacked by a wolf once while reading though, lol but that just adds to the dynamic nature of this game. I spent so much time just working on Arthur's moustache which I thought was glorious at lengths 3 or 4.
I had a very funny and dangerous encounter with bears, ran into many stranger missions, some of which I really adored. I remember the game for it's amazing story and just moments like this. The characters as well, was just above and beyond any video game for me (Mass Effect comes close though).
I guess I'm getting more used to RDR2 now, but there are still times when I get really upset with the very clumsy control scheme. It's also really strange as far as trying to stay equipped with the weapons you want to use in battles. For instance there's a mission where you go off to Rhodes with Bill, Micah, and Sean (the one where Sean gets killed). Of course you're in Rhodes, which is under Dutch's no violence policy, so you can't even take long guns from you're horse once you're there. Yet most of the others with Arthur are carrying long guns in their hands right down the street. When the fight first breaks out, you only have your pistols. A bit later when things really heat up and more enemies join the fight though, suddenly my go to long weapon, the Carbine Repeater, is hanging on my back. It's things like this that just make the linearity ruin the immersion. It's utter nonsense.
As far as length of play and whether I'll bother trying to hunt all the animals, or especially deck out the camp completely, which requires a lot of perfect pelts, I don't know. I think I can get through just the story and side missions in less than 3 weeks, but I'm going to have to find a better way to hunt if I want to get perfect pelts. When I search Google for things like best ways to track animals, or get perfect pelts, I see nothing. This tells me many others are likely having the same problem, or just don't care to bother with such things. Rockstar's GTA and RDR fanbases seem more bent on being destructive towards humans in random ways. Over 90 percent of what they talk about on forums has zero to do with the story, and more about robbing and killing people. This may also be why a lot of what's in the campaigns of these games makes very little sense. It simply doesn't have to when most are content with horsing around.