Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
The forest of Nibel is dying. After a powerful storm sets a series of devastating events in motion, Ori must journey to find courage and confront a dark nemesis to save the forest of Nibel. “Ori and the Blind Forest” tells the tale of a young orphan destined for heroics, through a visually stunning Action-Platformer crafted by Moon Studios. Featuring hand-painted artwork, meticulously animated character performance, a fully orchestrated score and dozens of new features in the Definitive Edition, “Ori and the Blind Forest” explores a deeply emotional story about love and sacrifice, and the hope that exists in us all.
NEW IN THE DEFINITIVE EDITION
• Packed with new and additional content: New areas, new secrets, new abilities, more story sequences, multiple difficulty modes, full backtracking support and much more!
• Discover Naru’s past in two brand new environments.
• Master two powerful new abilities – Dash and Light Burst.
• Find new secret areas and explore Nibel faster by teleporting between Spirit Wells.
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Ori and the Blind Forest is a beautiful game. Visuals are stunning with bright colors throughout your campaign. Gameplay and movement is the best I have ever felt in a videogame. It flows incredibly, the music is composed incredibly, you become connected with the characters and story is paced very well. I give Ori and the Blind Forest a 5/5 masterpiece of a video game. Combat needs a bit of touching but the sequel does fix these problems.
Ori and the Blind Forest is a beautiful game with some fun music and sequences, and it keeps you engaged pretty much from start to finish. Main levels and such are great for the most part, and it's fun and addictive to run around clearing out the map. Unfortunately, it suffers from a lack of variety, polish (gameplay-wise) and thought put into the story
Saying I'm not a big fan of metroidvania games is a bit of an understatement; I've just never really been fond of being lost and confused, as well as trying to navigate this large map that seems almost endless. But that's where Ori surprised me, it has all of these qualities, yet I still enjoyed the hell out of it.
The story was nothing special to be completely honest; it was cute and heartwarming seeing the "friends forever," type of ending, but that's about all I could take away from it. The gameplay on the other-hand? Phenomenal. Getting all the upgrades to your arsenal is one thing, but using them in the game and challenging your platforming abilities throughout the entire journey was super rewarding. It felt like there was no power-up that went unused.
There were some, hiccups though to say the least. Or hiccup if you want to be precise. There's a ton of trial and error in some parts which can be exceedingly frustrating, even the fast respawns couldn't save me from getting a little hotheaded at times. This trial and error gameplay is especially bad in the "escape" sections, which I won't go into too much detail about considering it could be delving into spoilers; but it's a timed escape section which is the bane of my existence.
And last but not least, the world. Now as I said at the beginning, I'm not a fan of getting lost or not knowing where to go, but in Ori it felt like the world was just waiting to be explored. It benefited in many ways as well, rewarding you with health upgrades, ability points (which I'm not gonna talk about the abilities that you can unlock cause they're not too special), and upgrades to the little blue ball things that are right next to your health that help you save your game and use a powerful AOE explosion attack.
Overall, Ori was a BEAUTIFUL game to witness and I highly recommend purchasing it if you're even the slightest bit interested; especially because it's marked down to $5 permanently on steam which is a steal. Persevere through the difficulty and the slight hiccups at times and you'll experience a magnificent and well crafted game that'll keep you entertained.