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Ori The Collection (Nintendo Switch)

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And I really appreciate these stories for that reason – there’s no such thing as a perfect ending for everyone. For example, the frigid mountainous peaks Ori must breeze past on gusts of wind are littered with crisscrossing splintered alpine timber and pointed icicles that reach out to jab and poke from frozen overhangs.

As I was nearing the end of my 12-hour playthrough, the speed and possibilities for creative movement put me in an almost Zen-like state: triple-jumps, burrowing through sand, dashing through water, launching myself into the air at will, bashing off of enemies to reach new heights and hurl them in the opposite direction, and grappling fixed positions and enemies with a lasso had all become second nature.Its many new elements expand on and add to the first game’s fun without bogging it down or becoming overcomplicated.

When I could finally afford it, I traded a whole bunch of currency for the shard that let me jump a third time before touching the ground – that one just felt like a no-brainer for reaching unreachable places. Play both award-winning games of Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition and Ori and the Will of the Wisps in this collection.There are shards that increase your damage output at the cost of taking more damage, shards that give you more resources from slain enemies, and shards that give you a bit of a hint when you’re near a secret wall or tunnel. You might be asked to find a lost acorn in a cave, or check on some family members in a faraway region, or hear a useful rumor about a shrine that’s then marked on your map to investigate later.

For example, I immediately equipped the shard that let me cling to walls for fairly obvious reasons, alongside the upgradeable shard that reduced incoming damage by 10/20/25-percent. And yet the new followup, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, successfully builds on that distinctive gameplay in a way that doesn’t just retread the same ground.

I’m really impressed by Moon Studios’ restraint here, because you can easily get by without opting into seemingly must-have abilities like the triple-jump and the barrier-crushing Spirit Smash. Eventually, I got to the point where there were some shards I just couldn’t live without, and so the additional options let me experiment with the unique ones liberally as needed, without having to lose my favorite passive abilities. After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas.

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