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E3 2018: Ori and the Will of the Wisps gameplay trailer
1 year ago

E3 2018: Ori and the Will of the Wisps gameplay trailer

The highly anticipated sequel Ori and the Will of the Wisps made its gameplay debut yesterday during Microsoft’s E3 conference. Not only does it somehow look more artistically stunning than …
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Ori revealed as Rivals of Aether fighter
2 years ago

Ori revealed as Rivals of Aether fighter

In case the newly announced Ori and the Will of the Wisps wasn’t enough for you, there will be a chance to play as the lovable guardian spirit again before the …
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Ori and the Will of the Wisps announced
2 years ago

Ori and the Will of the Wisps announced

Ori and the Blind Forest may hold the record for how quickly it could make a player cry, throwing an extremely emotional gut-punch within the first few minutes. One of E3’s most …
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Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition — worth a second look?
3 years ago

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition — worth a second look?

When I reviewed the initial release of Ori and the Blind Forest one year ago, I described it as “beautiful and sorrowful” and a “masterpiece,” which I felt would surely …
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Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition jumps onto Xbox One March 11
3 years ago

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition jumps onto Xbox One March 11

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The Definitive Edition of one of the best games from 2015, Ori and the Blind Forest, is set to release March 11. Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition developed …
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Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition delayed to Spring 2016
4 years ago

Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition delayed to Spring 2016

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Earlier this year at Gamescom Microsoft and Moon Studios announced that Ori and the Blind Forest would be receiving a definitive edition set to launch sometime in 2015. However, Ori and the …
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XBLA Fans’ 2015 Game of the Year awards
4 years ago

XBLA Fans’ 2015 Game of the Year awards

After its first full calendar year of existence was dominated by ports, re-releases and remasters, ID@Xbox came into its own in 2015. Yes, as we looked back on this second …
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Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition coming this year
4 years ago

Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition coming this year

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Critical darling Ori and the Blind Forest is getting an expansion, Moon Studios Director Thomas Mahler announced through Major Nelson earlier this week. Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition
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Ori and the Blind Forest profitable in a week
4 years ago

Ori and the Blind Forest profitable in a week

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Moon Studios CEO Thomas Mahler took to NeoGaf this week to talk about the current state of Ori and the Blind Forest. He revealed that the critical darling has …
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Ori and the Blind Forest review (Xbox One)
4 years ago

Ori and the Blind Forest review (Xbox One)

Ori and the Blind Forest was developed by Moon Studios and published on Xbox One by Microsoft Studios. It will be released on March 11, 2015 for $19.99. A copy was provided for review purposes.

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If I’m ever asked sum up Ori and the Blind Forest in just a few words, I’ll undoubtedly describe it as beautiful, sorrowful, thought-provoking and magical, but it’s also a game which offers a stiff challenge that stretches across a vast and diverse range of environments and offers a lot of replay value. In fact, I’d have to say that Ori is one of the best games I’ve played in a long time and it may even be one of my favourite games ever, despite belonging to a subgenre of platform games of which typically I’m not a fan.

Although Ori is basically a platform game with RPG-lite elements, it features a system of advancement through the unlocking of new and different abilities – double jumping, air-dashing and so on which in turn allow access to previously unreachable areas. This style of game is traditionally likened to Metroid and Castlevania, but due to its graphical leanings and wonderful musical score, Ori is perhaps most alike to Dust: an Elysian Tale among its peers.

As a reviewer, I’m duty bound to tell you what genre a game belongs in, or how it looks and how long it is, but the truth is that Ori is one of those special kind of games that works hard to set itself apart (and boy does it succeed) because almost everything comes together perfectly to create a tight and eminently enjoyable experience which allows it to sit aside from similar games and perhaps even redefine the accepted norm.

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