Metascore
89

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Mar 10, 2020
    100
    There are times when you feel obliged to find faults no matter how minor, but in the ten-plus hours spent with Moon Studios’ latest, there are none. It’s a feat few studios can rightfully claim to accomplish in recent times but such a claim is more than merited for a game that nails all departments.
  2. Mar 12, 2020
    98
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is the natural evolution of the already excellent Ori and the Blind Forest, a masterpiece and a milestone in the metroidvania genre. It’s a modern fairy tale with a lesson that should be accepted by everyone and applied without reservation in the everyday life. So be careful: playing Ori and the Will of the Wisps could make you a better person.
  3. Mar 24, 2020
    95
    What you end up with is an almost perfect game within the MetroidVania genre. If you have to mention something to blame the game, it is perhaps that more could have been added in the form of online or multiplayer action, but even that is a conscious choice. Developer Moon studios knows what it is good at and opts for that. While playing, you never feel that you are missing anything.
  4. Mar 15, 2020
    95
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps retains what the original did well, trims what held it back, and then manages to add in wonderful new elements that elevate this follow-up to new heights. It boasts a fantastic soundtrack and stunning visuals that work perfectly together to craft a beautiful atmosphere. It tops it all off with an emotional story culminating in a great ending that ties together both games. Meanwhile optional side quests offer wonderful insights into this new world. It’s an exceptional game that you don’t want to miss.
  5. Mar 10, 2020
    95
    The story is fantastic, the world is breathtaking, and all of that pales in comparison to the wonderfully made gameplay that soars both as a platforming and combat game. Moon Studios has outdone itself with Will of the Wisps, delivering an experience that doesn’t have any lulls, makes the player feel clever, and just keeps getting better as it goes.
  6. Mar 10, 2020
    95
    With the need to go bigger, Ori and the Will of the Wisps loses some of the simplicity and innocence of the original game, but it steps up in turn with bite and refinement.
  7. Mar 10, 2020
    93
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is one of the best game of this generation, thanks to a compelling story, a brand new combat system and a great variety of contents that make it an amazing successor to Moon Studios' interpretation of the metroidvania genre.
  8. Mar 10, 2020
    92
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a masterpiece even compared with its prequel. It's one of the greatest platformers in recent years and nearly perfect in terms of the open-world, the narrative, and the combat.
  9. Mar 22, 2020
    91
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is more than just a worthy successor to Blind Forest. It enriches and improves all its parts in every aspect, and it is a Metroidvania game that will be remembered for years.
  10. Mar 11, 2020
    91
    Mystical, challenging, huge and astonishingly beautiful: This is a true gem in the field of open platforming.
  11. Mar 10, 2020
    91
    Quotation forthcoming.
  12. Mar 19, 2020
    90
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps definitely has its downfalls, from a lack of dungeons and performance hiccups to abilities that needed to be fleshed-out more, but comparing this to all of the amazing feats that it reaches, these gripes feel nothing more than nit-picks in an otherwise wholly enjoyable and immersive experience. While it may not meet every expectation set by the almost perfect Ori and the Blind Forest, it's nonetheless a worthy successor and is easily one of the best metroidvanias on the market right now.
  13. Mar 18, 2020
    90
    At first glance, Ori and the Will of the Wisps may seem like more of the same. It's true and it's one of its strengths. Because every aspect of the game works in such a great way that we can feel that we are replaying the same great experience as that of the first game, but with small changes that make it even better.
  14. Mar 13, 2020
    90
    If you're the kind of person who can't stand bugs ruining your games then maybe you might want to wait a bit until this is good and patched. But even with the glitches, Ori and the Will Of The Wisps is undeniably a captivating, marvelous game that makes us hope that we won't have to wait another 5 years to see Ori in action again.
  15. Mar 12, 2020
    90
    A splendid sequel that undoubtedly surpasses the original. Moon Studios has outdone itself and given us another of the best Metroidvanias on the market.
  16. Mar 10, 2020
    90
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is the confirmation of the huge talent inside Moon Studios. Finally, Microsoft has a game to be proud.
  17. Mar 10, 2020
    90
    An outstanding sequel that merges a heartfelt story, stunning visuals, challenging gameplay and glorious music into what is already one of the best games of the year.
  18. Mar 10, 2020
    90
    In five years, the Metroidvania has changed, and Ori has also learned from its peers to stay in the race. A little less demanding but much more varied, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is indeed the great adventure we have been waiting for.
  19. Mar 10, 2020
    90
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps maintains its brilliance while introducing an incredible new combat system.
  20. Mar 10, 2020
    90
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps has everything we loved about the original game. It's beautiful and charming, with a powerful metroidvania feeling. Just a brilliant sequel.
  21. Mar 10, 2020
    90
    In Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Moon Studios has taken an excellent foundation and made even more out of it. Its many new elements expand on and add to the first game’s fun without bogging it down or becoming overcomplicated. And that’s really the best praise you can give a sequel - it stays true to the spirit of the original, doubles down on what made it great, and gives you more stake in the world and options to navigate it. Ori and the Will of the Wisps is an excellent heartfelt follow-up that pushes the series to new heights.
  22. Mar 10, 2020
    90
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps follows the Blind Forest as a special game that is unrivalled in its class.
  23. Mar 10, 2020
    90
    A gorgeous, tear-jerking platformer which improves on absolutely everything in the first game and ranks among the finest Metroidvanias available today.
