Most of us played, enjoyed Red Dead Redemption. And now we are almost 1 year in GTA.
Although RDR online gaming is inferior to GTA online it lasted 3 years and something (until hackers destroyed it) and it was great experience. We are all witnesses of hacking domination over Los Santos and Blaine County. They have their dirty, greedy, fingers all over GTA online and i can't help thinking GTA online won't live long like RDR did.
In terms of gaming it's obvious how much GTA is superior but gaming community is disappointed. Is it shark cards, glitches, false promises, short story mode; i don't know. Some people say that story is rushed and short cause online is at focus.
Let's list most known facts about both games:
RED DEAD REDEMPTION - outstanding and historical story about outlaw redemption, western setting (Mexico, wildlife, all those beautiful western movie clichés), fair online world where skill was most important factor (no RPG-s, grenade launchers, tanks, jets etc.).
GTA 5 - 3 guys, modern setting, graphics great, relatively short story, online filled with glitches and bugs, sea area is wasted space in online world, infamous shark cards, mission payouts etc.
My humble opinion is that GTA didn't captured "magic" like RDR did (hell, even San Andreas had that magic feeling while playing). Short and rushed story mode(3 guys, not enough time to develop them).
Or maybe it's this simple: John Marston and New Austin > Michael, Trevor, Franklin and Los Santos.
I guess time will tell why RDR was so groundbreaking and why GTA had so much unrealized potential.