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Ori and the Will of the Wisps Playthrough on Virtual Bastion

Cary has already braved the original Ori and the Blind Forest, and now she’ll be playing through the sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps!  In this difficult, but beautiful, Metroidvania-style game, Ori ends up in the land of Niwen after being separated from the baby owl Ku!

Video from YouTube User: Virtual Bastion
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Song of the Deep: An Undersea Metroidvania

Song of the Deep had been on my radar for a long time, largely because it was made by Insomniac, the creators of one of my favorite gaming franchises, Ratchet & Clank.  The game is an underwater Metroidvania where you control a submarine built by a girl named Merryn who makes it her goal to find her father, who went missing at sea.  In true Metroidvania fashion, the game is a labyrinth of underwater passages, your means of progression tied to finding new upgrades for your submarine.

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps: A Worthy Sequel

I often approach sequels with a bit of trepidation.  A fair number have either been a disappointment in their own right or fell short due to overly high expectations.  Fortunately, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is one of those happy cases where the sequel is just as good as, if not better, than the original.  The story follows right after the first game, Ori and the Blind Forest, where Ori, Naru, and Gumo are taking care of Kuro’s (the villain from the first game) baby, a little owl named Ku.  At first, Ku struggles to fly until they attach her mother’s feather to her bad wing.  At this point, Ku makes no delay in taking Ori on a flight, though the happy moment leads to disaster when they are separated in a storm and end up split up in a new land called Niwen, which is not only falling to Decay after the death of the Sprit Willow, but is also being terrorized by a nasty owl by the name of Shriek.

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Xeodrifter: Demo Review

Xeodrifter is a pixelated, Metroidvania-style space adventure which appears to be heavily inspired by games like Metroid and Super Metroid.  You are thrown right into the gameplay, finding yourself on some sort of alien planet with absolutely no direction.  A short bit of exploring later, and I had already defeated the first boss and obtained a submarine for travelling underwater, expanding the places that were now accessible to me.

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Ori and the Blind Forest: Aggravating, Yet Amazing

Yet another game on my backlog, I had never before heard of Ori and the Blind Forest until someone had requested we play it on our Youtube channel.  Cary ended up taking on the responsibility of recording her playthrough of this amazing game, and as I watched her progress, I knew that this was a game I just had to try for myself someday.  Eventually, I found both the first game and its sequel for sale on Amazon, and so I took no delay in snatching both up.

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I Didn’t Dread Playing Metroid Dread

While I haven’t exactly played that many Metroid games, pretty much every console release since the original Metroid Prime on the GameCube has been a big deal for me.  This particular game sees Samus investigating planet ZDR, from which the Galactic Federation received evidence that the dangerous X parasite is still in existence.  While I am aware that Dread is supposed to be a sequel to Metroid Fusion, I never played that game and have no idea how they compare, what Dread builds upon, and so on.

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