The Finals Beta Review – A Rising Star In The World of Arena Shooters

The Finals has the potential to go toe-to-toe with the best of them.

The Finals Beta Review
  • Story And Setting
  • Gameplay
  • Visuals and Performance


The Finals has the potential to go toe-to-toe with the kings of the arena-shooter genre, but it has a ways to go until it gets to that level.

  • Developer: Embark Studios
  • Publisher: Embark Studios
  • Release Date: TBD
  • Platforms: PC. Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5
  • Tested On: PC


  • Fast-Paced
  • Stunning Visuals
  • Great Performance
  • Low Latency
  • Beautiful Cosmetics


  • Limited Game Modes
  • Small Selection of Maps
  • Floaty Movement
  • Minor Bugs

Announced back in August of 2022, The Finals is supposed to be the next big multiplayer shooter that’s gonna take the world by storm. Its gameplay completely revolves around the concept of Cashouts, as players assemble teams of three and attempt to complete different objectives.

Since its announcement, the game has had a few different closed betas, followed by the most recent open beta, which showcased all of the improvements made to the new gameplay and visuals over the months. So let’s dive into the whirlwind of reactions and explore the impact of its launch with my The Finals review.

Story And Setting

The Finals Backstage
The Finals Backstage. (Image Captured By eXputer)

Like a lot of arena-based shooters, there is an actual premise to the world of The Finals, and it revolves around people competing in a televised game show for fame and fortune. But as far as the actual lore is concerned, there are hints here and there, but we aren’t likely to learn concreted details until the full release.

But the game has quite a number of modes, and all of them mostly revolve around the concept of Cashouts. The team that banks the required amount of cash emerges as the winner or the one who has banked the highest amount of cash after the time limit expires. 

The Finals Game Modes
Game Modes. (Image By eXputer)

Currently, there are two game modes available in the open beta of The Finals; Quickplay and Tournaments, which are further divided into Quick Cash, Bank It, Tournament and Ranked Tournament sub-modes.

The premise of The Finals revolves around people competing in a televised game show for fame and fortune.

The Tournaments game mode lets the players experience a whole tournament in the form of ranked or unranked games. Players have to fight their way through different brackets of the match to make it to the final brackets of the match. The top 2 teams in each bracket move to the next set of brackets.

Skyway Stadium Map
Skyway Stadium. (Captured By eXputer)

There are a total of 3 maps so far: Seoul, Skyway Stadium, and Monaco, with each map consisting of a day and night version.

Furthermore, each map features a dynamic weather system that allows players to experience sunny and cloudy weather with some addition of fog to it. Unfortunately, the maps are completely random and cannot be selected by players.

However, we expect the Devs to release more game modes and maps with full release to attract more players and make the game even more enjoyable.


The Finals Gameplay
Gameplay. (Image Credits: eXputer)

I will not say that The Finals introduces completely new principles to the mechanics of FPS games, however, it has a different feel that differentiates it from past titles in the genre.

It introduces a combination of Call of Duty’s and Battlefield’s mechanics into one game, and this combined set of features allows players to experience a new, fast-paced shooter with unique and nostalgic gunplay. 

Unlike the two major FPS titles, CS2 and Valorant, The Finals consists of three players in a team and is not bound by the concept of landing precise headshots to get kills. Players can easily abuse the concept of run and gun.

However, landing headshots does deal more damage to enemies, but you also have the choice of spraying them down while running and gunning. But it’s not that easy to spray down the enemies due to the high recoil of guns and the limited amount of bullets in the magazine.

Weapons, Gadgets, and Specializations
Weapons, Gadgets, And Specializations. (Image Captured By eXputer)

Gameplay is not only limited to weapons since the game has 27 different gadgets we can use. Some of these are available from the start, but others have to be unlocked by playing matches and earning VRs in order to unlock them.

I will not say that The Finals introduces completely new principles to the mechanics of FPS games, however, it has a different feel that differentiates it from past titles in the genre.

