Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 68 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 68
  2. Negative: 0 out of 68
Buy On
  1. Mar 24, 2020
    100
    No game is perfect and I don’t believe giving a game a 10/10 means that it is perfect. However, I believe that Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a masterpiece that deserves the highest praise that I can give it. Moon Studios is a shining example that a small team working with a lot of heart and passion can create something beautiful, fun and challenging. It expands on the original in every way and you will not find a better game in the Metroidvania genre. I personally can’t wait to dive back into the game on a harder difficulty.
  2. Mar 24, 2020
    100
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is an unmitigated triumph. Every element is executed to perfection; the pinpoint platforming, kinetic combat, and heartfelt storytelling are second to none. Visually stunning and accompanied by an evocative soundscape you will feel like you’re stepping into another world, and it’s one you’ll likely never want to leave.
  3. Mar 23, 2020
    100
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a terrific and affecting bout of escapism. Its ‘Metroidvania’ roots reach deep - those that remain unmoved by this style of 2D action aren’t likely to find anything revelatory. But its aura and execution is a thing of beauty.
  4. Mar 18, 2020
    100
    Peppered with devious puzzles, Ori and the Will of the Wisp is an irresistible challenge. There is extraordinary attention to detail – the entire world feels alive with excitement and danger. I struggled to put down the controller as I progressed deeper into the game, unable and unwilling to let anything stand in the way of Ori realising his true destiny. A bold and ambitious sequel.
  5. Mar 15, 2020
    100
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is an essential Xbox game. Building on every aspect of Blind Forest – from art to music right the way through to level design and combat – this is a sequel worthy of celebration.
  6. Mar 12, 2020
    100
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps on Xbox One is an amazing work of art that happens to double as a truly fantastic game. Moon Studios have outdone themselves here with an emotional, engaging, difficult but above all enjoyable game that should delight gamers everywhere.
  7. Mar 10, 2020
    100
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps builds on its predecessor’s near-perfect Metroidvania platforming and grows the concept to wonderful effect. A game that’s as much about rebirth, hope and wonder as it is death and decay, Will of the Wisps is a beautiful, enchanting piece of fantasy, and an instant classic.
  8. Mar 10, 2020
    100
    Ori & The Will of the Wisps is a wonder to behold, a joy to play, and a must-have for anyone with the means to play it.
  9. Mar 10, 2020
    100
    A gorgeous platformer that builds on the original without ruining what made it so special. If you have Game Pass, there’s no reason not to play this.
  10. Mar 10, 2020
    98
    Will of the Wisps is easily one of the best Metroidvanias ever, and I know that includes company like Super Metroid and Symphony of the Night.
  11. Mar 16, 2020
    97
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps succeeds where the original game faltered while maintaining everything that made it work. The spirit of the first game lives on with a touching tale of life, love, and loss that just so happens to have some of the tighest combat in a side-scrolling game on the market today. It’s a more exciting game than the original and an improvement on something that was already so well-crafted is quite an accomplishment. Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a must-play game for anyone who loves side-scrolling action-platformers and sends you on an emotional journey from beginning to end.
  12. Mar 13, 2020
    97
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps had some lofty expectations coming into it, and it’s safe to say that it more than met them handsomely, Some difficulty spikes can frustrate, but overall it’s a charming, beautiful, brilliantly fun title. Gamepass subscriber or not, you absolutely need to experience this game.
  13. Mar 10, 2020
    97
    Ori and The Will of Wisps is the best game I've been able to enjoy so far this year, thanks both to its incredible artistic level and its impressive soundtrack, as well as its frantic gameplay, which will keep you in front of the screen for hours and hours. This title from Moon Studios is a true masterpiece in terms of visuals, sound and gameplay. A new standard for the Metroidvania and an exclusive that will be hard to beat in this final stretch before the arrival of Xbox Series X.
  14. Mar 23, 2020
    95
    A beautiful sequel that successfully manages to improve on almost every aspect of the original, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is one of the best Metroidvania experiences you can find.
  15. Mar 18, 2020
    95
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps improves upon its predecessor in almost every way, from its drastically improved combat system to its use of NPCs and side quests. Like Ori and the Blind Forest before it, Will of the Wisps is held back by intermittent technical hitches that can result in some frustrating moments, but it hardly keeps this incredible sequel from shining through.
  16. Mar 17, 2020
    95
    One of the main differences between Indie and AAA titles is that when it come to indie games, developers have more freedom to try new and ambitious ideas, as Ori and the Will of the Wisps did, and the result is not only a game that feels as good and fresh as its predecessor, but also improved in almost every aspect.
