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Ori and the Blind Forest

Nabeel Ansari

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I don't see a thread for this game. Why aren't we talking about this game?

Game: http://store.steampowered.com/app/261570/

Moon Studios: http://www.oriblindforest.com/#!moon/

Soundtrack, by Gareth Coker: https://play.spotify.com/album/7xPc1OsC2R0siZKMlzRBIo

Was released a week ago (on March 11, 2015).

Opinions, thoughts, minimal bashing (if it's horrible, at least say why)?

I thought it was superb. Combined beautiful aesthetic with Super Meat Boy style die-and-instantly-retry platforming difficulty in the Metroidvania format, but with far less annoying backtracking. Mechanics are pretty tight, I think speedrunners would (or should) have a field day with it. Love the "bash" mechanic, slingshotting around in the air is super fun, and making that the core of the difficult platforming later on was to be expected and pulled off well. I shed a couple tears at the story. Super basic, but told really well.

As for the soundtrack, the composer stuck pretty much to a central musical motif and used that in a lot of the tracks, so good job on central theming. It could've done, in my opinion, with at least one other main melody, but considering the singular focus of the story, having a singular melodic motif was indicative of the narrative and functioned just fine. Production was great, they had it recorded in Nashville.

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I'm not through it yet, but it is wonderful so far. The game almost plays as if you're in a dream state. I'd say it is very reminiscent of Dust: An Elysian Tail, but even pushed further on the graphics spectrum. I will also say there are some SERIOUS challenges in this game at points. It definitely doesn't play happy grab-ass with you. :D

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This game is amazing. I loved it so much. Best metroidvania since super metroid and xeo drifter. Awesome gameplay and story.

Also there is a lot of glitch for speedrun which is awesome.

I made a speedrun at 1:12. My friend stand at 0:51 and he's 31 on the speedrunner list. He made this record today and he's trying to improve.

The game is gorgeous and is a must. Very recommended.

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