Counting the months till October is excruciatingly painful. So frustrating is the long wait that we’d like to share some games you should play before Forspoken. We’ve considered the trailers, gameplay demos, and what we expect from Forspoken to recommend the five most similar games to the new Japanese role-playing gaming experience. These games will scratch the waiting itch for an immersive RPG and help keep your mind off things. And with no time, you’ll soon get your hands on the actual Forspoken game. So let’s get right to it then, shall we?
Here are five games you should play before Forspoken.
5. Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015)
An excellent action-adventure game to fill in your spare time is Rise of the Tomb Raider. The game offers third-person gameplay where you control Lara Croft as she navigates the legendary city of Kitezh. During her exploits, she encounters huge, ancient sceneries full of deadly traps. She must also survive deadly traps and solve challenging puzzles. If it gets overwhelming to play in single-player mode, you could always tag a friend along in the new online co-op endurance multiplayer mode.
So whether you’re curious to test your skills against a zombie invasion or want to experience a game similar to Forspoken, you’re set for an engaging time battling against villains and the world itself. The game is designed to push your limits as you explore hostile environments and craft or scavenge for resources in unstable landscapes. With experience, you’ll master guerilla combat that helps you take advantage of the world around you, regardless of how different it is. Consequently, navigating Forspoken’s strange world comes to you a lot easier.
The game is available on various platforms, including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. The icing on the cake is the visually appealing and intense combat styles of a franchise that has seen decade’s long constant development.
4. Horizon Forbidden West (2022)
Horizon Forbidden West is an action role-playing game that has seen massive commercial success for Sony and sound critical acclaim. To easily connect storylines, you may want to check out its predecessor, Horizon Zero Dawn. However, if you’d like to jump into a masterpiece post-apocalyptic Earth playing as Aloy, the savior of Meridian, then Forbidden West should do just fine. Your role is to save the planet or die trying. Earth has seen destructive forces, humanity is laid waste, machines are in ruin, and your sole mission is to keep Earth alive. Sounds rather challenging, but it’s what we’re here for.
Horizon games make for exciting storylines with backstories that beg for more questions. The game hints at climate change and the reign of machines over Earth. However, it holds back keeping you engaged in finding out more. Perhaps a prequel will explore the years between the 21st century and the 31st. For now, it’s a great game to keep you engaged in its mythological storylines. Also, the excellent combination of a visually compelling open-world, a challenging combat system, and top-notch character design will keep you on your toes all through playing the game.
3. Lost Judgement (2021)
Lost Judgement is a Yakuza spin-off that is a must-try contender for action-adventure Japanese role-playing games. The Yakuza games take place in an actual red-light district of Tokyo. It has pioneered several spin-offs, among which Lost Judgement takes first place on gameplay aspects.
The game is a sequel to Judgement, where a detective called Takayuki Yagami takes on solving crime. With deep storylines, extreme violence, and Yakuza’s famous gang warfare. Gameplay includes private detectivy moves like trailing suspects and stealth combat styles. Further, it offers impressive visuals that enhance lighting, plus a solid runtime performance on PlayStation5. There’s plenty to explore in Kamurocho and discover exciting side quests to keep you busy.
Overall, it’s a sequel that significantly improves on technical aspects of its predecessor and tells a rather dark subject matter in the series yet. These features make it a stand-out spin-off and among other main games of the franchise thus far.
2. Elden Ring (2022)
The Japanese developer, FromSoftware, is at it again with the brand new Elden Ring action-adventure game. So you may be in luck if you’ve played Dark Souls or Bloodborne, which is pretty similar to their new title. The combat styles are just as good, borrowing heavily from previous FromSoftware games. With powerful backstabbing and leaping hits that cost you Focus Points (FP). Elden Ring makes you earn wins against beasts and bosses of every variety. You could also go anywhere you’d like, exploring all the imaginative fantasy of The Lands Between.
Elden Ring’s greatest strengths lie in FromSoftware’s craft of making creative, open-world games portraying ambitious results. While it may be a slow start for newcomers, Elden Ring provides tutorial pop-ups to get you to a more leisurely start. And with every fight, the vast open world continues to grow to provide hours upon hours of increasing difficulty and engaging quality content. In preparation for Forspoken, why not test out your open-world skills on explorative techniques, when to engage or disengage from tough boss fights, and overall, enjoy a colorful, sprawling open world to roam about.
Now to our best pick of games you should play before Forspoken.
1. Final Fantasy 15 (2016)
Square Enix is most known for the Final Fantasy franchise. As we wait for their new Forspoken game, getting familiar with Square Enix’s previous works couldn't hurt.
Final Fantasy 15 is the latest game in the series and may hold the most similarities to Forspoken. The music, cut scenes, and mechanics of the game are a whole load of fun. However, quite a few things went wrong, like the open world is so extensively huge with empty fields that make for a wasted opportunity. It’s an ambitious action role-playing game with some glitches but is still a worthwhile game to play.
Alternatively, if you’d like to check out the best game of the franchise, you may want to try the turn-based role-playing Final Fantasy 6 game ever made. It’s the game that achieved a remarkable narrative impact, robust customization options, magic spells, and excellent use of various weapons for the ultimate fun battling experience.
That’s it for five games you should play before Forspoken. Do share with us on our socials here or in the comments below how your experience is playing either one.
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