Once in a while, a game comes around that completely sets the bar for its genre. Back in 2013 I played Rayman Legends, a game that would stand the test of time as one of the best platformers and best overall titles I had ever played. I dabbled with a few others over the years but found myself constantly revisiting old faithful - which was a slight problem as it was becoming rather old. Well, it seems I won’t be having that problem anymore, because Ori and the Will of the Wisps has completely stolen my heart.
If you’ve played 2015’s Ori and the Blind Forest, you’ll be met with familiar fare here. Taking place in the land of Niwen, the game starts with Ori and their new friend/family member Ku, a purple owl. Ori and Ku embark on what is Ku’s first flight but naturally, trouble arises and the two of you are separated in a storm. The rest of the game sees you set out on an adventure to find Ku and help the inhabitants of Niwen by restoring their land from the Decay.
If you like games that make you feel something, you’d best get yourself a box of tissues.
While I adore boss fights, the regular in-game combat wasn’t always the best.
Topping this off is the soundtrack, which is one of the best I have heard to date.
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Xbox Game Studios
PC, Xbox One
11 March 2020
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