Kena is a spirit guide who takes gamers through a village world (Supplied)
You play as Kena, a spirit guide who unravels the history of a desolate village as she helps reconcile the lives of three troubled spirits – and her own.
Along the way, you’ll find the rot, a swarm of the cutest creatures ever designed for a video game.
You can dress them up with hats by spending the crystals you find, but more importantly, finding certain amounts unlocks new abilities and the power to use them in combat.
They help in solving puzzles and powering up your attacks but serve as a collectible in their own right.
Rot are scared of enemies, so you’ll have to whack a few with your staff before they get brave enough to help.
It’s a cute tie-in to building up the meter that allows you to land an extra-strong hit or heal.
It’s a fine balance that tends to quickly become frustrating on higher difficulties.
Tougher enemies can take Kena out with a handful of blows and there’s often only two flowers scattered in the arena to heal; which involves turning your back on the enemy (leaving you open for another attack) and praying the auto-target locks onto a flower fast enough for you to dodge another incoming attack. Kena: Bridge of Spirits is available on PS5, PS4 and Windows PC. (Supplied)
Melee attacks reliably chip away at enemies but using arrows to target weak spots is the golden ticket to success. Parrying is also critical in later boss fights; something that the game focuses on so little that I only started using it deliberately after the penultimate boss forced me into watching a YouTube guide after dying by his hand at least two-dozen times.
Be warned, the bosses in this game are downright brutal. Heck, the idea of facing two standard Mages at once again sends shivers down my spine.
Despite this, I thoroughly enjoyed the combat in Kena: Bridge of Spirits which must be applauded for delivering on a final boss fight that was epic to play, as it was to watch the cut-scenes leading up to and after it.