Forspoken is an action-adventure game developed by Luminous Productions and published by Square Enix. PlayStation 5 and Windows versions of the game were released on January 24, 2023.
In Forspoken, Frey, a young New Yorker is transported to the beautiful yet cruel land of Athia. Her newfound magical abilities will be put to the test as Frey traverses sprawling landscapes and battles monsters to find a way home.
ALFRE “FREY” HOLLAND
There are some games that make the very act of moving insanely enjoyable. A game like Forspoken falls into this category.
Cuff allows Frey to flow through the world with magic-enhanced parkour, gliding across the water, leaping over buildings, and scaling cliffs.
The amazing things Frey does aren’t automatically done, unlike some other games. You will learn to chain moves together – the more skilled you are, the more skilled Frey will be. It makes for an engaging traversal system that’s easy to learn but has depth.
As you explore Athia, you will gain a variety of parkour skill sets. Your stamina will stay high with new moves that make getting around easier. Many of you may be put off by the presence of a stamina bar. It may occur to you that this would disrupt the free-flowing parkour.
Please note that the stamina bar can be slowed or even replenished by chaining different parkour moves together. If you play well, you can go longer, which keeps you engaged in the parkour and is extremely rewarding.
Here are some of the moves you can use:
Flow is the cornerstone of the parkour system. Press a button to make Frey dash through the world, automatically jumping over rocks and other small obstacles. As it uses a lot of stamina, you won’t be able to run for long if you don’t chain it with other moves.
Rush: You may sometimes see flames emanating from Frey as you run around with Flow. By pressing the button at the right moment, she will dash forward at her top speed. You’ll also be able to restore some stamina with it!
Shimmy: Frey accelerates by kicking off the ground and jumping forward. A second Shimmy can be performed when you land, allowing you to leap around the world in an astonishing amount of time.
Scale: Frey can launch herself into the air by creating phantom footholds. A combo of this skill with Soar, which adds an extra jump for even greater verticality, is essential for scaling walls.
Zip: Frey can use a magic tether to pull herself forwards or swing on particular objects. It can be combined with her other moves to clear huge gaps – and look incredible while doing it.
Float: With her magic, Frey slows herself down, allowing her to cover long distances and avoid painful falls.
Frey can glide across the water by holding a button. You’ll discover every lake and river with ease, thanks to its super-fast and super-stylish capabilities.
In addition to helping Frey traverse the world, these moves allow her to run rings around her enemies during combat.
It is Frey’s magic that powers her – not knives, spears or giant swords.
From pelting opponents with stones to surrounding them in searing flames, Frey has access to a vast arsenal of spells.
In the course of the adventure, Frey will develop her abilities and learn new spells. Though the game has a vast number of spells, each one feels more unique and useful than the others.
The best part is that you don’t have to set load-outs or swap out attacks. With dozens of spells available, Frey has an astounding array of options available to her in battle, thanks to the well-designed interface.
To be successful in battle, you must use magic intelligently, exploit the weaknesses of your opponents, and use parkour and the environment to your advantage. The result is a battle system that’s incredibly dynamic and visually stunning, constantly challenging players.
In Forspoken, players are free to play in a way that suits them.
Even in the desolate landscape of The Break, Athia offers plenty to do, including structured quests with specific objectives to complete, and more free-form activities that reward exploration and skill.
There are also plenty of hidden treasures to find – while on the way to a destination.
In conclusion, Forspoken is a must-play for fans of action-adventure games. With stunning graphics, a well-designed combat system, and a captivating story, players will be thoroughly immersed in the world of Athia. Whether you’re a fan of action-adventure games or just looking for a new and exciting experience, Forspoken is sure to deliver.
PS5 and PC versions of Forspoken were released simultaneously on January 24, 2023.