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Ori and the Blind Forest

Developer: Moon Studios Publisher: Microsoft Studios
11 March 2015
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The voice of the Spirit Tree in the forest of Nibel narrates the story of when Ori, a guardian spirit, fell from it during a storm as a newborn and was adopted by a creature named Naru, who raised Ori as her own. A cataclysmic event soon makes all of the forest wither, and Naru dies of starvation. Newly orphaned, Ori is left to explore the forest on their own.
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With a name like Ori and the Blind Forest, one can infer that the game is filled with a grand sense of whimsy and adventure. It’s a title for an unpublished C.S. Lewis book or the album title of a progressive rock band. It alludes to the promise of an epic journey that can only exist in the realm of a fantasy world. Austrian indie developer Moon Studios thought it wise to design their fanciful creation in the Metroidvania genre, a prevalent trend among many indie titles in the mid to late 2010s. Typically, games in this niche sub-sector of 2D platformers are fairly confined to claustrophobic spaces consisting of walls that hinder the player’s freedom to progress as they please. At least, this is the design philosophy Nintendo spurred for their immortal Metroid series, the undisputed godfather of the Metroidvania subgenre. The “blind forest” part of the game’s title may connote a blinding darkness that could appropriately convey the same sense of tension and dread similar to Metroid. However, the developers of Ori and the Blind Forest wanted to present a sprawling untapped landscape for the player to marvel at. While one could argue that Metroid achieves this through its wearisome “stranger in a strange land” initiative, that doesn’t seem to be the direction Ori’s developers wished to take with their approach to the Metroidvania game. Given that the genre’s gameplay tropes are rooted in Metroid’s oppressive weight, aren’t all Metroidvania games inherently limited to the scope that Metroid laid out? Wouldn’t Ori and the Blind Forest be more suitable for the open-world genre with more liberal boundaries? By 2015, the Metroidvania genre hit a conceptual peak, and the genre’s evolution transcended the cramped atmosphere that marked it in its inception. As early as Symphony of the Night, Metroidvania games proved to be expansive as an open-world game, even with the choice parameters these kinds of games uphold. In fact, Ori and the Blind Forest is the Metroidvania game that challenges the preconceived limitations of the Metroidvania genre. Ori and the Blind Forest presents a world that demands to be explored thoroughly, and the Metroidvania genre is the perfect avenue for the developers to implore the player to absorb the full extent of the game’s artistic achievements.

As par for the course, the narrative of a fantasy tale needs to be opulent to accommodate the realm. The eponymous Ori is a luminescent, simian/feline forest nymph who is adopted by the fuzzy, rotund Naru, who resembles a bear if a bear had an unnaturally friendly demeanor and wore a mask. A booming omniscient narrator details the simple, happy life of these two in a montage consisting of picking berries, cuddly cat naps, and Naru flinging Ori up and down like an infant child. The opening sequence of the game is reminiscent of the beginning of the acclaimed Pixar film Up, a highlight reel that condenses the storied relationship between two people over a lengthy stretch of time. Also like Up, the sequence ends in tragedy as Ori comes back from her daily berry retrieval to find that her wooly guardian has died. Naru’s death was a premature occurance as the forest they reside in is in a destitute state of decay and it’s dearth of natural resources had caused it to die of starvation. The feeble Ori is alone and helpless, passing out from exhaustion. Even though things look grim, Ori is resuscitated by the fabled Spirit Tree and is set on a quest to restore the prosperous state of the forest by collecting the three elements located on opposite corners of the land. Ori’s introduction wonderfully sets the scene by juxtaposing the humdrum happiness of life before the disastrous event and the severity of the situation Ori is left with afterwards. If the opening was paced a little more languidly, the scene could’ve been as devastating to the player as the infamous opening sequence to Pixar film that was previously mentioned.

