Sumptuous, gorgeous, there's no limit to the adjectives you can use to describe the look of Ori and the Will of the Wisps - a visual achievement that looks even better in motion, with the immersion cranked even further thanks to exception sound design and the brilliant soundtrack. Oh, and underneath it all is one hell of a Metroidvania.
A taste from our full review.
But, the first thing that hits you and continues to do so with Ori is without a doubt its presentation – a painterly art style that is part-Pixar part-Studio Ghibli and wholly original. Paired with wonderful animation and a soundtrack that keenly evokes a range of emotion – Ori and the Will of the Wisps presents a lengthy story full of surprise, heart, and thematic weight. Focusing on anger, love, resentment, friendship, and larger spiritual themes allows individual character moments to shine and even pure gameplay ‘chase sequences’ to feel as cinematic as they do intense in what they demand in terms of raw skill.
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The bonds of friendship, parental instinct, nature out of balance, universal ideas presented in a style that doesn’t require much in the way of dialogue or text – all the big beats are told via action, music, and animation. Being able to see and read intent, feeling, and concern in the face of an animated character is part of the reason why comparisons can be made to giants like Pixar and Studio Ghibli. It’s a feat that is subtle yet immediate, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps shares visual detail and scope alongside the depth of the action-adventure platforming that make it a game.