Our total adoration of this indie masterpiece knows no bounds. It was no issue for us to buy it on our Nintendo Switch, what with already owning the Steam version as well.
Why get it again? Other than its total genius, the chance to play it in handheld mode is far too tempting. Let’s revisit it all, y’all!
Ori and the Blind Forest
This is the definitive edition of the release, which means it includes the DLC pack developer Moon Studios released in 2016.
The indie team is owned by Microsoft, so it’s something of an unusual deal for the rival to allow Nintendo access to this one.
But Ori first came out in 2015, so it’s no exclusive—a chance for the game to gain more exposure ahead of the Ori and the Will of the Wisps’ release in 2020.
Well, every Switch owner should have this. Asides from its beautiful looks and outstanding soundtrack from Gareth Coker, it’s an emotional and enormously engaging experience.
On our first playthrough in late 2015, as we neared the end we became increasingly overwhelmed by how remarkable it all is.
It starts off in a simple way, but just builds and builds into an epic adventure. You feel like you’re on a mission than means something.
It’s a tough game, and our advice is to save as often as possible, but what an experience it is.
In our extensive Well Red Mage Ori and the Blind Forest review, we note Moon Studio’s head honcho Thomas Mahler praises Nintendo’s masterpiece Super Metroid (1994). “I want games like that again”, he thought.
And, boy, did his team deliver big time. A sprawling Metroidvania masterpiece that deserves recognition as one of the best games of all time.
A big part of the Ori and the Blind Forest experience is the exceptional soundtrack.
The British composer has lived in Japan and is now in LA, with his most famous work remaining with this indie classic.
It’s also dramatic when it needs to be, such as during Ori’s thrilling journey up a tree exploding with water.
Yes, things like that happen in video game world. Don’t question the physics.
It’s one of our favourite video game soundtracks of all time. It lends so much charisma and emotion to the adventure and really involves you in it.
At times it’s as if you really are Ori. So it’s advisable you stick some headphones on and really immerse yourself in this beautiful world Moon Studios created.
Will of the Wisps
Finally, the great news is a sequel is set for release on 11th February 2020. It’ll launch on the Xbox One and Steam.
It looks absolutely incredible and Gareth Coker is back with a new soundtrack. So, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is one to watch.
Based on its predecessor, we expect a brutally tough platformer that also delivers big time on a gameplay front.
If it’s better than the first one… well, we’ve got another one of the best games ever. No pressure then, eh? The hype is high. The expectations very real.