This game comes from Moon Studios, Ori and the Blind Forest being their first title. Moon Studios is comprised of former triple A developers and is not in any one location. Which is unique considering just about every game I can think of was produced and developed in house. All of the people that worked on this title are from all reaches of the earth and that makes the beauty of this game so much more.
This is the beginning of the game, you barely control Ori and have to experience a major death right off the bat. I adore how this game held no punches to get you into the game. Shortly after that, Ori meets up with Sein, a spirit guide who helps Ori attack enemies and shows the path in which Ori must take to revive the forest. Sein kind of reminds me of Navi from Ocarina of Time except less annoying and more useful.
You will find items that will increase your Life and Energy. Energy is the most interestingly unique thing in the game as its used for many things. It’s primary purpose is to allow the player to save the game wherever they choose. There is a catch though, once you create a savepoint/checkpoint, you use up an energy sphere, once out of energy, you cannot create another. This makes managing your saves vital to your success. I love this mechanic because as I pointed out in my Shovel Knight review, allows the player to choose how hard they want to make the game.
The music is something to be admired because they hit the nail on the head for whatever feeling was needed at any given moment. There are some very intense moments throughout this game and the music fits in so perfectly that it became part of the whole experience. The music for the average exploration section gave a sense of adventure, as if I was just wanting to play around and see new areas. The emotions of the music are some of the most powerful I’ve ever heard. If you never play the game, at least seek out the soundtrack.
Overall this game is a masterpiece. It will move you in ways you didn't know you could be moved. It uses a lot of tropes throughout it’s story but in very unique ways. Between the gameplay, visuals, music and story, you will be entranced the whole way though. It isn’t easy though, you will die a lot, I had 384 deaths by the end and most of which were my own fault. This is a game that you can play with your family as it will bring you closer to loved ones. I give Ori and the Blind Forest a 9 outta 10.
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