Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin Reviews

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is ranked in the 51st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Stevivor
Top Critic
6.5 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2022

Overall, I would say that you should play Stranger of Paradise for its combat and not its story. While there are nuggets available for series fans, this isn’t the pinnacle of storytelling by any means. It’s best to dive into the gore rather than the lore; fight for fun, be like Jack and focus on the Chaos. Certainly don’t expect this to be a brilliant subversion of the original Final Fantasy’s narrative.

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87%
Mar 14, 2022

I expected Stranger of Paradise to be a game I had lots of qualms in recommending, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I want everyone to fall as deeply in love with it as I have.

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RPG Site
Top Critic
8 / 10
Mar 14, 2022

Chaos, amnesia, and crystals are waiting for you in this prequel to the first Final Fantasy, exploring the mysterious history of the franchise's first boss, Garland!

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9 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2022

Underneath cringeworthy writing and a nonsensical story, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin leverages storied Final Fantasy fanservice with a fast and deep combat system to offer up fans a celebration of the franchise like no other. While the presentation is inconsistent and the equipment system sorely lacks focus, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is great fun from beginning to end.

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7 / 10.0
Mar 22, 2022

Stranger of Paradise does indeed feel like a stranger in the Final Fantasy series, but mostly succeeds because of it.

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7.5 / 10.0
Mar 22, 2022

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is an enjoyable experiment in melding Soulslike conventions onto a Final Fantasy skeleton. However it undercuts itself by not daring for more complexity, setting up great narrative and gameplay turns that never come to pass.

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3.5 / 5.0
Mar 17, 2022

Will Final Fantasy diehards get a kick out of Stranger of Paradise? It's hard to say. There are multiple enjoyable nods to past games throughout the levels, enemies and pieces of lore. The soundtrack is excellent, featuring remixed or remastered themes of multiple games. The combat is fast paced and the extensive job system takes the Final Fantasy system of old and thoroughly modernises it. Yet the game is decidedly un-Final Fantasy. Exploration is minimal, the story takes far too long to get going, the dialogue is often laughable and the characters are mostly bland blank slates. As an over the top action cheese-fest, the game puts points on the board. Just don't expect it to compete with the greatest hits.

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Spaziogames
Top Critic
7.2 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2022

on like classes and monsters. Is a step backward due to an unispired level desing and a shallow story.

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Gamersky
深夜诗人老阿吽
Top Critic
8.3 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2022

Final Fantasy: Origins is an orthodox Final Fantasy series game with a benevolent king shell.

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3.5 / 5.0
Mar 14, 2022

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origins re-imagines the earliest Final Fantasy in a manner befitting of a popcorn action film and for the most part succeeds.

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Fextralife
Reiku
Top Critic
8 / 10
Mar 14, 2022

Stranger of Paradise was a game that many of us were unsure of when it was initially revealed in E3 2021. However, Team Ninja proved to be capable in terms of interweaving the good parts that made Final Fantasy and the Soulslike genre well-known and loved by many. Not only is the combat the heart and soul of this satisfying Action RPG but it also evokes the right amount of nostalgia and familiarity to fans who have been wanting to experience Final Fantasy in another light, making it a must-play game in 2022!

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8 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2022

This is not full-fledge Final Fantasy as you know it, but good spin-off to remember. It gives you another shot at Souls genre and is accessible to more players. Action hack-and-slash system is solid and you can spend 30-40 hours in dungeons, fierce battles, grab plenty of loot ' and it is fun!

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Cubed3
Top Critic
7 / 10
Apr 14, 2022

Credit should be given for Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin trying something different, and nobody could argue that it certainly is that. With a distinct lack of the plot and character polish, players approaching this as an RPG, can easily overlook this. With such excellent combat options and a real sense of fun throughout though, it more than stands alongside its peers in both the role-playing and Souls-like genres. Why it looks so bad, that's a mystery in itself…

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7.5 / 10.0
Mar 19, 2022

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is an interesting proposition for many players, but you can not expect a hit. The Japanese use many well-known ideas, but unfortunately only a few have received adequate attention to offer high quality. The title is a good proposition for great fans of the NiOh series and fans of Final Fantasy.

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6 / 10.0
Mar 24, 2022

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin has a very good combat system, but it suffers from a variety of problems.

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Oyungezer Online
Eren Eryürekli
Top Critic
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 5, 2022

Although the action is extremely enjoyable, game stumbles in other areas. It's a direct purchase for the fans of the series, but others can wait for discounts.

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6.3 / 10.0
Apr 1, 2022

‎Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin feels like a game anchored to two generations ago. Although this can often be seen as a positive aspect, it is not so much when it represents truly poor graphics and an empty story that hinders more than contributes. Still, the combat system offers a fun and fresh experience that will satisfy fans of action games.‎

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Mar 23, 2022

I have to wonder if the gaming audience is quite ready for the kind of metatextual experience that Stranger of Paradise presents. It’s not only a game that doesn’t take itself seriously, but it outright challenges players’ expectations on how games are made and how they should be played. It’s hugely entertaining and as experimental as Final Fantasy at its best, but I do wonder how well something so reflective will click and be remembered as a great in the longer term. I only hope that people realise that the nonsense of Jack, his iPod, and his obsession with Chaos is just the surface of this brilliantly smart, layered thing, and they then take the time to dig into what Stranger of Paradise is really saying as a work of metatextual satire.

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8 / 10 stars
Mar 25, 2022

Stranger of Paradise is a mechanically rich and satisfying action RPG marred by poor balancing and performance issues.

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Saudi Gamer
Top Critic
8 / 10
Mar 24, 2022

An inconsistent experience, but one that for better or for worse is also an unforgettable one. Come for the Job system, stay for the bonkers story

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