Hyper Light Drifter Review

Hyper Light Drifter, which is available for Switch, ps4, Xbox One, PC and iOS is a game that already has a reputation as a relentless, hard and highly rewarding experience. It is a 2D action game with role play elements set in an 8-bit / 16-bit environment and is described as a combination of Diablo and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. What distinguishes this project from the rest at the beginning was that it was initially a Kickstarter project that requested around $ 27K but ended with more than $ 600K, which resulted in a review of the production and this glorious splendor of a game. 19659002] Development and production

This game was developed and published by Heart Machine, which is an independent video game development studio. Its founder, Alex Preston, suffered from congenital heart disease, which was the main inspiration for the name of the study he founded in 2013 and is also the basis of the feeling he wanted to transfer to the game. The release date of Hyper Light Drifter varies by platform. It came out in 2016 on PC, ps4 and Xbox One, arrived on Nintendo Switch in 2018 and, finally, reached iOS mobile devices and was available on the iTunes App Store on July 25, 2019. The game scored very high each time one, getting excessively positive reviews wherever it was played. In the iTunes App Store, Hyper Light Drifter iOS has a rating of 4.9 stars and is # 9 in the Adventure category.

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History

Video Nowadays, the games present their stories mainly in a simple, direct and linear way. They do it with cut scenes and other narrative tools and quite familiarize the player with the plot. It is virtually impossible not to understand the history of a game unless you don't pay attention today. However, some games choose a different approach, and this is one of them.

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In Hyper Light Drifter, you only get your goals and absolutely no explanation of what they mean, which is the first and where to go next. The whole story is told only through some visual and game suggestions, such as some puzzling tool tips and pictograms. The greatest danger that constantly stalks every enemy and every corner increases this feeling of restlessness, which is apparently what the leading developer wanted to achieve, as it reflects how he is living with congenital heart disease. Of course, this gives players more excitement and makes the game much more attractive.

(Spoiler Alert)

Part of the appeal of the game is to discover what it is, but it may not be too bad to know that you play a Drifter that suffers from an unspecified disease and crosses mysterious plains that access ancient technology that only he can use, which are the pictograms mentioned above.

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Gameplay

Each of the platforms has obtained its respective adaptation of this game, but in truth, each one is more or less the same. This is because this game is not based on any innovative or radical change in the mechanics of the game, but it is the exciting and desperate atmospheric effect mentioned above in the player that makes the magic. It's a 2D action role-playing game that takes hack and slash and its top-down view of Diablo, and its old-school graphics and the game style of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, or at less that is the official description. In truth, Hyper Light Drifter does not look or feel like any of those two, but as something completely different. Maybe there were some recent independent games that might look like this at first sight, like Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery EP, but once you try it, you'll know it's something completely different from everything.

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The game is much harder than anything seen so far. In combat, enemies constantly overwhelm you and everyone throws you at full speed, or use ranged attacks from all directions, and gives the game a high level of skill for the player.

Progression is achieved by obtaining different and improved equipment, since the main weapon of the Drifter is an energy sword, but you can also obtain other weapons and abilities later. As you kill enemies, find secrets and explore the maps, you get batteries that are necessary to light your weapons. In general, it lights up as it kills more enemies, which inspires a more combat-oriented approach. But, this game is also full of secrets, such as invisible platforms, secret passages and similar things that will inspire you to think outside the box and listen to your game instincts.

Images

The 8-bit or 16-bit art style is a direct tribute to the old-school game graphics, as is the difficult nature of this game. However, as you get used to pixel art, you will notice that the images in this game tell their own story in a way and it is even more important to pay close attention. The animations and character models also give this game a unique flavor.

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Verdict

Hyper Light Drifter conquered all the platforms he stepped on, emerging with overly positive comments and reviews, and high scores. It is a definite step away from the mainstream and a trip to a heartbreaking story to tell. It is definitely worth a try and is highly recommended for all game enthusiasts! 1 Votes)

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