I had never heard of the Red Dead Redemption craze, but decided to purchase it on the 5th.
Long story short, it's without a doubt the greatest game I have ever played.
There is simply so much to do in the game it's beyond belief. Everything from the graphics, to the story, to the open world, to the acting, is incredible. Heck, I'll find myself just walking on horseback to a mission just to gander and try new things. Everything from treasure maps, to the freak storms are just mind blowing.