Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Rating Summary

Based on 110 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

82%

Critics Recommend

Based on 110 critic reviews
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10 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2021

I really can’t recommend Kena: Bridge of Spirits highly enough that will see players partake in a meaningful journey absorbed in a vibrant world filled with fluid animations that cries out to be explored. With the game’s added photo mode, expect to add on a few more gameplay hours as you fill up your gallery with lots of cute Rot pictures, too.

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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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10 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2021

Kena: Bridge of Spirits truly is something special, and I can’t wait to see what Ember Lab does next.

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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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95 / 100
Sep 23, 2021

I'm not sure how Ember Lab did it, but I walked away from Kena: Bridge of Spirits with my expectations surpassed to a much further extent than I could have imagined. The visuals are breathtaking, the gameplay evolves in meaningful ways, and the heart the story contains has no bounds. You'll find it hard to come across a more wholesome and beautiful game in 2021 than Kena: Bridge of Spirits, it's everything I wanted it to be and more.

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9.5 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2021

And when each of those parts are this good, this lovingly crafted, this polished, it’s incredibly difficult to ignore. Ember Lab have created something truly special. This is a gem. Kena: Bridge of Spirits is the best game I’ve played all year. And you should play it.

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9.5 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2021

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a remarkable and magical adventure, and it’s honestly still hard to believe this is an indie title. This is the kind of game that simply needs to be part of every gamer’s library and one that raises the bar for the adventure genre in this generation. With emotional story beats, a compelling game world, engaging level design, challenging boss battles, and surprising combat versatility, Kena: Bridge of Spirits is an experience far greater than the sum of its many interconnected parts.

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9.1 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2021

After playing a couple of great AAA 3D platformers earlier this year, I'm absolutely blown away that I enjoyed Kena: Bridge of Spirits even more. With thoroughly challenging fast-paced combat, rewarding puzzles, and a breathtaking world; it's one phenomenal game.

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9 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2021

The world is fun to explore, and your time is rewarded with secrets galore and hats for your little Rot followers

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9 / 10
Sep 21, 2021

Kena: Bridge of Spirits uses a different perspective on familiar gameplay ideas to create tons of exciting combat and a deep emotional connection with its world.

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9 / 10
Sep 27, 2021

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a magical journey, one that I hope everyone will take. I certainly can't wait to take it again.

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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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Sep 21, 2021

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is as gorgeous and elegantly crafted as a big budget game, making it a statement debut for Ember Lab.

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Atomix
Rodolfo León

Top Critic

90 / 100
Sep 28, 2021

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a fantastic adventure, one which does an incredible job of mixing platforming elements, fun and energetic combat, a rewarding exploration system and beautiful graphics. It's not only of the best games of 2021, it's one of the best games of recent years.

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90 / 100
Sep 22, 2021

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a great game. Beautiful graphics, good gameplay and interesting mechanics. It has some minor problems, but nothing that affects the whole title.

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Sep 28, 2021

Kena Bridge of Spirits is a charming adventure that packs a ton of heart, as well as a wealth of engaging systems.

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Sep 20, 2021

Overall, Kena: Bridge of Spirits is absolutely brilliant. It's one of those rare games that feels like it belongs to the new generation thanks to its magnificent world, and its developers knew exactly how ambitious to be while still providing a top rate experience.

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9 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2021

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a strong game, it’s a contender for game of the year and it’s ultimately one well worth playing. It’s a stunningly astute and whimsical take on death, life, and where we fit in all of it. The game is about Kena finding her place and helping others find there’s too. Beautiful, immersive, and dynamic, I can’t recommend this game enough.

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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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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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