Kena Bridge Of Spirits Review (Steam)

For our Kena Bridge Of Spirits Review we meet Kena, a young Spirit Guide, who travels to an abandoned village in search of the sacred mountain shrine.  She struggles to uncover the secrets of this forgotten community hidden in an overgrown forest where wandering spirits are trapped.

Kena Bridge Of Spirits Review Pros:

  • Beautiful graphics.
  • Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Controller support.
  • Five save slots.
  • Graphics settings – resolution, window mode, graphics API, v-sync, motion blur intensity slider, graphics quality preset, benchmark test, visible rot, FPS limit, depth of field, motion blur, volumetric fog, ambient occlusion, post-processing quality, textures, foliage, and shadows.
  • Controller settings – Invert axis and sensitivity sliders, rebind controls for both the keyboard and the controller buttons.
  • Five difficulties – story, apprentice spirit, spirit, expert spirit, and master spirit.
  • Includes all the DLC.
  • Adventure gameplay.
  • Tutorial pop-ups as you play.
  • Film quality cutscenes.
  • Excellent voice work.
  • Rot is the little creatures you collect and have to follow you around, you can interact with them and use them to interact with the environment.
  • When enemies spawn they cause the Rot to run away, attacking enemies will raise their courage and allow you to use Rot actions.
  • Save when you want from the menu.
  • New game plus allows you to start again but with all your abilities intact.
  • As you take out the hearts, you will restore life and color to the land.
  • Courage can drop and charge up the meter faster.
  • Rot can be used quickly or by aiming and firing.
  • Pulse is used to highlight the way, show up, and icons and lettering in the world and also activate any Rot actions.
  • Combat allows you to lock on, dodge, and do heavy and light attacks.
  • Karma is earned from killing enemies and is used like EXP, level up, and getting new abilities.
  • Puzzle elements throughout.
  • Rots can be customized with collected/bought hats/outfits etc.
  • Gems are the currency of the game.
  • Every location has a checklist of Collectibles.
  • Spirit masks are used to show objectives, interactive points, and Rot.
  • Full photo mode.
  • Spirit Guide Trials is a new game mode challenging players’ skills with a variety of replayable challenges across three different categories: Obstacle Courses, Wave Defenses, and Boss Reflects.
  • Forest Tears will temporarily bring all the Rot together and you control them with the right stick, do attacks to clear thorns and corruption.
  • Completing the Spirit Guide Trials unlocks outfits and doing the bonus objectives within each trial can unlock color variations of each outfit.

Kena Bridge Of Spirits Review Cons:

  • Sometimes the controller wouldn’t get recognized until I changed the face button options a few times.
  • The slowdown in places.
  • Not always clear where to go or what to do.
  • Slow to open chests and barrels.
  • At times it feels scripted and you have no control over it.

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Kena Bridge Of Spirits:

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Developer: Ember Labs

Publisher: Ember Labs

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  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10


Kena is a game that for me evokes a feeling of a proper adventure, Not since Kameo have I been immediately engrossed within a game world. I got to meet these little guys called Rot that act like Minions but are helpful! I use them and my abilities to move objects, use platforms, and solve puzzles. The pacing of the game means I never feel overwhelmed but I do feel like it’s very orchestrated, and very scripted with not a lot of surprises happening. Kena is a 3rd person adventure game with Arkham-style melee combat that is just as smooth with its transitions as the Batman games. Boss battles are huge spectacles and luckily not a slog. I really love the game world as it’s full of Dread and darkness until you break the spell and restore the beautiful color. I made it sound worse than it is, the world does allow exploration but to me, it’s not as open as I would like. What I love is just the charm, the accessibility of it all, I feel like I am in the adventure and the way in which you interact with characters is very welcoming and warm. I have to say though that I never played it before, I finished the game and then immediately went back in with a new game plus which wasn’t there before. I have seen rave reviews of the game previously and the fact that this game is the same game but with ma y new additions mean I’m glad I waited. I like going off and doing the trials for new costumes and having so many Collectibles makes me very happy. Kena Bridge Of Spirits is a must-play game and you owe it to yourself to experience this gem.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!