If you’ve never played it, now’s as good a time as any.
Two years ago, an unknown indie developer released a fairly quiet platform-adventure game that quickly became one of my all time favorite games. Moon Studios’ Ori and the Blind Forest was one of the biggest surprise hits of 2015. If you’ve ever heard anything about Ori and the Blind Forest, I guarantee that it was positive because the game is damn awesome.
Ori and the Blind Forest is one of the most beautiful games I’ve ever played. Ori’s visual design is absolutely gorgeous and its music is off the charts good. I often find myself listening to the soundtrack while playing other games because it’s just that good. Ori’s atmosphere is amazing and the story kicks it up another notch. It sounds cheesy but between the graphics, music and story; Ori creates a genuinely emotional gaming experience that makes it an absolute must play. Oh, and the actual gameplay is incredibly fun and engaging throughout the relatively short adventure, in case you were wondering.
One of the bigger surprises at E3 last week was the announcement that Ori and the Blind Forest would be receiving a sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps. I don’t know that there was any indication that a sequel was in the works so it caught me completely off guard and it was one of my favorite announcements at E3. Just the trailer alone brought me right back into the zone I was in while playing the game. So what better time to give Ori a try than right now?
The Steam Summer Sale started up yesterday and you can pick up Ori and the Blind Forest for a mere $10, which is practically stealing. If you happen to miss it in the Steam Summer Sale, Ori goes on sale relatively frequently so you’ll be sure to find it at an unreal price sometime soon. Ori is also available on Xbox as it’s a Microsoft exclusive. But even if you can’t get it on sale, the $20 price tag is absolutely worth it. Seriously, I cannot recommend Ori and the Blind Forest enough. If you haven’t played it, go play it. If you have played it, go play it again.