  17. Mar 15, 2020
    95
    The visuals are mesmerizing and the music is enchanting, the combat and platforming sequences are smooth as ever and despite its technical issues, The Will of the Wisps is the sequel that The Blind Forest deserves.
  18. 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.
  19. Mar 10, 2020
    94
    This is an exceptional platformer, absolutely incredible on an audiovisual level, and it reminds you that, when they developers get it right, there’s something great and unique about jumping.
  20. Mar 10, 2020
    94
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is indeed a challenging game, but one not so hard as to be rage-inducing. It is beautiful in its aesthetic, gameplay, and narrative. Whether you are coming to this as a seasoned gamer who wants a challenge or someone who just loves the game's beauty, it is simply a joy to play and will captivate you for hours.
  21. Mar 10, 2020
    93
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a metroidvania like no other. It is beautiful, emotional, fun, varied, intense… Moon Studios has taken the formula of the first game and has evolved it in the right way.
  22. Mar 10, 2020
    93
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is an amazing game, managing to further elevate its genre thanks to a masterful work in gameplay, level design, art design, music and storytelling. A compelling and touching adventure that everyone should experience.
  23. Mar 10, 2020
    93
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is not only a great platform game, now it is also an amazing action game. The beauty of its visuals and its soundtrack hide a very hard and challenging game where a mistake can cost you very expensive, but that rewards with moments of a beauty and madness difficult to overcome. Not only does it become one of the hits of the genre and one of the most important releases of the year, it also becomes one of the essential games in the entire Xbox One catalog.
  24. Mar 16, 2020
    92
    More epic, wonderful and complex than the first chapter, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is one of the best adventures of the year. Essential.
  25. Mar 11, 2020
    91
    It’s a stellar sequel to a game that I already loved, and well worth checking out whether you pick up a stand-alone copy or download it via Game Pass. If you have any affinity for platformers or action-adventure style games in the same vein, then you really owe it to yourself to check out Ori and the Will of the Wisps.
  26. Mar 26, 2020
    90
    To no one's surprise, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is visually and audibly beautiful. Once you get the hang of Ori's abilities, the platforming is fluid and satisfying, the combat is cool, and the game rewards your exploration even when said exploration is a result of getting lost. Through it all lingers a feeling of accomplishment that makes it so easy to keep playing, even through the frustrating parts.
  27. Mar 25, 2020
    90
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a bold and ambitious sequel and I really did not want to put it down when I was done. You owe to yourself to give it a try.
  28. Mar 23, 2020
    90
    Will of the Wisps isn’t just a fantastic follow-up to an already great game, it’s a brilliant metroidvania in its own right, and arguably the year’s first major must-play release.
  29. Mar 17, 2020
    90
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is another excellent entry in the series that manages to build successfully on everything that made the original such a standout experience. With satisfying platforming, a handful of amazing boss encounters, expanded combat options and a story every bit as tear-inducing as its predecessor's, this is another outstanding effort from Moon Studios – as well as being one of the most beautiful games we've ever laid eyes on and easily one of the best platformers currently available on Xbox One.
  30. Mar 12, 2020
    90
    It may not be able to claim much originality compared to its predecessor, or Metroidvania games in general, but this is still one of the best examples of its craft this generation.
  31. Mar 12, 2020
    90
    The combination of the original game's narrative charm and solid platforming mechanics with a much longer story and more intricate skill trees and bonuses come together to make a must-play game.
  32. Mar 11, 2020
    90
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a game I might not have felt we needed, but could not stop playing once I dove in. It retains what made the original special while also adding enough to warrant a sequel. Moon Studios truly has carved out a spot for themselves among the pantheon of indie developers. I cannot wait to see what they do next and as for this title, there is simply no reason not to dive in. It is included in Game Pass and even at its asking price, it is more than worth the price of admission.
  33. Mar 11, 2020
    90
    Backed by an amazing art style, a great soundtrack and a selection of heartwarming characters to take you through the story, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is pure platforming perfection.
  34. Mar 11, 2020
    90
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a great metroidvania and a worthy sequel. The developers have used proven solutions borrowed from other games, but were clever and creative about it. The game is coherent and will surprise you more than once. Is it as powerful and the first part? No. Is it as fun as the Blind Forest? Definitely yes.
  35. Mar 10, 2020
    90
    In the beauty stakes and beyond, there are very few, in the rarefied realms of indie or AAA, who can challenge it.
