Starlink: Battle for Atlas

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Starlink: Battle for Atlas is ranked in the 66th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 99 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

76

Top Critic Average

56%

Critics Recommend

Based on 99 critic reviews

Score Distribution

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Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Oct 15, 2018

Ubisoft's late-stage toys-to-life entry is pretty, derivative and slightly lacking in charm.

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GamesBeat
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 15, 2018

Starlink's fighters are fun, whether you're playing with them in game mode or just racing around the living room and dogfighting with your kids or friends.

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GameXplain
Liked
GameXplain

Top Critic

Liked
Oct 15, 2018
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Kotaku
Unscored
Kotaku

Top Critic

Unscored
Oct 26, 2018

I just wish there was more to do.

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Screen Rant
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 15, 2018

Ubisoft Toronto's Starlink: Battle for Atlas is just what we needed as an original and unique toys-to-life product with wonderful gameplay and lore.

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Father Nerds Best
Yes
Yes
Nov 8, 2018

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is a solid space shooter that excels when it let's you unload on enemy ships in space. The ground combat is perfectly serviceable, but the game truly shines when you're flying through the stars and traveling between planets. You wouldn't be remiss if you got vibes of No Man's Sky from some of the space exploration and your ability to go from space to a planet's surface in one transition. The toys to life aspect is available if you want to go that route, but it's by no means required since this is completely playable digitally. This holiday season, consider picking up Starlink if you're in the market for a solid space shooter with a decent sci-fi story.

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Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 16, 2018

Starlink is a great outing for folks of all ages. The toys are costly but well-made and great fun both in and out of game. Buy it.

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Scored Reviews

Impulsegamer
4.9 / 5.0
4.9 / 5.0
Oct 18, 2018

The only slight downfall to the game is the slightly repetitive nature of the gameplay but the overall enjoyment factor far outweighs this (especially with the unpredictable nature of the game like Space Outlaws) and at the end of your gaming day, you can walk away with a big smile on your face and then you can take it to a whole new level with all the modular toys available as toy truly meets game.

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Nintendo Times
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2018

An astoundingly excellent adventure game with a lot to do and a great deal of area to explore. They even take the game to the physical world and give you the option of holding the ships and weapons in your hands. Change them out to be instantly shown in the game and combine them in any way you choose. This is one of the best games to come out for the Switch yet!

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Gaming Nexus
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2018

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is a stellar achievement. Through its fun and accessible cast of characters, solidly made toys-to-life component, and beautiful graphics, Ubisoft has hit the ground running. With the addition of a healthy amount of Star Fox content, the Switch version is definitely the preferable way to go, but regardless of your system Starlink is a remarkably entertaining game, and an auspicious launch for a new gaming universe.

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Forbes
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2018

Congrats to the Toronto team for creating such a fun experience, and I sincerely hope that we'll be getting additional Atlas adventures in the future.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 15, 2018

With its exclusive use of some substantial Star Fox content, you're getting the best version of Starlink: Battle for Atlas on Nintendo Switch. And with a more accessible and ultimately enjoyable version of No Man's Sky's gameplay mechanics and Mass Effect's original vision, you're getting one of the best dogfighting/space exploration games you can buy outside of Elite: Dangerous. Its gameplay loop does run out of steam after a while thanks to the required grind, but with a surprisingly ungreedy approach to content access and toys-to-life integration, Starlink really could be the spark that reignites the genre's renaissance.

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Areajugones
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2018

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Oct 16, 2018

There's no other title with quite the same approach as Starlink has taken and it's easily the best integration of toys to life that has been done so far.

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COGconnected
89 / 100
89 / 100
Oct 19, 2018

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Digital Chumps
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2017

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is an entertaining blend of planet-hopping adventure and spaceship customization built on the back of the dormant toys-to-life genre. The level of care and detail put into making this unique slice of space isn't burdened by somewhat repetitive gameplay and exploitative systems.

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Daily Nintendo
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2018

While directed at kids, Starlink is to be enjoyed by everyone. Yes it is pricy but other than that it is an amazing adventure. The best place for the game is on Switch thanks to the Star Fox extra's

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PSX Brasil
85 / 100
PSX Brasil
Daniel dos Anjos

Top Critic

85 / 100
Nov 1, 2018

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is a fun game that, bluntly, delivers intense space battles and exploration of fun and curious worlds. Its difficulty could be a little higher and the variety of villains more diverse, but this is not a demerit at all.

