The Finals is a brand new Free-To-Play shooter extraction game set in a gameshow-type world where money is everything. Here is our The Finals Review.
It was developed and published by Embark Studios, it was released on December 7, 2023, for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
The Finals doesn’t really have a story from the surface, but looking the the things around it and the trailers, it is set in some gameshow where the winner will get a money prize but is also a big part of the entertainment set in this world. It’s a cool concept that reminded me a lot of the Hunger Games, but at least you have some respawns here, so that is nice.
It’s a very fun alternative for Rogue Company, and especially for HYENAS now that that game sadly has been canceled, it has a few elements of that game as well that I liked most about it, but without the NPC’s running around and more PvP action. In the game, you have to claim vaults and deposit them, but while its timer is running down, enemy teams can try and steal the money. With all the weapons and gadgets it can become a big mess, but a fun one, because everything breaks and you can use that to your advantage as well.
What makes the game fun and refreshing is the chaos that the map breaks create, every match will be different due to this, and with the amount of different maps that keep rotating, it just adds another layer. But the game does have some downsides because playing alone is just not fun, but when you add a friend, the game really becomes a must-play gem, and with the game being free, it doesn’t hurt to try it out with your friends. Now that I’ve seen some gameplay of other people’s strats on social media like TikTok as well, it just amazes me how the matches can turn out and what is possible, because there are just so many gadgets, powers, and weapons that the combinations make a whole new threat to your opponents.
For 99% of the game, it’s very visually pleasing, but there is 1 major issue that I personally had, the menu is painful on the eyes with its bright red, and when I’m AFK doing something else I have to open up a new screen due to how painful it is. This might be an issue with my screen settings, but I never really had this with other games, but its something to look out for nonetheless. Another thing that isn’t 100% right is the base of the playable characters, the basic faces and hair feel kinda off at times, but when you equip some gear it goes unnoticed right away. The maps are all beautiful and all have different versions of them as well, and even about 15 hours in, I still come across new variations. They even added some variations for events, at the time of writing they made a Christmas version of one of the maps with snow, presents, snowmen, and balls
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