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On 18/10/2021 at 21:03, BadgerFarmer said:

I tried this but gave up on it pretty early on. It just seemed very ordinary, even back then.

I agree. I found it quite a trudge.  I mean, I barely finish games ever so it must have done something ok. But I remember having to force myself to keep at it. 
 

it seemed to lack the kind of offbeat vibe/charm of the original and it’s sequel. 

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I've not played it myself, but I've been hearing lots of good things about Grime, which is a Soulslike Metroidvania. The Bonfireside Chat guys really like it. It's on my list, anyway.

 

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Grime is fantastic, although it does some have massive difficulty hikes and I'd recommend reading up on the skills in advance as it's easy to set your stats up wrong and not get the full attack bonuses (I went with strength but ended up using dexterity based weapons by about halfway through). It really nails the feel of a Souls game whilst having the core mechanics of a Metroidvania. I loved it when I reviewed it - enough so that I persevered and finished it after uploading that review: https://www.thesixthaxis.com/2021/08/11/grime-review/

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On 19/10/2021 at 10:47, Cyhwuhx said:

 

I adore Dead Cells, but it's very much an edge-case imo. :) The developers even called it a 'roguevania' themselves. ;) 

 

Oh yeah, I'm not too keen on metroidvanias, but I liked this because it got rid of the stuff I'm not fond of, like needless backtracking and getting lost and stuff.

There are lots of dead ends but there's always a teleporter.

You unlock stuff to get to new places but over the course of many runs.

I'd still class it as a metroidvania.

 

Gunfire Reborn is a roguelite fps, it's still an fps. Spelunky is a roguelite platformer, I'd still call it a platformer. Monolith is a roguelite top down shooter, it's still a top down shooter, you get the idea.

 

Does the roguelite elements in dead cells change the formula enough that it's no longer a metroidvania? It's arguable, but I don't think so.

It's my favourite.

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I guess it's more that it lacks certain elements, for me a metrodvania involves poking around a world that opens up gradually by new abilities you get. 

 

Edit: actually like you said you do open up new areas gradually, so maybe i'm just talking out of my ass :lol:.

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I'm not sure if it fully counts as a metroidvania game (if at all) but Cave Story is magnificent and a game I would recommend above most others. The OST is fabulous and contains a number of earworms, too:

 

 

 

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PSA: Bloodstained, The Mummy Demastered, Hollow Knight, Blasphemous, and ehr… Skelattack are currently on sale in the PS Store. 
 

I haven’t played Skelattack, so no clue if it’s good, but the rest are great to pick up. 

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2 hours ago, Lovelyman said:

Can you start with 2 or 1 necessary?

 

Despite much of the puzzle-solving involving understanding the lore of the world, they aren't narrative-heavy games.

 

It's not necessary to have played 1 to get enjoyment out of 2, but the sequel didn't really introduce much in the way of new gameplay. If you're going to play only one of them, get whichever is cheaper.

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On 22/10/2021 at 14:53, Cyhwuhx said:

Plus, If you've completed Metroid Dread, you should be more than well prepared for some of Blasphemous' boss patterns. :)

 

This is good, but the platforming sections are annoying as hell at times, especially in the fire cauldron area

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Yup, the platforming is nowhere near as fluent, but it fits the game's pacing. It's more of a classic Castlevania vibe. Sure, it's annoying at times, but it's also not as problematic as people made it out to be. I remember skipping this game because of those comments and silently cursing the people who made them, when I finally got round to playing it. Instantly shot up as one of my favourite Metroidvanias full stop.

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16 minutes ago, Cyhwuhx said:

Yup, the platforming is nowhere near as fluent, but it fits the game's pacing. It's more of a classic Castlevania vibe. Sure, it's annoying at times, but it's also not as problematic as people made it out to be. I remember skipping this game because of those comments and silently cursing the people who made them, when I finally got round to playing it. Instantly shot up as one of my favourite Metroidvanias full stop.

 

See, I've been avoiding Blasphemous for exactly the reasons you did; your comment makes me think that may have been a mistake. That's it added to the 'to play' pile!

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7 hours ago, Wiper said:

 

See, I've been avoiding Blasphemous for exactly the reasons you did; your comment makes me think that may have been a mistake. That's it added to the 'to play' pile!

Me too. Might get it.

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