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Open Roads

Annapurna Interactive, Open Roads Team
Mar 28, 2024 - PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
Fair

OpenCritic Rating

71

Top Critic Average

39%

Critics Recommend

Eurogamer
3 / 5
PC Gamer
56 / 100
IGN
6 / 10
Metro GameCentral
4 / 10
GamesRadar+
3.5 / 5
Game Informer
7 / 10
GameSpot
6 / 10
Forbes
9 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Open Roads

A gentle adventure into a family's secrets that's nicely crafted but over before it really begins.

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Pleasant but rarely compelling characters undermine this spiritual sequel to Gone Home.

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An earnest exploration of a family in turmoil, Open Roads has sharp teeth but ultimately lacks bite.

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A barely-interactive movie that follows a mother and daughter road trip that is disappointingly short on both drama and meaningful choices.

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Open Roads' mother-daughter travelog about discovering long-buried family secrets is heartfelt, but this lightweight driving adventure doesn't reach the momentum of the mystery it so carefully maps out.

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With a brief runtime of a couple of hours, Open Roads is a respectable tale that sometimes feels ready to hit that higher narrative gear before easing off the gas again. Although visually pleasing and well-acted, the emotional impact is muted. While I didn’t mind sitting shotgun as Opal and Tess had lighthearted debates over the semantics of trailer vs. mobile homes and reminisced about old flames, it’s not a road trip that will stick with me for the long haul.

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Though Open Roads' characters and attention to detail are lovely, the overall experience is lessened by its brevity and lack of depth.

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Open Roads is a lovely way to spend 90 minutes or so. All of the elements by and large come together harmoniously in service of a story that had me hooked just enough, and the two strong central performances elevate the entire piece. I can’t ask for much more than that. Like all good road trips, though, it’s more about the journey than the destination.

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