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Mixed or average reviews - based on 107 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 107
  2. Negative: 9 out of 107
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  1. Jan 25, 2023
    73
    While the cheerful combat with cool parkour moves were exceptionally fun, Forspoken has been lacking in so many ways for players who have endured its delay announcement for twice. All those cute cats fill Frey's room only serve to double the loneliness that is already been full in Athian world.
  2. Jan 23, 2023
    73
    Nice fleshed combat and parkour, fun and very fast-paced fights. However, the open world and the activities within it are not as satisfying.
  3. Jan 23, 2023
    73
    Forspoken is average. It has the highs and lows of an overall regular gaming experience. The nods to Alice in Wonderland, the combat and Frey Holland's story are pretty good, but the game fails to deliver next-gen visuals and a better storytelling experience. There are so many fades to black and cutscenes that you feel bored, especially during the first hours of gameplay.
  4. Jan 24, 2023
    72
    The parkour and combat systems are worth developing further. Unfortunately, the developers fail to embed this groundbreaking approach into a convincing overall concept. Great moments are repeatedly thwarted by a lack of polish, a dull game world and an incredibly sluggish story.
  5. 70
    With better pacing, slightly lighter tone and some self-restraint Forspoken would have been a much better game.
  6. Feb 3, 2023
    70
    Magical world with exciting and thrilling story that eventually delivers. But until it does deliver it feels forever. A must play for those who love action paced fluid combat and enjoy different vibrant colours but can overlook and tolerate few cheap scripts and few silly bugs.
  7. Feb 1, 2023
    70
    While Forspoken has its fair share of glaring issues, I have to admit that I still enjoyed my time with its warts and all, as it managed to entertain and engage me with its combat system alone.
  8. 70
    Forspoken lacks the kind of refinement expected of a AAA title. If the concepts had received more attention, then the entire package would have been more cohesive. Still, despite its issues, there's definitely something here to enjoy if you can focus in on what the game does well: narrative, accessibility, and writing.
  9. Jan 30, 2023
    70
    Forspoken is a fun action RPG when it gets out of its own way. Its linear narrative and heavy-handed first few hours sap the player’s goodwill, before letting you free and realising its true potential. Strong combat and traversal mechanics really shine, and by the end, even the story manages to rise, like Frey herself, to the challenge.
  10. Jan 30, 2023
    70
    Forspoken is fun to play most of the time, but it's a damn shame that the game's remaining elements eagerly attempt to ruin that enjoyment at every turn.
  11. Jan 28, 2023
    70
    As Luminous Productions’ first project after being formed from the developers of Final Fantasy XV, Forspoken is a remarkable yet flawed experience. There’s so much potential here, with an outstanding magic parkour system and a beautiful open world. However, it’s clear that the ambition was a little too high for this studio, as there are just too many incomplete (but great) ideas at work here that just don’t come to fruition.
  12. Jan 27, 2023
    70
    Forspoken is a game that has great potential, expressed in a precise, fast and fun combat system. Sadly, everything else in the game lacks novelty or interest in exploration.
  13. Jan 25, 2023
    70
    An adventure in which the need to conquer the lady and the altruistic obsession to save the world give way to more human interests, more visceral and easier to connect with.
  14. Jan 23, 2023
    70
    The technology, which is impressive in places, stumbles over questionable design decisions, an uninspired game world and a combat system that is only visually exciting.
  15. Jan 23, 2023
    70
    Forspoken has a good foundation, with great combat design and parkour, but the contents of this world are not as good and, consequently, struggle to keep the player engaged.
  16. Jan 23, 2023
    70
    Luminous Productions clearly had a vision for Forspoken, and it shines through brilliantly when the player is unshackled and left to their own devices in the gorgeous game world, buoyed by Forspoken's atmospheric music. Unfortunately, the narrative's pacing has left it feeling as though it was significantly scaled back during development. Forspoken is sprawling, awing in its scale, and a treat to look at, and while the gameplay is snappy and engaging, it's not necessarily impressive enough to completely distract from haphazard discussions with NPCs and a narrative that should have been given more space.
