Red Dead Redemption reviews go live, 8/10 from EG

Monday, 17th May 2010 16:10 GMT By Johnny Cullen


The embargo for Red Dead Redemption reviews has just gone by, with everyone starting to put live their final impressions of what they think of the Rockstar western.

Get rounded-up after the break.

So far, impressions seem to be it’s a real gem, with EG going live with an eight for it. Get the list so far.

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Red Dead Redemption releases tomorrow in the US, with a UK and European launch on Friday for PS3 and 360.



  1. Harry

    Boomtown –

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Lucky vote are coming

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Tallon 4

    8/10 from Eurogamer.
    That’s quite something. I recon they get al lot of comments on that :)

    #3 5 years ago
  4. DGOJG

    IGN UK 9.8 –

    And surpirse, surprise its been reviewed on their beloved 360..

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Raining_Upwards

    It’s important to mention the fact that EG didn’t have access to the much-touted and highly anticipated multiplayer modes.

    A review score should be indicative of the WHOLE package.

    Their score is flawed and they should redo the review.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    @5 absolutely agree.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Harry

    DGOJG sites don’t always get a choice of code they receive and publishers tend to only send one copy. We got sent the X360 version, as I suspect everyone else did. So that’s the version that gets reviewed.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. El_MUERkO

    As good as Halo then :D

    #8 5 years ago
  9. DGOJG

    @7 Even so I’m pretty sure IGN begged for the 360 version though, they are quiet the well known fanboys ;)

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Bikki

    10/10 from swedish Gamereactor.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. fantomena

    Gamereactor Sweden/Norway gave it 10/10.


    Translated to English by Google:

    Update: Bikki came before me :(

    #11 5 years ago
  12. LDawg gives this game a 10!
    original link:


    #12 5 years ago
  13. Bikki


    #13 5 years ago
  14. fantomena

    NowGamer gave it 9.4/10:

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Blerk

    Great review, Harry!

    EG have made me cross with their closing comments. They’re officially off my Christmas list.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Harry

    Taverymuch Blerk. Cheque’s in the post. ;)

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Whizzo

    Just read your review Harry and it’s a good read, it hasn’t made the wait until my copy turns up any easier! :-)

    #17 5 years ago

    Looks like EG are the odd ones out.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Moonwalker1982

    I don’t know for sure, but didn’t they also give Alan Wake a 7? For me…’nuff said.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Erthazus

    @Harry, very good review, atleast i understand what this game is about. I will buy this.
    but one thing… Why you score it for 10. it’s like a perfect game.

    Is it really perfect? I don’t think so and you mentioned that in your review starting from “Stumbles”

    Not to mention about sound that is only 7.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. KAP

    I fucking HATE eurogamer, they GOT to be different init

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Dralen

    Lol, I’m starting to think the people at metacritic are a bit bias towards the 360. They’ve intentionally only given 360 some reviews and taken out the worst ones e.g euro-gamer (They’ve put in the Eurogamer italy version instead which is a slightly higher score). Also the PS3 version is missing some of the reviews.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. naffgeek

    Eurogamer are trying to stand of from the crowd with their scores lately. 8/10 for this, 7/10 for Alan Wake…remember though they did give Deadspace 7/10 too.

    they say it gets a ‘magnificent 8′ which while being a crap pun also makes me think the reviewer wanted to score it higher.

    Having said all that, i should probably play it first :)

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Harry

    @20 There’s no such thing as a perfect game. That’s not what a score of 10 means, it just means that it is better than games that score 9.

    To be honest I could do without scores altogether. But a lot of readers can’t. I always feel though the text is what comes first. The score is just a convenient summation for folks with ADHD. :)

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Patrick Garratt

    Added all those.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. skimaine

    9.75/10 from Game Informer

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Patrick Garratt

    GI link?

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Uncontested

    Yeah how could we forget the one thats been out for like 2 weeks now? lol

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Uncontested

    There is no link, its in their magazine and not online yet.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. f1r3storm


    #30 5 years ago
  31. Patrick Garratt

    @29 – OK.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. The Hindle

    Psm 3 94

    #32 5 years ago
  33. skimaine

    GI link:

    #33 5 years ago
  34. Patrick Garratt

    Sweet. Ta.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. PS3_Rules

    Anybody that gave GTA IV a 10/10 and RDR a lower score is completely retarded.

