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Ori And The Will Of The Wisps

Posted by GG Goblin On September - 25 - 2020

Ori’s latest adventure come to Switch.

Ori and the Blind Forest was, and still is, one of the most beautiful and involving action platformers in recent years, and was an absolute joy to play. Moon Studios had a lot to live up to with the sequel Ori and the Will of the Wisps, but live up to it they did. Launching earlier in the year on Xbox One allowed plenty of gamers to experience this new Ori game and all was good. Now however, Ori and the Will of the Wisps has quite suddenly launched for Nintendo Switch, and so owners of the handheld hybrid console can enjoy this magical adventure on their big screen and while out and about, and it couldn’t be any better.


Before jumping into what the game is about, for those who don’t know, the first thing that will be in most potential players minds would be how the game runs on Switch in comparison to the Xbox One release. There can be no competition when compared to playing Ori on Xbox One X, and the reduction in resolution will likely be most obvious when playing in docked mode on the Switch. The resolution is even lower when in handheld mode, but this is where the game really shines. The small screen of the Switch is incredibly capable and being that bit smaller, Ori looks absolutely stunning. Of course, being able to play the game while out and about is a big draw as well. The long and short of it is that this is a great looking game no matter where you play it, or on what platform.

So Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a good looking game, of that there is no question. But the developers go so much farther than that by providing the player with an emotionally attractive story and superb gameplay. The game pulls the player into this magical world straight away and refuses to let go.

Following on from the first game, Will of the Wisps begins with the spirit creature Ori living with their family and Ku the owl. However, while flying through the sky, Ori and Ku become separated and Ori finds themselves in a new forest that seems infected with evil. So Ori heads off to find Ku while also maybe helping to save this new land. As far as stories go, it is a fairly simple rescue mission. The thing is that there is so much emotion and passion put into the story that it feels so much more.


Those who enjoyed the first Ori game will feel quite at home here. From precision platforming, finding new abilities to progress, and massive boss battles, Will of the Wisps has it all. This includes the high level of difficulty that will push many of the less hardcore platformer fans to despair. With that being said, the difficulty never fails to feel fair and the sense of accomplishment after overcoming a particularly tricky sequence is second to none. And everything slots together so smoothly that players will rarely find themselves pausing to consider where to go next, or what to do. Ori’s majestic movements are a joy to control and the variety of environments that Ori will be exploring are always a treat for the eyes.

Being a sequel though, there are some new additions to Will of the Wisps. Perhaps most importantly for the Metroidvania fans, the game is more linear this time around, which is probably good for those who get lost easily. Ori’s combat abilities are tweaked as well, with the spirit eventually having access to a range of different weapons, putting more emphasis on both the small and big battles. Side quests are offered up, usually involving finding some item or another, and Spirit Trials give the player a chance to compare their platforming skills against others in fixed segments, expanding the game further. Spirit Light is the reward that can then be spent on upgrading Ori’s abilities or unlocking new improvements.

The major attraction to playing on the Switch over the Xbox One comes from the ability to go mobile. The engrossing gameplay is only amplified by the quality soundtrack that will immerse the player even more when listened to with headphones. As already mentioned, Will of the Wisps is a game that will test most players, even on the normal difficulty, and could quite easily cause frustration. However, for those who simply want to enjoy the atmosphere and incredible story, an easy mode will tone things down for the more casual player.


With the arrival of Ori and the Will of the Wisps on Switch, one of the best 2D action platformers can now be enjoyed anywhere. There are some visual downgrades, but they have absolutely no effect on how good the game is. Equalling, or even surpassing the first game, Ori and the Will of the Wisps feels like it belongs on the Nintendo Switch and will not fail to delight any fan of the genre.




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