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Unstoppable Success for Rise of the Ronin on PS5

Key Points:

  • Rise of the Ronin is an open-world action title released in March 2023 for PS5.
  • It’s selling faster than the Nioh franchise, which has surpassed 7 million units worldwide.
  • The game received mostly positive reviews, with a Metacritic score of 76.
  • Critics praised its novelty as an open-world game but criticized its dated graphics and technical aspects.

Rise of the Ronin, the highly anticipated open-world action game exclusive to PlayStation 5, has caught the gaming world’s attention with its impressive sales figures, outpacing even the acclaimed Nioh franchise from the same developer, Koei Tecmo.

Combat and Exploration: A Seamless Blend

Rise of the Ronin via Gamer's Little Playground
Rise of the Ronin via Gamer’s Little Playground

According to VGCRise of the Ronin‘s sales are outpacing both Nioh and Nioh 2, two critically acclaimed action RPGs.

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Positive Reception, with Caveats

Rise of the Ronin via IGN
Rise of the Ronin via IGN

While specific sales numbers weren’t provided, Rise of the Ronin was met with mostly positive reviews upon its March release, earning a rating of 76 on review aggregator Metacritic. Meanwhile VGC’s review praised the game’s “fine open-world adventure,” but noted that “it never elevates itself to greatness.”

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Technical Shortcomings in Rise of the Ronin

Rise of the Ronin via IGN
Rise of the Ronin via IGN

Koei Tecmo highlighted the game’s 8.7 user rating on the platform, although user ratings can be unreliable indicators of a game’s quality. VGC’s review, however, echoed a common critique among critics, stating, “It’s not just the open-world sensibilities that feel dated, the game looks incredibly dated too. It’s very colourful, and from an art perspective the game is strong, but from a technical perspective, it feels a decade behind genre stable-mates.”

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