    #35 5 years ago
  36. Zurtech

    Wow, EG ruin a metascore for hits, what a surprise.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. Uncontested

    LOL @ Metacritics obvious bias putting the 80 score to the PS3 version and using a the 90 score from italy eurogamer on the Xbox version lmao.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. Gekidami

    The EG Italy score is on the PS3 page to, they probably havent updated the 360 one yet.

    #38 5 years ago
  39. polygem

    eurogamer. you are so unique. i adore you for your extravaganza bravissima. noone else has so sharp and so clear eyes. you are a beautiful flower in the middle of a scrapyard. but i smell something underneath your shiny clothes. something that desperately screams for attention. it makes you cheap.

    #39 5 years ago
  40. Fin


    #40 5 years ago
  41. sliph3r

    Gamepro (Germany) has rated Red Dead Redemption with 95%

    #41 5 years ago
  42. notpill

    Eurogamer Italy – 9/10

    #42 5 years ago
  43. polygem

    @fin. i´m just a little sceptical these days with eurogamer. they really try TOO hard to be different imo. can´t help but looks a little diva like to me. they even gave ratchet and clank crack in time a 7. that was a joke -but not a funny one. haven´t played rdr yet. right. but it´s kind of strange that they are the only ones with a 8 while others are more close to perfect scores. also they didn´t even play the mp. 8 is still impressive. but overall smells like kidspoo i think.

    #43 5 years ago
  44. Rodrister

    Spanish review: 97 :O

    #44 5 years ago
  45. DarkDevil

    i wanna be a care bear



    eurogamer, edge … they are different

    #45 5 years ago
  46. Mike

    ♦ 100.0% | PlayStation Official Magazine UK
    ♦ 100.0% | Official XBOX Magazine (UK)
    ♦ 100.0% | GamePro (US)
    ♦ 100.0% | PSM3 (UK)
    ♦ 100.0% | Eurogamer (DE)
    ♦ 100.0% | Gamereactor (DK)
    ♦ 100.0% |
    ♦ 100.0% |
    ♦ 100.0% | (FR)
    ♦ 100.0% | — (SE)

    ♦ 98.0% | IGN (UK)
    ♦ 97.5% | Game Informer (US)
    ♦ 96.0% | (IT)
    ♦ 97.0% | IGN (US)
    ♦ 95.0% | CVG (UK)
    ♦ 95.0% |
    ♦ 95.0% |
    ♦ 94.0% |
    ♦ 93.0% | NowGamer (UK)
    ♦ 92.0% | Games Aktuell (DE)
    ♦ 91.0% |
    ♦ 90.0% | gamesTM (UK)
    ♦ 90.0% | (FR)
    ♦ 90.0% | (FR)
    ♦ 90.0% | Eurogamer (IT)
    ♦ 90.0% | TVG (US)
    ♦ 90.0% | Gamekult — (US)

    ♦ 80.0% | Eurogamer (UK)

    #46 5 years ago
  47. Boifand

    Another 10 out of 10 on

    #47 5 years ago
  48. Erthazus

    Eurogamer and Edge are the best sites. Atleast i understand what is shit and what is great.

    You guys need to stop whining because: SRSLY EURGAMER WRONG!!!!11 I NOT PLAYED GAME AND MY OPINION TAT IT DESERVE 100/10

    You didn’t played the game and want higher score. Shut up. These guys are not get paid for reviews scores and this is very important. If it is 8, then it is not a masterpiece. It’s a great experience, but not perfect.

    #48 5 years ago
  49. Mike

    Edge 9/10 –

    #49 5 years ago
  50. skimaine

    9.7/10 IGN/US


    #50 5 years ago
  51. Hunam

    I do enjoy how people are going batshit over the EG score. Are gamers really all fickle sheep?

    #51 5 years ago
  52. Patrick Garratt

    Added all those now.

