Forspoken is better than its poor reputation

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The game got off to an inauspicious start, getting delayed a couple of times and dinged in the court of public opinion for some cringey dialogue

an inexplicable name, exorbitant PC requirements, and for featuring a Black heroine but with no Black writers working on her.

But Frey's magical parkour abilities make endless running in an empty world enthralling.

Frey powers up her magic with mana that she earns either through traditionally leveling up by fighting monsters or completing quests or by picking it up in the open world.

I was able to complete Forspoken's story in 17 hours, even with a healthy bit of parkouring and sidequesting.

But the ending I chose (there is more than one) was fantastic and totally in line with me as a person and Frey as a character.