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Returnal | Review Mega Thread

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Game Title: Returnal


  • Playstation 5 (Apr 30, 2021)


Developer: Housemarque

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Review Aggregator:

OpenCritic – -88 average – PS5 -100% recommended – 35 reviews

MetaCritic – 87/100 – PS5 – 37 Favorable


  • PlayStation LifeStyle (10/10)
  • GameSpew (10/10)
  • PSX Brasil (10/10)
  • GeekCulture: (9.5/10.0)
  • Game Infromer (9.5/10.0)
  • Wccftech (9.3/10.0)
  • Fextralife (9.3/10)
  • Video Chums (9.2/10)
  • TheSinxthAxis: (9/0/10.0)
  • MetroGameCentral: (9.0/10)
  • GamingTrend (9.0/10)
  • Push Square (9.0/10)
  • PlayStation Universe (9.0/10)
  • We Got This Covered (9.0/10)
  • GameSpot (9.0/10)
  • Gameblog (9.0/10)
  • PressStart: (9.0/10)
  • GameReactor (Sweden): (9.0/10)
  • Push Square (9.0/10)
  • Gfinity (9.0/10)
  • Worth Playing (8.8/10)
  • Cerealkillerz (8.7/10)
  • Gaming Nexus (8.7/10)
  • PowerUp! (8.7/10)
  • Easy Allies 8.5/10.0
  • EGM (8.5/10)
  • IGN: (8.0/10.0)
  • Hardcore Gamer (8.0/10)
  • Spaziogames (8.0/10)
  • Saudi Gamer (8.0/10)
  • Digitally Downloaded (8.0/10)
  • Kakuchopurei (8.0/10)
  • Destructoid (7.5/10.0)
  • AndroidCentral: (5.0/5.0)
  • VGC: 4/5
  • GamesRadar+ 4/5
  • The Gamer 3.5/5

CRITIC Reviews:

GamesRadar+ (8.5/10.0)

Returnal can be messy, tough, and perhaps a little too uncompromising for a $70 game. And yet, despite the moments of pad-clenching exasperation, it remains a moreish experience even after you've plummeted its depths.

MetroGamesCentral (9.0/10.0)

What should have been a hotchpotch of other people's ideas, made worse by frustratingly high difficulty, is in reality one of the most cleverly designed video games of recent years, with superb action and endless replayability.

Gamesoot (9.0/10.0)

Returnal blends elements of shooters, roguelikes, action games, and horror to redefine bullet hell and conjure a mysterious, moody masterpiece.


It's a truly next generation game that combines fantastic gameplay with a gripping story and stunning visuals while also making tremendous use of the DualSense controller to provide a gameplay experience you can’t find on other platforms. While its high level of difficulty may be a barrier to entry for some, the consistent challenge and constant sense of accomplishment combine to make Returnal not only the best game on the PS5, but the game of the year so far.

GameInformer (9.5/10.0)

Returnal brilliantly meshes roguelike mechanics with precise combat and enigmatic exploration, making for an excellent game

Eurogamer (Reccomended)

In Returnal, Housemarque builds a game on both euphoric highs and confounding lows.

PressStart (9.0/10.0)

With some doubt at the front of people’s minds, Returnal is a shushing finger across the lips of detractors as well as a tremendous example that PlayStation’s middle line titles can still offer as much value and entertainment as its tentpole exclusives."


Returnal is a mostly thrilling sci-fi action romp that suffers from a lack of scale at times. In the moment, I'm completely fixated on my run, upgrading like a fiend, and dashing around for iFrames like I was playing a Capcom game. But after that run ends and I'm looking at the bigger picture, Returnal can feel a little smaller than it actually is. Keep that in mind before you take the pricey plunge.


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