  17. Jan 23, 2023
    70
    Despite its flaws, I enjoyed my time with Forspoken. While the narrative is janky at times, the premise is compelling and the world of Athia is exceedingly well-built. The movement is where the game shines, making exploration a joy instead of a chore. The postgame is also surprisingly competent when it comes to dealing with the implications of the main story’s twists and turns, a rarity for open-world games. I didn’t know what to expect when I started playing Forspoken but I came out feeling satisfied.
  18. Jan 23, 2023
    70
    Given the opportunity to dare, Forspoken chooses to play it incredibly safe, with muddled pacing and strict adherence to both narrative and gameplay tropes holding it back from reaching its groundbreaking potential. Regardless, its dazzling visuals, charismatic leads, memorable boss battles, and energetic and varied combat will reward the more patient player with a solid, spellbinding adventure… And, for everybody else, there are magical cats.
  19. Jan 23, 2023
    70
    Truly a waste of potential. Forspoken gets saved by its spectacular combat and traversal mechanics, but the value of those systems gets skewered by a disappointing story and a trite open world structure. It's still a fun experience if you love experimenting with combat and magic, but we sincerely hope to see those systems recycled for something less rushed in the future.
  20. Jan 23, 2023
    70
    A competently made game, which unfortunately colors a little too much within the lines of the genre.
  21. Jan 23, 2023
    70
    Rather than letting its awful story simply be a good excuse for its excellent gameplay, Forspoken insists on constantly interrupting your fun to throw some truly bad exposition your way. Forspoken's character building and lore are a disaster but it manages to make it up with its incredible combat and traversal mechanics.
  22. Jan 23, 2023
    70
    Forspoken isn't without its hiccups—hit-or-miss side quests...and repetitive activities. Nevertheless, I enjoyed my time with Forspoken's focal storyline. The graphics, voice acting, and musical score are phenomenal, and the cat content is a lovely addition.
  23. Jan 23, 2023
    70
    Forspoken feels like a test that was turned in with answers missing, returned with a big red "Finish Your Work" inked at the top. So much of the game feels like unrealized potential, a big, messy first draft. There are too many mechanics, there's too much story, too much empty world, and too little chance for surprise or discovery. However, I can't say I didn't enjoy a lot of my time with Forspoken. When the combat clicks, it can be a lot of fun. Forspoken is ambitious, and there are hints of a winning formula. I hope the developers keep chipping away at what doesn't work. It would be a shame if Forspoken is forsaken.
  24. Jan 23, 2023
    70
    I would recommend Forspoken to action and RPG fans, but I wish I could give them one of my save files with total open-world freedom and most of the traversal and combat spells unlocked from the jump. The adventure is at its weakest when it's forcing players to wade through lots of poor narrative content that takes too long to pay off. Its best beats aren’t paced or delivered well and serve as a weighty vambrace holding back this game’s true magic: a dazzling open-world game that truly does feel next-gen.
  25. Jan 23, 2023
    70
    Forspoken is vibrant, experimental, and undercooked all at once. It feels like a throwback to the Xbox 360-era of Square Enix games that were weird and experimental, like The Last Remnant and Infinite Undiscovery, only with a much bigger budget and flashier visuals. Its traversal and combat mechanics shine, but they’re trapped underneath a story and setting that feels painfully average and completely unwilling to engage with more challenging themes.
  26. Jan 23, 2023
    70
    Despite its flaws, Forspoken is a fun adventure that nails the minute-to-minute gameplay with Frey’s parkour abilities and magic spells.
  27. Jan 23, 2023
    70
    Forspoken is a fun action game that shines best when you're taking advantage of the great magic parkour to soar through the fantasy world of Athia and blast enemies with overwhelmingly cool spells. However, its content is underwhelming, its RPG systems are weak, and its visuals are less advanced than advertised. As such, Forspoken's potential is largely unrealized in its current state. It's still a decent romp for genre fans to go through, though waiting until it gets a discount or is added to one of the many subscription services is recommended.
  28. Jan 23, 2023
    69
    It might not seem like it right now, but Forspoken had some very good ideas, and I ended up still having some fun with it. It feels like it needed a little more time to figure out its real identity instead of its disjointed little-of-this, little-of-that experience. I think it's true form, which it hinted at, is as a young-adult, Bayonetta-adjacent ass-kicker, that needs to pick a tone and lean into it. If that's what it had been, we'd be onto something.
