Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition Review – Relaxation for the PS5

Developer Infuse Studio’s colorful and atmospheric adventure title Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition has been released for the PS5 and we have been traveling through the beautiful world of Iceland. Is it a fun adventure worthy of your time, or should you leave this one out in the cold?

Read on to find out

 

Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition is a single-player 3rd-person adventure game inspired by the breathtaking and mysterious landscapes of Iceland. The story takes root from various pieces of Nordic folklore.

Play as an ordinary fox whose story becomes entwined with The Guardian of the Northern Lights, a magical spirit fox. As you journey over the mountains and under red-stained skies, you’ll discover more about your companion and a land left in ruin.

Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition Review – A Quiet Adventure

Spirit of the North has no dialogue and that’s not a bad thing. The ambient music plays as you progress through what starts out as a frozen landscape, and later turns into barren rocks, to underground caves, to a wooded forest. All throughout it’s just you guiding your little fox with no verbal directions. You’ll have to use environmental clues to work your way through smartly designed puzzles, and you are given some unique tools to assist you, and there’s a guiding spirit always hovering nearby.

Your fox’s bark is key to just about every puzzle, and most begin with your fox needing to gather some spirit light. There are special flowers here and there that you can bark at and your guiding spirit will activate them on your command. Just walk up to the flowers and bark, and your little fox becomes a beacon of glowing spirit light which can then be transferred to objects with another bark. You bark a lot in the game.

Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition Review – Mummified Shamans

Along your journey you’ll find staffs that were once used by shamans. Anytime you find a staff, that also means there’s a mummified or skeletal corpse of a shaman somewhere nearby. It’s pretty obvious that these guys have been dead for a while, but these are some of the only collectibles in the game and for completionists, you’ll want to find them all. I found myself spending more time looking for these guys than solving puzzles, and with the gorgeous environments, that really made me enjoy the game more. Once you’ve delivered the staff to the shaman’s corpse, his spirit can finally leave his body and move on to the great beyond.

The puzzles for the game can be a little confusing at times, as there’s no real directions. You are given some special skills that assist you with the puzzles, and figuring out how to use them is the key. You have a special skill where you can lie down and have your spirit animal leave your body and interact with objects. Time is limited with this so you’ll have to figure out what you need to do and do it quickly. It’s a fun and interesting technique that adds depth to some of the puzzles.

 

Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition Review – Graphically and Musically Beautiful

Spirit of the North’s graphics on the PS5 are absolutely gorgeous. From the lifelike detail and animations of our furry little friend, to the dead and decaying shamans, to the vast variety of environments you travel through, everything is eye candy. The game in 4K really shows off the power and beauty of the graphics of the PS5. The musical score for the game is just as beautiful and captivating as the imagery, and we want the soundtrack for ourselves. The up and down tempos match the gameplay, and are so relaxing at times, that we stopped playing just to listen.

Developer Infuse Studio’s Spirit of the North is an inrcedibly relaxing game, and in this day and age of fast paced shooters and the never ending action of hack and slash titles, sometimes we all need a break.

Spirit of the North should be that break

9


Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition review code provided by publisher and reviewed on a PlayStation 5. For more information on scoring, please read: What our review scores really mean.