Last week, in amongst all of the new console news bubbling to the surface regarding both the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox series X, a different news story managed to steal everyone’s attention away from what would normally be all-consuming for the video game news story. The news that Microsoft have acquired developer/publisher Bethesda, and by proxy all the IPs and studios that fall under their umbrella.
Whenever I think back to 2015’s Ori and the Blind Forest, I remember this difficult, beautiful and amazing video game. Actually going back and re-reading my entry on the game during my game of the year ranking that December; I wasn’t actually quite as in love with the game as my fond memories would seem to suggest.
Having now played the sequel, it kind of makes more sense in hindsight. These game’s greatest strengths always lay in their tone and presentation. Telling a hauntingly, beautifully presented story dealing with themes of loss and renewal. It was a game pulled along by its music, its art and its style, so much so that pretty much everything else about the game becomes a secondary memory.
Continuing on from yesterday, I add three more games to my top fifteen video games of the past decade. Looking back at these games, and playing them a little in preparation for this list, the individual quality of some of them might have people scratching their head over their inclusion.