Forspoken Review Round-Up
First reviews for Square Enix's newest open-world title Forspoken are in. Luminous Productions' debut project, created by developers who also worked on Final Fantasy XV, is getting a rather warm reception – but with some caveats.
To begin with, although us here at TheGamer got a review code for the game from the publisher, many other gaming outlets haven't, leading to not-so-many reviews being available for the game prior to its launch. It's also worth pointing out that none of the critics have received code for the PC version of Forspoken, meaning the PS5 version might have been a priority for the team. If you're looking into playing the game on PC, you may want to wait until this version gets scored. Considering Forpoken's pretty demanding system requirements, we are yet to see the current technical state of the PC version.
In our review for the PS5, editor Ryan Bamsey rated Forspoken 3.5 out of 5, writing that "while the narrative is janky at times, the premise is compelling and the world of Athia is exceedingly well-built." He also enjoyed Forspoken's unique "magic-parkour" movement system, that makes "exploration a joy instead of a chore." However, a large portion of the game feels very repetitive, lacking variety on many levels.
Here's a look at some of the first scores that are currently available for Forspoken prior to tomorrow's launch:
- CGMagazine — 4/5
- Game Informer — 3.5/5
- COGconnected — 3.5/5
- GamingBolt — 3.5/5
- Screen Rant — 3.5/5
- IGN — 3/5
- VG247 — 3/5
- GamesRadar+ — 2.5/5
- Gamespot — 2.5/5
Forspoken currently stands at 68 out of 100 on Metacritic, and 70 out of 100 on OpenCritic, but that's true only for the PS5 version. Many more reviews should be expected within this week, including the first impressions from the PC version, so the overall score for the title will likely be adjusted.
As it turns out, critics had most fun with Forspoken's fast movement, combat, and exploration, while the game's story and RPG elements felt underwhelming at best. Several critics also noted a rather slow start, so players will need to invest more time in the game until it starts to expand. Overall, Forspoken brings little innovation to the open world formula, but its gameplay systems might make your trip to Athia a worthwhile experience.
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