Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 29
  2. Negative: 5 out of 29
  1. Jun 3, 2020
    90
    Liberated tells a poignant story through a beautifully drawn series of comics that seamlessly integrates simple but captivating gameplay.
  2. 90
    Liberated, despite some minor visual downgrades, is a standout title for Nintendo Switch. I was fully immersed by both the action and story all the way through. Atomic Wolf has done a commendable job of adapting the power and potential of comic books as a video game. The developers have stuck the landing, and I’m excited to see what stories and experiences they end up creating next.
  3. Jun 1, 2020
    80
    Liberated is an ambitious and fascinating game from a small developer. Everything you see takes place inside a comic book - it's stylish and has a hauntingly probable story. However, uninspired platforming sections may be off-putting, but you should be otherwise very happy with this experiment.
  4. Jun 1, 2020
    80
    More than the sum of its parts, Liberated tells a rollicking tale with plenty of style. It doesn't run as well as it should do, and it's far from lacking in clichés (some of the "people would rather take selfies than open their eyes" stuff is a little eye-rolling) but it's a fantastic take on a dystopian platformer that avoids the major pitfalls that such games often fall into. With responsive controls, enjoyable shooting and strong level design, Liberated is an atmospheric, absorbing treat and far more than the sum of its parts.
  5. Jun 1, 2020
    80
    Liberated presents an affectingly grim dystopian narrative stylized in a viscerally dark comic style. Transitioning from panels of illustrations to action scenes never gets old and is extremely enjoyable. Some in-game graphics are sadly dated with lengthy load times, and the short runtime of the adventure might leave some wanting more, but if you’re looking for a cautionary tale as compelling as it is cynical, Liberated is the comic and game for you.
  6. CD-Action
    May 13, 2020
    80
    The gameplay itself is the least impressive of the game’s features and despite an interesting story and problems it tries to tackle we will remember Liberated mostly by its comic book presentation. [06/2020, p.68]
  7. Jun 1, 2020
    75
    Liberated’s distinct, comic book style adds atmosphere to its simple, fun action. It’s just a shame that it’s so plagued by technical issues, particularly on Nintendo Switch.
  8. Jun 2, 2020
    72
    This is a very interesting game, that mixes up different gameplay styles with a unique visual presentation. It’s not perfect, but it’s worth your time if you’re after something original.
  9. Jun 11, 2020
    71
    The themes of government surveillance and citizenship scores are not impossible to imagine, and that only makes the story of Liberated stronger and much more intense. The plot and gameplay are both simple to understand, even if the game did end too quickly. I also would have liked some variety in enemies and more strategizing in the game, but this is based on a pretty realistic world and having overpowered robots would probably not fit into the narrative. While it may not the most exciting action-adventure platformer out there, the artwork and stylish storytelling is impressive and makes the experience worthwhile.
  10. Jun 18, 2020
    70
    Liberated is a game with a story more relevant now than ever, and an intriguing comic-book style aesthetic, it’s just a shame that this version comes with way too many bugs and frame-rate issues.
  11. Jun 8, 2020
    70
    With its noir aesthetic and unsettling premise, Liberated gets most things right and will appeal to those who enjoy a good interactive story. It's not without its flaws, namely some technical issues and less than enjoyable quick time events but overall, this is a very welcome arrival to the Nintendo Switch catalogue.
  12. Jun 1, 2020
    70
    Liberated is a striking stealth-action comic book come to life, even if it is a little bit derivative.
  13. Jun 4, 2020
    60
    People who love dystopian fiction in comics will probably enjoy the story of the game a great deal, but they will have to be willing to navigate the sometimes-frustrating combat system to see the gorgeously painted tale’s conclusion.
  14. Jun 4, 2020
    60
    Liberated’s comic gameplay style works very well and the game provides some good entertainment. However, the story and characters are not as well explored as they could have been. If you like political thrillers, then this could scratch that itch for a few hours.
  15. 60
    Liberated is a peculiar game. While it explores some interesting concepts around surveillance, people’s privacy and how societies react to terrorism, I’m not sure any of its ideas are helped by being a video game. If anything, it has an adverse effect, actively drawing away from the team’s artistic skills and world-building.
