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  • Summary: Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a story-driven action adventure set in a charming world rich with exploration and fast-paced combat. Players find and grow a team of tiny spirit companions called the Rot, enhancing their abilities and creating new ways to manipulate the environment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 82
  2. Negative: 0 out of 82
  1. Oct 28, 2021
    100
    Kena: Bridge of Spirits should take most gamers around 10 to 12 hours to complete, depending on the amount of exploring and the level of difficulty. While the blockbusters games of 2021 continue to deliver the same ho-hum experience of 2021, Kena is a much needed ray of sunshine to the current choices of titles available and more importantly, looks fantastic on the PlayStation 5.
  2. Sep 28, 2021
    90
    Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a fantastic adventure, one which does an incredible job of mixing platforming elements, fun and energetic combat, a rewarding exploration system and beautiful graphics. It's not only of the best games of 2021, it's one of the best games in recent years.
  3. Oct 15, 2021
    89
    I found Kena: Bridge of Spirits to be one of the best treats of the year, both for the eyes and for the soul. Not only does it show elaborate craftsmanship, but it also feels like it was infused with joy and awareness. I'm happy it's here, and I look forward to seeing where Kena's bridge can lead.
  4. Sep 20, 2021
    80
    With its elegantly simple combat and beautiful world, Kena: Bridge of Spirits harkens back to the days of the N64/GameCube-era Zeldas, Okami, and Star Fox Adventures, while also adding modern sensibilities and a distinct personal touch.
  5. Sep 30, 2021
    80
    Kena: Bridge of Spirits is the game that was missing to end 2021 in the best way possible. This title pictures a reality not far from ours, where the corruption is imminent and the salvation of the land demands a path that challenge us and makes us grow into a better version of ourselves. As a Spirit Guide, Kena took the compromise of freeing every soul that needed her. She felt fear, failed to have decisions but with the help of her Rot friends she was able to accomplish her mission, in which is the perfect balance between duty and passion.
  6. Sep 23, 2021
    80
    Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a fantastic achievement, one that celebrates the wonder of adventure games with a story to fall into, characters to root for and a ton of collectibles to uncover. The ‘Now That’s What I Call An Adventure Game’ nature of the mechanics offers little in the way of huge originality, but presents them in a world so full of beauty and wonder you’ll soon forget all about it. The future is bright for Ember Lab.
  7. Sep 22, 2021
    60
    Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a completely inoffensive, if somewhat bland adventure that will mildly entertain for the duration of its runtime, but won’t live long in the memory.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 32 out of 410
  1. Sep 22, 2021
    10
    Pretty amazing first effort from a new team... Kudos, from a lover of Zelda-type games and all things cute.
  2. Sep 23, 2021
    10
    Sony will buy emberlob studio in future$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
  3. Sep 23, 2021
    10
    Kena is a masterpiece game with an amazing story, world, music. As the game progresses, it gets more and more interesting. I don’t want thisKena is a masterpiece game with an amazing story, world, music. As the game progresses, it gets more and more interesting. I don’t want this game to end. * if u are playing on PS5 then use performance mode Expand
  4. Oct 26, 2021
    9
    Beautiful game from start to finish. Support this developer seriously this is their 1st try and they pulled this off. Buy this game you won'tBeautiful game from start to finish. Support this developer seriously this is their 1st try and they pulled this off. Buy this game you won't regret it!! Expand
  5. Sep 22, 2021
    9
    This game gave me everything I had hoped for, from start to finish.

    It really is THAT indie game. It is so obvious to see how emberlab
    This game gave me everything I had hoped for, from start to finish.

    It really is THAT indie game. It is so obvious to see how emberlab started out as a film studio.
    The sheer quality of the pre-rendered cutscenes, the ingame animations, and visual effects speaks for itself.

    This is one of those games where you can really feel the passion behind it.
    From what I've heard, the team over at emberlab was only about 10 to 20 people strong when they developed this game.
    That is ridiculous for a game of such quality.
    I mean it is very obvious that each and every person that worked on this game was incredibly skilled in their craft

    Kena isn't just good looking, it also delivers a simple but effective story that warmed my heart throughout the game.
    While the concept of the story and its characters is fairly simple, the writing is really nice.
    Combine the cute writing with stellar cinematography in the cinematics and you're up for some really beautiful story beats.

    What can I say about the soundtrack other than.. it's perfect? It fits the adventurous vibe of the game so incredibly well.
    They really poured in a lot of work into the music. I mean we're still talking about an indie production here.
    It's not like the game has just a few good soundtracks no, each map section has its own little soundtrack. Variety is guaranteed.

    The gameplay is very smooth for the most part.
    The camera controls and the dead zone of the sticks felt a bit off when I first started the game,
    but it's not so severe that it impacts the overall gaming experience.
    The combat controls are for the most part very responsive and all the action animations and visual effects look and feel absolutely great. I still get surprised at how good everything looks.
    The combat also gets better the more you progress in the game due to the skill tree.

    The game's side activities aren't the most outstanding, they are fairly limited,
    but I still found great enjoyment in roaming around the map and collecting things.
    The world of Kena is brimming with beauty, it really reminds you of older games like Zelda at times.
    The combination of the well-designed lustrous world, and the soundtrack really makes the adventure outside of the main story enjoyable.

    I played on the highest difficulty that was available in the first playthrough. I really enjoyed the balance of the difficulty.
    It wasn't too hard where I'd have to fight a boss for hours on end, but it also wasn't too easy.
    I feel like it was nicely balanced for a game like Kena.
    There is a even higher difficulty setting which I assume is for new game+. From what I have heard, that newgame+ mode steps it difficulty up by a lot.

    Kena is a cute character, I really like the voice actress.
    I'm happy that they chose a more "deeper" sounding actress instead of a generic higher pitched child voice.

    The Rots are the most adorable thing I have ever seen in a game, the way they carry around things for Kena or the way the swim behind you in the water.
    Everything about them is just so wholesome.

    The game's length is totally fine for me.
    If you fully explore everything and play around with the photo mode a bit you'll spend more than 10 hours with the game.
    I've heard that, if you want to get the platinum trophy for the game it takes roughly 20 to 25 hours.
    I'm glad that this isn't a bloated empty open world game.

    I'm very happy for emberlab and I congratulate them on their first game.
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  6. Jan 1, 2022
    8
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  7. Sep 29, 2021
    0
    was it fun to play,thats all that really matters.you bet ya.This game caught my interest for some time,worth the wait

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