Best Xbox One Games #2 – Ori and the Blind Forest
Developer: Moon Studios
Synopsis: The Blind Forest beckons for a reawakening, and Ori is the marvelous creature that can restore it to its once former glory. This emotional tale follows the Metroidvania formula and takes it to its limits. The player upgrades their avatar by collecting power-ups at shrines, which open them up to explore previously unreachable areas. Background environments are weaved with incredible hand-drawn detail, using bright, cool colors to create their own unique aesthetic.
Why it’s one of the 50 best Xbox One games: If you can go through the entirety of Ori and the Blind Forest without shedding at least one tear, you may not have a soul. Told in a minimalist way, the gameplay sets the tone for a heart-racing platforming adventure that has some of the most exciting escape scenarios I’ve ever seen in a video game. The saving function, where you can drop a respawn point on any flat surface, means the opportunity to offer up difficult scenarios to overcome without too much frustration from the player.
It’s one of the more difficult action platformers out there, but the instantaneous throwing you back right into the action sets it apart from the others. It creates a stunning world with one of the most amazing soundtracks in video gaming, making it easy to fall in love with this universe that you can’t help but want to explore even further.
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