For the next ten days, Dan will be posting picks for the Games of the Year in no particular order. These are favorites from 2015 that he actually played and were released during the calendar year. Enjoy!
Ori and the Blind Forest is one of many Metroid-style games released in the last few years and while it doesn’t break new ground, the experience is utterly enchanting. From the art style, animations, tight gameplay Ori and the Blind Forest is one of the very best games that you will play this year.
The greatest thing about Ori, undoubtedly, is the sublime gameplay. Every input is responsive and solid. The platforming is so well done that mistakes and failures feel entirely the player’s fault. Ori is difficult, but it feels fair even in the most frustrating sequences. The game rewards the player’s skill and not random chance or hidden numbers behind the scenes. Ori and the Blind Forest is taut, immediate and visceral.
This is art. The locations and design invoke a Miyazaki masterpiece with a simple and effective emotional story. There is a great sense of wonder and playfulness juxtaposed against game that will test every inch of your skill. Seeing several different jumping animations for Ori is such a small detail, but it is a testament to the general joy that such a great game conveys. Every environment and set piece is infused with this same attention to detail and fun.
It is reassuring that in an era where games are trying to look like real life, hand crafted experiences like Ori are still possible. The game doesn’t try to reinvent the genre, but instead is concerned with merely creating a masterpiece.
The entire package is a finely crafted, modern 2D platforming, Metroid-style game that every game aspires to be. Ori and the Blind Forest is the best platformer game that you will play this year.
Come back tomorrow and never touch the ground for another game of the year pick.