Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. Oct 19, 2018
    This is a unique product because it has toys-to-life elements but refuses to push players down that path if they don’t want to. Though the gameplay loop can grow repetitive over a long play sessions, the fact that players have so many customization options and a beautiful world at their hands keeps most frustrations away. Ubisoft Toronto has a vision for this game and it’s apparent there are more stories to tell since each character of the Equinox brims with personality. Space is a vast expanse, full of new worlds to explore and toys to make.
  2. Oct 19, 2018
    Starlink: Battle for Atlas is a great new take on the concept of toys to life. Also, it presents a very interesting view of an open world game.
  3. Oct 19, 2018
    A fine game for all ages that excels in the presence of awesomely detailed physical ships. Within the toy-to-life genre this comes as a great surprise that really delivers on the fun factor. The difficulty is a little bit unbalanced unfortunately which is somewhat inconvenient, considering the audience this game caters to. The gameplay tends to be repetitive by nature but on the flipside there is an enormous galaxy for you to explore in which there is plenty to see and do. The game plays well overall and the in-game customization of your ships is deep enough to keep you entertained for a long time to come.
  4. 80
    Starlink: Battle For Atlas is a fun and enjoyable open-world space sim that tells a charming story with a likeable cast of characters. Despite its repetitive side activities and money-sucking selection of toys, the core gameplay loop and combat system are worth your time. The fact that everything can be brought digitally is also a plus.
  5. Oct 15, 2018
    Starlink: Battle for Atlas offers a new way of playing by joining external toys with a title that, although it is focused on the smallest of the house, for the high cost of its collectables falls short in terms of content and variety of missions. Even so, if your hobby is having a good time in front of the screen admiring the interplanetary beauty while you enjoy making a collection, this title is totally recommended.
  6. 75
    While it’s not perfect, Starlink is a fantastic base for a new wave of toys-to-life games, innovating on the genre in a special way that further connects players with both the toys and the experience. And even when the game is off, for this 30-year old gamer at least, the spaceships are still fun to play with.
  7. Dec 5, 2018
    Combat does get harder later, but it stops short of doing anything new or interesting. But it does its job well enough for a parent to steal the controller of their kid for a few battles. That old rivalry with Star Wolf needs to be settled.
  8. Oct 26, 2018
    The "toys-to-life" mechanics are very well implemented -although not essential- in this beautiful and well crafted open-world space shooter. If you can overlook its repetitive nature and the absolute chore that are the side missions, in Starlink you'll find a quite enjoyable experience suitable for young and older gamers alike.
  9. Oct 22, 2018
    Starlink offers a refreshing view on toys-to-life with a lot more seriousness than its competitors. Its an expensive one though.
  10. Oct 18, 2018
    With or without the unnecessary toys, Starlink: Battle for Atlas is a commendable space adventure. Even with the repetitive grind and randomly scattershot space combat, this is a great-looking, gratifying game of strategic action and environmental exploration. Switch owners are undoubtedly the winners, but there’s something here to enjoy on any platform.
  11. Oct 17, 2018
    Clearly, Starlink: Battle for Atlas is repetitive and its storytelling is more than conventional. But the dogfight and the big open world are just so much fun. A good addition to the toys/video games cross-over.
  12. Oct 15, 2018
    Starlink is an interesting and enjoyable open-world game, one that fully understands the appeal of exploring new planets and dogfighting in the cold depths of space. With a small fleet of ships at your disposal, it can be a lot of fun to progressively assault and weaken the Forgotten Legion's hold on the galaxy. It's just a shame that if you're interested in the physical models, you'll have to spend more to get the same experience as the digital version.
  13. Oct 15, 2018
    Starlink doesn’t have many bells and whistles as a game, but the figures are just so dang cool and easily customizable that I can see it really appealing to a wide swath of people. The core gameplay is fine and while it’s nothing to write home about, it does enough to support what comes together as a very impressive experience. Starlink doesn’t redefine the toys-to-life genre, but it does have some of the most beautiful figures I’ve seen and a pretty good game to complement them too.
  14. Nov 11, 2018
    Colorful and action-packed space opera with a funny toys-to-life component. Deductions for the outrageous pricing policy.
  15. Oct 19, 2018
    Starlink: Battle for Atlas has moments of exciting combat, neat customization, and some engaging mechanics. However, this new intergalactic action adventure suffers an engine misfire due to a ton of repetition, occasionally awkward controls, and a lackluster story.
  16. Oct 21, 2018
    Starlink: Battle for Atlas can’t decide whether to take its toys-to-life concept seriously, or drop it completely. It has a good, if somewhat repetitive, open world experience to offer, but it’s held back by mistakes that aren’t entirely its own fault.
  17. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Nov 14, 2018
    A good core experience with novel ideas stifled by a disproportionately high price tag, embarrassing amounts of repetitive filler, and pay-to-win mechanics. [Issue#156, p.87]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 45
  2. Negative: 15 out of 45
  1. Oct 23, 2018
    It is EXACTLY the game I hoped it would be: arcade space combat a-la Wing Commander, X-Wing, and StarFox, well-made toys that would look goodIt is EXACTLY the game I hoped it would be: arcade space combat a-la Wing Commander, X-Wing, and StarFox, well-made toys that would look good in any display case, and casual open-world gameplay like other TTL games. Some of the characters are a little flat (Judge, Mason), others are fantastic (I enjoy the performances of Eli, Kharl, Shaid, Razor, and Hunter especially). The story isn't mind-blowing, however, it's easy to follow and compelling because it's very well-told. They don't waste a lot of time, they just jump right in, which is the best way to tell these stories. The StarFox stuff is probably the highlight of the game, though. All four members are there, same voice actors, they got the writing pitch perfect, and the inclusion of SF sound effects and music and Star Wolf can easily trick you into thinking you're playing an actual StarFox game.

    I think the low scores on this game are stemming from what a lot of low scores these days stem from: overhype and outsized, unrealistic expectations. The game world is huge, yes, but the game itself is pretty casual (space dogfights can be pretty hard though, even on Normal difficulty). There are a limited amount of things you can do, but as you do them you can unlock more and more lore, and upgrade your characters and weapons to enable better and better things. If that's what you're into, and you like that arcade style shooter gameplay, this game is for you. If not, it's probably not your cup of tea and you should look elsewhere. Personally, it's not going to make my Game of the Year list or anything, but it's a great way to unwind at the end of the day and collect some sweet sweet plastic.
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  2. Dec 1, 2022
    Вполне приятная аркадная леталка стрелялка на космокораблях. Графика симпатично мультяшная, управление удобноеВполне приятная аркадная леталка стрелялка на космокораблях. Графика симпатично мультяшная, управление удобное
  3. Nov 11, 2021
    It is not a bad game, but feels rushed and unfinished. The flight and fight mechanics are simple and easy to learn. Space to planetIt is not a bad game, but feels rushed and unfinished. The flight and fight mechanics are simple and easy to learn. Space to planet transitions are well done. Fights are addictive. There are some fights in space, but most of the fighting takes place on the surface. There are seven planets (and one moon) and all are memorably different. There is not a lot of boring grind and pointless mining for resources. But the game true potential is ruined by corporate greed. Campaign is too short, economy and planet management aspect is reduced to occasional fights with legion and outlaws. After campaign ends (which is really just an extended tutorial for the game), there is absolutely nothing to do besides defeating regularly spawned primes. There is split screen multiplayer, but no playing over the network. The graphics looks dated by PS4 standards (looks the same on PS4 Pro). Full Review »