Ori and the blind forest review

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Platsize Win, Xbox One
quảng cáo online Microsoft Studios
Developer Moon Studios
Release Date Mar 11, 2015

I"ve reviewed hundreds of games, and some have been a real pain in the ass, for sure. Some games are bad, và I have to play them anyway. Some games are middling, disappointing examples of a great concept & bad execution. Then there are games where I want so badly khổng lồ stick around in them, lớn explore và collect everything, to lớn find all their secrets, & I just can"t, because I"m on a deadline.

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Ori and the Blind Forest fits inkhổng lồ that last camp perfectly. An international collaboration with developers from all over the world — collectively known as Moon Studgame ios — Ori feels in many ways lượt thích the apotheosis of decades of action-adventure game design, wrapped in some of the most beautiful, cohesive presentations I"ve ever seen in a game.

Ori & the Blind Forest begins as a storm buffets the ancient, life-sustaining Spirit Tree, and a single, magical leaf is blown away khổng lồ l& in the forest below. The leaf, it turns out, is a cat-lượt thích creature named Ori. Ori is found and adopted by the kind Naru, who raises Ori as her own. The pair live sầu a happy life until one night, when the Spirit Tree is corrupted, leaving the forest "blind" and dying. With everything he cares about at stake, Ori meets the spirit Sein & sets off to restore the Spirit Tree và save sầu the forest.

It"s not the most original premise, granted, but Ori và the Blind Forest gets away with it for two main reasons.

First, there"s real characterization và personality lớn Ori và the other inhabitants of the forest. Moon Studquả táo takes enough time at the beginning of the game to lớn invest you in the story và its leads before putting everything in danger, all without feeling too cutscene-driven. Ori treats its characters with care and respect, granting them motivations and personalities, all with almost no dialogue to lớn speak of. There are villains in the forest, but there"s no clear evil, not really.

The second reason should be apparent with even the most cursory of glances: Ori & the Blind Forest is strikingly beautiful. There"s a quirky, distinctive sầu art style to the characters themselves, và they are painstakingly animated to lớn express the character their absence of much spoken dialogue at all can"t provide. Ori also artfully manipulates the emotional impact of these moments with a sweeping orchestral score.

Ironically, as impressive as the character animation và soundtrachồng are, I was more struông xã by the world around them. Ori and the Blind Forest uses traditional sidescroller visual cues like parallax scrolling in ways I"ve never seen before, layering hundreds of instances of animations everywhere in the game world. The result is a space that feels alive sầu. Everything always feels in flux, in motion, ready lớn shift at a moment"s notice. I"m sure there"s static artwork in Ori somewhere, but I can"t remember any of it.

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Ori"s traditionadanh sách streak isn"t limited lớn its visual concepts. Ori và the Blind Forest"s skeleton is deeply rooted in the item-gated action-adventure genre that reached a sort of platonic igiảm giá khuyến mãi with Super Metroid in 1994, và in that respect it isn"t chất lượng. Other genres have borrowed Metroid"s name và smashed it into lớn other games to try khổng lồ make something new, but I"ve never played a game so determined lớn take and develop those ideas & augment them with incredibly refined, responsive sầu mechanics the way Ori does. Moon Studgame ios has prioritized this mechanical foundation, resulting in incredibly tight, responsive sầu controls that make Ori a joy khổng lồ play.

Per its influences, there"s plenty of exploration in Ori & the Blind Forest. You"re không lấy phí khổng lồ go more or less wherever you want from the start, impeded not by invisible walls but by Ori"s physical limitations. When you encounter a barrier you can"t traverse, or see a spot you just can"t reach, it"s because you haven"t found the skill you need to make it happen yet. As the game progresses, Ori finds new abilities that should be familiar khổng lồ genre vets, like wall jumps, the ability to lớn float & more.

But Ori & the Blind Forest isn"t nội dung to use its abilities as one-off keys to new areas, or even rote tools lớn be employed the same way over & over. Instead, it practically demands you use the new parts of Ori"s arsenal on a regular basis almost as soon as you find them, in scenargame ios ranging from simple enemy encounters to elaborate platforming challenges that will kill you for too many mistakes.

Ori will kill you so often it keeps traông xã of it

This save sầu system is a smart, small tweak on established convention that typifies so much of what the game does well. But I think Ori is just as well-served by its brevity. At just over seven & a half hours, I sat at around 90 percent completion in the game. And when it ended, I could still rethành viên the characters, who they were, what they were doing and what I was doing.

Moon Studios seems freed by the lower price point of a downloadable game lớn make something that isn"t artificially extended. There"s lots lớn explore, but not so much that I lost track of the plot or my motivation, which, for this kind of game, has always been a particular challenge.

Wrap Up: Ori & the Blind Forest shows a spectacular cấp độ of confidence

Ori & the Blind Forest is a rare realization of fantastic kiến thiết and production values in a space where I wasn"t expecting khổng lồ find it, displaying a spectacular cấp độ of confidence in what it is and what it does. And here"s where we come baông chồng to lớn wishing I hadn"t reviewed it as quickly as I had to. It"s a game that provides so much to lớn explore and appreciate, và I would have liked to lớn have taken just a little more time than I was able.

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Ori và the Blind Forest was reviewed using a pre-release download code provided by Microsoft. You can find additional information about heya.com.vn"s ethics policy here.

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