  29. Feb 7, 2023
    65
    Forspoken is a solid action RPG that sadly falls short due to some of its design. The world is just not that interesting to explore and the weird dialogue can detract from an otherwise interesting narrative. I enjoyed my time with the game and if you do dive in, I recommend simply mainlining the core story as it keeps the repetition to a minimum. If you are a sucker for tons of mindless side content though this game has it in spades. I truly wish it was just more interesting though.
  30. Feb 2, 2023
    65
    I don't know what happened during the development of Forspoken, but this can't be what they were aiming for. The traversal, story and graphical elements of the game all suffer from the same issue: untapped potential.
  31. Feb 2, 2023
    65
    Forspoken is packed with flaws — be they outright missteps or simply middling executions — but there are definitely qualities to this game that can deliver an entertaining and sometimes thrilling experience. I did ultimately enjoy my time with it, all told and considered. There’s interesting lore here, and at times the story approaches compelling, but it was held back so much by odd design choices, an often bland world, and uneven pacing in both the story and moment-to-moment dialogue. On paper, it could and should be great, but nothing quite fits together to make a stronger whole. It’s crammed with so much, and beyond the combat and traversal, the whole experience just winds up feeling like something of a relatively enjoyable mess.
  32. Jan 30, 2023
    65
    If Forspoken had been a tech demo, it would have been amazing. As a game it is just a collection of inexplicable decisions that ruin the entire experience. The game - just as its hero - does not have a clearly defined identity, the pace is slow while the world is huge, the controls are clumsy at best, the animations are stiff, and the AI is limited to a few patterns. The around 30 hours required to complete the main story feel painfully long, and it is hard to justify investing twice as much time to uncover everything. You can see the hard work put in some aspects of the game, which makes it even harder to explain the neglect of the rest. Forspoken is nothing more than a foot note in an essay about wasted potential.
  33. Jan 30, 2023
    65
    Despite some moments of genuine enjoyment, with a combat system that does its best to entertain, Forspoken never makes the most of its potential. Ultimately, there are bigger, bolder and more inventive action games both already out there and soon to be upon us in an already stacked 2023 release schedule.
  34. Jan 23, 2023
    65
    To say that Forspoken is a disappointment may seem harsh, but it's also not something that's far from the truth. It's not that Luminous Productions made a bad game, they just put out one that isn't particularly good either. It will be a run-of-the-mill release that will earn some fans for its strengths, but will fail to transcend.
  35. Jan 23, 2023
    65
    Forspoken inspires with its parkour and combat system, but is otherwise only moderately convincing and gives away a lot of potential.
  36. Jan 23, 2023
    65
    Forspoken would like to share the personal story of a woman who was abandoned as a baby and how it shaped her as an adult. Unfortunately, that only half works. The other half tells a worn-out fantasy story in a (cliché) moderate way. Although there is more than enough to do and experience in Forspoken, the actual fun is sometimes hard to find.
  37. Jan 23, 2023
    65
    In the end, Forspoken is okay, with its world, parkour, and combat as its high points. And while I didn’t thoroughly enjoy the story, I want to see Ella Balinksa as Frey again in a sequel as her performance (and, frankly, the majority of the cast) was a definite highlight, despite the poor writing she was given. Unfortunately, the performance issues really have made Forspoken hard to recommend at its full price, as it negatively impacts so much of the moment-to-moment gameplay. Hopefully with a few patches Square and Luminous can improve it over time. But until then, traveling down the rabbit hole into Athia might be best done on a sale.
  38. Jan 23, 2023
    65
    The focus went to combat which is fun and refreshing but enemies aren't varied enough for it to carry the whole game. There are many weak points in Forspoken... be it the mediocre side-content, or the repetition, or how unimpressive the game looks, etc. Storytelling disappoints too. Sure the game is ambitious, but the end result is far from being satisfying. Still, combat-focused lovers may find something to like here.
