Personally, I love that realism aspect, but I can see why certain type of gamers wouldn't, its definitely not a game for the impatient.The game deserves its hype tbh.
But yeah, game isn't perfect. Clunky controls but RDR had some clunky controls too.
The biggest issue as I see it is that it tries to be a little too realistic and that realism gets in the way sometimes. Your character *has* to eat. Your horse too. So you always need to prepare before exploring far from camp. This is immersive but it is also an obstacle for the gameplay.
Speaking of camp, that's where the grind and chores are. Arthur is asked to help out with food and money to help the people. But I really don't care about the camp or its people. I'm a loner and I'm playing this game as one.
It has a slower pace and is quite gritty which is right up my street, making money seems quite difficult as well which is a welcome change to the norm.
I agree about the camp, Ive been out in the wilderness all weekend hunting and breaking horses and its been a blast, I did drop off a Turkey, so they've eaten something at least.
I think the controls are ok, my young daughter is able to hunt, skin and stow animals so it cant be that bad, although I did once shoot the butcher by mistake!.
I need to stop galloping in town tho, I did jail time and got an $8 fine for assault yesterday for knocking someone face flat into the mud...
The 'Horseplay' is fantastic, Ive never seen such well modelled horses in a game, they arent immortal and they dont magically appear next to you when you call them, which always bugged me in other games.