As the first true video game from developer Ember Lab, who began as an animation company, Kena: Bridge of Spirits leans into the studio's greatest strengths. Dazzling visuals, a stunning presentation, and superb facial animations dot the experience like you're playing an interactive Pixar movie, though it's also clear that their first attempt is noble and great when it lets off the brakes, but not quite up to scratch just yet.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits follows the titular protagonist Kena, a Spirit Guide who helps spirits move onto the next life. Throughout the game, Kena interacts with numerous lost souls each harbouring some form of guilt or regret that they need to overcome. Kena has to lead them across a beautiful land while looking for a mystical mountain shrine, all the while forces try to stop her from achieving her goals.
Ember Lab's talent as an animation studio absolutely shines and I can't commend them enough...
The world itself is vibrant, detailed and beautifully rendered...
It's never an overwhelming challenge, though, but it will take some players by surprise...
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Ember Lab, Maximum Games
PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
21 September 2021
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