Game InformationGame Title: Redfall
- PC (May 2, 2023)
- Xbox Series X/S (May 2, 2023)
- Redfall - The Deadeye | Jacob Hero Trailer
- Redfall - The Telekinetic Threat | Layla Hero Trailer
- Redfall - Official Story Trailer
- The World of Redfall Official Trailer
- Redfall - Official Gameplay Deep Dive
- Redfall – “Welcome to Redfall” Official Trailer
- Redfall - Official Gameplay Reveal - Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2022
- Redfall - Official Announce Trailer - Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2021
OpenCritic - 64 average - 23% recommended - 69 reviews
MetaCritic - 59 average - PC - 25 Reviews
MetaCritic - 63 average - Xbox Series X - 36 Reviews
Critic Reviews33bits - Juanma F. Padilla - Spanish - 75 / 100
AltChar - Semir Omerovic - 70 / 100Redfall will surely not go down in the annals of Arkane Studios great works, nor will it become a console seller. It seems, in fact, a video game typical of more modest companies with errors and lack of optimization more typical of small independent companies. Beyond this, Redfall can give us hours of fun. The setting is attractive and the game can shine at times, even if it doesn't stand out in any particular way.
Despite some obvious flaws, Redfall is still an enjoyable experience even if you don't have a buddy or two to help you out in staking those bloodsuckers in co-op. Arkane once again managed to create an immersive, atmospheric world with their signature environmental storytelling and gameplay.
Attack of the Fanboy - Christian Bognar - 3.5 / 5While Redfall definitely isn't the studio's strongest game to date and can feel a bit undercooked I couldn't put it down as I had a blast wandering around the vampire-infested streets and countryside of this cosy American town.
Eurogamer - Christian Donlan - UnscoredIn no way is Redfall groundbreaking - but sometimes all a game needs to be is fun to play, and Arkane has created an experience that is a hell of a good time.
GGRecon - Dave McAdam - 2 / 5I'd say there are some good bones here. The tech seems to be creaking and some of the ideas - the loot and other assorted Destinyisms - might possibly have been imposed from above. But this game already has an awful lot of charm, and that's much harder to patch in after the fact.
Redfall tries to bite far more than it can chew and delivers a package with a middling presentation, a lack of interesting mechanics, and some pretty woeful performance.
Hey Poor Player - Shane Boyle - 2 / 5Despite its issues, and perhaps like its cultists, I want to love it - it just won't love me back.
MondoXbox - Giuseppe Genga - Italian - 7.3 / 10In all my years of gaming, I struggle to think of ever feeling a sense of disappointment as profound as I do when playing Redfall. Sure, you can increase the fun factor by adding a few buddies into the equation, the varied classes lending themselves well to group play, and there are glimpses of something great when you’re afforded the opportunity to slow down in one of the more tightly scripted missions, but these positives merely serve as momentary distractions from the multitude of issues that plague Arkane Austin’s latest effort. Between the half-baked gameplay loops, repetitive open-world busy work, and shockingly poor optimization, Redfall feels like a title that’s still in alpha, never mind a product that’s supposed to represent a flagship release for Microsoft’s premium subscription service.
Niche Gamer - Augusto A. - 8 / 10Redfall offers satisfying gameplay, with the classic flavor of Arkane games especially when played in co-op thanks to the synergy between the different heroes' powers, but overall it fails to fully convince due to a series of technical problems, dated game design, and an uncompelling plot. Still, it remains a good opportunity for intense online games among friends, hoping that future patches will solve at least part of the problems encountered.
PowerUp! - Leo Stevenson - 5 / 10It still feels a bit unfinished in some aspects, but it has a good amount of content that is bound to have you hooked for 20 hours or so, maybe longer considering how addicted you get to clearing the vampire nests like I did.
Press Start - Brodie Gibbons - 6.5 / 10Redfall is not the second coming of first-party AAA games on Xbox and it was never going to be. It's an average co-op shooter with half-baked ideas that never fully come together. It's fun for a few minutes but it wears thin very quickly. Give it a try on Game Pass but don't expect too much.
Saudi Gamer - Arabic - 5 / 10Redfall is a gold dust-rare miss for what has been a very consistent deliverer of quality video games. If you are able to look beyond the game's several questionable design choices, Redfall can serve up just a small bite of mindless fun beneath the island's black hole sun.
Seasoned Gaming - Ainsley Bowden - 7 / 10Redfall may be Arkane's first disappointing game! This is not because the studio moved away from what distinguished it in its previous games, but rather through the game itself as an open-world game that did not offer anything special and did not try to move away from the issues of this type of game that has been criticized in many games since the beginning of the last generation. And on top of that the fact that the game is technically tragic, and it is preferable to wait for a lot of updates to fix its problems, whether from technical issues or wobbly performance.
Stevivor - Steve Wright - 7.5 / 10Redfall's compelling world-building and settings are inhibited by shallow mechanics and a lack of identity.
VG247 - Jeremy Peel - 3 / 5Redfall is a truly exciting experience. It's great solo, has the potential to be great with friends -- especially if someone has a save so I can access that last 17 Gamerscore I need, thanks. It’ll be perfect for anyone who's loved an Arkane game -- sci-fi, fantasy or otherwise -- in the past.
VGC - Jordan Oloman - 4 / 5An echo of Arkane’s past glories - one in which the studio’s unique voice can still be heard, but more faintly than we’ve come to expect.
Wccftech - Alessio Palumbo - UnscoredRedfall is a compelling adventure with killer combat and an atmospheric setting in which you can easily lose a weekend. Even though it feels watered down by Arkane’s systemic standards, it’s an ambitious, primarily successful experiment full of narrative nuance and unique ideas. Hopefully, Redfall’s shakeup of the genre will pave the way for more inspired looter shooters in the future and, selfishly… another immersive simulator?
We Got This Covered - 4.5 / 5From my preliminary analysis, it's not a failed experiment by any means, but it's also not entirely successful and likely to be left behind for better fits. Stay tuned for the full verdict.
WellPlayed - James Wood - 4.5 / 10With rich, beautiful open worlds, a multitude of weapons, and a wide variety of enemies to square off against, Redfall amazes. Players won't regret staking their claim on Arkane's latest masterpiece.
XboxEra - Jesse Norris - 8.5 / 10A disappointing take on open-world first-person shooters, Redfall has none of the flavour or mechanical finesse that we’ve come to expect from Arkane Studios.
Redfall is fantastic in most ways. A few baffling design decisions around its co-op implementation and some frustrating technical issues hold it back. It is fun as hell solo, and ridiculously so in co-op. With a little post-launch support it is going to become something special. This may end up being Arkane’s worst-reviewed title ever, but it is going to be their most successful. Alone or with friends Redfall is a game any fan of the genre should play.
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