Ori and the Will of the Wisps, much like its predecessor it’s a wonderful game and visually one of the most breathtaking titles we’ve played during this year Ori and the Will of the Wisps it continues the narrative from the previous game if you haven’t played Ori and the Blind Forest I recommend you pick that up before playing this if you want to know the full narrative or watch a Let’s Play on YouTube.
Starting out I do want to say that the best part about Ori and the Will of the Wisps is that you don’t actually have to have played the previous title to enjoy this game. You’re more than capable of jumping into the series fresh without any previous knowledge of the narrative, as the narrative of the game ends up being secondary to the gameplay and it doesn’t drag a lot if not any of the game’s previous narrative into the fold as it’s more of a stand-alone title that just continues the story.
You play as Ori a light-hearted spirit guardian who lives in the forest of Niwen a beautiful and serene landscape that is both visually breathtaking and enthralling to live in. In Ori and the Will of the Wisps, you are tasked with a journey to rescue and reunite with Ku after a storm separates you both as Ku has tried flying and you both were separated in a storm.
During your journey in this platform adventure game, you will encounter a variety of dangerous enemies from giant wolves, slugs, and other assortment of enemies where Ori and Ku have landed is decaying so Ori must now not only rescue his friend Ku but the forests of Nibel as well.
Accomplishing this goal is no easy feat and to do this Ori finds tree’s the contain the knowledge of previous Wisps and can gather their abilities to enhance their own to battle against these creatures of decay and not only to rescue his friend Ku but the forests of Nibel as well.
Now, as I played through Ori and the Will of the Wisps I was yet again entranced by the astounding beauty that this game gives us with its use of color it’s almost like we’re adventuring in a painting as the woods can either be dark and grim which adds an element of psychological horror to its design or bright and colorful which makes us excited to be running through the game.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps use these colors to portray the emotion of each scene in the game to such an extent that it leaves me captivated as to what will happen next. Inspiring hope, dread, fear, and joy through the color of the landscape.
The mechanics of Ori and the Will of the Wisps are fairly straightforward and solid as it’s a platform title with a fair amount of puzzle-solving that we have to accomplish and attention to your surrounding details is the biggest part of the puzzles you’ll encounter as you play through the game.
Although we don’t use a scoring system anymore, we’d easily give this game a solid one hundred for its flawless execution in its design and fine-tuned mechanics. Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a game I’d highly recommend to anyone who wants to spend their time in quarantine relaxing and trying not to stress as its a game about hope, friends, and families and the struggle we face during trying times and not to give up when things look bad.
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