Oh man I remember catching that Kong movie on HBO and it was giving me a headache! My girlfriend was just not noticing it and I was like “What?! How they hell do you not notice the change in aspect ratio it’s driving me crazy!”
And with the change in aspect ratio in RDR2, I honestly like what it does in certain scenes, but the problem I have with how the camera is framed when you’re just holding X so your horse follows the path is that the camera is framed to center entirely in your character. Even if Arthur is walking through or past some amazing landscape shots, the camera will just be barely covering that. I often like doing the free camera so I can see the huge amazing landscapes while on the horse.
I also love doing this in almost any Rockstar game, to try to be immersed in the world without being a total psychopathic murderer. It’s more fun to see what the game throws at you in small and interesting ways. Like I kept accidentally running into people with my horse because I still cannot control the horse in this game, and it’s fun to see people get mad and have to apologize to them or diffuse a potential fight in the streets of a small town.