Returnal

Rating Summary

Based on 135 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

86

Top Critic Average

89%

Critics Recommend

Based on 135 critic reviews
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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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Recommended
Apr 29, 2021

In Returnal, Housemarque builds a game on both euphoric highs and confounding lows.

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8.5 / 10.0
Apr 29, 2021
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Metro GameCentral

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9 / 10
Apr 29, 2021

What should have been a hotchpotch of other people's ideas, made worse by frustratingly high difficulty, is in reality one of the most cleverly designed video games of recent years, with superb action and endless replayability.

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Apr 29, 2021

Returnal can be messy, tough, and perhaps a little too uncompromising for a $70 game. And yet, despite the moments of pad-clenching exasperation, it remains a moreish experience even after you've plummeted its depths.

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9.5 / 10.0
Apr 29, 2021

Returnal brilliantly meshes roguelike mechanics with precise combat and enigmatic exploration, making for an excellent game

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9 / 10
Apr 29, 2021

Returnal blends elements of shooters, roguelikes, action games, and horror to redefine bullet hell and conjure a mysterious, moody masterpiece.

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Unscored
Apr 29, 2021

Housemarque’s PS5 exclusive elevates the time loop genre

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Kotaku

Top Critic

Unscored
Apr 29, 2021

Returnal feels like a next-gen game.

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9.5 / 10.0
Apr 29, 2021

As it did with the PS3, Vita, and PS4, Housemarque has once again provided Sony with another launch-era hit and in doing so has created a rewarding, replayable, and revolutionary game that’s hopefully the foundation for other future AAA titles that are as clever with the roguelite blueprint.

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