  24. Mar 10, 2020
    90
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a game of passion, made from the heart. Featuring charming characters, a vibrant world filled with mystery and intrigue, and genre-leading platforming action, you will struggle to find a single experience that encompasses the artistic values of video games like Ori and the Will of the Wisps.
  25. Mar 10, 2020
    90
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps delivers a wonderful metroidvania experience, packed with great atmosphere and graphics, wonderful environments and a compelling story.
  26. Mar 11, 2020
    87
    If you play Ori and the Will of the Wisps on a PC, then you have a fantastic successor to The Blind Forest. Xbox One owners are better off waiting for major updates.
  27. Mar 17, 2020
    85
    Stunning visuals and brilliant music is just the first course in Ori and the Will of the Wisps. With its large world, lavish combat, and a smooth implementation of the metroidvania design, this sequel is a must-play for fans of the original, and highly recommended for everybody else.
  28. Mar 12, 2020
    85
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps keeps the core values of the previous game and elevates them to new heights to consolidate Moon Studios as a new creator force.
  29. Mar 10, 2020
    81
    It's inconsistent and sometimes annoying, but ultimately a charming, challenging, heart-string-pulling fable.
  30. Mar 23, 2020
    80
    A very good platformer with awesome production values. The central character feels good to control, the story is fine and the game is basically unmatched when it comes to graphics. But the gameplay itself, although competent, could use a lot more variety.
  31. Mar 11, 2020
    80
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is aesthetically brilliant and offers familiar challenges with a new twist. An expansive world filled with interactive NPCs gives you plenty of game for your buck, making this a must for newbies and die-hards alike. Implementation of anticipated patches would bump this score up to a 9.
  32. Mar 10, 2020
    80
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is more than the sum of its parts. Is it just another Metroid homage, one among many? Absolutely. I think it’s one of the best-playing, sure, but it’s still well-trod territory of late. I found myself gripped by it though. As I said earlier, I wish it was longer. That’s usually the sign (or at least one sign) of a good game, in my experience.
  33. Mar 10, 2020
    80
    Genre fans and devotees of the first game should put Ori and the Will of the Wisps on their must-play lists. It looks like a million bucks in motion (when the performance holds together) and the narrative is sure to please franchise followers.
  34. Mar 10, 2020
    70
    A haunting journey through a woodland with a real sense of place, but its breadth of mechanics silts up the pacing.
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  1. Mar 10, 2020
    So far, Ori and the Will of the Wisps has taken my breath away. It’s possibly one of the most aesthetically gorgeous games I’ve ever played, even if some parts do feel like they’ve been ripped straight from the first game and the soundtrack is masterful in every sense of the word. [Provisional Score = 90]
  2. It’s difficult but fair, complex but intuitive, and gruelling but conquerable. [RPS Bestest Bests]
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 383 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 50 out of 383
  1. Mar 11, 2020
    10
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is amazing! The visuals, music and game mechanics are all incredible. You can tell this game was a completeOri and the Will of the Wisps is amazing! The visuals, music and game mechanics are all incredible. You can tell this game was a complete labor of love by Moon Studios! I really enjoy the melee changes that were made as Ori feels like a right badass now :)

    At $30 price point you are getting an amazingly engaging and innovative game with AAA polish. How could you go wrong with that?
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  2. Mar 16, 2020
    9
    Absolutely fantastic metroidvania. Between Team Cherry (Hollow Knight) and Moon Studios ( Ori franchise) metroidvanias will never be the same again.
  3. Mar 13, 2020
    8
    I do like this game, but it so happened that in this review I will be focusing mostly on what I dislike about it. Maybe I woke up on the wrongI do like this game, but it so happened that in this review I will be focusing mostly on what I dislike about it. Maybe I woke up on the wrong side of the bed on release day or something - who knows. Altogether the game is a lot of solid, high quality experience, raising the bar in 2D games, and a true delight to your eyes. I'm happy to have played it, but I'm just not sure whether it is the sequel I anticipated.
    As of 13.03.20, the game suffers a great number of glitches. Ori gets stuck in a number of places, gets teleported, the game freezes and on rare occasions hangs your PC dead. Most problems are tackled by loading a save or mashing buttons randomly. Also, the game may be working not quite right on Full HD displays as it is meant for Ultra HD, sometimes aliasing or shimmering may be seen.
    Ultimately, the thing I missed most while playing was the melancholic, lonely atmosphere. Reasons why I think it changed:
    - The locations. They have changed from a cozy, admirable magical forest into uncomfortable-to-horrifying environments, where you don't feel safe except for special safe zones and want to run faster. Also, although the map got bigger, it doesn't give you a lot of chance or wish to run through the same places many times to get used to them. The locations are always full of scary looking spikes and
    - Enemies, which are now often nightmare monsters instead of nice or funny-ish looking creatures.
    - Ori is now nearly a Rambo who is ready to fight anything nearly with his bare hands from the beginning.
    - The game design got more generic, with buying skills and weapons, autosave, a "motherbase"-thing, a lot of NPCs to talk to, bosses and things like that. Also, it gets repetitative and predictible, as all sections of the plot have similar structure.
    Storywise the game has not really matched the Blind Forest. The majority of the plot is farfetched and not closely as emotional, except for the ending which, although is not logically connected with the rest of the plot enough, left me completely devastated.
    A good thing is that the story is much richer, there are events happening and quests changing all the time compared to BF.
    Gameplaywise it's more sophisticated in a good way, ever-changing and never bores you, but a lot of tools are used only in special sections and/or are replaced with other ones later on. Also, if you've played through BF a couple times, this one will not be as challenging, but rather like another walkthrough of BF, but on a different map.
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