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SwitchWatch
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2018
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Gamefa
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2018

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is Ubisoft's new attempt to make a galactic war-type game and it's fun, entertaining and joyful. Also the toy-to-life experience is something new and unique. Though the missions can become repetitive at times, but the level design and addictive gameplay make up for it. In the end, The whole package is a beautiful and fun game that absolutely worth your time and money. So be ready and go for saving Atlas with Ubisoft's Spaceship!

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 6, 2019

Some of the best content is in fact free, meaning that even if you're done spending money on Starlink, it is worth taking the time to revisit it for this update. If you're hankering for more Star Fox adventures (no pun intended), then take that extra step and call in the team. Ultimately, it serves as an unexpected but welcome send off to a game that sadly ended too soon. For the faithful, attach that giant plastic Arwing to your Joy-Con one last time, and head back into Atlas.

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WellPlayed
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2018

An enjoyable story, solid gameplay and a respectable solution to the pitfalls of the toys-to-life concept make for a surprisingly good experience no matter how you play

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Atomix
83 / 100
83 / 100
Oct 19, 2018

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is a great new take on the concept of toys to life. Also, it presentes a very interesting view of an open world game.

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Gamersky
8.2 / 10.0
Gamersky

Top Critic

8.2 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2018

As an open-world game, Starlink lacks of creation, which probably reminds you some former Ubisoft games. But still, it has great combat experience, and allows you to explore different planets with your starship. So if you are a fan of space theme, Starlink is obviously a good choice for you.

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Cerealkillerz
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2018

Starlink is a well-done mixture between an arcadeshooter and an openworld game with focus on exploration, which delivers players a good package combined together with the classic formula of Ubisoft, a good (but expensive) toys-to-life product line and the possibility to complete the game without any additional payments. Both younger and grown-up fans of the genre should give the new franchise a try.

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Video Chums
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2018

The incredible sights and sounds and satisfying mechanics of Starlink: Battle for Atlas make exploring its gorgeous planets a joy.

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VGProfessional
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2018

Starlink: Battle for Atlas offers a courageous new experience for gamers. The usage of toys is exceptionally well done but we are not sure if it is for everyone. They are also unnecessary as they don't really give you an extra edge since the game is complete as is and tons of fun to play. Ubisoft nevertheless learned from the mistakes of No Man Sky and managed to give us everything we wanted to see in space exploration with a twist. We would personally like to see more content coming out soon along with more intractability with planets. Overall, we highly recommend this game if you are into space exploration games.

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Hobby Consolas
81 / 100
81 / 100
Oct 15, 2018

A great space opera for kids, which includes fast combat, deep exploration and some strategic elements. The use of toys and split screen multiplayer fits perfectly in the game. Switch version adds Starfox (with his own campaign, starship and allies).

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GameSpew
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2018

With a gorgeous visual design – even on Nintendo Switch, it's a striking-looking game – an enjoyable gameplay loop, fantastic audio design, and a lively cast of characters, there's plenty to like in Starlink: Battle for Atlas. It's a game I can see myself coming back to for a long time yet.

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Geeks Under Grace
8 / 10.0
Geeks Under Grace
Andrew Feistner
8 / 10.0
Jan 16, 2019

Just when you thought Toys to Life was dead, Starlink: Battle for Atlas cleans the mud off for a grand old space adventure. Even the Star Fox story doesn't feel forced or cringe-inducing. But if you want to save money, buy the $80 edition.

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GamesRadar+
Oct 15, 2018

At its core, Starlink: Battle for Atlas is a fantastic space exploration game, with solid flights, fights and enemies, but can be a complicated toys-to-life proposition to recommend, and understand.

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Saving Content
May 10, 2019

I feel like Starlink: Battle For Atlas has been overlooked, and very much underappreciated. It offers a fantastic space arcade experience whether you’re on a planet or in space, and the smooth transitions between each is ever so satisfying. I do consider the PC version the best and definitive way to play the game, with the exception of the Star Fox content you’d find on the Switch. It is also otherwise in full parity with the other console versions to include the support of the physical toys if you wish to go down that route. Starlink: Battle For Atlas is great for all ages, and has no shortage of content or enjoyment.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 15, 2018

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is a fantastic sci-fi game that's well worth playing no matter how old you are. The physical toys are attractive enough to adorn any shelf, and robust enough to actually be played with, while a large collection of ships isn't essential for completing the game, and there's even an option not to use them at all. It's a shame then that the story doesn't quite live up to rest of the game's promise, but you might be having too much fun to notice.