  39. Jan 23, 2023
    65
    Forspoken is undoubtedly a game that fails to attract interest. It has simple textures and unpolished graphics. The color palette in the environment is very limited and gives us the impression that everything is very dark. The plot is straightforward and highly predictable; perhaps it is the typical storyline that we have played countless times in different games. The gameplay is indeed the most valuable aspect of this game because it keeps us interested and helps to make the experience more enjoyable.
  40. Jan 23, 2023
    64
    Forspoken has a great combat system, a cool way to move through the game world, minuscule loading times and is presented in an acceptable way. Unfortunately, the weak dialogues, the much too short story and the soulless open game world full of repetitive activities mean that the mediocre level is only surpassed at a few moments.
  41. Forspoken feels like an unfinished game with a lot of untapped potential. It looked like an indie game that came out that way due to budget constraints when it could have been so much better.
  42. Jan 27, 2023
    60
    The story is cliched too and features far too many well-trodden gaming and movie tropes. So the freshness of what could have been in Forspoken isn’t realised. It’s a good game to play, just not a great game and that’s a shame.
  43. Jan 27, 2023
    60
    The breezy combat with lots of spells and the beautiful acrobatics are fun — it’s just a shame the same can‘t be said of the story or setting … Still, I find myself wishing that Luminous get the opportunity to build upon what they have, working towards a more modern, lively adventure.
  44. Jan 27, 2023
    60
    Forspoken barely avoids disaster thanks to its gameplay and its two main characters, two aspects that are not without their faults either. Its few good ideas simply don't manage to make up for its huge shortcomings: Luminous' title quickly gets bogged down in a rousing structure, which will take you through areas that are certainly huge, but empty of interest. The activities all look the same, the level design is very poor, as is the bestiary... In short, it is impossible for us to recommend it at full price.
  45. Jan 27, 2023
    60
    Forspoken should and could have been a better game than it actually is. Its strengths lie in its core gameplay, which is fast, fluid, and great fun at its best. However, unnecessary open world clutter hampers exploration, and the combat system only begins to hit its stride hours into the adventure. If you can push through a poorly paced story, packed with desperately dull characters, then you might find enjoyment in Frey's fantastical abilities, which undoubtedly steal the show both in and out of battle. It's not quite the disaster that the memes would have you believe, but it's certainly not the PS5 showpiece that was once promised, either.
  46. Jan 26, 2023
    60
    Forspoken is a disappointment on many levels, including those that can't be fixed with an update. It's a great shame, because Square Enix's open world adventure definitely had potential. It's not a complete write-off, but the quality is simply too far from other high-budget AAA releases it strives to imitate.
  47. Jan 25, 2023
    60
    There’s nothing bespoke about Forspoken’s world, which is why it’s so hard to get caught up in its atmosphere, no matter how it feels to play. It’s a long-haul montage of middling action movie trailers beamed directly into your skull, and you don’t even get to watch a cracking film at the end of it. I’m sure the mechanical joy hiding under its disjointed set dressing will be worth it for some, but it feels like the kind of flat tire that is destined to have its ‘so bad its good’ merit extolled in YouTube videos later down the line. It’s a rare miss for Square Enix, as its big RPGs usually tend to find an audience, even if they do have a bit of jank about them, but I’m not sure Forspoken even knows who it’s targeting.
  48. Jan 23, 2023
    60
    So much of the design of Forspoken takes a starting template and duplicates it ad nauseum to the point the biggest incentive to do anything is to flesh out the magic. By the time the credits rolled after 15 hours of story (and a decent amount of side activities), there weren’t any compelling reasons to keep going and cross items off the checklist. Instead, it felt better to appreciate the things that were enjoyable about Forspoken and leave it at that.
  49. Jan 23, 2023
    60
    In the cut-throat race for your attention, Forspoken feels like a new IP that’s trying to run full pelt alongside heavy-hitting franchises from other big publishers. But it ploughs, shin-first, through every hurdle along the way. Its stuttering start belies a combat system that’s worth investing the effort to learn, but takes so long to get up to full speed that it’s already on borrowed time.
  50. Jan 23, 2023
    60
    Forspoken’s flashy combat and parkour can be fun, but they aren’t enough to make its cliche story and barebones open world very interesting to explore.
