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  • Summary: Guacamelee! is a Metroid-vania style action-platformer set in a magical Mexican inspired world. The game draws its inspiration from traditional Mexican culture and folklore, and features many interesting and unique characters. Guacamelee builds upon the classic open-world Metroid-vania style of games, by adding a strong melee combat component, a new dimension switching mechanic, and cooperative same-screen multiplayer for the entire story. The game also blurs the boundaries between combat and platforming by making many of the moves useful and necessary for both of these. Expand
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Jul 4, 2014
    I absolutely loved Guacamelee! when I played through it the first time, and that fact hasn’t changed here. This is, by far, the best version of Guacamelee! you’re likely to see, until the inevitable sequel arrives.
  2. Jul 12, 2014
    Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is the definitive version of a great game. It builds on popular games like Metroid and does this in a unique, colorfull style. If you skipped the original one, this is a great way to experience it.
  3. Jul 1, 2014
    With new content, minor balancing and smart new formula tweaks, Drinkbox has managed to improve their already fantastic Mexican Metroidvania title.
  4. Jul 29, 2014
    In fact the only criticism one could have is that there just isn’t enough. Even with the extra content, the game can be 100% completed within six to eight hours and still leave you wanting more.
  5. Jul 10, 2014
    It has some big difficulty spikes, but overall Guacamelee is still a very fun time.
  6. Packed with added content and smart mechanical revisions. This PS4 version is worth revisiting, even if the original was nacho thing. [September 2014, p77]
  7. Jul 1, 2014
    While the total additions equal a killer product, I do think this version, even on new consoles, is slightly inferior to the Gold release.

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  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
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  1. Jul 19, 2014
    Buy this game now. This metroidvania-brawler is absolutely loaded. I played it first with the original version on PS3 and PS Vita and was worried that the amount of new content promised would be minimal however it is not. There are references left, right and centre with smooth brawling. This is also a magnificent platformer using various melee attacks to traverse puzzling terrain. It has beautiful music and the art style is gorgeous. As for the new features there are two incredibly large areas to explore with new ever-annoying enemies to provide an increased challenge. If you are into platformers, 2D side scrolling brawlers or even just unique game mechanics; you will not be disappointed. Expand
  2. Jul 8, 2014
    Fast paced action fun! Took me awhile to buy this game cause i really don't enjoy button mashers except for God of War. I was totally wrong about this one. The game is really fun to play. It has collectibles, hidden areas, wicked hard jumping puzzles, etc. You can change your costume which also comes with different perks or abilities depending on which one your wearing. There are also funny puns, along with some funny stereotypical jokes (in all good fun). The game is pretty long as well, giving you plenty of things to clean up as you grow your character up with different powers. Art design is awesome as well along with the classic spanish music to go with it. On top of everything, this game gives tribute to other games with some easter eggs like Castle Crashers and others you can seek out. A must buy title to pick up for 15 bucks! Play it and have fun =) Expand
  3. Jul 12, 2014
    Guacamelee super turbo championship edition is a re-release of the exceptional plat-former/beat-them-up which impressed both critics and consumers alike last year. The game is now on the PS4 with new attacks, new enemies, new bosses, new levels, new modes, new skins and a graphical improvement. To put it simply, this is everything a game of the year edition should be.
    The Playstation 4 edition retains both the fun combat and challenging platforming that we loved last year and adds minor gameplay improvements to enhance the experience, such as the enemies now having health bars in addition to being able to choose costumes which alter health and stamina. These minor refinements only improve upon an already solid core game. The most obvious new addition to the game is the Intenso ability which is a standard rage mode, it works similarly to Batman’s shock gloves in Arkham Origins. The Intenso ability definitely makes the game easier but to balance that out, new elite enemies have been added to the latter stages of the game. For gamers interested in a challenge there’s still the Hard mode and also a new Shadow mode which makes enemies which shields much harder to defeat. Co-op also returns but it’s really nothing more than an afterthought as platforming which tele-porters and multiple dimensions is also impossible with two people.
    The new content for Guacamelee is interesting as unlike other story DLC such as The Last of Us left behind and Batman Arkham Origins Mr Freeze DLC which take place either completely before or after the core game, the new additions for Guacamelee have been woven into the core story with new levels and bosses taking place in parts around the middle of the game. This approach may annoy some Guacamelee veterans who just want to play through the new levels. But no matter how experienced you are at Guacamelee, the new DLC will add an extra 30% of playtime to the game, solving the issue of the original releases problem of being too short.
    Graphically there are only minor improvements to an already good looking game. The frame-rate is the most welcome improvement as it perfectly complements the slick fast paced action. The higher resolution is hardly noticeable, the increased amount of objects in the foreground however can be irritating as both Juan and enemies can become harder to see, this only happened occasionally but it was worth mentioning.
    Overall Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition is an excellent example of a game of the year edition as it gives more content, includes all the original DLC and maintains the strong original experience, for those reasons it gets an A-grade.
    I strongly recommend the PS4 edition to anyone who hasn’t played the original game as it is the definitive version and I also recommend it to people who have already played the game, only if you live in the EU though, your probably thinking that’s a very strange requirement but the reason is because if you already own the game or have it through Playstation Plus the PS4 version will only cost £3 if you live in Europe. This offer is not available for non-Europeans and, at full price, this is not enough content to warrant buying the game again.
  4. Jul 5, 2014
    A fantastic game in many aspects aside from being burdened with the usual stigma of beat 'em ups: unresponsive & cluttered controls with the peppering of shoddy hit detection. Aside from those two mechanics, it stands out among the genre and is an overall enjoyable experience. Expand
  5. Sep 2, 2014
    A really fun game and a great way to spend a few hours. Its simple to get into, but the game play will keep you entertained. I think its still free (at this time) one xbone, so if you looking for a good game check it out. Expand
  6. Jul 9, 2014
    Guacamelee! won't wow you with any impressive new game mechanics, but in a console generation where couch co-op seems to be getting overlooked its a welcomed "ultra edition" port from last-gen platforms. The fighting mechanic manages to stay fresh, and there are even some customization options to alter your character appearance. The thing that will keep you coming back for more? The art. Every level is unique and visually stimulating with bright, vibrant color and subject matter (Day of the Dead) that leaves no shortage of creative characters and environments. Honestly with the lack of a compelling story line this ended up being a saving grace for me. The humor is there, but its watered down and repetitive and unfortunately there are moments when the game seems to take itself a little too seriously which kills the comedy a little for me. Overall a fun romp to conquer with a friend, with tons to see and lots of side missions to complete. The sound is good not great, the story is trite and rife with cliche's, none of them edgy enough to be funny or original, but Guacamelee! doesn't let that stop it from creating an entertaining game with solid (non-inventive) game-play. Plus its free right now...hence the "7" score instead of the original "6" which is my rating for this game if you had to pay more than 5$ for it. Expand
  7. Jul 8, 2014
    Guacamelee is a very easy game with a basically non existent story. The game has decent platforming and brawling mechanics but it does begin to feel repetitive in the latter half of the game. The side missions don't do much to give variety as they are largely uninteresting and most can be easily accomplished. The lack of challenge means that most players will probably blow through the main story fairly quickly and unless you're an achievement hunter there will be little reason to come back. Collapse Expand

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