Needless to say, there has been a considerable amount of hype surrounding Xbox One exclusive indie game Ori and the Blind Forest ever since it was first shown to the public. With the game releasing tomorrow on the 11th March, the reviews have been coming in and it’s fair to say that they are overwhelmingly positive. At the time of writing the game is averaging at 89/100 on Metacritic with 19 positive reviews and 1 mixed review. Here’s what the major publications had to say:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game Informer: One of the best games of the year, and should be a no-brainer for anyone looking for an exciting new adventure to dive into. That said, it comes with a warning: Expect to be humbled by its difficulty. Death comes quickly. 9.5/10

Destructoid: From a mechanical standpoint, Ori and the Blind Forest isn’t an evolution of the genre, and you’ve seen most of what’s on offer here before. But aesthetically it’s in a league of its own, and everything it does, it does well. If you’re looking for a metroidvania, I’d consider this a new classic. 9.5/10

Official Xbox Magazine UK: Ori and the Blind Forest is a beautiful picture book… that slams shut on your fingers. Get over the initial shock, and this challenging, thoughtful puzzle platformer is an adventure to cherish. 4.5/5

GameSpot: It’s important, however, not to mistake Ori and the Blind Forest for being simply beautiful. It certainly is–but it is also unceasingly clever. It consistently surprises you with new tricks: gravitational divergences, new ways to move through its spaces, and carefully designed levels that require you to think quickly and respond. 9/10

Polygon: Ori and the Blind Forest is a rare realization of fantastic design and production values in a space where I wasn’t expecting to find it, displaying a spectacular level of confidence in what it is and what it does. 9/10

IGN: It’s often frustrating and sometimes confusing, but its spectacular platforming, memorable world, and engrossing story wash those concerns away. 8.5/10

GamesRadar: If you can steel yourself for a challenge and come to grips with an unwieldy checkpoint system, Ori and the Blind Forest will mesmerize you with its lush world and incredible artistry. 4/5

It sounds to us like this purchase is a bit of a no-brainer then! Are you excited for Ori and the Blind Forest? Will you be picking it up on release day? Let us know! Check out the new launch trailer for the game below.

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