Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Rating Summary

Based on 110 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

82%

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Based on 110 critic reviews
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9 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2021

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a game in a million. Without being perfect or making big fuss, it manages to excite and involve us with it and show us how a good game should be.

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Impulsegamer

Top Critic

5 / 5.0
Oct 28, 2021

Kena: Bridge of Spirits should take most gamers around 10 to 12 hours to complete, depending on the amount of exploring and the level of difficulty. While the blockbusters games of 2021 continue to deliver the same ho-hum experience of 2021, Kena is a much needed ray of sunshine to the current choices of titles available and more importantly, looks fantastic on the PlayStation 5. Additionally, the story and characters creates an enjoyable fairy-tale experience from start to finish on this next-gen console that is definitely a must play game of  2021. Kudos to the development team of Ember Labs for delivering a truly immersive experience, not to mention those surprising twists along the way.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2021

Ember Lab's first concoction triumphs by succinctly shepherding and remixing older genre staples.

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8.9 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2021

That said, I found Kena: Bridge of Spirits to be one of the best treats of the year, both for the eyes and for the soul. Not only does it show elaborate craftsmanship, but it also feels like it was infused with joy and awareness. I'm happy it's here, and I look forward to seeing where Kena's bridge can lead.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2021

Kena: Bridge of Spirits grounds itself on relaxation, healing, and cuteness, getting us to reflect and meditate on the beauty in the world when there is darkness abound. While lacking in several narrative areas, the gameplay and overall peaceful vibe of the title keep it engaging and enjoyable.

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7.8 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2021

As Ember Lab’s debut title, Kena: Bridge of Spirits delivers a visually-striking experience and decent enough gameplay that warrants a closer look at what the developers come up with next.

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80%
Oct 9, 2021

Ember Lab's debut game looked quite charming from the start and the final product keeps the same charm. Kena: Bridge of Spirits is an great fairytale that is gripping from start to finish, even though gameplay-wise it's a bit too safe.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2021

It’s without question an essential in 2021, despite some minor drawbacks in its writing and creative premise. It does make good on its expectations for being that casual, cinematic game that everyone will fall in love with. Kena: Bridge of Spirits is an adorable action-adventure that players will come away feeling overjoyed and elated.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 8, 2021

Although Kena doesn't have mechanics or mind-boggling gameplay that we've never seen before, it's a production you'll enjoy a lot of time with.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2021

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is not without flaws in having redundancy problems after a few hours or by not innovating in the field of action and adventure games. Nevertheless, Ember Labs successfully entered the field with a first full game with its own identity and its own untold story. A wonderful universe and breathtaking cinematics for a very small independent team. The title sets the bar very high for big studios who would like to offer this same kind of experience in the future!

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8 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2021

Ember Lab showed enormous competence with Kena: Bridge of Spirits, the first game in its history. A beautiful plot that transports us to a whole new world and a game with challenges and activities that will please everyone. I'm looking forward to seeing what else they can bring in the future, whether in the form of a sequel or even a new narrative.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2021

"Kena: Bridge of Spirits" seems to incorporate some game elements in a great animated film. It will give a great fun as long as you adapt to its unbalanced and unadjusted difficulty level.

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GameGrin
Carl Mcfadyen

Top Critic

6 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2021

A good first attempt by a studio that has only worked on animation, but not enough substance in the gameplay to keep you hooked to the very end.

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3.5 / 5.0
Oct 5, 2021

The overall gameplay will be very familiar to 3D adventure fans, but the visuals and charm help to make it feel like a fresh experience in the genre. More adventures for Kena and the Rot would be very welcome.

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GameSpace
LaSt04Ka

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2021

From the very first moment till the very end of your journey, Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a heart-warming experience and a real pleasure between the visuals, puzzles and combat. Atmospheric music, beautiful lively graphics, believable heroes and cute little Rots - each little element is woven into the amazing whole that is the gaming experience provided by Kena.

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10 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2021

Combat is great, exploration is exciting, Rots are cute, the world is beautiful, the music is perfect. Buy it now, and again in November when it is released on disc. I award Kena: Bridge of Spirits a very high-spirited Thumb Culture Platinum Award.

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7 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2021

Kena Bridge of Spirits is a good start for Ember Lab and we're curious to see what the studio has in store in the future. When it comes to visuals, the game is up there with Sony's major AAA studios. Unfortunately, it's the gameplay that lags behind quite a bit.

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Unscored
Oct 3, 2021

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is without any doubt a great looking game, in a very familiar and old format, that overstays its welcome mainly because of poor level design and inconsistent gameplay mechanics.

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JVL
Raptor

Top Critic

18 / 20
Oct 3, 2021

In addition to its majestic artistic direction, its stunning staging and its striking musical themes, the title also manages to convince where it was not necessarily expected, thanks to a progression system and a demanding gameplay that borrow the best from references that have proven themselves in the field. Ember Lab is therefore achieving a real tour de force for its first try in the world of gaming and just for that, hats off.

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8 / 10
Oct 3, 2021

A masterpiece of staging paired with an entertaining, highly digestible and occasionally motivating game design is probably the surprise hit of the year: Kena: Bridge of Spirits impressively proves that it definitely doesn't take an experienced video game developer to create a stable overall construct that not only knows how to captivate emotionally, but can also entertain. The action-adventure hardly brings any innovation to the busy genre, but clearly creates a certain uniqueness due to its discrepant structure. The cuddly Pixar look meets a darker, clearly more grown-up narrative as well as an (over)demanding battle scene, which nevertheless never manages to lose you on a motivational level. In combination with the clearly digestible gameplay and the really successful technical implementation, the action adventure manages to emancipate itself from its indie niche and fights its way into the relevance range of its AAA competition. Minimal lapses like the miserable focus system or minor frame drops are forgiven for the entertaining adventure, of course. What remains in the end is not only an animation studio that has skillfully proven how a holistic vision can liquidate a lack of experience, but has also given us the second reason to own a PlayStation home console in September. Now we just have to hope that Ember Lab exploits the immense merchandising potential behind the cuddly Rott - they deserve it.

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