Kena: Bridge of Spirits preview: a charming God of War/Pikmin mash-up

Kena: Bridge of Spirits preview: a charming God of War/Pikmin mash-up

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is the first game from new studio Ember Lab. Its first trailer made it look like a cute romp through a forest overtaken by darkness, but after spending over an hour with a hands-on demo of Kena: Bridge of Spirits, I’ve learned it’s surprisingly difficult. Kena may look like the latest from Pixar, but the final mini-boss I encountered kicked my ass up, down, and sideways. Kena: Bridge of Spirits has layers to it — some cute, others tough — and it made for a fun preview full of surprises. What is Kena: Bridge of Spirits? Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a character action game with a close-to-the-back third-person perspective. I play as Kena, a girl with a unique fighting style, a groovy stick, and the ability to commune with nature around her. At the outset of the demo, I guided Kena through the forest, working to find one of three artifacts needed to cleanse one of three areas in the game world. I ran around with my stick, followed by a merry band of Rot. …
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