Returnal

Rating Summary

Based on 109 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

86

Top Critic Average

88%

Critics Recommend

Based on 109 critic reviews
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TechRaptor

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
May 6, 2021

While there are a few difficulty issues and some iffy story beats, Returnal is a fantastically brutal, rewarding, and deeply atmospheric sci-fi action game.

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May 7, 2021

Returnal is a tightly designed roguelike with some of the best gameplay the genre can provide, and it's the first game since Demon's Souls to provide a reason to own a PS5.

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83 / 100
May 5, 2021

Returnal is a brutally tough but satisfying roguelike journey that is buoyed by its addictive combat and myriad of weapons, items and upgrades that ensure the journey doesn't get stale. Its narrative is gripping and unsettling, its visual aesthetic is arresting and despite a high level of difficulty, it's a damn joy to play.

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9 / 10.0
May 5, 2021

If you enjoy hard titles, we have nothing to say to you and we know that the Returnal experience is on your list, but if you are one of the users for whom hard titles are annoying, we should warn that if you refuse to change your taste, you will lose one of the best games on the market and from the first completely ninth generation titles.

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90 / 100
May 7, 2021

Returnal is a great mix between roguelite and metroidvania. With an exquisite gunplay and some very funny confrontations where mobility will be key, it may penalize you that your levels are excessively high for what games of the genre are used to. Still, a fully recommended title that. In addition, it will be remembered as the first to squeeze the PS5 hardware, specifically speaking of the SSD and the Dual Sense. The new generation is here.

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7 / 10.0
May 7, 2021

Exploration and combat make Returnal an excellent game that I can't recommend at this moment because of all the technical issues plaguing it.

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9.5 / 10.0
May 7, 2021

Returnal is Housemaruqe's best game. They succeeded in their greatest achievement by combining their history as a developer onto a higher budget, and it paid off immensely. If you have PlayStation 5 and you're not playing Returnal, you're not treating your PS5 right.

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May 7, 2021

Returnal is definitely one of the best PlayStation 5 games you can buy right now, and will undoubtedly impress anybody who picks it up with the speed of its gameplay, quality of its detailed presentation and the fun haptics.

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9 / 10
May 6, 2021

Returnal comes in with some new ideas and finds a way to implement them incredibly well. The game has an attention to detail and a unique sense of style that goes beyond anything I would have expected from this comparatively small development studio. It’s a roguelike with a great deal of substance and scope and feels really good with a DualSense in your hands. Despite one decently sizable detractor in its lack of autosave functionality, Returnal proves to be a remarkably fun and satisfying experience from beginning to end.

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8 / 10.0
Apr 29, 2021

Its roguelike runs are too long and it needs a way to save in the middle of them, but Returnal's third-person shooter action, clever story, and atmosphere are excellent.

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