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Ori and the Will of the Wisps review

Ori and the Will of the Wisps Xbox 1 Review

Developer: Moon Studios

Publisher: Xbox Game Studios

Platforms: Xbox 1, PC

Genre: Platformer, Metroidvania, Single Player

Our Rating: 3.5/5 


Ori and the Will of the Wisps is my first real experience of the Ori series, the first instalment is hugely admired. However, for whatever reasons, it just hasn’t been something that I have been overly drawn to. Following on from playing this, I can’t say I will be rushing to try the predecessor.

You launch straight into Ori and the Will of the Wisps, you do not have to have played the first instalment to get stuck in. Ori and his family of forest spirits are raising Ku, a small owl baby. Ku goes missing and Ori must traverse the world in order to save him. In doing so he reignites the forest and brings it all back to life. 

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Frustratingly difficult

Ori and the Will of the Wisps is one of the most difficult games I’ve ever played. There is no real margin for error- especially early on when your health is low. My level of frustration was absolutely through the roof a lot of the time. This does not feel challenging it feels frustrating. You can perform an action 16 times and not get it right, but the 17th time you will. Couple that with some serious performance issues, my experience with Ori was pretty irritating!

Undoubtedly Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a beautiful game. There are new areas that are all different in certain different ways, whether that be frozen landscapes or sandy deserts. The art style and the character design look like they would be perfectly at home in a Studio Ghibli movie. 

There are not many lighter moments and the emotional scenes fall a little flat. The sense of duality is not achieved and it feels like just one thing after another. Couple that with the constant sorrow filled music it feels like a slog to get thought after a while. 

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Perfect for fans of platformers

If you love platformers or Metroidvania games, you will likely love Ori- where the core platforming mechanics shine, the combat mechanics and storyline fall down somewhat. It is 12-15 hours of samey backdrops, repetitive enemies but brilliant traversing. 

Ori and the Will of the Wisps has some great points but also some that really pull it down. Ori and the Blind Forest was so highly regarded topping it was always going to be a challenge.

Does Ori and the Will of the Wisps succeed? You tell me.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps is available on Xbox Gamepass at the moment or you can pick it up here.


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