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2018

While Starlink shot for the moon and missed, it still managed to lands amongst the stars.

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Invision Community
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 27, 2018

The game’s story is lacking in places, is repetitive and lacks more variations of enemies so bear this in mind but remember it’s still fun. Starfox does seem like an afterthought and I would have loved to have seen this game as a pure Starfox game but Ubisoft and Nintendo clearly opted for something else. The planets are gorgeous and well-designed but sometimes do feel barren and unloved by wildlife. There is plenty to do, as the game should give you around 20 to 25hrs worth of playtime. Everything is voiced acted so there is no need to read anything, and there is so much depth to this game just like many other Ubisoft games, so there is plenty to dig into.

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TrueAchievements
Nov 6, 2018

A good variety of missions will please any players who haven't yet grown weary of the developer-publisher's oft-seen open-world design, making Ubisoft's risky project a game that shoots for the stars and in many ways manages to get there.

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Digitally Downloaded
Oct 15, 2018

Once you put aside Starlink's somewhat confused nature and design, what you're left with is a genuinely enjoyable open space adventure.

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GameSpace
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2018

Even without the toys, or even in spite of the toys, Starlink is a great game. Add in couch Coop and this is a fun way to get younger players into RPGs of this scope. It's also one of the few RPGs of this style that deal with space an technology and aren't just pure fantasy. With an interesting story to tell and compelling game systems Ubisoft has built a solid new IP. Hopefully they can continue to expand upon it into the foreseeable future.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2018

Ubisoft Toronto's first original IP looks great, plays beautifully, and puts a fresh and fun spin on toys that come to life inside games

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Game Informer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2018

An engaging entry point into space combat and exploration, with just enough sophistication to be attractive to some veteran pilots

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2018

Starlink: Battle For Atlas is a fun and enjoyable open-world space sim that tells a charming story with a likeable cast of characters. Despite its repetitive side activities and money-sucking selection of toys, the core gameplay loop and combat system are worth your time. The fact that everything can be brought digitally is also a plus.

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Game Revolution
Oct 22, 2018

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is really a title that begs for a sequel. As a proof of concept, it's an absolute success

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Cubed3
8 / 10
Cubed3
Flynnie

Top Critic

8 / 10
Nov 3, 2018

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is a surprise hit for Nintendo Switch. Furthermore, embedding Star Fox in was a masterstroke. From a surprisingly good score and audio cues from characters, to stunning vistas and scenery, there are many positives to be had. There will be many who appreciate the large number of tasks to do, but others will be deterred by the repetitiveness of them, although these are largely optional. The main issue is essentially asking what point of sale is the best value for money as no option is cheap. In fact, to enjoy all of Starlink's content can be a costly affair but even jumping in with the Standard edition or Starter pack is still £20 more than other AAA titles. Unfortunately, these barriers to entry can ruin the enjoyment for those who opt for lesser packages.

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EGM
8 / 10.0
EGM

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2018

Like a mashup of Star Fox and No Man's Sky, Starlink: Battle for Atlas features space combat, exploration, and a solid story to scratch your deep space itch. While presented as a toys-to-life game, the toys are entirely optional. Instead, opt for the digital version, which will get you additional content and greater convenience for about the cost of a physical Starter Pack. It's definitely the best way to play.

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Daily Star
Oct 19, 2018

Ubisoft bring toys-back-to-life in stunning space epic

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Nintendo Enthusiast
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2018

The story has enough to keep you engaged and the inclusion of Star Fox is inspired. I don't think this is the game that will reboot the toys-to-life genre, but I believe that it has enough to live on as a standard IP. I, for one, would be delighted to play through more adventures in the Starlink universe.

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FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 15, 2018

Starlink: Battle for Atlas lands on the Nintendo Switch with its additional vehicles, weapons and long exploration that make this more than just a space-based action game. While its visual environment could certainly be richer and its total price will be higher than that of most other games, Starlink presents a very engaging exploration component as well as its own Star Fox flair which fits perfectly in a Nintendo system.

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GamesFinest
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 22, 2018

"Starlink: Battle for Atlas" skilfully takes up the Toys-to-Life concept and offers a space adventure with many strengths and small weaknesses. The exploration of the colorful worlds as well as the completion of numerous secondary tasks is not only enormous fun, but keeps the motivation on a constantly high level. Even though the accessible game system proves to be the clear strength of the title, the uniformity of the missions quickly makes the game monotonous. Overall, "Starlink: Battle for Atlas" is a solid Toys-to-Life game, which doesn't fully exploit its potential, though, and is therefore more in the good midfield.

