Ori and the Will of the Wisps is the sequel to 2015’s Ori and the Blind Forest and while it’s very similar to the first, there are a lot of new things to learn about the game’s mechanics, systems and world. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of jumping into a new game world, but to get started with your best foot forward, there are some things to do first.
After making through the game’s opening cutscenes, you’ll gain control of Ori and be off on your Ori and the Will of the Wisps journey. Below, we’ve listed a few tips on things you should do first when you play the game.
- Adjust the difficulty: Ori and the Will of the Wisps has three different difficulty settings — easy, normal and hard — and each one brings a different experience to you. If you’re concerned with just getting through the story, easy is the mode for you. If you want to play the game with no values like health or damage adjusted, choose normal. If you’re looking for a challenge (think low health, high damage), hard is the mode for you.
- Explore every nook and cranny on your way to the game’s first objective: When you first gain control of Ori, you’ll be given an objective. You can, of course, head straight to it but we recommend exploring every nook and cranny along the way. You’ll be rewarded with items and consumables, but you’ll also quickly learn just how much is packed into the optional pathways of Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Take this mindset with you to the end of the game.
- Purchase the Triple Jump ability: When you start receiving Spirit Light, do your best to acquire at least 1100 Spirit Lights. When you run into an NPC named Twillen for the first time, purchase the Triple Jump Ability from them. This jump ability will make exploration in the game significantly easier and more rewarding.
- Study the map: The map in Ori and the Will of the Wisps is extremely helpful. It will show you the location of things you’ve discovered and reveal places you haven’t explored. It’s important to study what things on the map look like so that later in the game when your map is chock full of points of interest, you won’t be confused. Pay attention to the parts where the map edge blurs out — this means there’s more to explore beyond.
- Practice jumping and using Spirit Edge: You’ll get the Spirit Edge ability early on in the game and it’s basically a light sword. It’s useful for taking out enemies, but if you use it right at the top of a jump’s arc, Ori will gain a very tiny boost in height. Sometimes, a very tiny boost in height is all you need to reach an area you thought was unreachable so practice the Spirit Edge’s timing to learn this ability early on.
- Equip the Sticky shard: When you start Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Ori won’t stick to walls. Instead, to stay on a wall, you’ll need to press the jump button over and over. You’ll get the Sticky shard early on in the game and when you do, make sure you equip it to Ori. This shard will make it so that Ori automatically sticks to walls in the game.
- Practice the Glide ability: At the game’s start, you’ll be able to practice what is basically a Glide ability. You soon won’t have access to this ability and when you get it later in the game, you’ll likely feel like a fish out of water using it. That can be a problem because when you get the ability once more, you’re going to need to quickly get good with it in order to escape an adversary. So, to avoid the frustration later, practice using the Glide ability at the game’s start.
- Avoid water that isn’t clear: You will encounter water early in Ori and the Will of the Wisps. If you can’t see through it, or if it isn’t blue, don’t jump in. If you do, it will hurt you and more than likely, kill you.
- Figure out what kind of player you’re going to be: Ori and the Will of the Wisps caters to many different playstyles. You can play combat-heavy. You can play run-from-combat-heavy. You can focus on exploration. You can focus on platforming. Whatever it is you want to do, try to learn what kind of Ori player you’re going to be soon rather than later because not far from the game’s start, you’re going to be able to start purchasing skills to change the way the game plays for you.
- Look for glowing objects or places: If you see something glowing, be it an orb or a barrier before you, chances are it’s special. If you see something glowing, try your best to get to it. Chances are, it’s a Life Cell Fragment, a new Spirit Shard, or something else. Whatever it is though, you’re probably not going to want to miss it.