Finally a video game released this year that I am properly, honestly enjoying. Ori and the Blind Forest is beautiful.
What do I like about Ori and the Blind Forest so far?
-- The spectacularly touching opening. I loved the pacing, I loved that I was in control for that section. -- The actual feel of the platforming. It's unique, has its own speed and weight. Doesn't borrow from other platformers in that regard. -- The environments. Well drawn, well designed. Gorgeous. -- The Super Metroid style layout. It's been a while since I've played a 2D platformer like this. I love the slow-burn way the world is made accessible to me. I've always loved that in video games.
Things that are bothering me a litte?
-- Overdrawn cut-scenes. Maybe it's because I'm also playing the hyper-minimalist Metroid Prime, maybe it's just my own personal tastes, but I feel like this game is spending too much time in the cut-scenes, top much time elaborating on its lore. I really feel this game should be simpler, more direct and simply suggest more as opposed to spelling everything out. -- I feel as if this game almost has a little too much going on. I'm not a big fan of 'levelling' in games like these -- unlocking special abilities by simply grinding through enemies. I think it's at odds with the design itself. Not sure why it's there to be honest. -- I am playing Metroid Prime at the same time as this. That's unfortunate for Ori, because all games suffer in comparison!
But these are super minor niggles. I am loving this game.
What are your thoughts?