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Beautiful But Boring - 10 Games That Look Great, And Not Much Else (Update)

When playing games, it's hard not to pay attention to the graphics. But sometimes, it overshadows the most important element – the gameplay. This can result in beautiful productions, which are terribly boring.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

It's time for the four newest games on this list. The first is Kena: Bridge of Spirits. Positive reviews and the nice, colorful, slightly cartoon-style made me reach for this title. For the first two hours of the adventure, it seemed to me that everything was fine, and the fairy-tale atmosphere of the game was enough for me not to pay attention to a certain infantility. And indeed – it would not bother me if it were not for the monstrously boring gameplay.

A real feast for the eyes. It's a pity that other senses aren't engaged. - 10 Beautiful Games That Are Boring - Documentary - 2022-11-20
A real feast for the eyes. It's a pity that other senses aren't engaged.

The gameplay loop, which in this case consists of fighting, exploring and solving puzzles, began to tire me after about five hours – after ten, I was heartily fed up with it. Both the clashes with regular opponents and bosses were not a major challenge. Riddles? Quite secondary, not very inventive on the whole. Maybe some of them caused some problems to younger players, but I didn't stay longer with any of them. Consequently, I didn't feel the incentive to explore the game world. Why bother when I have no fun doing it anyway?

I also had no trouble predicting where the story was going, but it wouldn't have been so bad if it weren't for the weariness that accompanied me after reaching the finale of this adventure. I don't know, maybe – having read the praises – I approached Kena with too high expectations? Don't get me wrong. It a very nice game – you can immediately see that the people behind are well-versed in animation. And Kena is sure worth giving a chance because of them. Who knows, maybe you'll have a better time than I did.

  1. Kena: Bridge of Spirits in our encyclopedia

Hubert Sledziewski

Hubert Sledziewski

A sociologist by education, a gamer by passion. His adventure with gaming began at the age of four – with the Famicom clone. Currently, he prefers PC and challenging RPGs, but doesn't shy away from consoles or other genres. He has been writing professionally since 2016. He joined Gamepressure five years later – although he has known the website ever since he had access to the Internet – to combine his love of writing and games. He mainly deals with news and editorials. When he's not playing or writing, he's happiest reading, watching TV shows (less often movies) and Premier League matches, listening to heavy music, and walking his dog. He loves Stephen King's works almost unconditionally. He has not abandoned plans to follow in his footsteps. However, he keeps his first "literary achievements" locked away deep in a drawer.

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