Ori and the Blind Forest Final Thoughts

Ori and the Blind Forest Final Thoughts

It took me a few weeks but I finally finished Ori and the Blind Forest. Thanks to a twitter follower warning me, I had a box of tissues handy. These are my Ori and the Blind Forest final thoughts.

The Game

Considering I’m not the greatest at playing platformer games as well as solving puzzles, Ori was a challenge for me. There were many parts that I had to look up on how to get through a certain area. I died over and over and over again, and I had to put the controller down and go do something else. I came to realize that I valued the blue crystals much more than health and ability spheres.

Even though it was a challenging platformer for me, the art, the music and the story of Ori and the Blind Forest are what makes this game stand out. There were several points where I was in total awe about how beautiful and detailed the art was. From the volcanic innards of Mount Horu to the earthiness of the Ginso Tree, there is beauty throughout this game. Even Kuro, the owl drenched in darkness and the main antagonist in Ori and the Blind Forest was absolutely stunning. Top it off with the soundtrack for this game and it transports you to the world where the light and darkness tolerate each other until one day where the darkness steals the light and the world begins to die. 

I love story in games, and Ori and the Blind Forest definitely is one of my top favorite stories. It’s all about a mother’s love and how far it takes the characters. Sometimes it will lead to the destruction of the world.

The Feels *Spoilers*

I would recommend Ori and the Blind Forest to pretty much anyone, except those who absolutely hate platformers. It is visually stunning and the audio is amazing. Yet, it’s story that gets me every time. It’s a story about love. The love that the Spirit Tree has for Ori, its lost child. It’s the love that Naru has for Ori after becoming Ori’s adopted mother and last but not least, the love that Kuro has for her children as well.

All of this started because Ori was blown away by the wind and the Spirit Tree was trying to get Ori back. It let out a huge burst of light that ended up accidentally killing Kuro’s newly hatched babies. The only one who was spared hadn’t hatched out of its egg yet. Out of rage and despair over losing her children, Kuro took what powered the spirit tree had and flew away with it. This killed the forest which ended up killing Naru because she gave what little food was left to Ori instead of consuming it herself.

Kuro continually tried to kill Ori every chance she got due to the rage she had for what the Spirit Tree had done to her children. Luckily, Gumo who was an antagonist turned protagonist ended up saving Naru by bringing her back to life. Through that, Naru was able to show a mother’s love by putting herself in harm’s way to save Ori from Kuro. This action of selflessness made Kuro realize what was important, her last unborn child. With that, Kuro took her own life by placing the light she had stolen, back in the spirit tree. She was swallowed by the light but had saved the forest and her child. I cried so hard.

In the end, Ori, Naru, Gumo and Kuro’s last child ended up living together in harmony. Or so we hope. Ori and the Blind Forest is more than just a fun game, it’s an art piece and a story. I am so excited that they announced Ori and the Will of the Wisps at E3 and I can’t wait for it to come out. I loved Ori and the Blind Forest.

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