Game Review: Kena: Bridge of Spirits (PS5)

The graphics and animations in Kena look visually stunning and would give Pixar Animation a run for their money.
Kena

Description: Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a platform adventure game with a puzzle-solving element tied in. The game focuses on Kena a spirit guide whose job it is to send spirits on their way to the other side. To help her in this task she enlists some cute little creatures known as the Rot.

 

The Graphics

The graphics and animations in Kena look visually stunning and would give Pixar Animation a run for their money. You can tell that developer Ember Labs had a background in animation because the world that Kena inhabits is gorgeous.

The game runs at a stunning 60 frames per second during the gameplay sequences, but for some strange reason, the cut scenes are capped at 30 FPS. As far as looks go this is a stunning game with some fantastic character models.

 

Gameplay & Playability

Where the game falls down a little is in the gameplay. There is nothing particularly bad about it other than the combat is really simplistic. You use circle dodge enemy attacks and the right shoulder buttons for light and heavy attacks. Where it falls down a little is in the specialist moves that you earn as you progress through the game. They didn’t really add too much to the combat.

The puzzle elements in the game are fun. But they are not especially challenging, but they are quite fun as many of them involve you using the Rot to lift and carry things for you. You can buy hats and stuff for your rot, which cost credits that you earn while playing the game. But the hats don’t give your Rot any special powers beyond making them look a little cuter.

Voice Acting

The voice acting in the game is really well done. The two child actors who voice the children that Kena meets at the start of the game do a brilliant job. Voicing the role of Kena is Dewa Ayu Dewi Larassanti who does a great job. However, there isn’t really a huge amount of dialogue in the game. As most of the time, you are running, jumping, beating up spirits, and solving puzzles.

Overall

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a beautiful-looking game with some beautiful visuals and a simple style of gameplay that is immediately accessible to any level of gamer.

The game’s story is not particularly the most original and can feel kind of predictable in parts. Especially if you have watched a lot of fantasy or played a lot of Zelda-style games. The characters are likable and the Rot are really cute. But the problem lies in Kena herself in that we learn very little about her during the game. It would have been nice if the developer could have fleshed her character out a little more.

The game’s music is awesome. I found playing this game to be a rather relaxing experience overall and a nice change of pace from the running and gunning style games that I normally play. Overall, Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a fun little game with some great graphics and rather nice world-building. Hopefully, Ember Studios will do a sequel at some point and hopefully add a little more detail to Kena’s story and develop her a bit more. As I’d be more than happy to play it. Should a sequel get made.

 

9.4
Kena: Bridge of Spirits (PS5)
  • Story
    8.5
  • Graphics
    10
  • GAMEPLAY & PLAYABILITY
    8.7
  • Voice Acting
    9.8
  • Soundtrack & Effects
    10

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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