  36. Mar 10, 2020
    90
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is game that’s hard to not love. It made me want to scream and shout a few times – a certain chase scene that was truly demanding and a final area that relies heavily on trial and error included – but for every moment that frustrated me, there were ten that amazed me. The platforming is crisp, combat is engaging, and the world just begs to be explored. Mix in drop-dead gorgeous visuals, a score to die for and a story that will break your heart, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps will make you glad to be alive.
  37. 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.
  38. Mar 10, 2020
    90
    The wait for Ori and the Will of the Wisps will most definitely prove worthwhile: Moon Studios has created a masterpiece. The sequel manages to be more beautiful, heartfelt, and challenging than Ori and the Blind Forest. Some of the new changes feel a little superfluous to Ori's world, but only in comparison to everything which the game already offers. Will of the Wisps offers a real challenge and comes with its own share of frustration, but in doubling down on everything players loved in Blind Forest and going beyond it, Moon Studios has achieved a superb sequel.
  39. Mar 10, 2020
    90
    As long as the performance issues are completely ironed out in the near future, this is one platformer that’ll long be remembered.
  40. Mar 10, 2020
    90
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps comes close to being the perfect sequel. While the new combat focus admittedly doesn’t fit well with the story, it’s still a ton of fun, and coupled with the new autosave feature, ensures a more fast-paced and fluid style of play.
  41. Mar 10, 2020
    90
    Ori and the Blind Forest was already a masterpiece, but Ori and the Will of the Wisps manages to be even better thanks to new gameplay ideas and new characters. Simply a must-play.
  42. Mar 10, 2020
    90
    The result is a Metroidvania-style platformer to be experienced, able to take your breath away both with its spectacular audiovisual performance and with its commendable all-round gameplay - for the occasion strengthened by a convincing action grain. Too bad for some burrs in the performance and in the general cleanliness of the code that compromise a vote that otherwise would have deserved to be even more bombastic.
  43. Mar 10, 2020
    90
    Minor niggles aside, I can wholeheartedly recommend Ori And The Will Of The Wisps to all of you. Whether or not you've played the original game, picking up this new adventure should be a no-brainer. Moon Studios has gone bigger and better in every conceivable way, crafting an epic, emotional adventure that borrows from some of the best games out there and smartly remixes various genres and ideas in thrilling, unexpected ways.
  44. Mar 10, 2020
    90
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is bigger and more polished than the original title. I can't recommend playing it before the original, if only because the plot relies on you having played the first game. Otherwise, this is an absolute must-play for fans of the genre. Some minor quibbles and a few annoying bugs hold it back, but hopefully, those will be addressed by the day-one patch. If you've been waiting for Will of the Wisps, you'll be extremely pleased.
  45. 90
    Overall, Ori and the Will of the Wisps retains Blind Forest’s effortlessly satisfying platforming experience that defies a rage quit, while building on the central experience with a much larger map, richer combat experience, and more ways than ever to personalise your playstyle. Every grapple, slam, and triple jump builds on that unmatched flow of gently nudging you towards confidence, rewarding you when it’s there, and punishing the cocky. You’ll soon be flying through these gorgeous worlds with grace and style, and while it may look effortless on-screen, you’ll be concentrating damn hard on perfecting every move. That’s one of the best feelings in fluid platforming, and you can guarantee that Will of the Wisps oozes such sophistication.
  46. Mar 10, 2020
    90
    Perhaps the biggest problem with a game that is simply this gorgeous to look at, is that even the slightest of frame-rate hitches feels like a betrayal. A betrayal to the expectation of perfection you get as soon as the adventure begins. Ori and the Will of the Wisps isn’t perfect, but its issues are mere momentary lapses in an otherwise stellar action-adventure. An experience that feels monumental in both scope and presentation.
  47. Mar 10, 2020
    90
    Make no mistake, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a true work of art, a hallmark of excellence for the medium, and an example to be followed. That said, a bit more polish would have gone a long way to put the icing on this very glorious cake.
  48. Mar 10, 2020
    90
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is an extraordinary Metroidvania game with impeccable artistic direction and incredibly galvanizing gameplay. It can possibly be one of the best exclusives in the entire Xbox One catalog.
  49. Mar 10, 2020
    90
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a fantastic sequel. It builds on the original with a few new ideas to deliver a complete experience.
  50. 90
    After the stunning Ori and the Blind Forest, I found it hard to imagine Moon Studios being able to one-up themselves with Will of the Wisps and yet it's another beautifully crafted chapter in a series that is held so dear and treasured. As a platforming exercise, it's slick and sublime, it has evolved in subtle ways and Ori's world has grown a little larger as a result. While Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a sequel that'll challenge your resolve and temper your spirit at times, its final act will fill your heart and have it bursting with joie de vivre.
