Ori And The Will Of The Wisps
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.