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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 styleGuacamelee! 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. Jul 28, 2014
    100
    The game makes extensive use of a mechanic reminiscent of the best 2D Zelda titles and familiar sounding riffs feature in the music from time to time. It’s pleasing, and a significant achievement then, that none of this is at the expense of Guacamelee’s own identity.
  2. Jul 7, 2014
    90
    If you're an action platformer fan with quick thumbs, this is a must-buy.
  3. 90
    Guacamelee is a fantastic Metroid-inspired platformer that shouldn’t be missed.
  4. Jul 10, 2014
    90
    All in all, if you’ve never played Guacamelee then this updated version is the one you should jump into, but fans of the original shouldn’t miss out on the Super Turbo Championship Edition either as it offers enough upgrades and content to stand apart and above what came before.
  5. Jul 29, 2014
    90
    This superb “metroidvania” game just got even better. The higher resolution, the added content and its stellar design will keep you hooked for hours.
  6. Aug 10, 2014
    90
    Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is a well put together piece of software with a great attention to little details, set in a universe of folklore and culture which is exotic enough in the video game industry to feel highly original, and with a huge deal of humour thrown into the mix for good measure.
  7. Jul 21, 2014
    80
    Guacameele: Super Turbo Championship Edition is the definitive version of Guacamelee. It not only covers the extra levels, but also provides new skills and new opponents.

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  1. Jul 24, 2014
    10
    Looks like 10 users, possibility made by the same person, gave this game zeroes, and 5 users said all of the reviews were Real mature,Looks like 10 users, possibility made by the same person, gave this game zeroes, and 5 users said all of the reviews were Real mature, as**oles.

    Because of these false reviews, please only take into account the written reviews.

    There are a few things I'd like to add to my previous one as well.

    The combat is amazing. Blending atracks, specials and throws all into a wonderful, flowing vortex of violene. The platforming is also genius, with the short invincibility dash and the dimension swap.

    There were 2 complaints with the original game: too hard and too short. This version added 2 new areas and a boss, thus negating the short argument, and added El Intenso, an optional feature which temporarily made Juan fast and super strong. A fully upgraded El Intenso could TEAR THOUGH the final boss. If you still want a challenge, you can never use this feature, as it's optional.
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  2. Aug 23, 2014
    10
    I would just like to point out that I've never written a review here on Metacritic. But this game deserves this, and even more. It's one ofI would just like to point out that I've never written a review here on Metacritic. But this game deserves this, and even more. It's one of those games that completely removes you from your regular life until you finish it for the first time. I still haven't gotten to the end of it, but I'll do that as soon as possible. Man, I've stopped playing Pokémon X and South Park: The Stick of Truth only to play this gem. I regret NOTHING! Expand
  3. Jul 5, 2014
    10
    Simplemente increíble! Superó mis expectativas por mucho. Excelentes gráficos y música, pero no sólo eso sino una buena historia llena deSimplemente increíble! Superó mis expectativas por mucho. Excelentes gráficos y música, pero no sólo eso sino una buena historia llena de guiños de juegos clásicos y una detallada referencia constante de la cultura mexicana. Si lo juegas en español incluye una traducción implacable que te sacará una que otra carcajada. Buena movilidad, buenos combos y variaciones cada que su es de nivel. Efectivamente es un Metroidvania pero se burlan incluso de ello metiendo escenas parodia, además muuuy bien logrado. De lo mejor que he jugado de una compañía independiente y lo mejor, a un súper precio. Sí tienes WiiU definitivamente es un título que debes jugar. Las opción de 2 jugadores es un plus genial. Expand
  4. Aug 6, 2014
    9
    There is so much to like about this game, the art style, the story, the combat, the platforming, the references, the metroidvania style andThere is so much to like about this game, the art style, the story, the combat, the platforming, the references, the metroidvania style and the backtracking. In this game, the backtracking adds the feel of exploration to an interesting world. If only the game was longer, i feel that it ends way too early and could have had so much more content in it. The DLC adds some pretty interesting costumes and it actually changes up some of the less interesting parts of the game from the original release. for 15 bucks this is a must have, no matter what console you own, even if you want to get the original ps vita or ps3 game, it is worth it Expand
  5. Jul 21, 2014
    9
    Metroidvania fans on the Wii U, rejoice: the e-Shop just got what must be the best title in the genre since the olds days of, well, MetroidMetroidvania fans on the Wii U, rejoice: the e-Shop just got what must be the best title in the genre since the olds days of, well, Metroid and Castlevania.

