Poison Control Reviews

Poison Control is ranked in the 12th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Noisy Pixel
Orpheus Joshua
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 12, 2021

Poison Control is an unexpected enjoyable gaming experience. The result is a game that only lacks in areas where I wanted more, including enemy variety and stage layout. However, that doesn’t hinder just how addicting this adventure is, which I hope acts as a foundation for a sequel.

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8 / 10.0
Apr 14, 2021

Poison Control is a very unique game, and if you get past its issues this playfully pink adventure has a lot to offer.

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8 / 10
Apr 27, 2021

Poison Control is an off-beat experience that takes players through the many layers of an anime inspired underworld. It has a solid story to share through the many upbeat circles of hell. It has some shortcomings but they will not hamper the experience too much.

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7.5 / 10.0
Apr 12, 2021

Poison Control is a very addictive third-person shooter which combines quirky Japanese humour with engaging gameplay. Although a lot of the Belles Hells you’ll venture through are very similar, making use of both the ‘human’ and Poisonette allows the gameplay to remain fresh and varied as you complete the set objectives, find the golden chests, and obtain your five golden tickets. The game is best played on the PlayStation 5, with only a single issue post-launch (which has a work-around), yet it does look and feel like it originated as a Switch or Vita title. Regardless, once you start playing Poison Control, on any platform, you’ll quickly become addicted and find it hard to put down until you’ve cleansed everyone’s hearts!

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7.5 / 10.0
Apr 12, 2021

This is a slightly janky shooter, but it’s a unique take on the genre, with its bizarre setting and slight RPG mechanics. If you can look past its technical shortcomings, Poison Control is an easy recommendation.

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7.5 / 10.0
Apr 15, 2021

Overall, I had quite a lot of fun with Poison Control. The ARPG aspect was pretty fun, the characters were interesting, and the poison cleansing was actually fun to balance against attacking enemies. While Poison Control does get a little repetitive after awhile, but thanks to the smaller instance size for cleansing the souls, it is fairly easy to pick up for a mission or two, and then put down for a bit. The writing was well done, and the localization team did a really good job translating, which is also nice to see. Poison Control definitely won't be for everybody, but that doesn't mean it's specifically niche in its gameplay either. If you're okay with the anime stylized art style and an abundance of female characters, I'd say take a look at Poison Control to see if it interests you.

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7.5 / 10.0
May 27, 2021

Despite gameplay problems, Poison Control is quite a fun game. The title covers heavy topics in everyday life (like personal hells) and the poison purification mechanic, in particular, is really very peculiar, bringing a unique game within the genre. With a little more polish, it would be an excellent game, but it's still worth it for those who enjoy stylized and experimental games.

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3.5 / 5.0
Apr 27, 2021

A good, but not great, new IP, Poison Control skillfully harnesses NIS's abilities to present a visually-striking, musically-engaging world with unique gameplay concepts.

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7 / 10.0
Jul 15, 2021

Poison Control is not a game you’ll be writing home about. It’s instead, a game that you’ll talk to your friends about in passing. It’s silly, it’s goofy, and it should be approached as a light novel that does have its moments of shooter-based gameplay. The biggest change that needs to happen is more depth to the gameplay and more depth to the game’s overall level design.

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Apr 13, 2021

A living being winds up lost in Hell. As they seek a way to return back to the world of the living, they join forces with Poisonette to purify the minds and souls of the living and dead.

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3.5 / 5.0
Apr 23, 2021

Poison Control could have been better. The controls weren’t polished enough, and the levels—despite boasting some amazing aesthetics—were fairly same-y. But that doesn’t mean that Poison Control is a bad game. In fact, I really liked it—and I think that a lot of pre-existing NIS fans will, too. If you’re looking for games based on mechanical execution alone, Poison Control might not be your thing. If you want something with a lot of heart, however, and don’t mind the imperfections, then I would absolutely suggest diving headfirst into this little slice of Hell.

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7 / 10.0
Apr 12, 2021

Poison Control has some good ideas, but executed very superficially. An appealing but extremely simple game, its best merits are a good art direction and the hilarious writing. The rest is quite forgettable.

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3 / 5.0
Apr 14, 2021

There is really nothing wrong with Poison Control, it just doesn't do much to stand out. It has a neat concept with okay execution. Graphics aren't overly impressive, nor are the controls, but neither really stop it from being engaging. For most the interactions and adventure will keep them going, it just depends on if that is worth the investment or not.

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6.5 / 10.0
May 26, 2021

The gameplay is bland, but that doesn't stop Poison Control from being a compelling game. The fun characters and unique aesthetic makes this a story that visual novel fans will want to stick with.

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Drew Leachman
Top Critic
6 / 10.0
Jul 7, 2021

In the end, it is a slick looking, great sounding little game that is never overly offensive with its issues, but still has a decent amount of them. The gameplay revolves around a simple mechanic that players will see the majority of before getting halfway through it, but it was never something that I didn’t like playing. It is most certainly unconventional, and I think that’s what gave it enough charm to keep me playing. It’s a strange one to recommend, but I still recommend it if this sounds like something up your alley.

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6 / 10.0
Apr 12, 2021

It’s time to raise Hell and clean up some demonic mess in Poison Control, the latest action RPG from Nippon Ichi Software. Featuring a unique dual-body mechanic and many, many suggestive themes, this is a title that surprisingly doesn’t come with a vinyl figurine.

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6 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2021

A quick run and game game with little roaming and lots of exposition.

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6 / 10.0
Apr 13, 2021

Poison Control will not be to everybody’s tastes, but its strange mix of combat and poison neutralisation antics does at least make it unique. Also, while its gameplay does suffer due to repetition, the somewhat bite-sized nature of its dungeons means it can be offset by playing little but often. Ultimately, no element of Poison Control particularly stands out as impressive, but it also does little to actively put players off getting a controller in their hands and cleansing a hell or two.

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6 / 10.0
Apr 26, 2021

But, the game is what it is. I think some people will really enjoy Poison Control, but you already know who you are. The rest of you will likely find it a bit dull and potentially off-putting.

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6 / 10
Jul 16, 2021

Poison Control shows how good ideas and a huge potential can be ruined by bad gameplay decisions and broken structure, and even though some parts of the game like story and writing will keep you eager to carry on, eventually the final package fails to deliver.

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