  51. Jan 23, 2023
    60
    Despite all of those missteps, Forspoken skirts by on the merits of its traversal, combat, and upgrade systems. It won’t win any awards come the end of the year, but it's a decent podcast game, the type of title you can play while consuming other content in the background, all without feeling like you’re missing too much.
  52. Jan 23, 2023
    60
    Forspoken is a disappointing outing from a developer that touts 'key members' of the Final Fantasy XV team, one which feels at best uninterested in its Black protagonist, and at worst resentful of her.
  53. Jan 23, 2023
    60
    It's a shame, because Forspoken's terrible story and its unlikable main character largely bog down what's otherwise a competent action RPG. There's a foundation for something good here, but it sadly doesn't realize that potential.
  54. Jan 23, 2023
    60
    Forspoken was once one of the big reveals for the PS5 in 2020, but aside from using the SSD for open world magical parkour and the ultra quick fast travel, it is difficult to really see how it takes advantage of the latest console generation. The world of Athia looks good, and the combat is full of flashy magic, but there's no major side quests to divert from repetitive activities and a predictable main story.
  55. Feb 7, 2023
    55
    In some respects Forspoken is a truly modern game that ditches the past generation and its limitations. Sadly, it turned out to be no more than a beautiful foundation ultimately used to create a benchmark rather than a compelling experience. I greeted the end credits with some relief and I’ll remember this game mainly as a case of a criminally wasted potential.
  56. Jan 28, 2023
    55
    There's a lot I can't get over with Square Enix, but the fact that they made such a big investment in a new brand was a big deal for me. If only Forspoken could have taken the opportunity given by Square Enix much better. At least we still have Final Fantasy XVI on the horizon, right?
  57. Feb 7, 2023
    50
    Forspoken is a massive open world game, and that's its biggest problem. It's unnecessarily big and there is not enough content and things to do to make up for this huge world, and even though the combat system, spell mechanisms and parkour gameplay are mostly solid, the final product feels shallow and unsatisfying.
  58. Feb 6, 2023
    50
    Forspoken would be a passable PlayStation title if it were released a decade ago, but it drops the ball as a contemporary AAA game due to its awkward voice performances, muddy visuals, and many bizarre design choices.
  59. Feb 4, 2023
    50
    Forspoken may have some merits, in terms of combat design and the magic parkour, but it is also, unfortunately, one of the most derivative games we have seen in many years in terms of open world design as well as questing. Especially the secondary quests are joyless and devoid of any redeeming value.
  60. Feb 1, 2023
    50
    This damn thing should have been linear. It absolutely, positively, should have been linear, and in decades past, before the game industry had boiled everything down to a handful of trends, it would have been. You could have had the parkour, you could have had the combat, and on top of that you could have had some real direction, pacing, and a streamlined experience without so much self-defeating fluff. It should have been linear.
  61. Jan 29, 2023
    50
    Forspoken is a game that clearly has cool ideas. It just can't manage to reach the level it aspires to operate at, which is really disappointing. An annoying main character that bogs down a somewhat compelling story, frenetic combat, but weak AI to fight against, and a satisfying traversal system in a dull open world make it clear that every interesting thing comes with a caveat. All of that makes it all the more painful, because you can see the heights this game could reach if it wasn't constantly getting in its own way.
  62. Jan 27, 2023
    50
    Forspoken is a magic-by-numbers game that is marred by a generic narrative. While the world of Athia can feel bland, the occasional spark of magic from the combat helps it along.
  63. Jan 24, 2023
    50
    Square Enix did the right thing by investing in an entirely new franchise. But in the end, Forspoken is a huge disappointment with too many flaws to be a good game. A bland open world with forgets to shape its own identity, a poor writing and too many weakness from a technical point of view, coexist with some good gameplay mechanics like the spells and the parkour.
  64. Jan 23, 2023
    50
    Did we really, really, really need a cat taming minigame? And you already told me the story of Athia at the start of the game. Why am I now ‘learning’ it again at the end of the game, strolling from point to point, pressing triangle for exposition. It’s a gorgeous game, but God if it’s not like a minorly insipid make-up artist’s Instagram grid. Loads of things to look at but no actual meaning in any of them.