    Taking place on a colorful, vibrant, video-game-reference-filled version of the Mexican countryside, Guacamelee puts you in the shoes of Juan, an agave farmer who ends up transforming into a supernatural luchador. In the story, Juan has to rescue his childhood sweetheart, El Presidente's daughter, from the evil skeleton charro Carlos Calaca. What could be a boring damsel-in-distress story quickly turns into something else entirely, thanks to top-notch writing and loads of funny and interesting characters.

    While the setting and storyline set the scenery wonderfully, it's when it comes to gameplay that Guacamelee soars to classic heights. You'll be treated to all the tried-and-true elements of Metroidvania games, including unlockable powers, special costumes, immersive exploration with loads of secrets and extremely enjoyable backtracking. True to the luchador theme, however, combat is its own thing here. There are combos, dodging, dimension-swapping and great implementation of every newfound power into the system. The overall game design is a thing of beauty, with every small element finding its rightful place among the title's many challenges.

    Speaking of challenge, be prepared: this is a hard game that, unlike so many titles these days, doesn't cater to the lower common denominator. But like pretty much everything else in display, the learning curve is implemented astonishingly well, easing you into the requirements that come with every new power. There are plenty of checkpoints, too, meaning you won't have to replay entire sections just because you missed a specially tricky jump.

    As the long subtitle suggests, this version of Guacamelee is one step ahead of the original that came to PC and Playstation 3 last year. There are massive new sections, including a flowering canal and an ominous volcano, both complete with new villages, NPCs, collectibles and sidequests. These are seamlessly integrated into the open-ended adventure, and seem to significantly boost the overall playtime (I finished the game in 9 hours, but needed a total of 17 hours to get to the true ending). Also incorporated in the core game here is the previously-DLC area of El Infierno, which, as a minigame-heavy section rather than a massive explorable one, is one of the game's few letdowns.

    Guacamelee is a title that keeps surprising you all of the way, making it one of the best 2D exploration experiences I've ever encountered. There is even an especially juicy set of collectibles that only become available very late in the game, when you're already thinking the content is about to run out. 2014 has already been quite a year for the Wii U e-Shop, and Guacamelee is definitely one of its crowning jewels.

    Rating: 9.5
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  6. Aug 18, 2014
    9
    Pretty fantastic game that also gets frustrating at times. The save points seem to be totally random, and you'll regularly return to the gamePretty fantastic game that also gets frustrating at times. The save points seem to be totally random, and you'll regularly return to the game to find that you somehow lost the progress you made in a previous visit. The maps and guidance are generally ok, but occasionally you get stuck with no recourse. But the battling and the exploration are done extremely well -- lots off of fun and very tight controls, with extra abilities being added in a smart way. Definitely recommended. Expand
  7. Nov 21, 2014
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Playing Guacamelee STCE was a fun experience. As soon as I started the game I was drawn in by the art style and then shortly after the music. The gameplay started of simple but got addictive quickly as I got new ways to fight. The gameplay was very fun and whenever I turned on my Wii U I would only go to play it. by using a color coded system on enemies allowing them to only be hit by Juan's special moves that match that color added interest to the game. The variety of enemies was not too large but enough considering the short length of the game. As far as story goes it's somewhat disappointing and feels anti climactic. The story was about Juan finding his childhood friend and save her from being used as a sacrifice by the enemy who took over hell. In the end you stop his assault but your friend dies. That is not a good ending considering how light hearted this game was. The game was very colorful and although it did have death, they were not seriously impacting considering the music was always light hearted at the times of these deaths. Another flaw in the story was the chicken who teaches you how to turn into a chicken. He is revealed to be the devil who lost control of hell to the main antagonist of the game. After he helps you he is not seen again. I expected that after I defeat the primary antagonist I would face of with the devil who thanked me for returning hell to him. There was no such battle. Just a sad clip show ending of Juan loosing his friend. The game play did not have much of a replay value but was still incredibly fun the first run. It wasn't color coded like on the playstation version but it was simple enough to recognize combos. 8.1 out of 10. Which is pretty good for a $15 game. Expand

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