“Red Dead Redemption 2,” out now for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, is one of the most detailed video games ever developed.
Just how detailed is the game exactly?
While there are tons of activities and storylines to explore in “Red Dead Redemption 2,” Joe from the YouTube gaming channel DefendTheHouse recently decided to spend a full day in the game just following around a handful of non-playable characters, or NPCs, and nothing more.
The results are fascinating. These characters hardly play a role in the game, yet they still have unique schedules and characteristics.
Take a look at what happens when you follow random people around in “Red Dead Redemption 2” all day:
Here’s our first NPC. Let’s call him Shepherd. Around 8 a.m., Shepherd heads off to work.
He tends to sheep at the farm between 8:30 a.m. and noon.
Around 12:30 p.m., Shepherd moves bags of feed to the farm for the pigs, sheep, and goats.
He continues moving bags of feed through the rest of the workday.
Around 9:15 p.m., Shepherd calls it a day and heads to the local bar for a drink.
And just after midnight, Shepherd returns home to sleep.
The DefendTheHouse channel surmised that this character must work in the sheep yards, generally keeps to himself, and might be from out of town, given that he’s sort of a loner.
Let’s look at another example, just to see how different two NPCs can be. Let’s name this guy Jameson.
Jameson wakes up in a bar at 6:45 a.m. and heads to work at his construction job.
After a couple of hours of work, Jameson sneaks away to take a swig of his flask.
After a 15-minute booze break, Jameson returns to the construction, hammering nails and whatnot.
Jameson leaves work around 1:45 p.m. and heads to the local saloon for lunch.
After about an hour, Jameson heads back to work.
Jameson works from about 3 to 6:30 p.m., when he starts cleaning up the mess made by the construction.
At 7:15 p.m., Jameson calls it a day and heads to a busy bar for a drink and some friendly company.
After a few hours of stumbling around drunk, Jameson finds his favourite table and passes out.
The DefendTheHouse gaming channel believes this NPC is probably unmarried and could even be homeless, adding that he also “drinks too much.”
Those are just two examples of what NPCs do all day in “Red Dead Redemption 2,” but the video from DefendTheHouse shares even more.
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