    #52 5 years ago
  53. Erthazus

    I’m still skeptical. I placed my order few hours ago and i still don’t know about it. I really want great game BUT,

    Western style of games not my cup of tea + maybe it have a chance to come on the PC with better graphics and keyboard and mouse support of course.

    I dunno…

    #53 5 years ago
  54. Yoshi

    @51 you gotta remember official reviewers are dumb these days, 8 used to mean a fantastic game. Now it seems like if it’s an 8 its supposely not good and it’s only good if its in 9′s. In other words official reviewers have fucked the score system up by giving away 9′s like hot cakes.

    @53 Same, so i decided i’ll wait until it’s on pc then we get mods ;D

    #54 5 years ago
  55. Erthazus

    @54 it’s more like 9.3-10 is good and if it is 9.0 it’s shit and if it is 8.0 then it is worse then crap.

    I think people are dumb and it’s a reviewers mistake to score every fucking game from 9.0-10

    #55 5 years ago
  56. DJ Deathstar

    I miss the days when a game would get like 9.4 or something and everyone would be like woah! That game must be awesome!

    #56 5 years ago
  57. daytripper

    @55 well said

    #57 5 years ago
  58. Moonwalker1982

    I haven’t read a single review cause i don’t care. Earlier today i ordered the game, i have all the faith in this game. Faith that i will be enjoying this one immensely. However, someone told me he had read EG’s review and he doesn’t understand it.

    They say alot of good things, complain abit about the cover system and a few bugs(what game doesn’t have a bug or two these days?) and at the end they say…it’s a magnificent 8, might as well just given it a 9 then i’d say. But since they want to be different…

    #58 5 years ago
  59. manamana

    I sense nothing wrong, since its obvious that they are generating immense traffic on their site. Which results in propper AdSales numbers, or at least for the site-statistics. Only money matters, thats why they have obscure scores every now and then. Its really so simple.

    #59 5 years ago
  60. Aimless

    I can’t imagine giving the game an 8 rather than a 9 generates much more traffic. None of the people bleating on about it will actually read said review, they’ll just complain about the score for a game they haven’t played on messageboards.

    #60 5 years ago
  61. polygem

    60…thats not how the internet works. every time they rate games “strangely” the comments explode. they get a lot of traffic because of that. i really think the only reason is that they want as many hits as possible…and of course to look like the game whisperers…i don´t care if a review is harsh and i don´t really care if it´s 8 or 10…but in eg´s case i really really start to believe they´re making this up just to be mentioned a lot and to get a lot of traffic…well i´m a big help for them now actually.

    #61 5 years ago
  62. manamana

    8 instead 9 on tripleA or media-hyped titles will make a big difference imo. Everybody is expecting something really big and if it fails, its either an interesting viewpoint of the person who reviewed or cannonfodder for fanboyism in the comments section.

    But no matter what, i think everytime EG scores unexpectetly low, discussions go around from blog to blog an finally to metacritics. And anyone who’s intrigued clicks on to EG-site. Summed up traffic coming from all the different blogs/vg-sites/newssites etc. makes indeed a difference. If it was 9 who cared? It would’ve scored as foreseen. Give it a 8 or better 7.9 you making big waves …

    #62 5 years ago
  63. Erthazus

    @62 how it fails with the score of 8? 8 is bad?

    #63 5 years ago
  64. manamana

    You don’t get it, do you?!

    #64 5 years ago
  65. Aimless

    To be honest the main thrust of my comment was that people are being ridiculous for complaining about it.

    Imagine a friend came up to you and asked, “Hey, what do you think of Film X?” And then you, having seen it, said it was really good but had a few off scenes and some questionable special effects. They then go off on one telling you why you’re wrong because they saw the trailer and it looked like the best thing ever. You’d rather be left with the impression that said friend wasn’t really after your thoughts at all, they just wanted you to massage their expectations and preconceptions.

    Eurogamer’s staff aren’t paid by commission; surely Kotaku should be higher on your lists when it comes to conflict of interests. If all the site cared about was hits you wouldn’t see things like their retrospectives or many editorial pieces, it would just be a constant stream of lowest-common-denominator top 10 lists. Accusing them of drumming up hits by ‘only’ giving a game a great score has a whiff of paranoia about it.

