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Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition Review | Xbox One

What is it? Ori and the Blind Forest received all-round praise in 2015 as the best platform adventure on the Xbox One. Instead of adding DLC developer Moon Studios opted to remaster the entire game with new areas and features in the Definitive Edition. Owners of the original game can ‘upgrade’ to the Definitive Edition at a reduced price and newcomers will find that the Definitive Edition completely replaces the original on the Marketplace.

Although the Definitive Edition can be considered as Add-On content it should rather be approached as a brand new game. Ori’s new abilities as well as the new areas are gracefully integrated into the main story and cannot be accessed as separate content like most DLC.

Check out our original Ori and the Blind Forest review here.

If you’ve never played the game before you won’t even notice the new content and unless you are a die-hard fan of the original you’ll struggle to draw the lines when you revisit this game either. We’re not complaining – the Definitive Edition is as much of a visual treat as the initial release and it’s pure platforming joy from start to finish.

Besides Ori’s new Dash and Light Burst abilities there are two new areas to explore. The best part is that Ori’s new abilities can be used in other stages too and creates new opportunities to play the game.

Undoubtedly one of the best new features is the new difficulty levels. New players can choose Easy mode and veteran players can choose One Life mode where you’re given a single chance to clear the game. Your progress in One Life mode is saved on a leaderboard and gives an exciting new challenge for hardcore fans.

Verdict: Overall Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition stays on par with the high benchmark set by the original title. Challenging platforming sections and an emotional story packaged in a visual masterpiece still makes the Definitive Edition a must-play for all gamers.


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