Immediately, the player can easily see that Ori and the Blind Forest is a gorgeous game. No matter where Ori is on the map, the individual districts that make up Nibel Forest are as immaculate as an impressionistic painting. Ori’s forest is a lush, splendorous wooded world whose beauty can be attributed to the meticulous effort of visual fidelity and detail from the developers. Each shot from every angle displays a lavish background that shows the scope of the setting, supporting its overwhelming magnificence. Even in more cramped spaces like caves where the outside world is obscured by walls of earth, the looping area is spacious enough to still retain that resplendent scope. Foreground settings are so intricate that the player can ascertain every wrinkle in the wood, every crag on a cliffside, and every buoyant bubble in the various bodies of water. Color and lighting choices are consistently lurid and never clash with Ori’s bright, white presence, so the player never has trouble seeing her. Impressive as the visuals might be on a superficial level, what interests me more is how the game uses its presentation to convey mood. As early as the menu screen, The Spirit Tree, the zenith point of the entire forest, is used as a visual refrain throughout the game, a point of reference for scoping out the breadth of the forest as well as the land’s state of being. The game’s menu presents the widened scope of the mystical tree with the looming mountain tops in the background supported by the aura of a tangerine-colored sunset, a scene suitable for the subject of a work from Degas. Once the player pushes start, the shift of tranquil end of day turns to a frightening, blustery night that illustrates Naru’s adoption of little Ori and as a valiant rescue mission. The joyous comradery between Ori and Naru during their time together is illustrated with a clear, sunny afternoon atmosphere, and Naru’s death scene is blanketed by a sheet of blue melancholy. The opening sequence exudes a strong enough impression with its color choices that for the rest of the game, any scene or environment that even faintly shares the same shade triggers a certain emotion in the player.

The game’s eye-catching visuals are enough to entice the player to explore every crevice of the map. Still, the inherent design of a Metroidvania game will foster this anyways, especially if it's a selling point for fans of the genre. Ori’s world is separated into various districts like most Metroidvania titles, and each of these areas has a myriad of distinguishable topographical features. The starting point of the Sunken Glades are a depleted mire that I would describe as dismal if not for the striking purple aura that surrounds it. Ascending from the Glades to the grand peak where the Spirit Tree lies is the Spirit Caverns, and a change in elevation marked by steeper terrain and brighter sunlight that signals a steady rate of progression. The Moon Grotto is beautifully illuminated by the sparse sunlight that seeps through its sheet of thick foliage, and the Thornfelt Swamp houses a voluminous pool of water so clear that the player would be tempted to drink it (I still wouldn’t). The pea-soup fog surrounding the Misty Woods is thick enough to obscure it on the map, leaving the player to their own devices to navigate this oddity of an area. Forlorn Ruins in the icy mountains is a marriage of the primitive and the futuristic, with anti-gravity platforms serving as a unique gimmick. The two previously mentioned districts show the player that they offer more than video game eye candy. The extended optional areas of Black Root Burrows and Lost Grove are highlights due to their particular inclusion. The Burrows can be accessed even before Ori stands before the Spirit Tree, but the absolute jet-black darkness of the area should give the player the impression that they should be visited at a later date, a tried and true mark of Metroidvania level progression. Once the player is ready to blindly lead Ori into the darkness, the challenge of liminal sight pays off with the breathtaking beach shore of the Lost Grove at a dead end. The progression of this optional area reminds me of the connected path of The Great Hollow leading into Ash Lake from the first Dark Souls. Their inclusion wasn’t entirely necessary, but the additional venture paid off wonderfully with what seems like an astounding secret. Nibel Forest is as eclectic as it is attractive, so much so that the developers decided it would be practical to have the player stand in awe of its full glory when they zoom out on the map screen. I think being able to see the entirety of the map would be more practical, considering how wide the world is.

