Forspoken's free demo has launched on PS5, but if you were hoping this might finally answer whether Square Enix's new open-world RPG is going to be any good, it seems we're still not there yet.
You can grab the Forspoken demo on the PlayStation Store (opens in new tab). It offers a brief recap of the setting, throws a very short tutorial at you, and then lets you loose to complete a few objectives and run around the open world. It doesn't look like this is a chunk directly taken out of the game - instead, it seems the demo offers a custom sandbox built out of the game assets to offer a taste of the combat and parkour systems.
The response seems seriously mixed so far - by which I mean some people love it and some people hate it, not that everyone thinks it's mediocre. The Forspoken subreddit (opens in new tab) is currently filled with discussion on the game, and it doesn't take long to see that players are divided (opens in new tab).
One Reddit user calls it "the best demo I've played (opens in new tab)," saying that "Every once in a while, I think we all feel like something is tailor-made for us, and that's how I feel about Forspoken. After playing with the demo for 3+ hours, I can't describe how in love I am with this game."
Another Reddit user says "I'm really glad they released a demo (opens in new tab)" so they knew to hold off buying Forspoken at launch. They say that "everything just feels bad," citing unintuitive controls, blurry visuals, inconsistent performance, and saying that "the combat is clunky, slow, and just not fun."
You might want to just check out the demo and prepare your own opinion at this point. Personally, I'm not seeing the complaints about the visuals and performance, but the few minutes I've had to play haven't been nearly enough to come to terms with the combat system - though some players have managed to wring some pretty impressive action out of it already.
still_grasping_the_combat_but_honestly_im from r/Forspoken
Whether or not Forspoken makes our list of the best RPGs, the genre has never looked more impressive.