Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Oct 4, 2021
    90
    You can't outrun the sheer horror of existence, but Jett: The Far Shore lets you try. Its heavy narrative is a perfect complement to its exhilarating gameplay.
  2. PLAY
    Oct 17, 2021
    80
    Something special. A quick jaunt that lingers in the mind thanks to breezy movement, picturesque locales, and a story that offers plenty of tasty food for thought. [Issue#7, p.79]
  3. Edge Magazine
    Oct 7, 2021
    80
    All that may dent its mass-market appeal, but for open-minded players The Far Shore could well be 2021's most captivating videogame destination. [Issue#364, p.102]
  4. Oct 4, 2021
    80
    While some annoyances stop Jett: The Far Shore from realizing its full potential, it's definitely a game that fans of experiences like Journey and Abzu might enjoy.
  5. Oct 4, 2021
    80
    JETT: The Far Shore is a cathartic trip that makes you feel a part of something special in such an unknown and beautiful new world.
  6. Oct 4, 2021
    80
    Jett: The Far Shore provides a truly otherworldly experience. With a unique look, stunning soundtrack, and a ship that controls like a dream, strap in and fulfill Jao's directive. Late game choices take the wind out of things a bit, but I still recommend taking a journey on the far shore.
  7. Oct 4, 2021
    78
    Jett is a memorable space adventure that, interestingly enough, shines thanks to its gameplay and writing, even if both are flawed.
  8. Oct 13, 2021
    75
    For better or worse, there’s nothing quite like this brave venture into the cosmic unknown, and it shows how sometimes it’s about a willingness to play by the rules of the universe.
  9. Oct 4, 2021
    70
    A pleasant game for anyone willing to explore its abstract universe and general design. The story does captivate, helped with a great audio, but the end feels like unfinished.
  10. Oct 4, 2021
    70
    JETT - The Far Shore is an adventure that, at its best, conveys a sense of absolute freedom to the player in the exploration of an alien planet. The setting is full of ideas ... and it is a pity that many of these are not fully developed during the story. From a stylistic point of view, the contrast between the minimal graphic style and the orchestral soundtrack is excellent and gives a unique character to the work.
  11. Oct 4, 2021
    70
    Impactful and unique, JETT The Far Shore is an interesting space adventure, contemplative and thoroughly unique.
  12. Oct 4, 2021
    70
    JETT: The Far Shore provides a solid experience with fantastic flying mechanics, interesting world lore and a keen grasp of the spectacle of space exploration.
  13. Oct 4, 2021
    70
    Jett: The Far Shore is a stylish, fascinating, and challenging work of art that may inspire you to say some very naughty words. While it sometimes succeeds as a chill exploratory experience, iffy controls, poor navigational tools, and overly convoluted missions often harsh the game’s vibe. That said, if you’re the type that can appreciate a game for its world and message, despite some issues with its minute-to-minute gameplay, feel free to join the Jett set.
  14. Oct 4, 2021
    67
    JETT reaches for the stars, and it is tantalising to watch it do so. It’s a shame that the camera cuts away just as it looks like it’s going to get there.
  15. 65
    JETT: The Far Shore is home to a compelling cast of characters and a narrative worth playing and paying attention to, but it ultimately misses its mark and the less than compelling gameplay only further drags it down to an experience that overall feels just okay, and potentially downright boring if you're not gripped by the narrative.
  16. 65
    What you will have to take note of, is the totally inconsistence frame rate. The game often chugs and gets choppy at certain points for no discernible reason, with some of the bigger set piece moments running fine, while regular exploration at high speeds can really have an impact on performance. I wouldn’t say it’s terrible, but definitely noticeable when they’re often unexpected, and happen often enough that you never truly forget about them.
  17. Oct 4, 2021
    63
    It wasn't clear before release what Jett: The Far Shore wanted to be, which was as alien as its setting. Unfortunately it is not even now. It is a not at all veiled reference to the intuitions of No Man's Sky, but having adapted that playful structure to a narrative that exists and also has not indifferent apexes. The problem is almost entirely in the gameplay, which together with unresponsive controls transforms even the simplest of activities into a grueling struggle with the game system. A real shame, unfortunately, since the game was intended as a placid and relaxing experience.
  18. Oct 4, 2021
    62
    JETT: The Far Shore is an ambitious game that is unrelenting in its vision. Placing peaceful exploration at the forefront, missions lack direction and purpose. Although great when flying long distances, the Jett encounters many issues in compact areas. With stiff movement, dull missions and frustrating enemies, JETT: The Far Shore falls short of its ambitious goal.
  19. 60
    Creating a game about making a home on foreign land was never going to be easy, and JETT had boldly sought to subvert the themes of colonialism that are so inherent to tales like these. But upon putting down the controller, I mostly felt let down by how little it had to say on the subject. While it touches on other topics, such as the terrifyingly big expanse of space, versus our miniscule existence in the greater scheme of things, these weren’t enough to make up for its flaws. In the end, I just wish JETT had the confidence to pursue what I know it wants to be: to subvert expectations on the well-trodden ground of survival stories.