    #65 5 years ago
  66. Boris Fett

    @51 Do you even need to ask?

    @65 It’s the internet. Most people on the internet sadly have little interest in tact and common decency.

    People don’t talk like that to their friends in person because they know if they did they’d lose all their friends. Online, you don’t have anything to lose by being an asshole towards anyone you disagree with,.

    The fact that people are going apeshit over an 8? Fucking hilarious.

    #66 5 years ago
  67. Gekidami

    An 8?!

    *Opens pre-order confirmation e-mail, throws computer out the window*

    #67 5 years ago
  68. Moonwalker1982

    The fact that people just seem to care so much for reviews, i never understood that and i still don’t. I’ve never let any review decide whether to make the purchase or not, best ways for me to judge whether go buy/not buy is by reading some previews but especially simply watch gameplay videos. And a demo is good too, but really…some nice video footage is most of the time enough for me.

    A friend of mine, great guy but he used to be a huge IGN ho, if i may use that word. I would say i liked a game alot and he’d go ‘ yeah but IGN gives it only a 7,5 or whatever, so it can’t be that good man. While i was enjoying the game bigtime. For all i care they could give the game a 6, if i like it…that’s enough. Same guy again, he loved the Blur beta and i asked him if he was gonna buy it. ‘ Well i’m not sure…i’ll have to wait for the reviews, if they give it a 7 i won’t get it’ .

    Come on now.

    #68 5 years ago
  69. Boris Fett


    Well played, sir!

    #69 5 years ago
  70. daytripper

    @66 well to me thats their true personna isnt it? its just they havent got the guts to express it in the real world. phoneys.

    #70 5 years ago
  71. manamana

    @Aimless: What makes you think that it’s paranoia, when all of this (and theirs) means business. The more content-related stuff (like retrospectives) you have on your site, the less you are leaving the site, ergo you spend more time on their site and probably click some more links. Everything on a site this big, which lets hordes of users click/stay/comment/return is, believe me, pure money. Thats no paranoia when you look at the Review-section. The bignamegames which have “scored regulary” have normal comments. Say GoWIII 9/10 < 200 comments. Imagine this would be 8.

    #71 5 years ago
  72. manamana

    Plus imagine this headline saying EG9/10. How boring. Remember AlanWake. It was something people talked about …

    #72 5 years ago
  73. Boris Fett

    @71 I fail to understand the point you’re attempting to make.

    #73 5 years ago
  74. DaMan

    EG aren’t some amateur start-up site, all they get for rating big budget games for what they are (ie 7) is internet nerds flaming the reviewer in the comments section, they even have to censor and hide the posts.

    #74 5 years ago
  75. Moonwalker1982

    I can’t help it but after their reviews of Dead Space,Alan Wake and Alone in the dark…i simply don’t find them too credible anymore.

    Dead Space because of…the 7 they gave it. It simply ain’t a 7 in my book, and from what i’ve read,alot of people their books basically. Alan Wake a 7? And then they give Alone in the dark a 7 as well. A game that had lots of bugs and very annoying parts and gets the same as two top-quality games? No.

    #75 5 years ago
  76. manamana

    @Boris: Simple: do something unexpected and people will talk. Result is more traffic. Ergo more money. Its nothing new, media always works like this. Pictures showing Topmodels in swimsuit is normal, better would be something cruel, like sniffing. There you go. It may be a whole other business, but its the media thrilling and hyping and dropping your interrests. Btw. I have nothing against reviews. It’s just that I don’t care too much on sheer numbers. Imo the Frankenreview is the way to go. A reviewer who is in first place a gamer and than also a “journalist” …

    #76 5 years ago
  77. Boris Fett

    @75 Calling something “not credible” because they don’t share the same opinion as you is incredibly short sighted and juvenile, not to mention ignorant.

    The problem here is with most gamer’s rather warped interpretation of scoring scales. A 7 in most game reviews is considered “crap” when in any other medium a 7 means “very good but not outstanding.”

