Kena: Bridget of Spirits is a third-person platforming action-adventure sport that may be outlined as a AA sport. In a world dominated by AAA video games and Indie video games, there’s a void for AA video games. AA video games aren’t full-priced video games, supply AAA stage of manufacturing and are a small bundle (might be accomplished in a weekend or about 8-9 hours). My best benchmark of a superb AA sport must be Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. Kena Bridge of Spirits is one more sport to fulfil this definition of AA video games and I’m pleased to say that it’s an pleasing journey for anybody that loves the platforming action-adventure style.
I’ve loved a variety of platforming action-adventure video games rising up. Loads of these video games began out as AA video games earlier than rising to AAA glory. These included Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Pandemonium and plenty of extra on the PS1. On the PS2, this checklist consisted of video games like Jak and Daxter, Sly Cooper, Tak and the Energy of Juju, Maximo vs Military of Zin, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and plenty of extra. Even on the Xbox 360 and PS3, there have been video games like Kameo: Parts of Energy (on the Xbox 360) and I might additionally think about the 2008 reboot of Prince of Persia on this checklist. So, if like me, you might be an ageing gamer in your mid 30’s or wish to play a sport that reminds you of less complicated days of platforming action-adventure video games, then Kena: Bridge of Spirits will certainly scratch that itch.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits – Story
The story of Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a straightforward soulful story, one which jogged my memory a variety of the film Raya and The Final Dragon. The sport follows the journey of Kena, a spirit information and as her title says, she guides spirits that haven’t been capable of finding their method to the afterlife. She involves the village on the foot of a mountain. She is in quest of the sacred mountain shrine and to get to it, she wants to assist the misplaced spirits within the village.
There’s little or no by way of Kena’s origin on this story, and the main target is extra on the village, what occurred there, why are these spirits stressed and refuse to move over and the way Kena helps them obtain some type of closure earlier than they’ll transfer on and let go of their family members in the true world. Every of the spirits you assistance is indirectly associated to the village in query and was on a private journey not solely to guard those they love but in addition to assist a village that is struggling. The story is focused at a younger viewers and works effectively. Whereas I might have favored to see a bit extra of Kena’s origin into turning into a spirit information or her setting off into the gap on the finish of the sport teasing a DLC or a sequel, the story is effectively contained on this mysterious universe.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits – Gameplay
Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a pure platforming action-adventure sport with exploration and puzzles thrown into the combination. The sport isn’t an open-world per se, however has new areas you may discover as soon as you have unlocked sure skills or gained a brand new “masks” that unlocks a brand new space. Every space has sure aims it’s essential to full earlier than taking up the large dangerous foe of the realm. It is a tried and examined system that works effectively. We’ve seen nice execution of this system not too long ago in a sport like Resident Evil: Village.
Your weapon on this journey is the workers that you should utilize for melee fight and it additionally doubles up as a bow. The fight within the sport could also be gradual at first providing restricted strikes, however when you get the power to improve your strikes, and the variety in enemies will increase, the fight turns into a variety of enjoyable.
You have got the “rot” that are these cute and cuddly creatures. Initially of any encounter, the “rot” will get scared and hides. As you deal extra harm to your foes, you construct up a braveness meter that allows you to carry out a particular transfer with the rot. This might be a floor slam, or the rot distracts an enemy or fetches well being for you. You’ll be able to solely carry out a single motion till you discover extra rot, so whether or not you resolve to make use of a particular assault or regenerate well being is an important choice within the early elements of the sport. As you discover extra rot, the variety of particular strikes you are able to do will increase however you continue to have to construct up for a transfer by attacking enemies.
Talking of enemies, they’re fairly various within the sport, particularly the boss fights. There are fairly just a few of them, and after you have defeated a boss, they reappear all through the sport alongside regular enemies including some problem to the gameplay. This “recycling” of the boss is not overused and gives a welcome problem, particularly in a while within the sport when you have got unlocked extra fight strikes.
Your traversal skills additionally develop throughout the course of the sport. When you begin with skills like double bounce, you’ll achieve the power to throw a “bomb” at glowing objects on the planet to construct new paths. These are a few of the most enjoyable traversals in a platforming sport reminding me of the glory days of Prince of Persia. The final act within the sport has a few of the finest platforming sequences and stored me on the fringe of my seat.
Kena: Bridget of Spirits is kind of a difficult sport even on the regular issue stage. It is difficult sufficient however not ruthless. For those who wish to discover the world and benefit from the story, know you can drop the problem anytime within the sport. However I nonetheless suggest giving the sport a go on the regular issue because the boss battles are really partaking.
That will help you navigate the world is a useful map that is very straightforward to learn and you may plot your actions by venturing through areas you’ll have missed. Whereas the sport provides quick journey, I would suggest taking the lengthy highway. You by no means know once you come throughout a rot or collectable hat you have got missed alongside the way in which.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits – Graphics and audio
Whereas the Pixar reference could also be overused to explain Kena: Bridge of Spirits, there is no such thing as a higher method to describe the lovable and cuddly look of the sport. It is nothing wanting spectacular with brilliant vibrant colors unfold all through the village, characters with signature large eyes which are very expressive and the lovable and cuddly rot that surrounds you.
Kane’s character design and animations deserve particular point out. From her purposeful run to the fight animation, it is all extraordinarily effectively executed. Among the bosses within the later a part of the sport additionally deserve particular point out. From their ruthless design to their aggressive physique language in fight, it’s all so immersive.
Whereas the sport appears to be like visually beautiful on the PS5 (review), the one gripes I’ve with it are the few invisible partitions I encountered and a few stutters throughout the cutscenes. It felt as if the cutscenes have been taking part in at a decrease body charge. However these are under no circumstances any deterrent to the general visible presentation of the sport, which, as I stated, is nothing wanting a Pixar film.
Transferring over to audio, there’s a signature flute that performs once you cleanse an space and the flute additionally has a signature tune for the foes as soon as you have freed their spirits. There’s additionally the excessive octave music that kicks in throughout fight and contemplating you might be in a village; the sport can be filled with pure sounds including to the immersion. The voice once more can be spot on as soon as once more, nothing wanting an animated function movie.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits – Verdict
Kena Bridge of Spirits is an efficient AA platforming action-adventure sport total. It’s shocking that the providing is Ember Lab’s first outing to develop a sport. The sport has an attractive story, enjoyable fight and a setting nothing wanting a AAA animated film. Whereas some will argue in regards to the restricted fight or the brief marketing campaign, I say, the sport scratches an itch that avid gamers like me have – an reasonably priced, enjoyable, single-player sport with partaking fight and head-scratching puzzles that may be overwhelmed in a single weekend. In the event you like all of the platforming video games I’ve talked about at first of this evaluate, then Kena will certainly enchantment to you.
Examined on: PS5
Developer: Ember Lab
Writer: Ember lab
Platforms: PS4, PS5, PC
Worth: Rs 3,330 (PS5), Rs 939 (PC)