Mixed or average reviews - based on 5 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jan 31, 2023
    Forspoken isn't perfect, owing to a middling campaign and a need for more optimization. Still, its spell combat system and parkour mechanics are top-notch, with landscapes and abilities that can truly amaze.
  2. Feb 3, 2023
    If you are looking for a new open world game to explore with an innovative but clunky combat system, and you have a high-end computer to get around the technical problems, Forspoken might be the game for you. However, you'd better not have high expectations regarding its story or dialogues, because at best they are not great, and at worst, you will even think about doing the unthinkable: skip the cinematics.
  3. Jan 27, 2023
    Neat action-adventure with role-playing elements, which surprises with many fresh ideas, while ultimately implementing them inconsistently.
  4. Jan 30, 2023
    Forspoken occasionally has small sparks of greatness, but then quickly douses itself in fear of ever being anything other than an upsettingly safe open-world RPG.
  5. Jan 25, 2023
    Its initial teasers promised a gorgeous magical world full of incredible sites. Instead, we’ve been given something boring, that runs terribly and has a story full of overused tropes.
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  1. There's no incentive to actually fu.king do anything, and in between the things you can't be arsed to do are just vaste swathes of nothing. I'm convinced everything in Forspoken would be 100% improved if it was about 60% smaller. The world would be compact, but it would be dense, more interesting, and appropriately scoped. It might have characters in it beyond the same few urchins standing on the streets in Cipal dong one of three "I'm scared" poses, and cutscenes that don't have a fade to black every five seconds for no apparent reason. It's so annoying, because I think a lot of the core ideas here are very cool, and it's one of those games where I want a sequel where they do everything better. Given the nature of these things, I expect we never will.
User Score

Overwhelming dislike- based on 336 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 336
  1. Jan 25, 2023
    Go install UE5 and run their free tech demos and you will have a funner time than this game. When people say this game is cringe, they mean itGo install UE5 and run their free tech demos and you will have a funner time than this game. When people say this game is cringe, they mean it 100%. Your ears will be bleeding from listening to this corporate teen soap opera.

    Is Square Enix insane?
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  2. Jan 26, 2023
    It ain't good, chief. Lame combat, seriously unlikeable characters, and an incoherent story all make for a very poor outing by Square.
  3. Jan 25, 2023
    This game was really boring and it wasn't fun and will be forgotten very soon