Chocobo GP Reviews

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Jun 4, 2022
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7 / 10
May 7, 2022

Chocobo GP marks the return of racing games based on these beloved Final Fantasy characters and this is nothing short of a very welcome new effort in this line, with a large and varied cast, as well as an immense amount of content to unlock. The gameplay is fairly simple and accessible, the main campaign acts as a great motivator to keep us going and the online multiplayer is a charm. Chocobo GP is a game that will keep its players around the screen for many fun hours.

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4.5 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2022

Chocobo GP is a racing game that feels more like an arcade game. The game looks cheerful and colorful, but when it comes to the controls and speed of the cars, it is very disappointing. The controls aren't hard to get through, but they still don't feel quite right. You will certainly be able to laugh about it with friends, but you don't have to assume a top game.

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Drew Leachman
Top Critic
6 / 10.0
Apr 21, 2022

It’s crazy to believe that I can be down on a game that is really fun to play both offline and online. Somehow, Square-Enix has thrown so many things into the game that either you must pay for, or grind for weeks to unlock. It wouldn’t be that big of an issue if it was just cosmetic items, but characters who have different stats and special moves that could possibly throw the advantage to the player that paid money. I just can’t get on board with that.

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4 / 10
Apr 8, 2022

Every now and then, the stars will align and Chocobo GP will provide a fun, frantic, and genuinely fantastic race. A rare moment where the track layout isn't too obnoxious, the item RNG isn't too oppressive, and the monetization isn't too distracting; a brief snippet of a solid racer with tight controls and a colorful world. If the game was like this all of the time, there would be no issue, but the ways in which it fumbles before the finish line cannot be overstated. What could have been a solid, long-lasting Mario Kart alternative has already been tossed aside by the masses and forgotten. Maybe Square Enix can fix it, maybe they won't bother, but at this point, not much of value has been lost.

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7 / 10.0
Apr 7, 2022

Chocobo GP is a fun kart racing game in which we can easily spend some time, but at the end of the day it doesn't manage to bring anything innovative to the genre. The truth is that most players (including us) will invest some time in this title, simply because they love Final Fantasy. In the end, it's safe to say that Chocobo GP is an experience that doesn't surpass other titles of the genre, but if players enter mindful of its limitations and what it currently is, they can enjoy a good dose of fun.

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PCMag
Top Critic
Apr 6, 2022

Chocobo GP has the makings of a great kart racer with its diverse cast of specialized racers, excellent power-up combos, and terrific visuals. However, uninspired track design and excessive microtransactions mar the experience.

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Mar 25, 2022

Chocobo GP is finally here after its sneak peak was published by Square Enix just before Christmas 2021. It brings a brand new karting experience to the Chocobo franchise and sets itself up across multiple worlds and realities throughout the beloved Final Fantasy series.

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5 / 10.0
Mar 25, 2022

There’s a good game in Chocobo GP somewhere, hidden between the balancing problems and microtransactions. Hopefully one day it’ll be able to emerge, free of the troubles that are bringing it down. Until then though, it’s hard to recommend. If you don’t mind forking out for the game and then a Battle Pass or two down the road you might get some enjoyment out of it, but you’ll have to be committed to the grind, and fairly patient with the gameplay. Perhaps give it a try first – a free Lite version is available so you can at least get a taste of the action without spending any money.

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6.5 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2022

Chocobo GP is far from perfect, but it is addictive and has good ideas when you have your hands on the wheel. The game does manage to bring fun and originality in some ways and is definitely better than the vast majority of kart racers available, but it can't match Nintendo's traditional kart franchise.

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5 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2022

While it might not be to the level of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but Chocobo GP definitely earns its spot as a must-play on the platform IF the microtransaction system was removed. Square Enix has come out and said they are listening to fan feedback and will try to tone the system down. However at the time of this review, Square Enix has not pushed through that update. This makes it tricky to recommend Chocobo GP at this exact moment. There's a lot of fun to be had and I genuinely would continue playing this game. Yet I would strongly caution those interested in the title to hold out until the microtransaction system is fixed. By then progression will be as it should be and actually reward you for playing. Until then, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe just got new content…

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Saudi Gamer
Top Critic
6 / 10
Mar 23, 2022

An entertaining arcade racer garnished with Final Fantasy aesthetics, but the trial version should be more than enough for most

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7 / 10 stars
Mar 18, 2022

Chocobo GP is built for fun but needs time and some more attention before it can really take the pole position.

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73 / 100
Mar 17, 2022

Chocobo GP is a solid kart racer that includes familiar gameplay mechanics and even adds a few welcome extras that give this game its own flavour. However, despite Final Fantasy's long list of some of gaming's finest locations and characters, Chocobo GP has a surprising lack of content compared to other games in the same price range.

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5 / 10.0
Mar 17, 2022

Chocobo GP is a game made in a divided house; one one side there were passionate developers who really cared about what they were making. The other side was devised by callous high level executives who mandated terrible, anti-consumer mechanics that were implemented solely for “player retention”, in the sloppiest and most covetous manner possible.

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6 / 10
Mar 17, 2022

While the racing itself is solid enough, limitations on multiplayer and strange monetization gimmicks hold this cart racer back.

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60 / 100
Mar 16, 2022

Once again, Square Enix has failed. Although Chocobo GP comes up with a couple of interesting ideas, the execution of this racing game just doesn't quite hit the mark.

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Expansive
Tom Hynes
Liked
Mar 15, 2022

Chocobo GP is a fun racer and one of the best outside of Mario Kart since the Sonic Racers. But unlike those games, it doesn’t quite get its handling and balance right and also serves up an offputting progression system that is more interested in taking than giving.

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7 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2022

Chocobo GP does some things that Nintendon’t, offering a Story mode and a more stimulating item system than the untouchable Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. However only Final Fantasy veterans (and their kids) need apply, as it relies heavily on nostalgia—and season pass grinding.

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7.1 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2022

Aside from an ominous season pass system, Chocobo GP is a serviceable sequel that delivers competent racing action that will be extra special for Final Fantasy fans.

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