ORI AND THE BLIND FOR­EST

MOST DE­CEIV­ING AP­PEAR­ANCE

EDGE - - THE EDGE AWARDS -

De­vel­oper Moon Stu­dios Pub­lisher Mi­crosoft

For­mat PC, Xbox One

From its sun-dap­pled in­tro­duc­tion where an adorable lit­tle mop­pet bonds with a To­toro-esque guardian, Ori has the look of a sweet, pas­toral Ghi­bli film, full of cheer­ful, light-hearted whimsy. Its dif­fi­culty curve, how­ever, is more rem­i­nis­cent of Hide­taka Miyazaki than Hayao, with check­point-free runs through gauntlets of spikes, and three el­e­men­tal pur­suits in par­tic­u­lar prov­ing as tough to beat as any of Yhar­nam’s bes­tiary.

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