Hyper Light Drifter Image
Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 47 Critics What's this?

User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 273 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: Explore a beautiful, vast and ruined world riddled with unknown dangers and lost technologies. Inspired by nightmares and dreams alike. Hyper Light Drifter is a 2D Action RPG in the vein of the best 8-bit and 16-bit classics, with modernized mechanics and designs on a much grander scale.

Trailer

Please enter your birth date to watch this video:
You are not allowed to view this material at this time.
Hyper Light Drifter - Coming to PS4 and PS Vita
Autoplay On Off
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
  1. Apr 12, 2016
    100
    Hyper Light Drifter is a breathtaking game that draws heavily from gaming's most prominent pioneers without relying too heavily on their influence. It is an eclectic masterpiece that feels more like an experience than a video game.
  2. Apr 11, 2016
    90
    Heart Machine delivers a masterpiece, an impressive mixture of style and gameplay. Hyper Light Drifter is one of the best action game we have ever played, and showcases a complex and enchanting pixel art. It brings you into a silent and distant world, it tests your ability with a deep an fast paced gameplay; it's the rightful heir of '90s bidimensional adventures.
  3. Edge Magazine
    Jun 7, 2016
    90
    Even without the luminous pixel art to continue, there's always an impetus to investigate further. [June 2016, p.116]
  4. Apr 7, 2016
    85
    A beautiful and challenging game with a fun and engaging combat system and a world worth exploring (even if doing so could be a bit frustrating).
  5. May 18, 2016
    80
    Difficult and frustrating at first, later amazingly satisfying action RPG for demanding audience. Bite your lip, gaze upon its beautiful graphics and have a satisfying feeling of accomplishment offered only by few games.
  6. Apr 11, 2016
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.
  7. May 5, 2016
    60
    If you can get past its very obvious downsides and need to play a challenging, even a bit frustrating game, there's no dilemma that Hyper Light Drifter is for you. Yet, we remain sad that we didn't get to play the fantastic game which this one could have been had it spent more time in development. Maybe in the sequel.

See all 51 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 52
  2. Negative: 3 out of 52
  1. Mar 31, 2016
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Hyper Review Firster.

    Worth every cent and then some. Soundtrack by the guy who did Fez's. Art from your pastel-filtered techno-nightmares. Animation smoother than energybutter.
    Expand
  2. Apr 2, 2016
    10
    Hyper Light Drifter is a challenging, but rewarding, update on classic 16-bit games like Link to the Past. Visually, the game is beautiful,Hyper Light Drifter is a challenging, but rewarding, update on classic 16-bit games like Link to the Past. Visually, the game is beautiful, with crisply animated pixel art and an expressionist color palette that enlivens what would otherwise be a dreary post-apocalyptic landscape. The soundtrack is also phenomenal with shades of Blade Runner. If you enjoy classic 8-bit platformers or indie games like Titan Souls than this game is a must-buy. Expand
  3. Apr 13, 2016
    10
    I have been waiting for the game for about 2 years. It was definitely worth it! The music, the graphics, the ambiance. Everything is justI have been waiting for the game for about 2 years. It was definitely worth it! The music, the graphics, the ambiance. Everything is just perfect. It's difficulty is not to hard but challenging. 10/10 Expand
  4. Jun 29, 2016
    9
    El apartado visual es hermoso, clásico y moderno a la vez, sin duda un buen homenaje al era delos 8Btis , la banda sonora se siente profunda yEl apartado visual es hermoso, clásico y moderno a la vez, sin duda un buen homenaje al era delos 8Btis , la banda sonora se siente profunda y todo eboca un ambiente misterioso, la jugabilidad se aceptable no es de las mejore pero es aceptable. Expand
  5. Apr 1, 2016
    9
    Link and Samus taught their baby to play Dark Souls. Very tough but fair action-platformer that utilizes its controller layout quite well.Link and Samus taught their baby to play Dark Souls. Very tough but fair action-platformer that utilizes its controller layout quite well. Those seeking an arty game with some meat on its bones, dig in. The warbly, melty soundtrack from Disasterpiece just glues the whole package together. Expand
  6. May 19, 2016
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I HIGHLY recommended this for RPG Lover, pixel animation is amazing, Combat styles are very good and unique and its a mix between Zelda: Link to the past and Mega Man ZX styles, its a very story driven game (sorta), enemies in different areas are unique based on their locations for example the birds are north and sea creatures from the east and crystal creatures from the east and etc,

    But the Downside is that it has no dialogue or text just pictures depicting the situation and the Difficulty is kinda hard with no option to turn it down.

    so if you wanna have a experience you'll never forget play this game
    Expand
  7. Apr 1, 2016
    3
    I was an early backer and very excited for this but I'm not happy with the end result.
    The game is stunning and the soundtrack is also really
    I was an early backer and very excited for this but I'm not happy with the end result.
    The game is stunning and the soundtrack is also really good. Overall design and aesthetics are stellar, like, Bastion level of art and design.
    But the difficulty is made of **** You have health packs that don't really heal you since they lock you in place for around 2 seconds (which is forever in an action game) and every hit knocks you down, like a rubber doll, while not giving you invulnerability. So one hit can mean you get hit by 2-3 more projectiles that you would have otherwise evaded. This makes the bosses with their obvious adds a nightmare.
    Basically, come in expecting a challenge and a buttload of repetition or don't bother. The game is beautiful and mesmerizing, but what good is that if you can't get past the middle :|
    Expand

See all 52 User Reviews