  51. Mar 10, 2020
    90
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a poignant story and its gameplay is richer than that of its predecessor; it offers plenty of new features with an interesting RPG dimension. The world of Moon Studios is always as magical for the eye and the mind, and enchanting music brings the perfect final touch to this dazzling adventure. Nevertheless, the game suffers from real technical problems: frequent framerate drops and freezes prevent you from fully enjoying this journey. Aside from that, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is almost perfect.
  52. Mar 11, 2020
    88
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is not only one of the best metroidvania in years, but also one of the finest Microsoft exclusives yet. It's by no means perfect, but it has a heart and a soul. Don't miss it.
  53. Mar 10, 2020
    88
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a wonderful Metroidvania that manages to be both beautiful and challenging. If you enjoyed Ori and the Blind Forest then you're in for one impressive treat with this sequel.
  54. Mar 10, 2020
    87
    Quotation forthcoming.
  55. Mar 10, 2020
    87
    Ori and the Will of Wisps is a truly delightful and devastating game that blends new ideas into a solid foundation, all topped off with an incredible score and even more breathtaking levels to explore.
  56. Mar 10, 2020
    86
    Moon Studios is back with a sequel that has managed to expand the well-established bases of its predecessor with great success and keeping the essence of the franchise intact. Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a larger, more ambitious and more complete game than the first one. Its gameplay, artistic design and soundtrack are intertwined in an enchanting mix that generates one of the best trips that can be made: the one that you have enjoyed even more than you expected.
  57. Mar 10, 2020
    85
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is an exceptional adventure that every Xbox One owner should play.
  58. Mar 10, 2020
    82
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is the worthy sequel the fans have been waiting for. Without revolutionising the formula of the first opus, it improves and adds to it in many ways. It's bigger, more complete, more challenging, while preserving the visual identity and narrative style of Ori and the Blind Forest. Although the difficulty is quite high, it's well balanced by the other game mechanisms. It's a good sequel for the fans of the first one, and the opportunity to discover the license for the others.
  59. Mar 22, 2020
    80
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps serves up a balanced meal of combat and platforming that captured me immediately. I'm not a big fan of the first game, but Ori's weapon wheel and slick maneuverability turns Will of the Wisps into an irresistible ballet. Unfortunately, performance problems on the Xbox One S in particular bring down a game that is otherwise almost perfect.
  60. Mar 16, 2020
    80
    The game improves upon its predecessor, and finds new ways to demonstrate their shared eco-friendly themes.
  61. Mar 12, 2020
    80
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps comes with some outstanding quality of life improvements over the gameplay of the original. The inconsistent performance won't completely break your engagement, but it will affect it. That said, there's just no denying that the world of Ori is one that's easy to get lost in and fall in love with.
  62. Mar 12, 2020
    80
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is one of the most beautiful games you will play this year. Every stage is a visual and artistic masterpiece, and Gareth Coker's brillant soundtrack is the most delicious cherry on the cake. Unfortunately, the game still suffers from technical flaws, which have yet to be definitely fixed.
  63. Mar 11, 2020
    80
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a remarkable synthesis of artful design and beautiful moments.
  64. 80
    Moon Studios doesn't necessarily break new ground with Ori and the Will of the Wisps and that's OK. The additions that have been made improve on the experience, even though it's hard to be as impressed as we were the first time around.
  65. Mar 10, 2020
    80
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps does everything that a good sequel is supposed to do. It refines The Blind Forest’s mechanics, expands on the world, and throws in a whole bunch of new moves and concepts. But in an era that’s rich with “emotional platformers,” Will of the Wisps doesn’t do anything to make itself stand out. It’s a fine, if not forgettable, experience.
  66. Mar 22, 2020
    75
    If the issues get fixed in a timely matter, I say Ori and the Will of the Wisp is a must-buy for platforming fanatics. The mechanics are smooth and intuitive without being repetitive. The well-made map layout, good soundtrack, and modern animated movie quality rivals what can be seen in high-budget titles. As the standard of mainstream gaming improves, Ori and the Will of the Wisps can be the game that raises the bar in quality, as long it’s playable.
  67. Mar 13, 2020
    70
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a traditional video game sequel. Expect more abilities, a larger map, and more colors than in the first. I hoped to see a touch of subversion to its formula instead of strait-laced augmentation, but it’s easy to make peace with such complaints.