  65. Jan 23, 2023
    50
    Forspoken shines brightest when its protagonist is dipping, ducking, and diving along the generally striking world of Athia while casting a variety of spells, but the standard fish-out-of-water fantasy story of Frey only subtracts from the experience.
  66. Jan 23, 2023
    50
    Forspoken is visually stimulating and a musical delight, but boring combat, poor characterization, and loose movement mechanics make for a mediocre experience.
  67. 50
    Forspoken fails to impress in several ways. Almost every good aspect of the game has a negative flip side. Though Forspoken isn't a bad game, the problems it does have hold it back from being great. All in all, Forspoken is just okay.
  68. Jan 23, 2023
    50
    Forspoken is a disappointing game in so many ways. Dated on a whole bunch of points like the visual, it can't keep the player in suspense because of a badly told story and an open world that is unfortunately poor and hopelessly empty overall. The title of Luminous rings hollow despite successful gameplay and a universe that could have been much more generous and provided.
  69. Jan 23, 2023
    50
    Forspoken falls into all the traps set by the design of an action adventure game in an open world, where linking narration and gameplay is a very difficult alchemy. A game that really only begins when it ends.
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  1. Jan 23, 2023
    Forspoken is a good idea that is unable to build the playable and narrative style to make it shine. We want to explore its world, but there's not much to do, nor does the story push you to do so. [Not Recommended]
  2. Jan 23, 2023
    Forspoken takes it time to get over a wobbly start, but there's something worthwhile here amongst the noise.
  3. Jan 25, 2023
    I’ll come back here and rate the game once I’ve finished the last chapter. However, I’m not convinced that it’s going to become any more magical and entertaining than it is now. It’s a shame, because the game starts from a good place: A new fantasy IP with a take-no-prisoners female protagonist. And I can tell that a lot of the people who worked on the game were sincerely trying. But I can also tell that several others very much were not.
  4. Jan 31, 2023
    Forspoken deserves better than what shipped on January 24. The strength of its story and protagonist do outpace its many problems, but much like Frey’s early struggles in seeing her own greatness, it’s clouded by unfortunate circumstances.
  5. Jan 23, 2023
    Forspoken’s final hours feature a bizarre difficulty curve, where I found myself absolutely destroying certain bosses before the full dialogue could even play out, only to then be pitted against the big bad who, among other things, featured a one-hit kill cleverly disguised as a cutscene.
  6. Jan 23, 2023
    There’s a fascinating story and incredible parkour action buried under lackluster combat and a game lacking technical polish.
User Score
3.5

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 1191 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Jan 25, 2023
    0
    Whoa! This game really is BAD! Somehow the writers (if there actually were any?!) have managed to create possibly the most irritating andWhoa! This game really is BAD! Somehow the writers (if there actually were any?!) have managed to create possibly the most irritating and unlikeable character in the history of gaming who is incapable of uttering a single sentence without swearing constantly, she's bitter, mean and just horrible in every way. Apparently there is a narrative but good luck figuring out what it is, as the writing is terrible. Not even the gameplay or game world are well done. The combat and traversal just feel too floaty, the "enemies" (a lot of which are just animals in the game world) are the most generic dull creations you can imagine. Then you have numbers spilling out all over the place during combat which looks awful, then there's the graphics which seem to switch between reasonable looking to low rez 720p and lower. As for the game world itself, it's just lazily designed and rather dull looking, there's just nothing very inventive about the world design...oh and the npcs are all brain dead. There's literally nothing good in this game at all. Quite an achievement for Square Enix! Full Review »
  2. Jan 25, 2023
    0
    Whatever few positive points I can find to say about this game (the traversal can be satisfying, especially later on as more movementWhatever few positive points I can find to say about this game (the traversal can be satisfying, especially later on as more movement abilities open up) are swallowed up in totality the cloud of Forspoken’s mediocre graphics, disturbingly bad writing, and shallow combat. An absolute disaster of a game with a particularly unlikable protagonist. Full Review »
  3. Jan 25, 2023
    0
    Damn didn’t think it was gonna suck this bad. First disappointment of 2023.