Mock review – half baked and unimpressed


There are a wide variety of open-world games on the market these days, and their demand never ceases because, at the end of the day, there’s always something in them that entices players to pick them up.

And Forspoken is a brand new open-world RPG developed by Luminous Productions, and now that it’s finally released after minor hiccups and delays, we’ve put together a review that covers everything from the story to the gameplay. Discuss every aspect of the experience.

Story and setting

Abandoned story

The narrative of Forspoken begins with the introduction of our main character, Frey Holland, who talks about his life in the busy city of New York. Unfortunately, not everything is sunshine and rainbows for our heroine as she quickly finds herself held by a thread as she dodges gang members on the city streets.

However, without needing to add more filler exposition to the presentation, Frey suddenly discovers a portal that transports him to a whole other world. She soon discovers that she has reached the abandoned land of Athea, filled with her ancient life forms and creatures. We’re also introduced to the game’s various tribes that offer their own insights and world-building into the setting.

In Free NYC.

Frey also finds a new companion after the relocation in the form of an armband she literally names Cuff. With his new magical powers and his eccentric sidekick, our protagonist will need to investigate what his place in this world means to him, as well as a dark mystery. can also open that can destroy Athea and its various inhabitants.

But the problem with Forpsoken’s narrative comes early. The video games industry has had many brilliantly written female protagonists, such as the likes of Senua from Hellblade as well as Amicia from A Plague Tale, but Frey is unfortunately not one of them.

The crux of the problem is that even though Frey is related to the fish-out-of-water plot point since he is literally magically transported to another world. It’s hard to tell that he’s laboriously unbearable, which is already a red flag for anyone looking for an enjoyable narrative experience.

Narrated story
Athiya was delivered.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of people who can enjoy the occasional free-and-off-the-cuff banter, and there are those rare moments where the charming segments tug at your heartstrings. But these moments are fairly short-lived, and the overall storytelling and even world narratives are hardly memorable apart from this. Additionally, it’s nice that you can mute Cuffs because of his obnoxious tendency to talk every few seconds in the game.

Experiencing new characters or even different twists that take place can certainly impress almost anyone, but for me personally, I found myself constantly taking off my headphones or listening to the main characters on theirs. Felt the urge to mute because of the offensively written dialogue. The narrative aspect certainly didn’t do much for me during my review, but thankfully that kind of changed with the gameplay elements, which we’re going to talk about now.


Miscellaneous gameplay

The saving grace for Forspoken lies in part in its gameplay as you can zip around the map at high speed, use powerful magic to destroy your enemies, and most importantly Thing is, sorcery can fuse to make it even more deadly on the battlefield. The gameplay aspect is sure to satisfy many players, especially those who absolutely love using magic in RPGs, as the main combat element mainly revolves around this mechanic.

However, when looking at combat on a deeper level Frey is able to cast between two different spells at a given time and has access to ranged as well as melee type spells that allow for different play styles on the fly. can help accomplish. Plus, once this whole system clicks, it’s definitely impressive to watch the Freys wreak havoc against their enemies or larger-than-life bosses in the land of Athea.

Miscellaneous combat
The fight

Upgrading Frey’s spells and their stats can improve their abilities in combat somewhat, but you won’t notice that much of a difference compared to when you invest in the same stat a few times. . Progression is fairly light as you traverse the scenes as well as collect content by defeating enemies during combat.

There isn’t a lot of grinding like in any normal RPG, but if you want to feel strong while unleashing magic, you’ll definitely need to explore and investigate every corner of the map and here Even have to deal with side quests to get new caps, items. Upgrade your entire arsenal of spells as well.

Bid Upgrading
Upgrade menu.

The traversal mechanics are another highlight that I really enjoyed in my Forspoken review as the game allows you to easily dash and parkour across the map at high speeds. Whether climbing mountains, scaling large and ancient structures, or trying to get from point A to B faster, Frey’s immense satisfaction while running as The Flash is sure to be a joy on every end.

Miscellaneous gameplay
Smooth and free-flow traversal

So with what we’ve mentioned so far, the game looks promising, right? Well, that’s far from the truth because as much as I tried my best to enjoy every little part of the experience by exploring every nook and cranny and clearing every checklist objective activity off the map, overall The experience just felt bare bones and lackluster.

Now don’t get me wrong, Forspoken is decent in many ways, but the world design and how it encourages you to clear the map just feels unimaginative, especially in recent open world games like Elden. With Ring quality.

Frey said
New gear.

Even so, we’re not here to make comparisons because while the game may feature a lot of RPG aspects, the execution could have definitely used more attention. Not to mention the fact that the combat may feel ostensibly satisfying, but it gets extremely repetitive and even clunky at times. I personally couldn’t help but breathe a deep sigh of relief every time I completed a tough boss fight in the jungle.

Visuals and performance

Miscellaneous visuals

It’s hard not to admire the sheer creativity and scope of Forspoken’s art direction as each of the different areas is rich and dense. The environment is so beautiful that at certain times you will somehow appreciate the fidelity of the graphics. But on the subject of fidelity, the image quality looks different at times as you’ll often end up with a grainy presentation or worse, frame drops even on the game’s performance mode on the PS5.

Miscellaneous graphics
Graphical fidelity

While I had the pleasure of playing the game on my PlayStation 5, it’s unfortunate that the game is currently suffering from a PC port, which was a disaster a few days ago when its requirements were revealed. was According to users with high-end builds like the RTX 3070Ti with Ryzen 7 3700x, they are only able to achieve 30FPS at low settings, which is enough to indicate that this PC port is ridiculously poor.

However, for now, we strongly recommend waiting for fixes or updates from the developers that will drastically improve performance or at least make the game stable or playable. Thankfully, PS5 users shouldn’t have too many problems running the game at its performance presets, plus if you have a higher refresh rate monitor or TV, you should be able to run the game without losing too much image quality. Can achieve up to 120FPS.


Homer spoke to Billy

Without showing any unwanted disdain for the game, Forspoken manages to showcase fantastic magical gameplay as you take control of the Freeholland to slaughter wild monsters and other ancient creatures in spectacular fashion.. Parkouring in Athiya’s beautifully designed world is a visual delight, and the diversity on display is an absolute treat.

However, it goes without saying that no matter how impressive the game initially looks, you can’t ignore its numerous rough edges, redundant checklists, and more. From activity-packed sketches to practically laugh-out-loud storytelling.

But who knows, if you can put up with Frey and Cuff’s childish banter, you might just find yourself enjoying Forspoken, even if it’s just another cookie-cutter open-world RPG. Yes, it has been done for years with the same style and style.

This has been our mock review. While you’re here, consider checking out some of our other articles.

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