Wonderfully beautiful, atmospheric and really difficult in their places!
Ori and the Will of the Wisps reminds me that at the beginning of the video games, the platform games were the ones that dominated the landscape. As 3D technology developed while the consoles got stronger and better, the classic platform game ended up in the cloud. Then something happened; and with games like – for example, the favorites Limbo and Inside (Best Games 2016, according to us) – so the classic platform genre has made a heady comeback and is better and more fun than ever. What some “lose” with the new trend of “metroidvania” games (games borrowed from the “originals” classics Metroid and Castlevania) is a fixed path. On the other hand, they win in finesse and ingenuity. The fact that they are usually pretty dazzling also does not make things worse.
Today’s consideration is Ori and the Will of the Wisps, which is the sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest, which we also absolutely loved here at senes.se when it was released in 2015. Now, five years later, Ori is back and this time is the little light creature in search of a friend who has disappeared . New dangers (big and small) are lurking everywhere and it will not be an easy task to accomplish that I promise.
Ori and the Will of the Wisp is Microsoft-exclusive and available exclusively PC and Xbox One. I have tested it on both platforms and – depending on what you have for the monitor and computer – I saw no major difference in performance, now that the Xbox One version has been updated properly (that’s why we were waiting for review). However, I find it difficult to sit on the couch, with a big TV and follow Ori’s adventures. Then the graphics are epic beautiful doesn’t make things worse, to experience Ori and the Will of the Wisps in 4K on Xbox One X. A really nice bonus is that your accounts are linked, so when you play on your PC you download the game via your Xbox app and flip you can play on your saved file, whether you sits on your PC or on the Xbox. Smart!
Ori and the Will of the Wisps is dazzlingly beautiful and has a very cute story – but don’t let the cute surface fool you. Basically, this is a really advanced and quirky platform game and you are not used to playing them and have your tongue right in your mouth so will run rock hard and quite early. I was stuck in one place pretty much until I realized that I had to upgrade Ori in order to move on. It is not uncommon for many button presses to have to be done in the right order to proceed.
I appreciate the challenge when I play games, but when it gets a bit for lots and lots for often that you get stuck, I get a little irritated in the end. Ori and the Will of the Wisps lies precisely on the delicate boundary between frustration and challenge. Maybe not much to complain about really – but sometimes I appreciated that it was a little more forgiving. The difficulty can be reduced in the battles, but the challenge of backtracking and reading the map carefully remains, as are the challenges of the puzzle.
In summary, I can still do nothing but give the grade a must, because this is platform game at its best! This is a new favorite game for me, in the same spirit as Inside and unravel. But watch out for some really difficult maneuvers, which will require both one, two and a hundred retakes.