As captivating as Nibel Forest is, it’s still the grounds of a hostile wilderness. The main source of initial conflict after the opening cutscene is how poor little Ori is going to survive the uncaring elements of the forest without Naru burly, loving arms to protect her. Fortunately for Ori, the game conveniently provides Sein as her new guardian to accompany her on her quest. Sein is a sentient light spirit assigned by the Spirit Tree who is so microscopic that its only discernible feature is its glow, like someone is poorly aiming a laser pointer over Ori’s shoulders for the entire game. Sein is the minimal guide and the voice for the mute protagonist. By this description, everyone who played Ocarina of Time and still suffers from Navi PTSD just clicked off this review in a rush. Fear not, for unlike Navi, Sein is a functional tool imperative to Ori’s gameplay. Sein acts as the game’s combat mechanic by spurting blasts of spirit energy at enemies. These bursts can either be administered in rapid-fire spurts or by holding down the ball of energy to engorge Sein and release it as a stronger, loud blast.
One would think that Ori would be doomed as a tasty snack without Sein, but the cute, cherubic creature is capable of more than what someone would initially think. Ori’s prime strength is her nimble dexterity. Platformer characters' controls should feel polished given the accuracy needed to perform acts such as jumping onto platforms, and Ori is so smooth that it seems like her glow is due to being lathered in butter. Most of her full potential is subdued at first because of the cumulative nature of the Metroidvania title, but plenty of her growing pains still show promise. Before she can climb up surfaces and other inclines, she can scale up them simply by jumping at a rhythmic pace, which achieves the same effect. She can jump a total of three times at her maximum level, but the single jump ability at the start is breezy enough for a fair range with effortless accuracy. Abilities such as the bash can launch the projectiles from enemies back at them for severe damage, and the ground pound shakes off enemies defenses as well as breaking open vulnerable openings. Ori still probably can’t fend for herself entirely without Sein, but at least her own offensive moves do enough to diversify the combat. Ori’s extra abilities are unlocked via Ancestral Trees: glowing miniature trees located across the map that grant Ori a different ability with a stream of cleansing water and light. Experience points are earned by defeating enemies and by collecting orbs, and the player uses these points towards upgrading Ori’s abilities in three separate chains. Unlike Dark Souls, the player doesn’t have to commit to one category as they’ll most likely earn enough experience throughout the game to maximize Ori’s well-roundedness. The game does its duty as a Metroidvania title by making Ori feel impervious by the end of the game, and it’s relieving that Ori is already competent enough at the start.

However, competency isn’t enough to get through the obstacles presented in Nibel Forest. Even for a Metroidvania title, Ori and the Blind Forest has a strange difficulty curve. Checkpoints that would be earned through achievement in any other game are manually used by the player at any time as long as they have enough energy and are in a spot without any danger in their direct vicinity. The checkpoint is represented by the Spirit Flame, a fiery blue figment that serves as a reference point. Checkpoint wells where the player can warp are also present but most likely, the player will use the Spirit Flame more often because of its convenience. However, the player always has to remind themselves to save often because one deadly mistake can reverse the player’s progress back to god knows how long. Multiple collectibles have been lost due to not keeping track of saving, something that isn’t a concern in most other games. Puzzles in the game are relatively straightforward, but the true tests in proficiency revolve around the player’s skill with Ori’s abilities. Prickly vegetation is an obstacle seen as a dangerous obstacle that depletes Ori’s health, appropriate for a woodland setting. More artificial inhibitors like the influx of lasers seen around the map will kill Ori on contact, and both are implemented everywhere. The game also seems to enjoy implementing sections where the player has to endure a series of gymnastics without the privilege of saving at every step as the climax for each element obtained. Not only do they present blasts of energy and thorns galore, but there is always a special aspect of strain that Ori must race over like the rising water in the Ginso Tree and the erosion of the Sorrow’s Pass. During these sections, the player must use a combination of the bash, dash, and Kuro’s feather with split precision to escape with Ori intact. For a game where the player can save whenever they please, it still forces the player to prove their might.

The environment will most likely be the only substantial hurdle in the game because the enemies can be brushed off. Usually, the most disconcerting aspect of being in the woods is a frightful encounter with the untamed wildlife, but the creatures that reside in Nibel Forest barely have a vicious bone in their bodies. Creatures like the sluggish (no pun intended) crawlers remind me of similar enemies from Metroid, docile cannon fodder usually engaged with for repleting ammo. Hoppers and Darkwings will attack Ori dead-on, but their jumping trajectory is too obvious and they leave themselves vulnerable for too long. Dealing with Spitters are a matter of bashing their constant spit streams, and the other projectile spewing enemies like Mortar Worms and Arachne feel more like a part of a platforming section rather than a standard enemy. In fact, the only instances where the enemies in the game are a pain to deal with is if they are placed inconveniently in a tight platforming section. Also, the game is lacking in area-specific creatures that fit a certain climate. Does it make sense that Hoppers can live in the frigid peaks of the Forlorn Ruins as well as the humid Thornfelt Swamp? I think the lackluster roster of enemies is the reason why Ori and the Blind Forest doesn’t have any boss battles. However, Kuro the Bird is almost imposing enough in the scheme of the narrative to compensate. Kuro is a colossal owl (or perhaps colossal on the small scale of the forest) whose shadowy, deep indigo coloring and giant stature make her utterly terrifying. On top of that, she’s also got malicious intent behind those unnaturally white hot eyes as she stalks Ori with a vengeance, as her perusal is the subject of many frantic escape sequences. Sein believes that Koru is just a blind, malevolent force, but we learn that her true motive for hunting Ori is because the Spirit Tree killed three out of four of her children during the process of finding Ori in the introduction. Once we learn this, Koru’s intentions are understood and we give her some leeway with her will to keep the last remaining of her eggs out of harm's way. The sympathetic villain trope is prevalent in Ori and the Blind Forest, as the same can be applied for the gangly, mischievous Gumo who inconveniences Ori with his tomfoolery because he’s profoundly lonely due to his entire kind being wiped out.