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Windows Central
Oct 18, 2018

Despite these issues, the game is a lot of fun, especially when you're blasting away enemies in thrilling space combat. I just wish its true potential had been realized.

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GameZone
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2018

Despite the repetitive nature of Starlink, I still mostly enjoyed my time with it, and I think that's partially because it doesn't feel bloated content-wise. In the end, it's a game made for a younger crowd of gamers, and if I put myself in that mindset, Starlink is one hell of a good time.

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The Game Fanatics
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2018

While the overarching plot isn't exactly high drama and the gameplay can feel limited by artificial busywork, Starlink: Battle For Atlas is the kind of game I've been craving for a while.

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IGN Italy
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2018

Starlink marks a bold and intriguing return for the toys-to-life genre. An engrossing even if ultimately flawed space journey.

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Bazimag
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2018

Starlink: Battle for Atlas despite its simplicity and humbleness is a great and enjoyable game at its core, but unfortunately it makes lots of mistakes. if we were in 6th or 7th generation of video games, optimistically we could expect a better sequel for it, but unfortunately for now Starlink is a good game that we can't predict a better future for it anytime soon.

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Gamerheadquarters
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2018

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is an incredible experience providing a seamless transition of space and planet exploration.

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PowerUp!
7.6 / 10.0
PowerUp!
Jackson Wall
7.6 / 10.0
Nov 27, 2018

I think this game can be easily enjoyed by adults and kids alike. The unique worlds are chock full of unique flora and fauna as well as enemies and allies to observe, battle and aid in a constant struggle against the forces of evil.

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AbsoluteXbox
3.8 / 5.0
3.8 / 5.0
Oct 23, 2018

Overall Starlink: Battle for Atlas is pretty enjoyable experience and gets a thumbs up from me its fun to play through and has some great touches throughout the 20-30 hour storyline, with plenty of content to keep you coming back for more after the story is complete, I’m just not sure how much the toys are really necessary.

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CultureJam
75%
75%
Oct 28, 2018

Let’s not kid ourselves; Starlink is here to sell toys. Just like Skylanders, amiibo, and Disney Infinity before it, Starlink is a game designed to make you buy those little ships, digitally or physically. And no, they won’t break the bank, and are pretty cool for what they are. I do wish the base game came with a little more oomph, but overall it’s a quality product, if you’re willing to make the investment

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GearNuke
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2018

Starlink: Battle For Atlas is a worthy contender of surprise game of the year and in a good way. It offers gorgeous visuals, high-quality cutscenes for the story, and it is easily the best Star Fox game in a long time.

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BaziCenter
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2018

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is not just a simple arcade title, as many would have thought; and while the potentials of this genre might be limited, Starlink still has a lot to offer including great combat, wonderful space atmosphere and endless discoveries.

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LevelUp
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2018

Starlink: Battle for Atlas can become a good starting point for a new franchise with a toys-to-life concept done the right way. Sadly, its repetitive nature lacks the ingredients to keep you hooked.

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GameCrate
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2018

Ultimately the toys-to-life aspect feels like it gets in the way a bit of an otherwise competent and fun space shooter that's packed to the brim with things to do. Flying ships feels great and the occasional difficulty spikes rarely take away from the excitement of tearing through the atmosphere onto a new planet's surface. But not all platforms are created equally, with the Switch's Star Fox content shining as a bright point.

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Worth Playing
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2018

Starlink: The Battle for Atlas is a solid and very enjoyable space-fighter themed take on Ubisoft's traditional open-world formula. It has a good amount of content and is a genuinely fun experience. The only thing dragging it down is the vestigial toy system, which works against the rest of the gameplay. Fortunately, the digital version of the game allows you to entirely side-step that trouble and contains enough content at the regular retail price to make it worthwhile. It's a good purchase for kids, and some adults (especially Star Fox fans) will find a fair bit to like here.

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Stevivor
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2018

As frustrating as the experience can be, there's a lot of enjoyment — and potential — to actually be had..

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TechRaptor
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 2, 2018

If you're of a certain age, Starlink: Battle for Atlas is an amazing prospect. It really nails the open world formula that Ubisoft has made famous and tones it down for kids. It's just too bad that the game doesn't hit the mark whenever it tries to achieve beyond that.

