Spoilers for the game below.
First off, I love the game. I think it and God of War are my only contenders for best games of this generation so far. The way Rockstar ends the game is interesting and odd to me. I was curious to see what others thought, because for me, finding out that Arthur had TB at the beginning of chapter 6 pretty much killed the open world for me. I thought screw doing bounties, hunting legendary animals, trying to get another cool outfit, and whatever else, since my character is dying. If they were trying to be existential maybe that worked a little bit. I do appreciate them going a different path because in 99.9% of other video games where you're leveling up and unlocking weapons your character is going to be the strongest towards the end of the game, but here, he can barely stand at times. I'm curious if the TB diagnosis and seeing him wither away affected how anyone else interacted with the open world. After that point I just stuck to the main missions and I did some stranger missions to help with his karma and some of them like the widow in the cabin were interesting.
Maybe someone can clarify since I've only been Googling this, but it sounds like you can't ever play as Arthur again once you beat the main game, which is very unfortunate to me. I'm a few missions into the epilogue and I like John, but this isn't his game and I'd rather continue with Arthur. I don't know if there's a new game plus mode, I feel like that's needed here or just let us choose Arthur or John after the epilogue is over. I know that doesn't make sense story wise, but there are some workarounds.
I don't get all these articles and videos that I come across about money glitches. I never really cared about getting money and I always had $4,000 to $7,000 on me just from completing missions, looting dead bodies, exploring mines or cabins and other organic ways to play. Everything in the game is pretty cheap besides horses and you only need one good one.
Did anyone go southwest of the map with Arthur? I tried several times but the game would spawn like 6 or 7 guys on horses who were 100% accurate anytime I went near Blackwater. I know why that happens in the story, but that was a little annoying. I thought about getting a boat and going around Blackwater in the big lake but never got around to it.