Forspoken is about Frey, a New Yorker who gets pulled through a strange portal to a new world where only she can save everyone. Here is our Forspoken Review.
The game is developed by Luminous Productions and published by Square Enix, it was released on January 24, 2023, for the PlayStation 5 and PC.
You play as Frey Holland, a young woman transported from modern-day New York City to the magical realm of Athia. Frey’s journey of self-discovery and empowerment adds depth to her character, making her a relatable and compelling protagonist. With its great story, the game keeps players invested in Frey’s transformation throughout her epic adventure. Plus, it has a cat that follows you everywhere, so that’s already one plus point for me, and besides that cat, there are 9 sidequests where you need to follow a cat to follow for rewards. Fray goes from annoying to cool in an instant on multiple occasions, adding another layer of depth to the gaming experience. Luckily, when it really matters, Fray is pretty cool and ends up seeing she acted wrong
The game’s unexpected plot twists keep you on the edge of your seat, adding suspense and intrigue to the unfolding story. However, I would have liked a slightly longer storyline to delve deeper into the game’s lore and world of how it evolved after the ending. Nevertheless, Forspoken compensates for this with its vast and expansive world, offering countless hours of exploration and side quests. There are just so many places to visit and things to do that you can probably match the time you spend on the story to get all the collectibles and power-ups.
The combat mechanics are a bit hard to figure out when starting out, but when you get the hang of it, it feels so good to rip all the enemies to pieces. Frey gets some powers throughout the story that unleash a big catalog of magical abilities on both strong and weak enemies. The fluid and responsive combat system allows you to experiment with various spells and strategies, resulting in dynamic and satisfying battles. The seamless transition from traversal to combat adds a layer of excitement to the overall gameplay.
Athia’s diverse landscapes, seem pretty interesting at the start, but it does get stale after a while mainly due to how similar everything looks and the semi-limited traversal options. But it does seamlessly blends verticality, parkour, and fluid traversal mechanics, providing a seamless and thrilling experience as you go across this world
Forspoken does set a new benchmark for visual excellence. The world and stunning graphics showcase the developers’ dedication to creating a captivating and immersive experience. The richly detailed environments and lifelike character animations draw players deeper into the game’s magical universe. I had no issues with the game whatsoever, no lag, no big crashes, and a generally smooth experience. Other than 1 moment where the game crashed after battling some winged soldiers for like 10 minutes that I had to repeat after rebooting the game.
In some ways, Forspoken reminded me a tiny bit of Saints Row IV. Collecting mana on the map to become stronger and enhance magical abilities provides just brought me right back to the joy I had in that game when it first came out and I had just as much fun now.
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