We were pretty excited about American folk-tale travelogue Where the Water Tastes Like Wine when we first heard about it, but upon release our reviewer Tyler Wilde was moderate in his praise: “It tells over 200 tiny tales, and several bigger ones, at an agonizingly slow pace. There’s truth to find within its choppy transcontinental trek, but it comes at the expense of sore eyes.”
Since then it’s been updated, and a patch from March added the ability to return to locations by using the mementos found there, and also increased the distance covered by fast-travel between cities in the second half of the game. The June 3 patch, called the ‘Tall Tales Update’, further tweaks the pacing, with an autowalk option activated by pressing F so you don’t have to wear down the W key on your long trek across the United States (it’s right bumper on controller). As well as modifying the way travel works, and catching a few bugs, this patch adds to the trove of tales you’ll find while criss-crossing America.
As the patch notes put it, “We’ve released some new stories by some new writers! In the latest update you’ll find 15 new vignettes scattered around the country, ranging from the terrifying to the disgusting to the hilarious.” If you’ve been put off Where the Water Tastes Like Wine due to its stately tempo, seems like now is the time to give it another chance.