The Riftbreaker

Rating Summary

Based on 19 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

78%

Critics Recommend

Based on 19 critic reviews
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8.5 / 10.0
Dec 3, 2021

Very unique mix of base-building strategy, survival and Action-RPG. But in later stage it is extremely hard.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2021

The Riftbreaker is an addictive, complex, and satisfying RTS/bullet hell hybrid, even while it suffers from some very noticeable performance issues.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2021

The Riftbreaker is a genuine challenge throughout. The world is beautiful and the campaign is superb.

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7.2 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2021

The focus placed by The Riftbreaker's gameplay loop on resource management may be too monotonous for some players. It's a game that focuses on its base-building mechanics more than its Action RPG mechanics. Still, it's a decent mixture of both that can either be loved or hated by players.

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Oct 19, 2021
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8.7 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2021

The Riftbreaker will throw you on an alien planet both lush and unforgiving, in what could be the perfect mix between a survival RTS and an action/shooter game.

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75 / 100
Oct 14, 2021

I didn’t know what I wanted out of The Riftbreaker. But the result feels both natural and necessary. Of course, you would blend careful base planning with high-speed swarms of monsters. Why wouldn’t we mix these three ideas into one? The RTS strategy, the survival sim resource management, and the tense action all make for a singular experience. This isn’t for everyone, to be sure. Less of a sprint and more of a marathon, the challenge of The Riftbreaker is both sustained and intense. This means things like pacing hiccups feel a lot more potent. Even if the prospect of an extended campaign like this seems daunting, the game’s lush visuals are a soothing balm. If you want something more out of the RTS genre, The Riftbreaker will have what you’re looking for.

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Generación Xbox
Javi Striker

Top Critic

8.4 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2021

‎In short, The Riftbreaker is a strategy and management title that also adds the action of taking a character in isometric view and that despite having some defects that have not convinced me, in general the game achieves as a result a very interesting proposal, in addition to telling us an interesting story and that gives us challenges, that although they are nothing of the other world, it is a pleasure to seek to solve them in order to advance in this adventure in Galatea 37, a planet that looks very good in the new generation of Xbox Series X / S, and that justifies the exclusivity of the new generation.‎

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GameGrin
Pezh J.

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2021

A fantastic game for any base-building fans, The Riftbreaker's tight combination of action-RPG and tower-defense elements produce an addictively fun experience well worth the inevitable hours you'll lose to it.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2021

The Riftbreaker is an excellent mix of many interesting genres, which in the new formula can draw you in like a swamp. There is nothing to wonder, you have to take and play!

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Oct 25, 2021

The Riftbreaker tries to combine multiple genres in a base-building tower-defense action RPG, but bad voice acting and frustrating design choices ruin the experience.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2021

The Riftbreaker is one of the most rewarding games that I've ever played. With that in mind, that sense of accomplishment will come after many stressful moments and heartbreaking failures which could have been alleviated with some more intuitive mechanics.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2021

Despite my lack of experience with base building strategy games, I still thoroughly enjoyed my time with The Riftbreaker. The way it smartly balances out its story progression and combat made it more accessible to a player like me, while still offering plenty of challenge later on. While I do wish the act of balancing so many home bases and resources was easier, overall the blend of genre’s gave me shots of hectic fun with my growing pains of learning the best tricks. This will be a game I will continue to go back to.

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Pure Dead Gaming
K.A. Pedersen
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2021

The Riftbreaker is a perfect blend of twin-stick action, base-building and tower defense, and feels like the natural evolution of all three.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 2, 2021

The Riftbreaker is a very ambitious game in all its aspects. It is focused on action but it is also a complete and addictive tower defense.

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8.2 / 10.0
Nov 7, 2021

The Riftbreaker successfully blends real-time strategy, tower defense and twin-stick action alongside a stunning and surprising visual compartment. A bit more could have been done to simplify the management of all the elements with a controller, but when it all works it can offer heart-pounding matches.

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7.8 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2021

The Riftbreaker is a wonderful defencee game with excellent actions. Collecting, adventure, and combat are harmoniously mixed. However, repeating play routines at late phase is boring. It would be much more fun If unexpected factors were added.

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Oct 21, 2021

With a lengthy campaign that supports every aspect of its genre-bending gameplay, The Riftbreaker feels like a momentous big-budget release. Thankfully, its amazing visuals that scale well from less powerful rigs all the way to the latest GPUs keeps its aesthetic an eye-popping selling point across multiple setups. The fact that it can also showcase that graphical prowess on the latest consoles and still provide a refined strategy experience makes this a special entry into the genre. EXOR Studios has delivered a surprisingly great single-player experience that offers dozens of hours of thoughtful play.

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8.8 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2021

It is such a wild mix of incredibly deep base building with light tower defense, and excellent twin-stick shooting. The type of game idea that you smack your head and go “of course, this is brilliant”.

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