As January reaches the finish line, one of the biggest games of 2023 is ready to kick the year off with blockbuster style and attitude. Forspoken, Square Enix’s latest action-RPG is officially releasing on January 24, and a number of reviews for the ambitious title have gone live.
The good news is that Forspoken is a technical marvel with fun combat and spectacular visuals according to critics, but the game falls short in other areas. The lukewarm reception for Forspoken paints it as a solid game overall, a flashy showcase for magical parkour that disappoints when it comes to storytelling.
“It tells a largely forgettable story that sets up major stakes but fails to offer a compelling reason for why the player should care,” Jordan Ramée wrote in GameSpot’s Forspoken review. “Luminous Productions’ action-RPG feels great when it allows you to really stretch your legs and magically parkour across its fantasy landscape, but combat is clunky and regular exposition too often stalls the action.”