Shortly after its release, Redfall is receiving a review bomb as people complain about a wide range of issues.
Redfall is a first-person shooter developed by Arkane Austin, the studio behind 2017’s Prey. The game pits players against an army of vampires. Some critics called Redfall generic and shallow at launch, and the game currently has a Metacritic score of 64 for the Xbox Series X version.
Redfall joins Forspoken and the Destiny 2: Lightfall expansion among the lowest-rated AAA releases of 2023. Some players have started reviewing Bombing Redfall with their own set of complaints about the game’s problems.
On Steam, players have voiced their dissatisfaction with Redfall by giving the game a “Mostly Negative” rating. One fan even called the PC version of Redfall “another contender for the worst PC port of 2023” because of its poor performance, according to users.
Many players appear to be unhappy with Redfall’s visual quality, and there have been numerous complaints voiced about the game’s artificial intelligence (AI), its empty world, and its lack of matchmaking for co-op play.
Some customers have complained about Redfall’s $70 price tag, saying the app isn’t worth that much in its current form. Starting with Redfall, Microsoft announced that the price of their first-party games would increase to $70, with Starfield and Forza Motorsport following suit. Redfall was released on Xbox Game Pass on day one, giving subscribers access to the game for no additional cost.
Not everything about the game has been smooth sailing; for example, it was recently discovered that the PlayStation 5 version of Redfall had been scrapped following Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda Softworks.
Then, in April, Arkane Austin said Redfall’s frame rate would be limited to 30 FPS on Xbox Series X at launch, with a 60 FPS patch to follow. The review bombing incident is the most recent controversy to surface.
Review bombing has been an issue for certain popular games in recent months. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, in particular on PC, has received criticism for its performance, along with Resident Evil 4 and the Burning Shores downloadable content for Horizon: Forbidden West. With more than half of 2023 still to go, more games will likely get reviewed and bombed in some capacity.
Redfall is now available on PC and Xbox One S.