Founded in 2009 by brothers Mike and Josh Grier, Ember Lab began as an animation and digital content studio. Fast forward to 2021 and their latest masterpiece Kena: Bridge of Spirits is now released and available for your enjoyment.
In the world of Kena: Bridge of Spirits, deceased people can remain between the physical and spirit worlds if they are traumatized or feel unfinished. The task of spirit guides is to understand their difficulties and help them to move on. In the game, a young spirit guide named Kena travels to an abandoned village in search of the sacred Mountain Shrine. She collects small companions called the Rot. These rot help her throughout her journey. Kena encounters the village’s former elder Zajuro, who informs her that she must help the trapped spirits. Then and only then will she be granted passage to the shrine.
Kena follows the spirits of two young children, Saiya and Beni, whose older brother Taro is a restless spirit struggling to move on. After discovering relics of Taro’s memories, Kena defeats the corruption that has overtaken him. Taro tells her that, after a sickness killed their parents and spread throughout the village, he took his siblings and sought help from Rusu. However, they were told to return to the village.
Kena embarks on a journey to help these spirits and more to come to terms with what has happened. In doing so, will Kena find her own peace?
As you play you will build your team of the adorable rot (an oxymoron surely), explore a forgotten village whilst enjoying a fast paced combat system.
In combat, the player uses Kena’s staff for light, heavy, and charged attacks. An upgrade transforms the staff into a bow. Which can be used to attack enemies, act as a grappling hook, or hit crystals to solve puzzles. When defending against enemies, the player can activate Kena’s pulse ability. This acts as a shield and has a health meter that depletes when attacked. It also serves to provide clues and activate objects. An upgrade allows the player to dash forwards, which can be used to pass through barriers to the Spirit Realm, dodge attacks and stun enemies, and corporealize spirit enemies. Activating the pulse ability before an attack stuns the enemy. The player also gains the ability to use Spirit Bombs. This is used to float shimmering rocks for platforming or as an attack against enemies.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits is out now on PlayStation and PC.
Source: Ember Lab
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