There is also a feature known as Specializations, which are basically different abilities that players can utilize to radically switch up the gameplay experience. Furthermore, the devs have introduced three different classes into the game; Light, Medium, and Heavy.

The Finals Classes
Classes. (Captured By eXputer)

The Light Class, having the lightest loadout, is the fastest among all of the classes, which makes it good to flank enemy teams. Having the Evasive Dash or Grappling Hook equipped, I could instantly move from one location to another. 

On the other hand, the Medium class is more balanced. The set of weapons and gadgets available for it allowed me to be aggressive when needed, and play passively otherwise. Players can think of the Medium class as the support role as well.

And finally, the Heavy class can be considered as the tank. This class consists of the heaviest gear in the game and is the slowest when it comes to movement. However, it’s the one that allowed me to deal the most damage when it came to gunfights.

The Finals Ranking System
Ranking System. (Image By eXputer)

I felt that the Ranked system is not so different from what you might find in a lot of other FPS titles. Players have to start from the lowest rank, which is Bronze IV, and can make up to the highest rank of Diamond I in The Finals Leaderboards.

Winning games and gaining FP (Fame Points) will allow players to rank up. Good performance in matches can also result in positive FP

Visual And Performance

Weapon Skin Inspection
Weapon Skins. (Image Credits: eXputer)

The Finals is built on the Unreal Engine 5. It’s not the only title released this year that runs on this engine, but it is indeed among the ones that make the best use of it so far due to its stunning Graphics and Visuals. Factors such as the map designs, as well as the dynamic weather system, make The Finals stand out from the rest.

Compared to the first and second closed beta playtests, The Finals has received very positive feedback on the changes they have made to the game visuals, making it more stunning than ever. The crispiness and stunning designs of weapon and gadget skins show the amount of effort the developers have put in.

Performance Test
Performance Test. (Image Captured By eXputer)

The performance of The Finals has become a lot better as compared to the closed beta.

It’s not the only title released this year that runs on Unreal Engine 5, but it is indeed among the ones that make the best use of it so far.

There were complaints regarding low FPS the frames dropping drastically during explosions, and even game crashes were reported. And while these issues have not completely been solved, they are much less frequent.

While talking about the performance, how can I miss the latency, which is the most important aspect of an online multiplayer game. According to different speculations, The Finals is said to have 128-Tick servers, which keeps the latency minimum, thus reducing delay and enhancing the experience of online gaming. 


Skyway Stadium Zipline
Verdict. (Captured By eXputer)

The Finals has the potential to compete and win against some major FPS titles like Call of Duty: Warzone and Battlefield 2042. However, quite a number of improvements are required before stepping into the competitive world of FPS gaming. Otherwise, the game won’t be able to survive.

As it stands now, The Finals earns a positive review, but issues with it such as floaty movement, weapon inspection, settings bugs, and different glitches highly affect the overall performance. And they need to be fixed when the full release rolls around.

This has been our The Finals Review. While you’re here, consider checking out some of our other articles. 

Why You Should Play This Game?

If you are someone who enjoys playing shooter games or has experienced the major FPS titles then you should consider giving The Finals a try.

Why You Shouldn’t Play This Game?

If you are not into competitive shooters and generally look for more of a laid-back experience. The community can also be pretty toxic, just like most games in the genre.

Who Is This Game For?

This Game is generally for players who are looking to experience a new shooter game or want to go pro in a new FPS title.

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Asad Ahmed

Asad Ahmad is a Games Reviewer on eXputer who’s combined his passion for writing and gaming into a sweet blend of content for his audience to enjoy. He started off his gaming journey in the RTS genre but settled on RPGs like Skyrim as his go-to games. Asad has a substantial amount of writing experience in reviewing and writing for games, which is backed up by his extensive gaming library on Steam. Experience: 2+ Years || Education: Bachelors in Electrical Engineering || Published 50+ Game Reviews

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