Ori & the Will of the Wisps

Ori & the Will of the Wisps

The Xbox Series X is about to get the wonderfully colorful sequel to 2015’s Ori and the Blind Forest later in 2020, the commercially successful first title from Moon Studios. Ori and the Will of the Wisps have already graced the PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch with its awe-inspiring visuals. There was almost nothing wrong with the original title that left a lasting impression in our hearts.

However, as much as Ori leaves a lasting impression in our hearts, it does an excellent job of pulling them too with its story of life and death. While the artwork for the game may be beautiful, don’t get too distracted by its immersive graphics, or else you’ll end up failing the game’s many (and often challenging) puzzles.

Death in Ori and the Will of the Wisps is common and not for the easily frustrated. Anyone who immediately quits a Dark Souls’ game after dying once will most-likely make another controller-shaped hole through the wall while practicing deep-breathing exercises.

 

Players can expect to combat to be as beautiful as the background environment. Ori and the Will of the Wisps leave players dazzled through multiple stages as they fire off more abilities than they could do in the first. Despite controlling such a tiny creature, Ori is as powerful as they come with combat sequences packing as much of a punch as one would expect the Incredible Hulk to pack against enemies. These abilities come into play during boss encounters. Imagine Ori, such a tiny creature against monstrous boss fights that can be a bit frustrating for the faint of heart. Fortunately, that’s what makes the game so appealing. We hate to say it, but it’s almost as if it’s the “Dark Souls” of the cute magical critter genre.

It’s the boss fights that give the player a sense of purpose. If you encounter a boss, you cannot defeat, then go back and upgrade through the spirit shards. It’s all about enhancing Ori into being able to overcome these obstacles. It’s a bit of a roleplaying experience to smash through weaker enemies in order to work your way up to defeating the game’s seemingly impossible bosses.

 

They say sequels are never as good as the original, but Moon Studios has somehow pulled it off with Ori and the Will of the Wisps. The game is as breathtaking as it is frustratingly breath-inducing. The game also goes to places you wouldn’t expect from the series, but those are spoilers, and we want you to experience the game for yourself.

Platform: Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, PC
Release Date:
2020
Developer:
 Moon Studios

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