As much as I can appreciate the angle at which the game approaches its villains, I still wanted just one boss fight to satiate my gaming needs. Unfortunately, even in the climax, the game still leaves me unsatisfied. After Ori is done retrieving the three elements, she ascends past the peak of Hollow Grove to Mount Horu. This volcanic ruin screams “final level” from its harrowing summit, with safe ground sparsely placed amongst lava constantly spurting like an everflowing stream. Individual rooms of the ruins offer some of the steepest, puzzling challenges that put all of Ori’s skills to work with only marginal room for error. After draining the lava and reaching the apex point, Koru confronts Ori once again, and it’s yet another chase sequence. It’s certainly the tensest and longest of these various sections, but I wish Ori had fought back and made Sein create a wrecking ball-sized orb of energy and blasted it in Kuro's face. Nevertheless, Ori evades the dark bird’s clutches and restores the sacred elements to the Spirit Tree, restoring balance to Nibel Forest and disintegrating Koru with a revitalizing supernova of light. The defeat of the game’s main antagonist is always a satisfactory wrapping point for any fantasy narrative, but Ori and the Blind Forest decides to cap off Ori’s grand adventure with a cop out. Apparently, the restorative energy released by the Spirit Tree resurrected Naru, and Naru, Gumo, and Ori are going to raise Kuro’s surviving egg as their own. As sweet as some might find this ending to be, it compromises on the emotional weight that served as an effective catalyst when the game began. As a result, the impact of Naru’s death is negated entirely. Ori caring for the creature incubating in the egg by herself would’ve been a better resolution. Doing so would’ve illustrated her growth throughout the journey, for once she needed to be protected and now she’s fulfilling the parental role. For a title whose gameplay emphasizes aggregate character growth, the ending sullies it with a stark regression.

Ori and the Blind Forest is a game that sufficiently exudes all of the awe-inspiring wonder that one would associate with its title. Every frame of the game’s arboreal world could be framed and put on display in the Louvre, and the exploration initiative found in the Metroidvania genre gives the player the incentive to uncover every beautiful inch of it. All the while, the picturesque setting houses a splendidly diverse and challenging environment with one of the most agile and precious video game protagonists to ever hop across a series of platforms. While Ori and the Blind Forest succeeds in offering solid Metroidvania experience with flying colors, some aspects in the game feel as if the developers were a bit hesitant. I can’t say for sure if they dialed back the combat and narrative weight to appeal to a younger, more impressionable demographic or if the lighthearted fantasy world they created didn’t foster any bleak tones or bloody battles. If it’s the latter, I wholeheartedly disagree as they would’ve enhanced the player’s immersion, or at least they would’ve enhanced mine.
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Erockthestrange 2018-09-03T21:25:59Z
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Mecanicamente muito competente, é uma delícia jogá-lo e atravessar as sessões de plataforma, principalmente perto do fim, quando seu personagem tem atributos suficientes pra superar os obstáculos de forma mais ágil.

