Ori and the Blind Forest is published by Microsoft Studios and developed by Moon Studios, an independent studio founded by Thomas Mahler (Blizzard Entertainment) and Gennadiy Korol (Animation Lab). Featuring hand-painted artwork, meticulously animated character performance, and a fully orchestrated score, Ori and the Blind Forest explores a deeply emotional story about love and sacrifice, and the hope that exists in us all.
The forest of Nibel is dying. After a powerful storm sets a series of devastating events in motion, an unlikely hero must journey to find his courage and confront a dark nemesis to save his home. Ori and the Blind Forest tells the tale of a young orphan destined for heroics, through a visually stunning action-platformer.
The initial prologue is beautiful yet moving. You start in a paradise where the only thing you worry about is getting the newly grown apples. But then you and your partner are split up when a storm starts.
Traveling from area to area unlocking new, enchanting landscapes in which you collect energy and light to bring back life to the forest. After playing for a while I decided to check how long I had been playing for and I was surprised to see how long I had actually been playing for. What felt like 30 minutes was actually 1.7 hours. Something I rarely experience in video games nowadays.
There isn’t any other way to play Ori and the Blind Forest than with a controller, it’s an action/platformer. This is a singleplayer only game, I would have liked to have seen a local co-op version of this game.
The story is simple, but does a great job at accompanying the beautiful backdrop and evoking an emotional response at some of the most unexpected times.
Combat is also quite simple, essentially all you have to do is spam the attack button. This can be upgraded through your ability tree and can feel very satisfying depending on the enemy you are attacking. These abilities are either unique passives, or augment the main abilities that you acquire through progression in the game.
Movement is polished. It’s incredibly good. It makes the fact that the platforming being difficult bearable. You’re okay with having to do a section multiple times. Dying isn’t really an issue in Ori and the Blind Forest, you’re able to save wherever you want as long as you have enough energy which acts as a checkpoint you revert back to when you die.
Throughout the game you are treated to sound that matches the look of the game. By that I mean a really artistic, delightful audible experience. The voice over narrative is also enthralling, you really have to listen to it to appreciate it.
Overall, Ori and the Blind Forest is an absolutely beautiful game that is definitely worth buying. The movement is good, combat despite simple is very satisfying and the storyline is captivating and emotionally provoking at times.
Ori and the Blind Forest Screenshots
Ori and the Blind Forest
"Overall, Ori and the Blind Forest is an absolutely beautiful game that is definitely worth buying. The movement is good, combat despite simple is very satisfying and the storyline is captivating and emotionally provoking at times."
- Incredible Graphics
- Emotionally Captivating
- Amazing Sound Design
- Challenging in Parts
- No Local Co-op
Amount of Content 90%