Ori and the Will of the Wisps

malking wrote:

I'm up to the part where

Spoiler:

you have to go and find the 3 wisps.

Can I complete each in any order?

Yes. Each will introduce a new ability that can be helpful in other areas. Here is a suggested first area based on the usefulness of the ability:

Spoiler:

Baur's Reach

I just finished this game up on normal difficulty. This is one of my favorite games I’ve played recently. Probably behind Control, but maybe better than Jedi Fallen Order. A couple times I started to get a little frustrated, but never to the point I didn’t want to play. Much much less frustrating than Hollow Knight. Hollow Knight took glee from kicking me in the balls. I will say that some of the sequences in Hollow Knight were more rewarding to complete, but at the price of my sanity.

I wouldn’t be surprised if this stays in my top 10 for the year.

Fantastic, beautiful game.

My wife signed up for Game Pass so she could play PUBG with some old friends, so I installed the new Ori and fired it up. Blind Forest is probably my favorite Metroidvania game, so I had high hopes for this one.

Three tries into the first boss fight Ori's ever fought and I kind of hate it. What's the trick to beating that wolf thing? It's so huge and I don't have any movement abilities to dodge with. How much of the rest of the game is combat and how much is exploration and platforming like the first one?

How many hours does it take to get Bash back?

The trick to the wolf is to dash under him when he leaps.

Platforming and exploration gets more of an emphasis over time, but sadly, it's never as good or interesting as Blind Forest. Combat never approaches fun or interesting.

You'll get bash back soon. But then you'll get another ability mapped to the same input that will regularly screw up your attempts to bash.

God, this game was such a letdown.

I restarted on Easy and the wolf ran off after I landed one combo with the torch. Did I miss a trigger the first time or does the game basically skip boss fights on Easy?

I started playing. I put a few hours into it and then had zero interest in loading it back up. It just didn't click like the first game did. I did the same with gamepass so don't feel too bad about it. A Plague Tale was absolutely amazing so I definitely got my money's worth if nothing else.

After that intro I'm gonna feel bad about stopping no matter what. The question is whether frustration will make me feel worse about keeping on.

I enjoyed the game at first, but I'm a few hours in and it's just not clicking for me the way the first game did. I can't quite put my finger on it.

Vargen wrote:

I restarted on Easy and the wolf ran off after I landed one combo with the torch. Did I miss a trigger the first time or does the game basically skip boss fights on Easy?

I'm playing on normal and when I got to that wolf I was a little worried cos I wasn't able to beat it, thought they'd gone all Hollow Knight on Ori. But it's one of those fights where you don't have to beat it, just a few hits before it runs off scared and since then I've been loving it.

I took Spirit Smash as my first ability and it's awesome. Haven't hit any super frustrating chase sequences like the first game yet, and any boss fights have also been easy enough.

I haven't played for a couple weeks though since we got a Switch, I really have to go back soon before I lose all my rhythm with it.

malking wrote:

But it's one of those fights where you don't have to beat it, just a few hits before it runs off scared

That was what I was wondering, thank you! I'll have to go back and try Normal again. The non-boss bits on Easy... I got hit several times and didn't visibly take any damage. I'd like the normal enemies to be something I have to worry about.

malking wrote:

Haven't hit any super frustrating chase sequences like the first game yet, and any boss fights have also been easy enough.

There aren't any chase sequences, or there are chase sequences but they don't get frustrating?

I rather liked the chase sequences in the first one, and would be disappointed if they were gone altogether. Especially since that short one with the wolf felt like an introductory version of them. The final chase was a little bit frustrating for me, but that was just because I didn't quite realize it was the grande finale of the game when I first got there. Once I knew that bit of context the challenge felt about right.

Vargen wrote:

There aren't any chase sequences, or there are chase sequences but they don't get frustrating?

I've had a couple so far but not frustrating. Haven't passed them first try or anything like that but also haven't been threatening to throw my controller into a wall.

But in trying to teach my son about coming back to difficult tasks after a decent sleep or some time away I've also gotten better at that kind of thing myself.

I am just about done. No sequences were as hard as the first game but I'm OK with that. Still plenty of challenging areas and I love a lot of the new powers. When I get in the groove the flow is just amazing.

That smash down move that makes the waves is a game changer. It makes the challenge rooms significantly easier.