Originally released exclusively for Xbox One, Ori and the Blind Forest was a different kind of 2D metroidvania surprised everyone with its whimsical puzzle-platforming, neon aesthetic and charming characters. It was no surprise, then, to learn that it’d very swiftly be receiving a sequel, one that retained the first entry’s visually stunning action but introduced an all-new story.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps is that game, upping the stakes by presenting players with fresh challenges set against another neon-laden backdrop that encourages you to explore. The result is an emotionally charged journey that will test your wits and platforming ability when it arrives exclusively on Xbox One again some time in 2020.
Experience a hand-painted 2D adventure on Xbox One
Ori and the Will of the Wisps once again casts you as the titular cute creature, who this time has moved on from the events of the Blind Forest and soon finds himself swept up on a totally new adventure. The Will of the Wisps is a location that introduces its fair share of new platforming challenges, testing your ability to precisely jump as needed, seeing you gain new powers the further you progress.
The art in Ori and the Will of the Wisps is, once again, entirely hand-painted, giving the game a unique textured quality that few other 2D platformers benefit from. It’s not uncommon to become absorbed in this vibrant world as you explore it, therefore, as you’re encouraged to explore and poke around in every area’s offshoots and secret areas – in addition to the main path. Few platformers or metroidvanias look as luscious as Ori and the Blind Forest and this 2020 successor.
Earn upgrades and create a stronger Ori
Fans of the first game will already have a good sense of Ori and the Will of the Wisps’ general gameplay flow, largely falling into the same back-and-forth design most metroidvanias are known for. Ori will start out relatively under leveled, with new areas only becoming accessible once you have gained new abilities that let you revisit them later. The world of Will of the Wisps is one that opens up to you gradually.
One of the most stylish platformers to grace Xbox One
What helps Ori and the Will of the Wisps stand apart from most other indie platformers is its overall art style. Every single element, from backgrounds to the character themselves, has been painstakingly handcrafted and animated, lending a strong sense of independent artistry you likely won’t find anywhere else. Most 2D platformers opt for pixels, but here it’s neon-laden brush strokes of paint.
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