About a year ago, Ori and the Blind Forest was launched and received fairly high praise. TGA’s own Bronson Fiori reviewed it, giving it a very high score of 9 out of 10. Now, Moon Studios has released a definitive edition which containsnumerous gameplay changes, two new areas, two new skills, more difficulties, and much more.
In Ori and the Blind Forest you’ll play as Ori following his separation from the Spirit Tree. He is raised by a creature named Naru until the forest begins to wither and die. This thrusts Ori into an adventure to restore the forest and survive the continuous pursuit of a giant owl, Kuro. I really loved the story and I loved the game’s presentation even more. Graphically the game is stunning. There wasn’t a single part of Ori that wasn’t incredibly beautiful. The music is also excellent, as it complimented every scene perfectly.
The overall gameplay of Ori is reminiscent of Metroidvania games. You’ll traverse a 2D environment while collecting health and spirit upgrades, earn new abilities, and fight numerous enemies. In order to fight enemies, you’ll use spirit flames by simply pressing the X button. As far as the gameplay is concerned, the platforming is excellent. Fighting enemies, however, wasn’t too special;here were random spikes in the difficulty
This was my first time playing through Ori, so I had to actually look up what was new and what wasn’t. The definitive edition contains two new skills, dash and light burst. Dash is self explanatory and is a great addition to the platforming experience. Light burst is similar to a grenade. Throughout the game, I barely used light burst at all, but I can see how other players might like it. In addition to the new abilities, there are two new areas. In the Black Root Burrows, you’ll learn more about Naru and her people, while traversing through a nearly pitch black area. This new area fit so seamlessly with the game that I thought it was part of the original.t fits in perfectly. The other new area, Lost Grove, also felt like it was meant to be there. The Lost Grove is gorgeous and definitely worth your time. The definitive edition also adds easy, hard, and one life modes. Fast travel and a new expanded theater mode were also added.
Overall, Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is a fantastic game. The story, platforming, graphics, and music are all great. The newly added content feels like it was always here and is fantastic. The random difficulty spikes and combat, however, keep it from being a perfect game.
Final Score: 9.0/10