Ori and The Blind Forest quickly became a massive hit. And not just with the indie crowd, but even in mainstream gaming. So it’s no surprise that when developers Moon Studios announced a sequel, it was met with a lot of fanfare. The good news is that Ori and The Will of The Wisps live up to all the hype.
Ori and The Will of The Wisps continue the story from the first game. And it also brings along everything that players loved about it in the first place. Of course, Moon Studios brought some new things to the plate. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons that make Ori and The Will of The Wisps is such a big deal.
Graphics As Art
The first thing anyone will notice about Ori and The Will of The Wisps is that each artwork is beautifully crafted. From backgrounds to special effects, everything flows cleanly into the overall art direction. And it is a gorgeous art direction at that, something that seems to be on the trend with a lot of indie developers.
Ori and The Will of The Wisps carry much of the same feel and ambiance as their predecessor. So if you’re a fan of the first game’s art, then you won’t be disappointed. The developers’ play with light has a way of entrancing you right from the get-go. Everything is done with attention to detail. You don’t need to play the game yourself to appreciate the beauty that is Ori and The Will of The Wisps. search for any gameplay video, and you can easily see why the artistic styling of the game has enthralled everyone.
New Breath of Life
Ori and The Will of The Wisps level up the gameplay experience by bringing a new set of abilities. Of course, you still have some of the staple movement abilities. But Moon Studios takes the next step by giving whole new abilities as well. This allows you a certain level of personalization in how you develop Ori. But it still keeps true to everything that made the first game so beloved.
If you’re new to Ori, it would be a great idea to start with the first game. That is not to say that new players can’t just jump into this Metroidvania. But you will be missing out on a big chunk of the Ori tale. And what a tale it is! The story is the main reason you’ll pick up Ori and The Will of The Wisps. It’s a direct sequel to the first game and continues with the tragically beautiful story.
Moon Studios has proven in Ori and The Blind Forest that they know how to drive a narrative. And with Ori and The Will of The Wisps, they bring more of those emotional overtones into the mix. Be prepared to shed a few tears, unless your heart is made of stone.
Bigger Yet Just as Beautiful
Ori and The Will of The Wisps is a game that you need to have in your game library. Especially if you are a Metroidvania fan since it has everything that you would ever look for. It’s an open-world adventure that drags your emotions deep into its story.
But not just the story, but the gameplay as well will have you experience a myriad of emotions. From sorrow to joy, frustration to exhilaration. Ori and The Will of The Wisps delivers a good challenge for any kind of gamer and will keep fans continuing to want more of Ori.