Final Fantasy 16 is just around the corner and the reviews are finally in – check out what reviewers are saying about FF16 below:
After 7 long years, the newest mainline Final Fantasy title is here! And if there was ever any doubt as to whether or not it was worth the wait, we’ve got the reviews to help you decide.
Here’s a full review roundup for what the critics are saying about FF16, as well as the Metacritic and OpenCritic scores as they continue to update:
FF16 Metacritic Score
Final Fantasy 16 currently has an 88 Metascore on Metacritic based on 97 critic reviews.
We’ll update this article with the latest changes to the score as it continues to change with incoming reviews.
FF16 OpenCritic Score
Final Fantasy 16 currently has a 90 Top Critic Average and a 95% Critics Recommend on OpenCritic, based on 62 critic reviews.
We’ll update this score as it continues to change with the incoming reviews.
FF16 Review Roundup
Here are the major reviews for Final Fantasy 16 and what they have to say about Clive’s new adventure through Valisthea:
|CGM||10/10||Final Fantasy XVI melds the best of the series’ themes with a modern, malleable take on combat – creating a heartrending, generation-defining tale of revenge, fate, and freedom.|
|Dexerto||5/5||If you meet this game on its terms and embrace Final Fantasy XVI, it will embrace you right back with its huge heart. That kind of game is rare, and it deserves to be cherished. With a cast of characters that are easy to invest in, a story that pays off the promise of its impossible scale, and one of the best action combat systems ever committed to disk, Final Fantasy XVI is a game that you owe it to yourself to indulge in.|
|Digital Trends||3/5||Final Fantasy XVI delivers when it comes to spectacular action, but dated design and shallow RPG systems drag down a promising blockbuster.|
|GameSpot||9/10||FFXVI succeeds and earns its place within the Final Fantasy pantheon as one of the great entries, and does so on its own terms.|
|GamesRadar+||4.5/5||Despite the time and polish, Final Fantasy 16 remains a gamble. The medieval fantasy is sure to be recognisable to long-term fans keen to see the series return to its roots, though a stripping of RPG elements goes against what plenty desire. You get swifter, more action-focused gameplay that makes the series more approachable to those who haven’t played, though whether they do is far from certain.|
|Game Rant||5/5||There is so much joy and care put into making sure that this experience feels epic and rewards its fan base, even though it’s doing a lot of new things. Final Fantasy 16 is proof that the unexpected can be just as enjoyable as the tried and true.|
|Gaming Trend||100/100||It is both a reinvention of itself and a return to form. It soars above any and all expectations with surprises around every corner. For the first time since arguably the original PlayStation with the seventh entry, Final Fantasy is a must play.|
|GGRecon||4.5/5||Despite the weight of expectations from a series full of gaming hallmarks, Final Fantasy XVI stands tall as an outstanding experience that you won’t want to miss out on.|
|God Is a Geek||10/10||Square Enix has outdone itself, making one of the richest Final Fantasy games of all time. And yes, that includes FFVII.|
|IGN||9/10||Featuring fast, reflex driven, action heavy combat, Final Fantasy 16 is certainly a departure from what fans may expect out of a Final Fantasy game, but its excellent story, characters, and world building are right up there with the best the series has to offer, and the innovative Active Time Lore feature should set a new standard for how lengthy, story-heavy games keep players invested in its world.|
|Kotaku||Unscored||A bold shift to action and a stirring fantasy tale make this the best Final Fantasy in ages|
|PlayStation Universe||9.5/10||Very little gets in the way of the success that Final Fantasy XVI creates. The strength of combat on top of a compelling, deep narrative steal the show. Despite little need for world exploration and the occasional lower resolution texture, Final Fantasy XVI stats true to the namesake while forging its own path forward.|
|Polygon||Unscored||Final Fantasy 16 will certainly be someone’s favorite Final Fantasy. It isn’t mine, as thrilling as it often can be. I gravitate toward the sweeping, melodramatic stories of Final Fantasy. FF16’s story is sweeping and plenty melodramatic, but it’s also boring and tedious, leaving me feeling like the game was wasting my time.|
|PushSquare||9/10||At its best, Final Fantasy 16 is a jaw-dropping epic of rarely seen proportions. It’s pretty much the pinnacle of cinematic spectacle in modern games, and its often gripping, emotional story is only matched by its fantastic combat system. While its overall quality does dip outside of the main plot, this is still a must-play action RPG, and the best single-player Final Fantasy in over a decade.|
|Screen Rant||5/5||By no means perfect, it’s as beguilingly flawed as its characters and world, and equally delightful as a result. With an incredible score, an enthralling story, and an eccentric and electric gameplay approach, Final Fantasy 16 is, quite simply, a modern masterpiece.|
|TheSixthAxis||9/10||If you’re a fan of strong narrative experiences, Final Fantasy lore, breath-taking graphics and a particularly sassy Moogle, and you don’t mind a sprinkling of The Witcher, The Handmaids Tale and the many accents of Old Blighty, then Final Fantasy XVI is the game for you. Heck, it might just be the best Final Fantasy yet!|
|The Loadout||10/10||Blending brutal and flashy combat, a deeply detailed and lore-filled world, and a story that offers intrigue and character-driven moments, Final Fantasy 16 is a completely fresh take on the series, despite having the heart of a standard entry. It deserves every ounce of praise it will surely get, and in my view is a GOTY contender.|
|VGC||4/6||Final Fantasy has never played better, and 16’s cast is destined to be fan favourites. We just wish that when they are outside of the Hollywood blockbuster-tier adventures of the main quest, they were given some more interesting adventures to pursue.|