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Broken Roads

Drop Bear Bytes, tinyBuild, Versus Evil
Apr 10, 2024 - Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Nintendo Switch
Weak

OpenCritic Rating

64

Top Critic Average

36%

Critics Recommend

PC Gamer
64 / 100
Eurogamer
2 / 5
IGN
4 / 10
GamesRadar+
2.5 / 5
Shacknews
6 / 10
IGN Italy
7 / 10
God is a Geek
7.5 / 10
Game Rant
3.5 / 5
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Critic Reviews for Broken Roads

There's half of an amazing game in Broken Roads. Trouble is you have to play the other half.

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Broken Roads neglects its best ideas, padding out its runtime with fetch quests that leave you asking "why am I here?" for all the wrong reasons.

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IGN

Malindy
4 / 10.0
IGN

A disappointing RPG with interesting but poorly executed ideas, Broken Roads lives up to its name in all the wrong ways.

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"Many of the mechanics aren't quite developed enough to feel meaningful"

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Ultimately my time with Broken Roads didn’t light up any of the parts of my brain that video games typically do on some level or another. There’s some promise at first with its distinct, all-encompassing cultural flavor. But the scenario holding up the setting only struggled to capture my interest. Combat was a similar vibe, feeling like doing chores in the middle of reading a middle of the road novel in a crowded genre. While cool on paper the morality system did more harm than good, overloading the dialogue and getting in the way of character and personality. Nothing in Broken Roads felt bad or, well, broken. But whenever I played it, unless I was chuckling at the slang translator doing something weird I was always thinking of other things I would rather be doing.

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Broken Roads has an engaging post-apocalyptic setting that, while a bit familiar, manages to still retain its own identity thanks to its Australian flair, it also has some interesting gameplay ideas and some engaging choices that allow you to impact the world around you. The game is not without flaws though: combat is clunky and unbalanced, the early phases are far too linear and, perhaps more importantly for a game focused on narrative, its characters often fail to leave a strong impression and its narrative never quite reaches the incredible heights of games like Disco Elysium or Pentiment.

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If you're looking for a game with tough choices and challenging combat to get lost in, you could do much worse than Broken Roads.

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While Broken Roads' combat system is not bad, it does feel a bit lacking when compared to other titles. The map sizes are rather small, the enemies and allies are not that varied, and there does not seem to be a lot to do, especially in the early game. Most combat encounters simply boil down to moving to a spot, shooting a gun, and then waiting for the next turn to come around. There are very few exciting abilities, but it feels like most characters play the same. Things improve as players progress further through the game, but nailing down the early game combat is important to keep players engaged, and it feels like Broken Roads fails to do that.

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