Ori And The Will Of The Wisps Review Round-Up (VIDEO)
Hailed as one of the best and most beautiful platformers of modern times, 2015’s Ori and the Blind Forest has now received a greatly-anticipated follow-up in the form of Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Shown off in various gameplay and event showcases, developer Moon Studios has been teasing a truly vibrant sequel with plenty of new combat-infused platforming, stunning visuals, and a lovely emotional story sending the titular Ori on yet another forest-exploring adventure.
While all signs look to suggest a truly gorgeous experience for the platformer, one might wonder what are the critics are actually saying about the game. Well, it appears that Ori and the Will of the Wisps is not one to disappoint, with the majority of reviews lauding the game’s challenging gameplay elements and expanded world variety – many going as far as calling the sequel a true masterpiece of the genre.
Game Informer – 95/100
“The story is fantastic, the world is breathtaking, and all of that pales in comparison to the wonderfully made gameplay that soars both as a platforming and combat game. Moon Studios has outdone itself with Will of the Wisps, delivering an experience that doesn’t have any lulls, makes the player feel clever, and just keeps getting better as it goes.”
GamesRadar+ – 90/100
“A gorgeous, tear-jerking platformer which improves on absolutely everything in the first game and ranks among the finest Metroidvanias available today.”
IGN – 90/100
“In Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Moon Studios has taken an excellent foundation and made even more out of it. Its many new elements expand on and add to the first game’s fun without bogging it down or becoming overcomplicated. And that’s really the best praise you can give a sequel – it stays true to the spirit of the original, doubles down on what made it great, and gives you more stake in the world and options to navigate it. Ori and the Will of the Wisps is an excellent heartfelt follow-up that pushes the series to new heights.”
Polygon – “Wonderful”
“Ori and the Will of the Wisps offers a gorgeous world to explore and a varied, creative series of abilities and tasks that guide my exploration and help me see more of this wonderful place. It expands my options in combat and offers me more to do, and mostly benefits from that added complexity, while losing some of its focus in the process. Overall, however, it’s a worthy trade off.”
TrueAchievements – 90/100
“The wait for Ori and the Will of the Wisps will most definitely prove worthwhile: Moon Studios has created a masterpiece. The sequel manages to be more beautiful, heartfelt, and challenging than Ori and the Blind Forest. Some of the new changes feel a little superfluous to Ori’s world, but only in comparison to everything which the game already offers. Will of the Wisps offers a real challenge and comes with its own share of frustration, but in doubling down on everything players loved in Blind Forest and going beyond it, Moon Studios has achieved a superb sequel.”
Ori and the Will of the Wisps is out NOW. We are thrilled to explore the world of Niwen and hope you will join us on this journey. #11daysofOri #OritheGame https://t.co/EfLiigVG00 pic.twitter.com/2JA3ClDUJs
— Ori the Game (@OriTheGame) March 11, 2020
Ori and the Will of the Wisps is available now for PC and Xbox One. What do you think? Are you looking forward to hopping back into the world of Ori, or have you already lept at the opportunity and picked up the game for yourself? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news as soon as it goes live!
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