The Finals: A Free-to-Play FPS with Explosive Destruction

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Get ready for some intense destruction in The Finals, now available on PS5 and Series X/S, with next-gen physics and 60fps!

🎮💥 The Finals, a new Unreal Engine 5 first-person shooter, has stealthily made its way onto the gaming scene. Developed by the talented team at Embark Studios, made up of former DICE developers, this game packs a punch with its emphasis on physics-based destruction. Released for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series consoles, and PC, The Finals has taken the gaming world by storm with its free-to-play model. Let’s take a closer look at how this game fares on consoles compared to PC and delve into its explosive gameplay and impressive visuals. 💣🔥

Caution: Proceed with Care

With The Finals, you’ll witness buildings crumbling before your eyes, C4 detonations ripping through terrain, and RPG-7s blasting through floors and ceilings. The levels are beautifully crafted and quickly become chaotic war zones where quick thinking and creative strategies reign supreme. From realistic spreading fires to the ability to add new partitions with a goo gun, the possibilities for manipulating the space are endless. This game truly rewards players who can think on their feet and outsmart their rivals. 🧠💥

A Visual Feast

Prepare to be dazzled by The Finals’ stunning visuals. Ray tracing technology with an RTXGI technique is available on all three console versions, creating more realistic ambient lighting. The game excels in providing accurate reflections, with light bouncing off surfaces and illuminating the environment as you would expect. Even blasting a hole in the wall affects the lighting, resulting in a brighter space. While the console versions do run at a slightly slower update rate than on PC, the addition of ray tracing adds a whole new level of immersion to the game. 🌟🎇

Console Showdown: PS5 vs. Series X/S

Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of console performance. The good news is that all three consoles target a smooth 60 frames per second (fps) experience. The not-so-great news is that the Series S, with its lower performance capabilities, experiences some downsides compared to the more powerful PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The Series S operates at a lower resolution range, resulting in a blurrier image compared to its counterparts. Additionally, settings such as foliage density and texture filtering are reduced, while effects like lens flares are removed. However, fear not! The game’s visual identity and 60fps output are maintained across all three consoles. 🎮📺

Series X vs. Series S vs. PS5 Comparisons

The Finals’ Performance on Series S

Despite the sacrifices made in terms of resolution, foliage, and shadows on the Series S, the game still looks and plays extremely well. Thanks to Embark Studios’ optimizations, The Finals maintains a nearly perfect locked 60fps, even during intense moments of action. While it is possible to trigger frame-time drops, you would need to make a deliberate effort to do so. Overall, the game’s dynamic resolution scaling (DRS) system performs admirably on the Series S, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience. 💪🎮

Series X Shines in Consistency

Moving on to the Xbox Series X, we find an even more consistent 60fps reading. Although extremely minor drops in frame rate do occur in certain instances, they are hardly noticeable. Only during specific moments with physics-based destruction do we see a slight drop, but it is far from game-breaking. The majority of gameplay on the Series X maintains a flat 60fps line, a testament to Embark Studios’ optimization efforts. The Series X truly delivers on its promise of a premium gaming experience. 🕹️🔥

PlayStation 5 Holds Its Ground

The PlayStation 5 version of The Finals also holds up admirably with consistent 60fps gameplay. However, it must be noted that when drops in performance do occur, they seem to last slightly longer compared to the Series X. Whether this is a mere coincidence or a genuine issue remains to be seen. While heavy destruction physics and alpha effects can trigger drops into the 50s on the PS5, it ultimately recovers and maintains a mostly seamless experience. Although some sustained bouts of tearing can be observed on the PS5, they are by no means game-breaking. Any performance issues that do exist should be easily fixable with further optimizations. 🎮💔

FPS Readout: Series X, Series S, PS5

Gorgeous Destruction, Pricey Cosmetics

In terms of gameplay, The Finals does not disappoint. The mechanics and physics-based destruction are a pure joy to experience, and the best part? It’s all free! However, there is one small complaint. Embark Studios has monetized the game by allowing players to purchase cosmetic changes using real-life currency. While this means you’ll be stuck with a rather dull default costume, it’s a fair trade considering the core mechanics and weapons are accessible without spending a penny. 💸💣

The Finals: Go Ahead and Play!

In conclusion, The Finals is an impressive free-to-play game that offers an exhilarating experience with its explosive gameplay and stunning visuals. Whether you’re playing on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, or Series S, you can expect a smooth 60fps performance with only minor compromises on the Series S. Embark Studios has done a fantastic job optimizing the game for each respective console. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend giving The Finals a go. It’s a blast! 💥🎮


Q: Can I play The Finals on PC?

A: Yes, The Finals is available for PC as well. You can check out Alex’s review of the PC release here.

Q: Are there any microtransactions in The Finals?

A: While The Finals offers cosmetic changes that can be purchased with real-life currency, the core mechanics and weapons are fully accessible without spending any money.

Q: Are there any additional features unique to the console versions?

A: The console versions of The Finals include ray tracing technology, which adds realistic lighting effects to the game. This feature is not available on the PC version.


Don’t miss out on the explosive mayhem of The Finals! Share this article with your friends and hop into the action together. And let us know in the comments below which console version you’re playing and what you think of the game. Happy gaming! 🎮🚀✨