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Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Developer: Moon Studios
Release Date: March 11, 2020

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12. 'Ori and the Will of the Wisps' (XOne/PC)

by Judy on Jan. 30, 2018 @ 12:00 a.m. PST

Embark on an all-new adventure to discover the mysteries beyond the forest of Nibel, uncover the hidden truths of those lost, and unravel Ori's true destiny.

Chris "Atom" DeAngelus: Ori and the Blind Forest was one of the highlights of Microsoft's indie games program. A breathtakingly beautiful Metroidvania-style game, it showed that small indie developers could develop games that rivaled anything the big studios were doing. Ori and the Will of the Wisps is the next iteration of the franchise, and it's hard not to anticipate that. Everything that has been shown so far by Moon Studios suggest that Will of the Wisps is a true sequel. It contains the same great gameplay and amazing visuals, but they're bigger and better than before. What more needs to be said?

Cody Medellin: The original Ori and the Blind Forest was a perfect marriage of beautiful art and a story full of emotion. It also came with a Metroidvania style that featured some real difficulty in its exploration. There's no doubt that Will of the Wisps will follow all of those steps well enough to bring forth another hit, but with the knowledge that the guy behind AM2R is also part of the team makes this a crowd favorite — if only to show that his work was appreciated.

Adam Pavlacka: Ori and the Blind Forest was a surprise hit that came out of nowhere. A visually stunning title from a small indie developer, it easily held its own against AAA releases from much bigger studios with much larger teams. The original release of the game was followed up by a Definitive Edition that polished up some rough edges and added player-requested features. We don't know much about Ori and the Will of the Wisps aside from the E3 launch trailer, but if the sequel incorporates lessons learned during production of the original, it will likely be a must-play, not to mention one of the best-looking games on the Xbox One X. Yeah, that's a lot to live up to, but Moon Studios should be able to do it.

David Silbert: Ori and the Blind Forest was one of the most surprising additions to this generation's lineup of Microsoft exclusives. With vivid animation, tight controls, challenging gameplay, and a gorgeous soundtrack, Blind Forest made a name for itself as one of the best Metroidvania games in recent memory. At E3 2017, a sequel was announced in Ori and the Will of the Wisps, promising the same emotional storytelling and evocative gameplay that made the original such an incredible experience. In a year where Microsoft seems in need of exclusive content more than ever, Ori and the Will of the Wisps looks to be a noticeable highlight.

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