Redfall Review: Arkane Studios falls from grace | PC Mag

Zack writes: "Redfall is Microsoft’s first $69.99 PC game (it's the same price on the Xbox Series S/X). Unfortunately, the game fundamentally fails at almost every turn. Redfall is ugly, runs poorly, features shallow gameplay, and suffers from just about every bug and glitch imaginable.

To say it's the worst game I’ve ever played would be hyperbolic, but it's easily the worst game of the year so far. Unlike recent misses such as Minecraft Legends, Redfall doesn't even start strong.

At its best, it's boring; at its worst, it's broken. Make no mistake: Redfall is a bad game."

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Jin_Sakai138d ago

Of course they fell from their grace. They’re under Microsoft’s umbrella now.

italiangamer138d ago

Man, chill out. You slaughtered them 🗿.

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HyperMoused138d ago (Edited 138d ago )

Heard it has under 200 players daily, and its what, a couple weeks old

KillBill137d ago

Anyone saying Redfall is "boring" hasn't actually played Redfall. For sure it has some issues... but being boring is not one of them.

LabRat137d ago (Edited 137d ago )

I played Redfall, it is boring. Maybe the boredom comes for the horrendous AI that indie devs do a better job of making, but the game to me was indeed boring.

KillBill135d ago

You played it for a couple of hours as you admit. You didn't even get out of the tutorial mode. And yet you are nothing but talking about how bad the game is when you have barely even touched it. Why would anyone care what your opinion is on a game you really haven't even touched?

Psychonaut85137d ago

I always wonder how many of the devs at these studios are like, “this isnt ready, this is gunna be a disaster”, and they’re told “ shut up, do your job, it’s gunna be fine” by their boss. Now they’re just sitting there like “we tried to f$&king tell you”. Must suck to see something you poured years of your career into get shit on and thrown on the dung heap because your boss wouldn’t allow you to finish it.


Review - Redfall (Xbox Series S/X) | WayTooManyGames

WTMG's Leo Faria: "As a whole, this entire game just reeks of “we didn’t care about making it”. Redfall might not be the worst game released in 2023, but I don’t think I have played something more uninspired. It looks dated, its performance is disappointing, its plot is bland, the controls are glitchy, and the entire gameplay loop is the most generic and passion-devoid AAA schtick you could think of. If Arkane clearly wasn’t willing to make this game, then why would any of us should or want to care about it? Not even the fact it’s on Gamepass makes it being worth downloading it and playing for a day or two."

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CappyBlack9d ago

Just leave the dev to concentrate on what they do best - immersive sims. That said, this blunder of a game made most of the key talent jump ship. Sad; being Arkane were easily one of my favorite developers.
I blame Harvey Smith. Any time he is given a production role, he stumbles. Redfall and Deus Ex: Invisible War back when. He's a good creative talent, but he shouldn't be leading a project.

__SteakDeck__9d ago

It’s just like in Sports and Companies. There are people that make great assistant coaches/coordinators but average to bad coaches. There are people that make great VPs but bad Head CEOs.

Doomeduk9d ago

The problem in leaving them to what they do best is having 75% of you capable team leave when they were acquired by MS


Bethesda to keep working on Redfall after Starfield success

Pete Hines has said Bethesda is not a company to "quit or abandon stuff just because it didn't start right" when speaking on Redfall's launch.

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ocelot0729d ago

Oh of course completely believe him. I'm sure the next big update for elder scrolls blades is just around the corner and the promised ps5/series/pc and VR release is so close.

Skate-AK28d ago

I'm still waiting on the Fallout 4 60fps patch. They announced it a long time ago.

mandf29d ago

Gamepass to pad it. On xbox there's no way to gauge success without gymnastics

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DickyD122629d ago


Currently sits at 4th for sales on steam and isn't in top 5 of being played as of rn. The only category it's leading is revenue.

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DiRtY29d ago (Edited 29d ago )


Well, yes.

And it is still early access, the game will be available to the masses in 2 days.

And this is steam only btw.

DickyD122629d ago

Reaching with this one. Starfield isn't even in the top 5 of daily players or current players (currently would be at 7th). Also you are comparing rereleased games to a brand new launch bad comparison bud.

DiRtY29d ago

"Also you are comparing rereleased games to a brand new launch bad comparison bud."

I am comparing the all-time peaks (!!!) of these released games with a game that is not yet available for everyone.

DickyD122629d ago

Yes you're comparing a BRAND new game to rereleased games that have already been played. Your whole point was lackluster. Compare it to bg3 or counter-strike and it looks bad.

mrcatastropheAF29d ago

@dickyD1226 keep in mind there are many players on PC who are utilizing Gamepass to play and therefore not reflected in Steam's #s

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S2Killinit29d ago

Patting themselves on the shoulder because starfield wasn't received all that well. Trying to reassure the minions.

aconnellan29d ago

That’s kind of objectively wrong though. I get that everyone has opinions, but it’s been generally really well received, metacritic puts it comfortably at 88 next to titles like Horizon Forbidden West, GT7, Final Fantasy XVI, etc.

Also puts it above games like Miles Morales, Death Stranding, Ghosts of Tsushima, etc.

Do you class all of those as not well received too?

S2Killinit28d ago (Edited 28d ago )

Let me correct you.

You mean after they limited the reviews to the ones they wanted?

Starfield is at 86 with only 55 reviews. (Not 88)

Horizon FW is at 88 with 126 reviews.

And after MS made it sound like starfield was going to be a revolutionary game.

wiz719129d ago

@DickyD the game isn’t even out yet and it’s #4 lol it’s only in early access right now .. the ppl playing it are players that had reserved it