As Red Dead Redemption 2 continues to dominate every conversation in gaming, each member of the Van Der Linde gang has quickly become like family.
We check in with them at regular intervals, sing together, eat food, live, die and savour the good times. Such is the beauty of Rockstar's portrayal of the Old West, and how small pockets of humanity can exist across a land slowly being populated, regulated and patriotised.
This exploration of judicial systems and American life is channeled not only through main-man Arthur Morgan, but gang leader Dutch, companions like John Marston and Micah Bell, and every NPC you come across. Red Dead 2 is a rich, crazy-vast tapestry; an interactive painting of America's most romanticised past-self, and a wonder to take in.
All that, and one of the most remarkable elements is making you care about a staggering 24 characters.
Not all are good people - in fact, I hazard to say Rockstar actively avoided writing characters that easily side one way or the other - but regardless, some arewritten better than others, with one being the developer's best creation to date.