Mas fora isso, não me conectei com o universo. Achei a música, cenários e estilo de animação um tantinho genéricos. O sistema de salvamento é pouco prático e as sequências de fuga irritam.
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gabrielctps 2022-02-23T21:27:24Z
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Honestly super mixed on this game in a lot of respects, a feeling that's probably exacerbated by the fact that the good things in this are really, REALLY good. It's another of the bigger examples of the influx of indie metroidvanias that came out within the last decade or so and in quite a few ways it's extremely easy to see why it's gotten as much praise as it has. Not only is the game visually stunning and emotionally gut wrenching at points, but from a mechanical standpoint, the movement side of things is absolutely top notch and is able to give a certain sense of appeal to even the most basic of interactions. With that said, I can't say I really love the game as a whole either and feel that it has a few pretty glaring weaknesses that drag it down to the point where there were points I could barely even say I was enjoying myself on any level, which is a pretty rough place to be.

Of these grievances, the biggest one is the one that a lot of others mark as the biggest flaw of the game as well, and that's that the combat is very unsatisfying and barebones for the most part, with it mostly boiling down to hanging around the general vicinity of an enemy and spamming attack for your homing shots to go at them. It doesn't really lead to any situations where the idea of raw combat is actually interesting due to this, and feels so lacking that I could make a genuine argument for just removing this altogether and losing absolutely nothing of value, with the way they currently work feeling more like minor nuisances than anything to bring any sort of thought to the table. It's just fortunate that the game itself seems to know this to an extent, because as time goes on, a lot of these types of encounters feel overtly pushed to the side in favour of the other ways in which combat it used in the game. While raw combat encounters might be the worst part of this game by a landslide, I really appreciate some of ways in which combat mechanics end up being used to further bolster the platforming elements, often placing enemies in such a way to utilise more as tools to continue exploring, as opposed to an obstacle. This not only succeeds at bringing in a natural sense of hostility to the player's environment, but makes for even more avenues of crafting unique movement challenges that make most of the more structured sections feel rather exciting.

With that said however, I also found the exploration of the game to be pretty hit or miss due to the level and world design, they got half of this so spot on with how Ori actually moves around, but what you move around on tends to lack a certain something. I feel that the map feels more like a set of linear areas with a couple of tiny branching areas that lead to a collectible rather than a more compelling, interconnected landscape that truly benefits from its Metroidvania design philosophies. What ends up happening because of this is that I rarely ever feel like I'm exploring for the sake of exploring, I'm either moving along to the spot on the map that I'm told to move to, or going about 10 seconds out of the way to pick up an item that I can now reach. The extrinsic rewards are all in place for sure, but there's rarely anything that feels intrinsically rewarding about exploring most of the map, especially given how most areas lack a sense of individual identity or variety, with the bulk of the landscapes just being different shades of forest, and while I know that the game is literally called Ori and the Blind FOREST, it still mostly just blends together is largely unsatisfying way with the few moments of variety not really being enough to offset this fact.

Funnily enough, the additional content added in the definitive edition was my favourite section of the game for the way that it was entirely detached from everything else, no objective markers leading to it, nothing at all like that, just a giant, labyrinthine cave system hidden beneath the rest of the world that continued to open up and morph as it went on. I wholeheartedly believe that the game would have benefitted from more areas like this that kinda just branched off and drastically changed as they went on, which would not only make for a more compelling gameplay experience, but would have been amazing at strengthening the more mysterious, whimsical elements of the forest to truly breathe life into the place. I also feel like I absolutely need to mention the fact that while I've complained a fair bit, I cannot praise Ori's mobility enough, especially once the dash move is unlocked and makes for some of the coolest stuff I've seen in one of these games because of how damn versatile it is. The game keeps giving you mew abilities that expand upon your existing capabilities in new, surprising ways, almost always adding some extra flair to things and rarely just being a basic ability that you could find anywhere else. As such, this ends up giving a lot of personality to your mobility.

