Overview: Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a sport about forgiveness and transferring on.
It is a exceptional first effort from Ember Lab, a studio whose historical past in animation bleeds by way of each attractive surroundings and minimize scene.
You play as Kena, a spirit information who unravels the historical past of a desolate village as she helps reconcile the lives of three troubled spirits – and her personal.
Alongside the best way, you will discover the rot, a swarm of the cutest creatures ever designed for a online game.
They assist in fixing puzzles and powering up your assaults however function a collectible in their very own proper.
You may gown them up with hats by spending the crystals you discover, however extra importantly, discovering sure quantities unlocks new talents and the facility to make use of them in fight.
Rot are frightened of enemies, so you will should whack a number of together with your workers earlier than they get courageous sufficient to assist.
It is a cute tie-in to build up the meter that permits you to land an extra-strong hit or heal.
It is a advantageous stability that tends to rapidly grow to be irritating on increased difficulties.
Harder enemies can take Kena out with a handful of blows and there is usually solely two flowers scattered within the area to heal; which includes turning your again on the enemy (leaving you open for one more assault) and praying the auto-target locks onto a flower quick sufficient so that you can dodge one other incoming assault.
Melee assaults reliably chip away at enemies however utilizing arrows to focus on weak spots is the golden ticket to success.
Parrying can also be vital in later boss fights; one thing that the sport focuses on so little that I solely began utilizing it intentionally after the penultimate boss compelled me into watching a YouTube information after dying by his hand at the very least two-dozen instances.
Be warned, the bosses on this sport are downright brutal.
Heck, the thought of going through two customary Mages without delay once more sends shivers down my backbone.
Regardless of this, I completely loved the fight in Kena: Bridge of Spirits which should be applauded for delivering on a ultimate boss combat that was epic to play, because it was to look at the cut-scenes main as much as and after it.
The music setting the stage can also be distinctive.
Too many video games stumble at this ultimate hurdle (I am taking a look at you, Zelda: Breath of the Wild) however Kena: Bridge of Spirits delivers in spades.
The great people at Kinda Humorous Video games joked that Kena would have been a PS2 Sport Of The Yr.
The sport is laid out like others have been within the early 2000s: journey to a brand new space, meet a brand new character, acquire three issues and combat that space’s boss.
Sure, it is formulaic. Sure, it is outdated.
However with a coat of paint this handsome, who cares?
Personally, I discovered the sport’s linear, 12-15 hour marketing campaign comfortably but refreshingly nostalgic.
It tells a brand new story, in a brand new world, on a brand new console that I am very happy I performed.
Though, I do surprise how a studio that created such awe-inspiring cutscenes for the sport additionally settled on such awkward idle, strolling and working animations!
Kena: Bridge of Spirits might not win 2021’s Sport Of The Yr but it surely’s an exceptional debut from Ember Lab who appear destined to thrill us with no matter they do subsequent.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits is out now on PS5, PS4 and Home windows PC.