When you had been ever a fan of the PS2 period of action-adventure video games corresponding to Jak & Daxter or The Mark of Kri, then Kena: Bridge of Spirits will likely be proper up your road. It’s a contemporary model of these classics however with completely drop-dead attractive Dreamworks or Pixar-style graphics and likewise that includes some significantly cute new mascots.
The very first thing that everybody goes to note in regards to the sport is the way it seems. The luscious inexperienced environments that you simply get to discover are actually particular and all the character designs are delightfully charming. The developer, Ember Lab, initially began out as an animation studio so it’s not an enormous shock that the sport is exceptionally lovely. Fortunately the gameplay can be fairly enjoyable.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits Evaluation – Journey to the Mountain
The sport’s protagonist, Kena, is a younger spirit information whose job it’s to assist spirits move over to the opposite facet. While attempting to get to a mountain shrine she finds her manner blocked by an deserted village which appears to be affected by some type of corruption. She’ll want to assist heal the land and uncover its secrets and techniques earlier than she will be able to full her quest.
At first you don’t get to search out out an excessive amount of about Kena and who she is. She retains her playing cards pretty near her chest, however over time you’ll begin to choose up a number of the motivations for her journey. I do really feel like it could have been higher if the sport had spent a bit extra time on establishing her character early on however I nonetheless discovered it fairly straightforward to heat to her character. She’s the type of one who all the time desires to assist others, regardless of how tough which may be.
The deserted village acts as the sport’s hub and also you’ll get to journey to close by areas to attempt to assist the spirits, this then unlocks new locations so that you can discover. It’s a easy however very pleasurable gameplay loop the place you’ll be venturing someplace new, fixing environmental puzzles, combating corrupted spirits, after which unlocking a brand new space to do it yet again.
Alongside your travels you’ll come throughout some extremely cute little critters often known as the Rot. They’re small little spirits that assist to take care of the steadiness within the forest and as soon as you discover them they’ll comply with you round. They’re a supply of fixed adorableness they usually additionally are available fairly helpful all through your journey. They can assist transfer heavy stuff out of your manner and might even allow you to throughout fight.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits Evaluation – Drive of Nature
The Rot are just a little bit timid so that they received’t immediately be a part of you in a combat. As an alternative, you’ll want to boost a Braveness Meter by getting Kena to deal injury first. She carries a workers along with her which you’ll use to whack any spirits that assault you. Fight is pretty easy to start with; you’ve gotten a lightweight and heavy assault, in addition to having the ability to dodge and lift an vitality defend. As soon as your little Rot military is able to take part you need to use them to do issues like bind to an enemy for a short while. This allows you to safely get in just a few sneaky hits with out the enemy having the ability to combat again.
Over time you’ll acquire entry to a few totally different weapons in addition to having the ability to be taught new strikes. The fight system isn’t notably intricate though that doesn’t cease fights from feeling frantic and enjoyable. It positively helps that you simply’ll usually get launched to new varieties of enemies which can pressure you to make use of totally different methods to beat them. A number of the fights will likely be lots harder than you would possibly anticipate, notably in opposition to bosses, and also you’ll want to make use of each device at your disposal.
While you’re not attempting to whack enemies, you’ll be exploring the forest and attempting to clear the blight which has corrupted the land. This often ends in you having to resolve some type of puzzle or traverse your manner throughout a platforming part. Neither of this stuff are notably tough as you’re given sufficient environmental clues that can assist you work out what you should do subsequent. It additionally helps that Kena is a delight to regulate so it feels actually enjoyable to leap between platforms and attempt to uncover each secret of the forest.
There are completely a great deal of collectables so that you can discover, these largely come within the type of new little Rot buddies and treasured little hats for them to put on. You don’t actually need to hunt out each collectable however you’ll find yourself wanting to only to see their joyful little faces once you discover one other of their mates. It’s additionally beautiful to have the ability to gown them up after which watch them run after you whereas sporting little cowboy hats or fox masks. As the sport has an in-built picture mode you’ll consistently wish to cease and take some photos of your new little bundles of pleasure.
It’s fairly wonderful to assume that Kena: Bridge of Spirits is Ember Lab’s very first sport. With completely beautiful visuals and impactful music that is certain to depart an impression on folks. Gameplay-wise it doesn’t do something notably new or progressive however that doesn’t cease it from being a great deal of enjoyable. It is a small journey with sufficient problem and coronary heart to maintain you entertained for the complete 10–15 hours that it’ll take so that you can attain its conclusion.
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