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  • Summary: Forspoken is an action RPG that follows the journey of Frey, a young New Yorker transported to the beautiful and cruel land of Athia. In search of a way home, Frey must use her newfound magical abilities to traverse sprawling landscapes, battle monstrous creatures and defeat powerfulForspoken is an action RPG that follows the journey of Frey, a young New Yorker transported to the beautiful and cruel land of Athia. In search of a way home, Frey must use her newfound magical abilities to traverse sprawling landscapes, battle monstrous creatures and defeat powerful matriarchs known as Tantas. Expand
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 97
  2. Negative: 8 out of 97
  1. Jan 23, 2023
    95
    Forspoken is absolutely fantastic. With all the spells you can unlock, the gear you can upgrade, the fights, the bosses, and a storyline that rivals the best video game stories, this isn't a return to form for SquareEnix, it's a testament that they still got it, and will have it for a very, very long time.
  2. Jan 23, 2023
    80
    Forspoken is a game of ups and downs. The title is much more focused on the story than on the open world component and this is not a bad thing at all. The narrative is enjoyable, but not without flaws, while the open world is very classic in style without particular flashes of originality.
  3. Jan 23, 2023
    75
    Forspoken's story and combat fail to reach the heights of its movement and exploration, but thankfully those two latter elements make up most of the experience. I sprinted, often literally, through the campaign in about 15 hours, and now I have a large world filled with nooks and crannies I'm eager to run through and explore. The narrative won’t linger with me, and I avoided combat in the open world often, but I loved making Frey leap and fly through Athia to discover all its treasure chests and secrets.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Jan 23, 2023
    40
    Where Forspoken should’ve been a striking and appealing fresh start for Luminous Productions, the end result sadly is a game not only bland and unpolished, but deprived of a reason to care for its unfolding mystery. A bevvy of technical inconsistencies, lackluster open world design and most disappointing of all, a handful of systems with genuine enjoyment at times that don’t see their potential fully realized.

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  1. Jan 26, 2023
    10
    The hate for this game is overblown! Seriously! People ya really going to let people on the internet dictate what you like? I know I'm notThe hate for this game is overblown! Seriously! People ya really going to let people on the internet dictate what you like? I know I'm not going to allow anybody to dictate my purchase without doing sny research myself. Watch a walkthroughs and gameplays. Speaking of gameplay, its so awesome. Summon plants to shoot condense rocks at enemies. Summon clones made of fire to distract massive amount of enemies from charging you. You never could breathe there are always Monsters that is corrupted attacking you. Water magic that you surround alot of enemies and explode it at will. Electric magic that you Summon thunder, and etc. It has two endings for replay ability so worth it. The dialogues are much funnier. Those clips online were taking out of context so it seemed. I was caught off just like you but Forspoken is worth picking up. You won't regret it. I'm eager to get back into the world. I'm going to platinum it Expand
  2. Jan 31, 2023
    10
    Game com um mundo aberto gigante, muitos combos de poderes, graficos incríveis. Não danpara entender todo o choro
  3. Jan 27, 2023
    8
    Buen juego, aunque necesita unas actualizaciones para mejorar su rendimiento, tiene unos efectos muy llamativos en sus magias, alta movilidadBuen juego, aunque necesita unas actualizaciones para mejorar su rendimiento, tiene unos efectos muy llamativos en sus magias, alta movilidad y un combate bastante bueno, recomendado!, Pero esperen a que baje un poco de precio o alguna oferta. Expand
  4. RB7
    Jan 26, 2023
    2
    I was looking forward to this game from the trailers, however this is a other miss from Square Enix. It's great to see a person of colour asI was looking forward to this game from the trailers, however this is a other miss from Square Enix. It's great to see a person of colour as the protagonist but the writing fails her miserably. She is unbelievably boring and this is highlighted with her interactions with the just as uninteresting NPC's. The dialogue between her and Cuff is so cringy they give you and option to dial it back. The premise is actually interesting but the execution of it is poor. The amount of hand holding and black screens make the beginning of the game a slog and a chore to play. This results in the plot overall being uninteresting to me and doesn't come close to capturing the imagination. The open world feels empty even though there are things to do. This is because they don't give a good enough reason to actually do side quests/things on the map. It feels like they just randomly put things on the map without any thought. Gameplay feels decent but only against bigger enemies does it feel satisfying. Against smaller enemies it feels u rewarding. The game also doesn't run well on PC. This is what I and most PC gamers are expected and currently experiencing. The writing was on the wall for how bad the PC version would be as no PC codes were sent to reviewers before launch, which is a major red flag.
    Ultimately Forspoken fails on a lot of levels, and the game being $10 more than usual is just pathetic. This is a game that'll be heavily discounted in a couple of months because of how bad it is, so save your money and only buy it if the discount is around 60%/70% off and above.
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  5. Jan 31, 2023
    1
    Honestly a garbage game with a boring gameplay loop of keeping distance; shooting pea shooter attacks, dodge, rinse and repeat.
    Writing is
    Honestly a garbage game with a boring gameplay loop of keeping distance; shooting pea shooter attacks, dodge, rinse and repeat.
    Writing is dreadful Square Enix really dropped the ball here.
    This game should of been better but sadly it just isn't andnit honestly deserves all the hate it got.
    Coming from a fan square Enix, do better
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  6. Jan 31, 2023
    0
    For 70US this is a Scam, is like a 2010 game, boring, cringe as f*ck, horrible game.
  7. Jan 26, 2023
    0
    90$ for a game is insane. We can't let the industry get away with this predatory practice. 90$ for cringe 1 liners, no multiplayer, unstable90$ for a game is insane. We can't let the industry get away with this predatory practice. 90$ for cringe 1 liners, no multiplayer, unstable frames and a garbage story. When this game was first announced I took 1 look and knew it would be dead on arrival. And I was right when as always. Every review I've written has been 100% right and factual and this one is no different. Forespoken should have remained unspoken (there's a look at the time of humor in the game). Expand

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