March 2015, an unexpected face for Xbox is born with Ori and the Blind Forest. The Austrian developer Moon Studios delivered a genre-defying 2D-platformer that I simply consider a masterpiece. My love for Naru and Ori is that large that I even decided to have it on my arm for the rest of my life with a beautiful tattoo. (as you can see on the image) As you can imagine I was a little over the top excited and a little nervous to get my hands on Ori and the Will of the Wisps, after five years in the making this had to be another masterpiece, right? While I never feared or doubted Moon Studios, having two characters on your body from their creative mind makes you feel more proud or disappointed when you play something new. While Ori and the Blind Forest have been available on Nintendo Switch since the end of 2019 I consider the charming Ori one of the most familiar and most important faces for the Xbox One generation.
This is a work-in-progress review as we are currently testing the day one patch. I can, without a doubt say that Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a game that YOU NEED to play. You need to experience the beautiful visuals, the breathtaking music, and the fantastic emotional story and characters. This game is special, it is something beyond a fantastic game, gamers will still remember this pure gem in the next twenty or fifty years.