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DualShockers
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2018

Overall, Starlink: Battle for Atlas is a solid foundation if Ubisoft wants to make this into an ongoing franchise. Allowing you to play with or without the toys was a smart call, especially since if you're playing on the Switch and don't want to bring a bunch of toys with you. The world and characters they've created are intriguing enough for me to want to see more of it. If there was just a bit more variety, Starlink could be a fantastic franchise for both kids and adults alike.

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SECTOR.sk
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 7, 2018

Ubisoft's first venture into toys-to-life games is surprisingly good.

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Nexus
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 11, 2018

Starlink: Battle for Atlas provides a fun space adventure bolstered by awesome toys-to-life, though it notably suffers in some departments.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

Part No Man's Sky with a heavy helping of toys to life, Starlink: Battle for Atlas is an interesting addition to the planetary and space exploration genre. Admittedly, it can get repetitive and the implementation of toy functionality between digital and physical copies is a bit imbalanced. At the same time, it does a good job of layering in some fun combat and diverse weapon customization on top of its exploration, resulting in a more well-rounded game. It's basically what No Man's Sky should have been at launch — a complete gaming experience.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2018

Starlink's beautiful worlds invoke the wonder of heading into the deep unknown, and it's one of the best implementations of the toys-to-life genre we've seen so far. Shallow mission and exploration structure can make the game seem repetitive, but exhilarating space combat while being able to customize your ship at any time helps stave off the boredom that might come from ferrying your 20th helium diffuser. While it's not perfect, Starlink is a fantastic base for a new wave of toys-to-life games, innovating on the genre in a special way that further connects players with both the toys and the experience. And even when the game is off, for this 30-year old gamer at least, the spaceships are still fun to play with.

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Pure Nintendo
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 1, 2018

Starlink certainly holds up in terms of gameplay and adventure. Another strong suit is the fact you don't actually have to buy any of the actual accessories since they can all be bought through the shop including the game itself, kind of like DLC. Whether or not you are a Star Fox fan, you should definitely give this game a go.

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IGN Middle East
7.2 / 10.0
7.2 / 10.0
Oct 24, 2018

A unique but expensive space experience if you want to enjoy it in full.

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We Got This Covered
Oct 24, 2018

Starlink: Battle for Atlas preserves some of the complexity that makes deep space sims so rewarding by striking a healthy between fidelity and delight; a complicated toys-to-life scheme may dampen the experience for some, however.

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ZTGD
7 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2018

Starlink is a game I expected to groan and roll my eyes at. Instead I found myself enjoying it on multiple levels. The StarFox content makes it a must-own on Switch though. It feels like a chapter in his journey. Nintendo has done well to partner with Ubisoft on their projects, and it is paying off. While the toys are unnecessary this game is heaps better than it has any right to be.

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Switch Player
Oct 24, 2018

It’s a clever take on a somewhat redundant genre, and it’s hard not to be impressed initially with Starlink: Battle For Atlas. Despite some serious repetition there’s a whole lot to like here and the Star Fox content makes the Switch version the one to get, if you want it. Its the closest thing to a Nintendo Switch Star Fox but I suspect you could see it in bargain bins before too long.

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PlayStation Galaxy
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 23, 2018

I recommend giving this game a shot. Minus a few flaws, it can captivate you in certain ways that other space exploration titles have failed to do. And if you’re a fan of plastic toys? Even more of a reason for you to get your hands on Starlink: Battle for Atlas. It’s not the greatest, but it does what it’s supposed to and it does it right.

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Geek Culture
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2018

Take away the toys and you still have an exciting adventure awaiting you in Starlink: Battle for Atlas.

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Fandom
3.5 / 5.0
Fandom

Top Critic

3.5 / 5.0
Oct 24, 2018

Starlink is a simple game, but that’s not necessarily bad.

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Destructoid
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2018

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is a good game that's robbed of greatness by a lack of ambition and terrible toys-to-life implementation. Everything it gets right – the clever mix-and-match shipbuilding, the combat, the controls, the imaginative alien worlds, the decent space opera storyline – can't escape the vortex of tedium that comes with pedestrian mission design, planets that are mechanically the same, and the crushing knowledge that people who buy just the Starter Pack are getting an unquestionably inferior experience.

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Shacknews
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 5, 2018

The graphics are great, flying feels smooth and effortless, and combat and exploration are are delightful, both on-planet and off. The underwhelming mission variety and tremendous amount of customization options may put some players off, but the ones who stick with with the title will be treated to a polished space-based shooter with enough content to keep them busy for the foreseeable future.

