Rockstar Games' latest may be getting high marks from the gaming enthusiast press, but Red Dead Redemption doesn't seem to be as warmly received by Ireland's Evening Herald newspaper, which labels the game's Irish sot a "nasty surprise."
"The stereotype of the drunken Paddy will again be taken advantage of, as the game's town drunk is called 'Irish'," writes the Herald's web site. And while the Herald's choice of headline says the whiskey filled man known as Irish "sours launch of hit game," it also calls Red Dead Redemption "the biggest video game in 10 years."
The rest of the hype piece is largely favourable, so the characterisation of Irish may not have inspired too much bitterness.
The Guardian's Keith Stuart previously noted in this Red Dead preview that "this wouldn't be a Rockstar title without at least one knockabout stereotype," which reads like a similarly fair assessment.
No doubt Rockstar Games is just sick with worry over any brewing controversy surrounding Red Dead Redemption. If there's one thing they seem to detest it's bad press!