FAR: Changing Tides Reviews

FAR: Changing Tides is ranked in the 79th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
PC Gamer
Top Critic
86 / 100
Mar 4, 2022

Satisfying sailing in a beautifully soggy apocalypse. I've never felt so connected to a vehicle in a game.

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Tom Marks
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2022

Far: Changing Tides lacks some of what made its predecessor truly special, but it's still another lovely roadtrip to take.

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Recommended
Feb 21, 2022

Far: Changing Tides' story is a little longer and its puzzles more refined than its predecessor, while its world is as beautiful as ever.

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8.3 / 10.0
Feb 25, 2022

Far: Changing Tides isn’t an action-packed roller coaster ride – it’s a contemplative journey that isn’t afraid to slow down and ask you to reflect on your expedition. Of course, this adventure is full of challenges to overcome. But whether I was watching the clouds glide over a flooded city with the wind at my back or white-knuckling through a storm as ten-foot waves bombarded my ship, I was always completely enrapt by the moment. It’s a journey I hope to take again someday.

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8 / 10
Feb 21, 2022

FAR: Changing Tides is a mysterious, intriguing game. It builds off the inventive mechanics of managing a ship, the adventure you face taking on a vaguely unsettling tone at times. It's also fairly short – I finished it in about five hours – but that means it also doesn't try and stretch out its ideas until it outstays its welcome. This is an original and artistic game that deserves a little appreciation.

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TJ Denzer
Top Critic
8 / 10
Feb 21, 2022

The mystery of this broken world and the wordless, yet varied means by which you explore it makes FAR: Changing Tides an excellent follow-up to Lone Sails. The vessel is incredibly enjoyable to operate and maintain, and the music and world around it make the journey a compelling and satisfying one. It’s not a long game and the adventure arrives at the credits before you know it, but for what it has going, Changing Tides is a compelling and gorgeous puzzle full of satisfying mechanical engagement and incredible breakthrough moments as you sail ever forward.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 3, 2022

FAR: Changing Tides is a fun video game with an enveloping and touching story that improves on the good that had been done in the past with FAR: Lone Sails.

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9 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2022

FAR: Changing Tides is a beautiful game with a stunning soundtrack that puts you in control of a ship you'll build a fantastic bond with.

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Unscored
Feb 21, 2022

A delightful adventure powered by toys and fun, but with a heartfelt warning. FAR: Changing Tides is a little more barbed that its predecessor, but there's hope - and surprises - to be found.

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70 / 100
Feb 25, 2022

The sequel to FAR: Lone Sails scours off the rust and polishes the rest to an acceptable shine. It's a well-oiled machine that runs for twice as long, with a lot more adventure hiding under its hood to compensate for the series' shortcomings.

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Game Rant
Top Critic
Feb 21, 2022

FAR: Changing Tides takes everything fans loved about Lone Sails while offering a better exploration game set in the perilous sea.

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Mar 24, 2022

Singlehandedly manage a steampunk sailboat in this ramshackle but glorious anti-open world game

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4 / 5 stars
Mar 10, 2022

FAR: Changing Tides is the follow-up to FAR: Lone Sails, following a little boy named Toe as he leaves his home in a makeshift boat after an unseen apocalyptic event. There is no dialogue or combat, leaving all of FAR's storytelling to be interpreted by the player as they solve puzzles to overcome obstacles on their travels.

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GameMAG
Top Critic
8 / 10
Mar 5, 2022

Sometimes between big and bombastic games like Horizon Forbiden West and Elden Ring you just want to experience something with a smaller scale, and Far: Changing Tides is a perfect game for this exact purpose. You can finish it in around 3 hours, but the melancholic feels the game provides won't leave you for quite a while.

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7 / 10
Feb 25, 2022

FAR: Changing Tides is largely more of the same. With how good the first title is, that's not a bad thing, but it leaves a little something to be desired. Great sound design and music, as well as incredible environmental art, don't quite balance out the pacing issues, hard as they try. Your new vessel has more components to juggle than last time, and it's mechanically satisfying, but you spend too much time doing it. While traveling underwater does add a new gameplay component to account for, the puzzles don't offer enough of a challenge. All that said, Changing Tides is still worth your time.

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8.5 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2022

A gentle and meditative story which combines simple platforming puzzles and some basic steam engineering to great effect. Beautifully illustrated and scored, FAR Changing Tides is a joyful experience for patient players who are happy to jump aboard this serene cruise through a flooded but gorgeously bleak post-climate changed world.

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8 / 10
Feb 21, 2022

Far: Changing Tides may be familiar to those who played the original, but it's just as soothing and enjoyable a trip as ever.

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9 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2022

FAR: Changing Tides will give you time and space to think of what it means to go through a journey and question your ideas around home and belonging. After you finish it, you will not forget you have played this game. In a good way.

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Unscored
Mar 25, 2022

“FAR: Changing Tides” ably evokes the blissful passion of travel. It is the perfect antidote to overly stuffed, bloated video games.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 18, 2022

Like its predecessor, FAR: Changing Tides serves up a poignant journey through a lonely apocalyptic landscape with a bigger ship, a bigger world and a bigger scope overall. At the same time, it still retains that same claustrophobic feel and charm while serving up all sorts of environmental puzzles for you to solve. The extra mechanics can admittedly be frustrating to deal with at times as you find yourself juggling many things at once and it also doesn’t quite have the same sense of newness for veterans of the first game. Overall, however, FAR: Changing Tides is the kind of game that makes you wonder and also makes you think, which is a credit to the compelling atmosphere that it deftly provides.

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