Overall I think that this game has some really, really big flaws that stop it from being one that I truly love. With that said, I also don't think it's a game that can really be written off either because of the fact that while it's inconsistent, it gets some things so monumentally right that it's kinda impressive. This is also definitely a case of this being a game that I could easily see other people enjoying more than me, so yeah, while this wouldn't be my first choice of game to replay, I'd still heavily recommend it, especially with stuff like the incredibly emotional prologue showing that this game had the potential to be a masterpiece. I've heard that the sequel manages to improve upon this on almost every front as well, which makes me very excited to eventually get around to playing that in the future.
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Kempokid 2022-01-08T08:41:10Z
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Looks great, but there are a lot of sloppy bits. combat sucks, platforming isn't living up to it's potential, all the systems like item upgrades are half baked and the levels are okay. The second one fixes almost all of the problems.
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Maybe this is my fault. I kinda just hailed this as the best game I've never played, so I was pretty excited to get into it! But I have a lot of issues with this game, like a lot more than I was expecting. While this game is at times really beautiful, a lot of the visual effects that are just plastered all over the game make it so that it's really hard to tell what's going on, a lot of the visual information gets lost to me unless I squint. The combat leaves so much to be desired, it's literally just button mashing in a way that's not even really controllable by you. Also it faults in the same way many platformers do where they add precision platforming with floaty ass controls!!! I just don't understand why that's necessary at all, so inconsistent with stuff. The story is.... boring. So cut and dry and basic ass shit. Cute looking characters, devastation across the world, and you save it, wow, round of applause. I have no attachment to these characters and I just simply don't care about them. I played through this whole thing thinking that at some point when all the mechanics came around that I would finally have it click, and that the poorly implemented music and generic feel to it all was just a lapse of judgement. But then the credits appeared.
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Despite the fresh art direction and fancy graphics, "Ori and the Blind Forest" is essentially an old-school Metroidvania. I had trouble digesting it at first, but as soon as I got more familiar with the controls it started to become more and more addicting. The learning curve is gentle enough to keep you engaged without introducing too many elements at once. Still, I have to confess that some parts have been frustrating to the point I developed an acute form of spike-phobia. At least the game gives you the chance to spend energy orbs and chose where to create checkpoints, so that you don't need to repeat whole segments dozens of times.
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  • FleegalFlargel 2022-01-30 00:47:40.42062+00
    I really liked the story, graphics and music of course was great and the upgrade mechanic was pretty cool....anyone else find the enemies really generic though?
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    • AzeXiR 2022-02-11 15:37:07.792275+00
      yea they really are.
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  • Gayvyn 2022-03-27 20:10:35.685834+00
    Escape sequences are actually amazing here
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  • CrackTheSky 2022-04-09 04:41:27.629287+00
    Took about 3 or so hours before I really started to appreciate it, but it's generally a pretty good metroidvania. The game gives you some really fun platforming mechanics that, especially in the second half of the game, make navigating the world really fun. I loved the platforming elements, all around. The game's save-anywhere mechanic balances out some of the late game's more difficult sections. Difficulty-wise, it's tough but (mostly) fair -- the escape sequences are fun at first but probably the game's most grating sections.

    The visuals and story are really, really generic though, and have absolutely no personality. Enemy designs are bland and not varied; there are like five different types of enemies with different skins depending on which area you're in. Combat is just button-mashing for the most part. There are a few really nice music tracks but it mostly suffers from the same generic feel as the visuals.

    It's fun, and not too long, but (outside of this site) is pretty overrated imo.
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    • Gayvyn 2022-04-12 17:07:02.776457+00
      Will agree for combat and enemy designs, can not for the life of me see how the visuals are generic
    • ThrashingFairy 2023-06-28 07:29:29.906919+00
      "can not for the life of me see how the visuals are generic"

      Yup, I do not understand people saying stuff like this either. The fairy tale aesthetic this game uses is seldom found in video games at all.
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  • wallrooseyes 2022-05-23 00:16:07.726368+00
    looks gorgeous, but did nothing for me after 2 hours. worth finishing?
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    • CrackTheSky 2022-06-14 17:38:44.913284+00
      There are some movement-based powerups that you obtain maybe 4-5 hours in that really open up the game and make it a lot less of a trudge. I was also kind of bored the first 2-3 hours, but I'm glad I stuck with it personally.
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  • DemonsSingLoSongs 2022-11-09 15:37:36.505037+00
    the ability where you throw the ball and use bash on it is honestly one of my favourite movement options in any game
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  • Dr_Chair 2023-02-18 05:28:30.457096+00
    Already bored an hour in
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  • finemotorsmiff 2023-12-24 00:11:19.887476+00
    Too cinematic for its own good. That last chase section genuinely made me nauseous. On top of that I constantly felt like the visuals and music were trying to get me to feel something that I just… didn’t. Gameplay was pretty solid though
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