  68. Mar 11, 2020
    70
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps feels familiar, even though there are many new elements introduced. Not all of them are truly adding to the experience, but they are in no way detrimental. Even though the game is buggy, this metroidvania meets platformer is still a blast.
This publication does not provide a score for their reviews.
This publication has not posted a final review score yet.
These unscored reviews do not factor into the Metascore calculation.
  1. Mar 12, 2020
    A beautiful, difficult, and masterful swan song for 2D platforming on the Xbox One. Buy it if you have any interest in the genre.
  2. Mar 16, 2020
    Artful animation and visuals combine with tightly designed exploration, though beware persistent technical issues.
  3. Mar 12, 2020
    With Will of the Wisps, the Ori series’ focus has widened. While some of the details have blurred in the process, the result is a game that’s much more expansive while even more magical and heart-wrenching than the original. That’s coming from someone who just spent 15 hours with a bug-riddled early review copy. I’m guessing it’s even better fixed.
  4. Mar 10, 2020
    The challenge is something that Ori and the Will of the Wisps nails perfectly. Whether it's a boss battle, a chase sequence, a puzzle, or a section that's hard to navigate through, Will of the Wisps doesn't shy away from the difficulty.
  5. Mar 11, 2020
    Ori and the Will of the Wisps offers a gorgeous world to explore and a varied, creative series of abilities and tasks that guide my exploration and help me see more of this wonderful place. It expands my options in combat and offers me more to do, and mostly benefits from that added complexity, while losing some of its focus in the process. Overall, however, it’s a worthy trade off.
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 840 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 87 out of 840
  1. Mar 11, 2020
    10
    Excelentes gráficos y jugabilidad, un obligado para todo amante de los juegos estilo metroid

    No cabe duda que moon studio lo hizo de nuevo un
    Excelentes gráficos y jugabilidad, un obligado para todo amante de los juegos estilo metroid

    No cabe duda que moon studio lo hizo de nuevo un excelente juego
    Full Review »
  2. Mar 11, 2020
    9
    Ori and The Will of The Wisps - Visually stunning and stylish this 2D platform adventure is keeping true to the original and is almost theOri and The Will of The Wisps - Visually stunning and stylish this 2D platform adventure is keeping true to the original and is almost the elusive flawless sequel. Guide little Ori on his all new quest after a nice flight with your owlet friend turns perilous and you both get seperated you must find one another and get to safety. Also you will get to complete side missions helping friendly creatures you meet along the way each with their own little tale to tell, or rumor to share. Some of these nice creatures will just want to sell you upgrades for a cost, earning this spirit currency leads you to dark and dangerous places where the evil monsters are lurking, however in what is quite a subtansial upgrade over the original little Ori will gain access to various weapons to fight your way on your quest. This time around it will require a bit more skill to push your way through this dream like land, with weapons and abilities on hand like the brute power of the spear to launch through the air, or the finely tuned skill with the bow and arrow to pluck of monsters from distance or aim for a target to unlock a door or walkway, or maybe you'd just like to glide along over these hideous beasts, well this time around you can do plenty. As you progress and unlock more and more some of these will help gain you access previously blocked off to you and always makes you want to double back and check on things with each new one you acquire. Ori at it's heart is a plat-former, a beautiful and brilliant one at that, however Will of The Wisps has been brought to the table showing a clear focus on increased action for this helping. Usually such a change would be damaging but it's pulled of beautifully, timed just right to break up the focus or delving deeper and further are the boss fights, a few more than last time around and very satisfying to pass.
    As with all things as my time came to and end with Ori and The Will of The Wisps to write this review I can say wholeheartedly that this is probably the most visually beautiful games I have laid my hands on in recent years, with a well told story that you will grasp as you go along and with such sincere emotion conveyed by the characters that will really tug on the most seasoned gamers heartstrings, this game is just shy of a masterpiece. While maybe the couple if things are small that I seemed to experience and nothing game breaking, (let's face it I've played game at launch far far worse) just the rare occurence of a texture taking just a little too long to long in causing a slight black spot or the odd frame drop here and there, or loading the map seems to be less fluid and seamless as it should. In summary then: Ori and The Will of The Wisps. Beautifully made with painstakinly stunning visuals and an emotional goldmine, upgraded action / combat elements that add more to the platform roots and perfectly break up the addictive exploration aspects. Just as good, if not better than the its predecessor.
    Full Review »
  3. Mar 11, 2020
    10
    amazing artstyle,topnotch graphics,amazing music,topnotch sound effects....one of the best looking games of 2020.