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Round up: Forspoken previews prove it’s more than a meme

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PS5 console exclusive Forspoken didn’t really have the best lead-up to launch as gamers dunked on it for questionable voice clips that turned the whole thing into a meme. Still, there’s more to it than just a script – even if it’s relatively substantial as a story-focused title – and a new round of previews suggests there’s something to Luminous Productions’ new title.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any on hand to share with you, but below you’ll find a selection of quotes from other outlets that play the game. Relax, though: we will have it A lot of things Square Enix coverage for you until the end of the week.

IGN – Forspoken is much more to it than you think

Forcon is a lot more fun than I expected. It’s arguable that its marketing campaign has actually done Folkspoken a disservice by focusing on campy dialogue instead of the best work it’s ever done. Farspoken is basically an RPG lite with a heavy emphasis on big, bombastic battle sequences with an optional bonus challenge for those like me trying a Devil May Cry-like battle rating system. Because of this misdirection, Farspoken surprised me with a focus on combat, roaming bosses to challenge, and a map full of objectives to complete. I finished my demo excited to get better ratings in fights, and to see how it all ties in with protagonist Frey’s experiences in his Fish in the Water story.

Gamespot – Spider-Man’s movement and combat with magic

If you imagine Spider-Man, Marvel’s super-agile superhero, slinging a variety of deadly magic spells instead of webs, you’ll have a good idea of ​​what it’s like to play Forsaken. Square Enix’s upcoming open-world action game puts equal emphasis on fast-paced action and bombarding your opponents with all kinds of magic in an experience that’s all about quick thinking, nimble movement, and overwhelming strength.

VG247– Say what you like about Farspoken, it’s an incredible advertisement for the PS5

Yes, Forcon feels somewhat like a game designed by committee. But there is a spark, something deeply embedded in this game. I think it’s clear that there are elements of this game that have been washed away in the game’s long development process, but the result is likely to attract a small, loyal following – a game that could very well become a . The first cult hit of the PS5 era, if Square Enix sticks the landing.

the gamer – A spectacular battle held back by a terrifying figure

I’m conflicted about Farspoken. Its combat is great, its parkour mostly satisfying, and its open world has a lot I’m looking forward to exploring. But it all builds on a foundation of narrative and characters that so far I have nothing but scorn for. The writing is not good, there is no beating around the bush about it. Even when I put aside the corny dialogue, it’s a teasing fish out of water story that we’ve explored for decades, and is cool and rebellious despite its misconceptions about modern youth and your own existence. What does it mean to be Misplaced at best, and downright disrespectful at worst. It’s the focus-test equivalent of a game that no one asked for or wanted to make.


Farspoken launches for PS5 on January 24, 2023. What do you make of these previews? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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