    @76 Lord forbid it’s simply a case that EG simply has a more stringent scoring system. It’s fairly common in European publications and websites to actually use the whole spectrum of the scoring table instead of just 7 – 10

    #77 5 years ago
  78. manamana

    @DaMan: come on, “bigbudget games and only nerds who enters comments section.” Those nerds need to register. And why are you thinking that only they will cause traffic. Not all people give comments, most are just watching. Or reading the review, which btw. is splitted in more parts/sides…

    @77: scuse me, but what does it have to do with stringency, when you have one brand (eurogamer) but different scores worldwide. It just shows, that its a local reviewers opinion and a local score. Fine with that, but if you say, here in europe they have the total scala, why are they using it so inconsistantly. Was GTA4 overrated and RDR underrated? Is everytime a NFL/FIFA game comes out really enjoing the “whole spectrum” of the scoring charts? And I originally stated not “everytime” but every “now and then”. Seems to me like so. My opinion. And i am totally fine if you don’t care, because first of all it’s gaming. At least for me. And thats exactly what I’ll do now. A 7er btw. … wich keeps me going like its a tenner ;-)

    #78 5 years ago
  79. Boris Fett

    “@77: scuse me, but what does it have to do with stringency, when you have one brand (eurogamer) but different scores worldwide.”

    I’m guessing you’ve never read EDGE or GamesTM then.

    “Was GTA4 overrated and RDR underrated?”

    You must live in a strange world if an 8 means “under-rated” to you.

    “Is everytime a NFL/FIFA game comes out really enjoing the “whole spectrum” of the scoring charts? ”

    Depending on the quality of the games, sure. But FIFA is a perfectly good title on a gameplay front, and has long superseded Pro Evolution Soccer. If it’s getting 8s and 9s, it’s because it deserves it.

    #79 5 years ago
  80. Moonwalker1982

    @ 77

    My point basically is…

    You got Dead Space and Alan Wake, both two great games and don’t have much if any bugs at all. Abd its obvious that these are quality titles.

    Then you have Alone in the dark, mediocre/average at best.
    Plenty of bugs, and rather a big dissapointment, could have been much much more. But they give all those games a 7. No for me that takes away from their credibility. As in, when they review a game…i’m like ‘oh, its only EG’ .

    #80 5 years ago
  81. DaMan

    watching them, who? if you read one comment by those cunts you read them all.. whatever, but you’re putting too much thought into something that ‘s totally simple and obvious. EG don’t need to do that, they get craploads of visitors either way, everyone who read their RDR review would do that regardless of the score.

    #81 5 years ago
  82. Dralen

    I here some people saying “why do we bother reading reviews and basing our purchases on them?”. Isn’t it obvious? We don’t want to spend money on a crap game. I personally use metacritic because it gives a decent scope of how good the game really is. Although yeah in some cases reviews are a pile of crap e.g. Halo 3.

    #82 5 years ago
  83. Blerk

    A 9 from Edge, eh? Blimey.

    Reviews these days are practically worthless. Word of mouth from “real” people who have actually played the game as you would play it is so much better at helping you decide how likely it is that you would enjoy it as well.

    #83 5 years ago
  84. LeD

    FWIW, the incredibly nitpicky, cynical and blasé Gamekult, who you could say are the French equivalent of what Eurogamer used to be from an editorial point of view, gave the game a 9 out of 10, which is the equivalent of an EG 10.


    #84 5 years ago
  85. ninjanutta

    @i dont give a shit….ive got the game,been playing for around 5hrs or so and its a great game,it has got all the bugs and a few issues but thats to be expected in a sandbox game,its original in many ways but its not perfect.its not a 10 because its not perfect but its a really well written story and its fun to play so thats enough for a purchase.Reviews are not what they used to be,just something to moan about these days.

    #85 5 years ago
  86. AHA-Lambda

    Gametrailers 9.5/10

    #86 5 years ago
  87. Blerk

    An ‘A’ from 1Up.

    #87 5 years ago
  88. DOne89

    9.7/10 from Gladriel

    #88 5 years ago

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