  20. Oct 4, 2021
    60
    JETT: The Far Shore makes a good first impression with its retro sci-fi visual design and expressive flight model. But it’s difficult to connect with its story and your team when you have limited scope to make discoveries and supposedly dangerous events prove trivial to deal with. Only in the final stages does it let you spread your wings a little, and feels more powerful as a result.
  21. Oct 4, 2021
    60
    While it presents itself well and has some neat ideas, Jett: The Far Shore never launches into the stars. Flying around, soaking in the atmosphere, and gathering info on a foreign planet is relaxing fun, but it's scuppered by messy combat scenarios and a story that falls flat. You may get some enjoyment from this, as does have its moments — just don't expect it to hit the stratosphere.
  22. Oct 4, 2021
    60
    Jett: The Far Shore is a frustrating jaunt through space, with a stunning world and narrative let down by clunky, awkward controls.
  23. Oct 4, 2021
    60
    JETT: The Far Shore is a space opera with a soundtrack so outstanding, an art compartment so beautiful, and a narrative premise so compelling that in the end it really hurts to find out that it's just an old-fashioned, “normal” video game. This team can and will create something a lot more compelling.
  24. Oct 4, 2021
    55
    JETT: The Far Shore has moments of brilliance, but they're buried under an overload of mechanics that aren't enjoyable and a general lack of polish. Similarly any philosophical value in its narrative ideas is ruined by needlessly obfuscated dialogue. There's something to be discovered here, but it's just not worth the trip.
  25. Dec 3, 2021
    50
    Jett: The Far Shore depends on the illogical design choices. Unfortunately, that sucks all the fun out of an otherwise unique space adventure.
  26. Oct 4, 2021
    50
    Beautiful and elegant though it may seem on the outside, the game too often lets its stylistic tics drag the experience into varying degrees of frustration.
  27. Oct 4, 2021
    50
    Jett: The Far Shore is at its best when you're speeding through the air and provided with the agency to figure out how to reach your destination, not slowly hovering around a space and having someone hold your hand through every step of a puzzle. Regular occurrences of the latter drag down the whole experience, and the overall narrative--though intriguingly set-up--ultimately ends in an unfulfilling way, with protagonist Mei feeling too detached from the story and the themes it's trying to explore.
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  1. Oct 4, 2021
    Jett: The Far Shore is a simple game, but a beautiful one, and well worth your time. It can make space a little bit scary, without going over the top, and it strikes a great balance between saccharine and grimdark. The Far Shore is a journey I was glad to take, even when the company got a little too chatty.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 9 out of 21
  1. Oct 7, 2021
    9
    Really great experience so far. Highly recommended if you like artistic story-driven indie games. If that's not your thing, skip it instead ofReally great experience so far. Highly recommended if you like artistic story-driven indie games. If that's not your thing, skip it instead of whining about it on the internet. Most of the negative reviews are from people who don't like this type of gaming experience and would never even pick it up if they weren't paid to. It's certainly not for everyone, and some people should skip it. Just watch the trailer and if it feels like your kind of thing, it probably is. Full Review »
  2. Oct 6, 2021
    8
    Let me start by saying this game is not going to be for everyone. But for me I really appreciated what the devs did here. From myLet me start by saying this game is not going to be for everyone. But for me I really appreciated what the devs did here. From my understanding it was essentially just two guys, with assistance for music and a few other things. I really enjoyed the world and culture they've created. They even went through the trouble of creating a new language for the game, which really helps with immersion. Essentially the game is an adventure game where you are a scout following the mythical hymnwave which is said will lead your people to a new homeland. Once there you and a few other begin exploring and analyzing this wonderous new planet. You are to catalogue the new flora and fauna you discover as well as tracking the aforementioned hymnwave. You use the titular Jett to accomplish this. It takes a little bit to get accostomed to the controls, which are unusual. I suspect many people will not like them. But for me it worked. The game really felt like what it must have been like to be a member of the crew on Star Trek. For people who like unique indie games this could be something you'd like. I'm really enjoying it. Full Review »
  3. Jan 22, 2023
    1
    Total mess.
    I expected inde experience game.
    What it is is 30 FPS chunky ugly immersive breaking garbage tier. Irritating narration that
    Total mess.
    I expected inde experience game.
    What it is is 30 FPS chunky ugly immersive breaking garbage tier. Irritating narration that forces you to read subtitles. Ugly graphics, with no real art twist.
    Chunky mechanics, that break the flow.
    And really, really, not explained goal or what this game about?!? Flying, exploring, scanning **** Just another cheap cash grab on indie vave.
    Avoid, not worth downloading time on ps+extra
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