Ori And The Will Of The Wisps

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Xbox One X doesn’t just power hy­per-real en­vi­ron­ments and fright­en­ingly con­vinc­ing faces whose eyes you could bathe in like a plunge pool. In the case of this won­der­fully stylised sidescroller, 4K sup­port is used to ren­der great bul­bous-gul­leted toads, spi­ders with glow­ing blue tentacles, and ex­pan­sive hand-drawn back­grounds. The gor­geous scenes are beau­ti­fully com­posed, with hang­ing moss and fun­gus-rid­dled logs act­ing as fram­ing de­vices while you nav­i­gate each magic-in­fused re­gion. Games such as this, which ask less of the hard­ware, are more able to com­bine high frame rates with max­i­mum res­o­lu­tion, and in­deed, ev­ery­thing in Ori And The Will Of The Wisps moves as flu­idly as a fever dream. Grass sways, mushrooms bounce, fire crack­les, rain­wa­ter drips from tree branches, and dead leaves drift lazily on the wind. There’s not one el­e­ment that isn’t mov­ing as Ori brings 2D to life.

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