“Flashy and trashy” – Critics are split on Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin

It’s Chaos out there. But you knew that already, didn’t you? Team Ninja and Square Enix‘s latest baffling collaboration – Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin – launches soon, and today a slew of reviews from across the industry have gone live. And the scores osciallte as wildly as you’d expect for a mid-budget final Fantasy spin-off.

The world is no stranger (pun not intended) to Final Fantasy side projects; we’ve seen fighting games, rhythm games, Monster Hunter clones, RPG experiments, cart racers and god knows what else over the past 30 years. Now – finally! – we also have a Final Fantasy ‘soulsborne’ game from the deft hands of Nioh developer, Team Ninja.

But can this outsourced experiment in the Final Fantasy series live up to the lofty standards of the main series? Was Square Enix right to farm this game out to Team Ninja and let the oddball developer run wild in its mythos? Well, it very much depends on who you ask.

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