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Ori and the Blind Forest is simply a delightful game
The first 10 minutes of Ori and the Blind Forest are a roller coaster of emotions. We see unconditional love between 2 completely different creatures and the pain that comes with the loss of a loved one. Just when you get ready to take out the tissues, your journey starts.
And the trip you take in Ori and the Blind Forest is an impressive one. The magical atmosphere in this game holds you from the first second and just won’t let go. Ori and the Blind Forest is a platform game with strong elements of RPG. It resembles Metroid, whereas you can only get to certain areas once you mastered a new skill.
So you are Ori, a tiny creature that kind of looks like Ratchet, but then a lot sweeter. During a storm you get blown out of the Spirit Tree and you end up in a forest. There Naru, a big, charming, monster (?) finds you and takes care of you as if you were her own kid. You grow up in a happy environment, but soon you notice the forest is running out of food. The fact that the forest turns blind (after the Spirit Tree was looking for you) doesn’t help either. At a certain point, you lose Naru and you have to survive on your own. This is where the actual game starts.
In the beginning, the game play of Ori and the Blind Forest is like any other platformer; you walk and you jump. Pretty soon, you get the ability to shoot light shards too, which comes in handy, because at he exact same time, monsters appear.
At first, the monsters are quite easy to defeat, since you are such an agile little jumper, but it gets trickier soon, and you always have to keep an eye on your surroundings. It’s easy to avoid a monster while you shoot at it, but you don’t want to land in a bush full of nasty spikes.
You puzzle your way through the levels, often running into doors, walls, or other obstacles, that you can’t get past. You need to collect items, or learn skills before you can move on. Those items are never easy though. Ori and the Blind Forest is a game you progress through trial and error, a lot of error. So often, timing is of the utmost importance which isn’t easy if you have to wall jump between 2 walls filled with spikes while some flower is shooting at you.
Ori and the Blind Forest is a game of exploring and adapting to your new powers and abilities. It is not something you just quickly play and move on. But that’s okay. Ori and the Blind Forest’s levels are such a delight to jump around in, that you easily lose track of time.
Besides the beautiful graphics, there’s also a fitting soundtrack that puts you on the edge of your seat every time you want to explore a new area, over and over again. Despite seeing the same parts several times in a short time (since you will fail a lot) it still feels you’re watching a great animated movie. The atmosphere in Ori and the Blind Forest is what makes this game so outstanding.
The combination of being beautiful and challenging makes Ori and the Blind Forest a sublime game. Not a single second does it feel forcefully difficult. The graphics won’t distract you from the gameplay. It is such a great experience to play Ori and the Blind Forest, that it makes you wonder why this is so rare these days.
Ori and the Blind Forest is available for Xbox One and PC.
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