  16. Jun 1, 2020
    60
    Regardless of its issues, Liberated shows potential in combining one of the oldest methods in storytelling with the new. Having the gameplay segments fit within the panel of a comic strip is a nice touch, even if the gameplay is average at best. The script is certainly a relevant subject in spite of how many times the idea has been recycled. It’s just unfortunate that, in this case, simply reading the source material would have been a better experience compared to playing it.
  17. 60
    While the game’s problems are fairly obvious, Liberated is an ambitious effort from Atomic Wolf and one that has plenty of merit.
  18. Jun 1, 2020
    60
    The game works decently, in terms of mechanics. I can just think of plenty of other games you'd probably rather play more than this one. If you're in the mood for a relatively quick cyberpunk-tinged romp, though, Liberated isn't the worst you could do.
  19. Jun 3, 2020
    58
    The comic source is staged nicely, but despite the audiovisual appeal, the storytelling doesn’t offer anything exciting and is enhanced by dreary shooter action.
  20. Jul 2, 2020
    55
    Liberated wants to be so much, but it trips on its own feet within the first comic issue. The idea to read a comic book on your Nintendo Switch, and also play within those same panels, was a fantastic creative decision. However, the developers seem to have put more effort into that idea than filling out the rest of the gameplay, which is nothing short of lacklustre. If, at times, the cliche story didn’t read like a low quality YA novel, then I’d have appreciated it more.
  21. Jun 5, 2020
    55
    Liberated has a unique art style, and does a great job of blending the classic detective noir genre with the tantalizing cyberpunk medium. Unfortunately, the gameplay falls completely flat with a lack of depth and continuity with intriguing mechanics.
  22. Jun 5, 2020
    50
    The only thing that Liberated needs to be liberated from is its lackluster game design and bland story.
  23. Jun 3, 2020
    50
    Quotation forthcoming.
  24. Jun 1, 2020
    50
    Liberated is something of a mixed bag. Both its gameplay and storytelling are a little too basic to truly be enthralling, even though there are moments that help it come together. Visually the game is very much a success, but underneath the surface there are definitely areas that could be improved.
  25. Jun 1, 2020
    40
    While visually intriguing and distinct, Liberated feels more like an idea than a game, thanks to an uninspired story, boring gameplay and a stunning lack of polish.
  26. Jun 1, 2020
    40
    Really, the comic book presentation of Liberated makes the gameplay portions feel like an afterthought, shoehorning some weak gunplay into a tale that's really more about political intrigue and moral quandaries of balancing safety against the preservation of personal freedoms. The best parts of Liberated are the character beats in the comic panels, and the worst are the moments when you have to shoot a bunch of dopey, stilted bad guys in order to get back to more comics. It's nice to look at, but Liberated's uninspired levels and often-frustrating design make it feel more like a cage.
  27. 30
    There are better games out there, folks. I appreciate Liberated’s attempt to blend comic storytelling with action sequences, but hopefully somebody will take this baton and do it better.
  28. Jun 2, 2020
    30
    Liberated seemed like a good idea, but this comic book-inspired action platformer is a game without any idea, which do not even reach to anything at all. With its stiff control, poor collision, repetitive action and oh-so cliché story, the game does not even take advantage of its comic book format.
  29. Jun 19, 2020
    20
    As much as stylized in presentation and as thought-provoking (story-wise) it wants to be, Liberated falls apart due to its clunky gameplay and uninspiring narrative. With superficial characters in a hollow view of real-world problems it is no surprise the game comes through as a nihilistic and cynical approach thematically. There is potential though. The comic-like presentation needs more robust gameplay and a bold narrative that does not try to please everyone.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. Jun 2, 2020
    10
    Completely unjustified complaints coming in from some big sites. The game was fantastic!
  2. Jun 2, 2020
    9
    I like this game very much! I like everything in it, for example: a very good idea that everything is a comic book. But there's only one thingI like this game very much! I like everything in it, for example: a very good idea that everything is a comic book. But there's only one thing that I can stick to. That is, to poor graphics during the 3D transition. But the rest is great! Full Review »
  3. Jun 4, 2020
    10
    Finally something new and creative. If words like cyberpunk, noir, action-adventure, or graphic novel mean something to you - you should giveFinally something new and creative. If words like cyberpunk, noir, action-adventure, or graphic novel mean something to you - you should give it a try. Full Review »