Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a familiar adventure game elevated by amazing art
Kena: Bridge of Spirits is the kind of gorgeous that belongs in a movie theater. Not because other games aren't beautiful, but because it distinctly looks like it was made by an animated film studio. No surprise, because that's exactly what Ember Lab was before deciding to make its first game. My first instinct for Kena though, was worry. A small team working on its first game—and one that looks so good—could very well have chased ambitions beyond its skill set. After spending an hour and a half with Kena, I've stuffed my concerns up on the shelf.
Kena's third-person action combat, small environmental puzzles, and light platforming are focused, concise fun. It's a genuinely enjoyable game that just so happens to have been made by a team with animation experience.
Ember Lab's may lead you to believe that Kena plans to tread on Zelda's territory. This isn't a Zelda-like game, though, nor do I think it was attempting to be, but it is definitely made by people who love them. Past that caveat, you'll not hear another "Zelda" out …
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