The Forest

Rating Summary

Based on 24 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

70%

Critics Recommend

Based on 24 critic reviews
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T.J. Hafer

Top Critic

8.4 / 10.0
May 10, 2018

I've never been terrorized, stalked, or fascinated by enemy AI quite like I was in The Forest. It's a harrowing survival ordeal that knows how to play with tension and create the sense of a real world with complex inner workings and mysteries I was eager to discover. It's I Am Legend told in the depths of the hinterlands, with a meaningful story progression that doesn't overstay its welcome. Disregard the warnings on the walls and hidden between the trees at your own peril – and if you want a unique and memorable survival horror experience, then you should absolutely dare to do so.

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Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

7 / 10
Nov 14, 2018

A brutal, albeit familiar, survival game that's thoughtfully designed and elegantly refined, and as a result easily the best game of its type on PlayStation 4.

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9 / 10.0
May 14, 2018

Whether you're building a camp on the island or searching for clues to your son's whereabouts in dark and dangerous caverns, The Forest is a fantastic horror thrill ride

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8 / 10
Jun 2, 2018

The Forest's survival mechanics are captivating, but its unforgettable horrors steal the show.

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9 / 10.0
May 10, 2018

Jank and sometimes dumb mutant cannibals aside, what Endnight Games accomplished with The Forest with only a team of four people is simply extraordinary. It's one of the best survival games I've played in recent memory. Whether I was creeping my way through the woods alone at night or playing with friends during the day and showing the local residents who the true masters of their domain are, I haven't played anything like this that's been so fun and terrifying all-in-one in a long, long time.

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5 / 10.0
May 8, 2018

The Forest begins as a great survival game, but soon becomes mediocre due to its dull action. The poor gameplay mechanics and narrative are some of the elements that make it hard to recommend this game.

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Unscored
May 23, 2018

The Forest remains a huge achievement, and a survival horror game that somehow manages to keep those two elements surprisingly separate and yet let each impose upon the other in very interesting ways. I do wish it had been tidied and bug-fixed by now, but I can't stop wanting to play despite it.

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9.5 / 10.0
Nov 24, 2018

Nerve-wrackingly terrifying, highly polished and boasting one of the cleverest takes on the survival genre in years, The Forest is one of finest survival horror titles available.

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8 / 10
Nov 15, 2018

An eerie open world filled with deadly AI enemies elevates The Forest above a good number of survival horror experiences out there. Don't let the lack of story and minor repetition turn you off this atmospheric title.

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85 / 100
Nov 20, 2018

Anyone who likes crafting, survival and possibly being eaten by cannibals (or eating the cannibals) should definitely give this game a whirl.

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