Red Dead Redemption (Xbox 360, PS3): Review Scores Justified?

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As most of you will be aware by now, Red Dead Redemption is now available to buy on either the Xbox 360 or PS3 in the U.S. The game received pretty amazing reviews – now that you have had a chance to play it, do you think the review scores are justified or not?

Sometimes games are overhyped and often our high expectations for games fall short once we actually play them first hand. Considering that RDR was the work of famed developers Rockstar, it almost seemed a certainty that this game was going to be good.

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The reviews seemed to back this up, once they were released a few days ago. IGN gave the game a 10, CVG a 9.5, Edge a 9 and Eurogamer an 8.

After playing the game, do you think the review scores are a fair reflection on the game or not? Take Edge’s score of 9 for example. These are the same guys that offered Final Fantasy XIII a 5/10 remember. What does RDR have that Final Fantasy XIII doesn’t? Excitement and originality perhaps?

Let us know your impressions of the game so far. Is Red Dead Redemption one of the best games you’ve ever played?

  • grecko

    Fantasy XIII is just that. 13!!!.. No series should ever have a 13th addition no matter how good it is. RDR deserves the scores it has received, while Final Fantasy should be thankful they even got a passing grade.

    • steiner

      Not true. Each Final Fantasy is a brand new game with a new story, new music and a fresh gameplay system. And that's why games like Final Fantasy IX, X and XII were excellent, even though they were late instalments.

      I haven't played FFXIII yet, but if it's bad the problem isn't to do with the longevity of the franchise – instead it is the design of the game that is at fault.

    • Anthony

      Seems like an oversimplification. Technically, Rockstar has released 14 different GTA games, although I'd be pretty impressed if anyone has played them all haha

  • zelleel

    Very good game. I would give it an 8.5. It gives you freedom to run around on your own and do your own thing. Its just like grand theft auto but back in the day. I love taking out the law enforcers and stacking up my money to buy new guns.Its a real creative game. final fantasy XIII did not deserve to be called final fantasy. It was one of the worst games ive played in a couple of years. I back their ratings up 100%. The only thing that I don't like about the red redemption is that you cant do anything with the hookers. Its rated mature so you should be able to do what ever you want.

    • Andrew

      Yes i want to do stuff with the hookers and i still havent seen any nudity

  • Chase

    @grecko, You wouldnt complain if the GTA series managed to make it to 13 games (btw its not actually the 13th game, its more like th 26th or 27th game)
    RDR gives you more options to explore the world and do almost anything that was possible in those days, plus its something new, not many western games have been made, the best i had played before RDR was GUN.

    Final Fantasy would have gotten a much higher score if it had kept all the great things from the previous games and added with the new things from 13 and it would have made 9.5 easy. Final Fantasy Versus XIII will be much much better.

    Anyway, stop saying Final Fantasy was crap, it was absolutely amazing.

    RDR is wonderful, game of the year easy. it deserves the score it got but you have to remember, Final Fantasy is a JRPG, and the whole series is loved by millions. But something new and amazing is always going to top a game series that has been around for a very long time.

    Both amazing games!!!

    • justin

      ok i do think that final fantasy should have gotten alot better of a score but chase there has not be 26 or 27 of them there have 13 with a few remakes and to others never released here

      • Mark

        There's actually been way more more than '26 or 27' of them. The Final Fantasy franchise has tons of spinoffs:

        FF Tactics, Tactics Advance, Tactics A2, Crystal Defenders,
        IV: The After Years, X-2, XII: Revenant Wings, XIII: Versus, XIII: Agito,
        VII: Crisis Core, Before Crisis, Dirge of Cerberus,
        Crystal Chronicles, CC: Ring of Fates, CC: Echoes of Time, CC: The Crystal Bearers, My Life as a King, My Life as a Darklord,
        The Four Warriors of Light: Final Fantasy Gaiden,
        Chocobo Racing, Chocobo Stallion, Chocobo Land, Hataraku Chocobo, Chocobo Tales (and a sequel), Chocobo's Dungeon (and around 3 sequels),
        Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, Final Fantasy Adventure, Final Fantasy Legend I, II, III.

        There's even more minor spinoffs out there and this list already totals 48 games if you include the 14 in the main series.

        Very few of those aren't already/being released in English: two of the chocobo dungeon games, the chocobo tales sequel, chocobo land, hataraku chocobo, chocobo stallion and before crisis.

  • one time

    zeeleel tell me you joken about the hooker thing man get yourself a girlfriend.and you give a 10 game 8.5 cause of some hookers.cause u cant look at a fake pussy or somthin.man you got it bad

  • Diggie

    Ok seriously, it shouldn't even be called FINAL Fantasy!!! Final if I'm not mistaken means last, as in no more. After Final Fantasy 2 wouldn't that be considered an oxymoron??? This is like The Never Ending Story…which by the way ended after an hour and 45 minutes…then had a sequel called…wait for it…..The Never Ending Story 2!!! WTF?!?! Shouldn't it be called More of the Never Ending Story That We Couldn't Show You Due To Time Constraints??? Ok, so I propose that Final Fantasy now aquire the rights to be known as ….. The Never Ending Story That Had Nothing To Do With The Previous Chapter But Yet We Keep Churning Them Out! I smell a winner there.
    That's my piece…Diggie out!

    • Guest comment

      You're an idiot. It may be considered an oxymoron, but there are a few reasons behind the games being called Final Fantasy, such as the first game being the last Hironobu Sakaguchi, the series creator, would ever make.
      Quoting Wiki here, but "Sakaguchi then decided to create his final work in the game industry with the rest of Square's money, and appropriately named it Final Fantasy, which he claimed—given Square's uncertain future at the time—was an ironic gesture." As the previous games released by Square didn't do so well and they were literally about to go bust.