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Just Push Start
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Oct 19, 2018

Overall, Starlink: Battle for Atlas is at odds with itself. Even if it has some cool mechanics, solid controls and plenty to do, there isn't enough diversity, story is underwhelming and the entry level experience is pretty limited. Even with all the content you're still better off going digital than physical, since the toy concept falls flat. Despite this, the Star Fox content is solid and it really is a fun game in short bursts. So, if you're looking for exploration game with plenty of small tasks, it's a solid choice, where as if you're hoping for the next big thing, this isn't it.

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Press Start
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 15, 2018

Starlink: Battle For Atlas is a fun game that adults and children alike will enjoy. The planets are beautiful and the amount of customisations that can be made in the game is impressive. Ultimately, the missions get a little bit repetitive and the Nintendo Switch version leaves a little bit to be desired in the visuals department, but as far as Star Fox goes, this is better than most Star Fox games in recent times.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 24, 2018

Starlink is a real little Space Opera open world, which is both very neat in its implementation but also in its gameplay and game system, more complex than it seems. In any case, we take a lot of fun to "clean" all the objectives of these 7 planets, in the purest tradition of Ubisoft games ... And despite its lack of variety. Except maybe with the StarFox scenario on Switch, definitely the best of the three versions even with the (small) downgrade.

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IGN
7 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2018

The toys are unnecessary, but Starlink: Battle for Atlas is still an enjoyable space adventure.

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SA Gamer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 20, 2018

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is an open world space shooter that is aimed at the younger market by combining toys with gameplay in an interesting way. Actual gameplay is not groundbreaking and gets repetitive after a while, but the way the game integrates with the toys at your disposal is quite innovative and fun, provided you have enough options available.

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Easy Allies
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2018
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Gameplanet
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2018

While Starlink may be a bit expensive for some, there's a tremendously fun game hiding beneath the toys-to-life options. The core combat loop stays satisfying throughout the journey. It's a great first entry in a new IP and I'm excited to see what else Ubisoft does to expand on the universe and gameplay.

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3DNews
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2018

A fun game which looks and plays really well, but suffers from a repetitive structure and a mediocre story.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 15, 2018

Starlink is a fun, albeit repetitive, game of space combat and exploration--but the digital version of the game is the way to go if you're on a budget.

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Wccftech
6.9 / 10.0
6.9 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2018

Starlink is a fun game, with great toys to play with and solid combat to back it up. Unfortunately, the sloppy story and barren explorable worlds hold back what could have been a great return to form for the toys-to-life genre.

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GamePro
68 / 100
68 / 100
Oct 19, 2018

Colorful and action-packed Space Opera with witty toys-to-life component. There are deductions for the outrageous pricing policy.

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New Game Network
66 / 100
66 / 100
Oct 18, 2018

Starlink: Battle for Atlas has moments of exciting combat, neat customization, and some engaging mechanics. However, this new intergalactic action adventure suffers an engine misfire due to a ton of repetition, occasionally awkward controls, and a lackluster story.

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God is a Geek
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2018

Frustrating platform elements and rote missions prevent Starlink from being as good as its promise deserves.

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Tech Advisor
Oct 15, 2018

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is a fun, arcade-y revival of the spaceship shooter that's been filled out with a lot of extra open world stuff - both the good and the bad.

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Push Square
6 / 10
6 / 10
Oct 20, 2018

Starlink: Battle for Atlas can't decide whether to take its toys-to-life concept seriously, or drop it completely. It has a good, if somewhat repetitive, open world experience to offer, but it's held back by mistakes that aren't entirely its own fault.

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Saudi Gamer
6 / 10
6 / 10
Oct 31, 2018

Starlink: Battle for Atlas draws you in with fast responsive controls, but quickly dulls out with its mundane tasks.

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Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
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Top Critic

6 / 10
Oct 15, 2018

A muddled mess of good intentions and corporate greed that ruins a promising space adventure with needless repetition and horribly expensive toys to life gimmicks.

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Twinfinite
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Oct 17, 2018

Instead of forcing story-based planet missions into a game that doesn't have an interesting story, Starlink should have doubled down on space combat. If it did, the flaws in the story would have been outshined by the constant joy experienced while dogfighting in space.

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pressakey.com
Nov 26, 2018

Starlink has a good playful foundation, but it has been sacrificed to a generic Open World approach and rampant recycling. Atlas is all about mass instead of class - it's a shame about the great Toys-to-Life approach.

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Slant Magazine
Oct 16, 2018

Before you know it, Starlink turns playing with toys into something that feels an awful lot like work.

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