Is "Forspoken" Worth It? Review: Classic Fish Out of Water Story

Is “Forspoken” Worth It? Review: Classic Fish Out of Water Story

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Source: Luminous Productions

Sarah Belcher - Author

As the first game from Luminous Productions, a company owned by Square Enix, Forspoken has a lot to look forward to.

Players plunge into the world as Frey, a New Yorker who has been transported to the fictional world of Athia with a talkative bracelet (appropriately called a “cuff”) as her most trusted companion. Frey becomes a savior to a world she never lived in while grappling with her sudden magical powers and her mission to find her way home.

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Forspoken follows a classic traditional fish-out-of-water fantasy story from a memorable childhood story that draws heavily on the themes of Frey’s favorite story, Alice in Wonderland. A girl trying to escape her current living environment is suddenly transported to another world, where only she can take on the corruption caused by the Queen (or Tantus, in this case).

It’s not a wholly original story, but Forspoken shakes things up just enough to make things feel fresh.


our rating

A game with a beautiful story despite the tedious combat.

Developer: Luminous Productions

Publisher: Square Enix

Platform: PS5 and PC

Release date: January 24, 2022

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Flay’s cocky demeanor earned her some sullen reactions from players prior to the game’s release, but her dialogue and quips often fit her situation well. Laughing at their sarcastic conversation, they glide through the landscape and watch their bond grow even stronger through their adventures together in Asia.

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What sets Forspoken apart from other fantasy action RPGs is magical parkour. Frey sprints across land with lightning speed and can execute impossible combat combos. Parkour is fun in theory, but the learning curve is steep.

It took me over 12 hours of gameplay before I felt comfortable with magical parkour, but trying to combine it with Frey’s spells in combat often left me frantically pressing buttons to do my best. Being able to quickly escape from is a useful defense in a pinch (which I used a lot), but the speed at which Frey moves with a short press of the circle button makes it difficult for him to adapt to enemy movements. make it troublesome.

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It’s hard to put yourself behind a shielded enemy, and even if the auto-lock feature is helpful when trying to identify your opponent, it’s unbelievable to get overwhelmed in combat and fire aimlessly. It couldn’t be easier.

Those who like the challenge of mastering difficult fighting techniques may like to spend time getting used to its sensitive and quick reactions, but it’s not for the impatient.

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That said, coupled with beautiful scenery, poignant (and heartbreaking) characters, and a story that leaves you feeling nostalgic without having to retell it, Forspoken lacks comforting content. there is no.

The world of Athia is simply beautiful. Players can spend dozens of hours adventuring the land searching for treasure and detouring around without taking much of the storyline, but taking pictures along the way and returning them to the children of Cipal. Don’t forget that even if the land is littered with visibly corrupt enemies, it doesn’t detract from all that the world has to offer and all that players have to explore.

Forspoken releases on PS5 and PC on January 24th.


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