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  • 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.

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Hyper Light Drifter - Coming to PS4 and PS Vita
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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 71
  2. Negative: 4 out of 71
  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.
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  2. Dec 4, 2020
    10
    This game was a really unexpected surprise for me. I didn't knew what to expect, maybe an action game and that's it. But no, this game hasThis game was a really unexpected surprise for me. I didn't knew what to expect, maybe an action game and that's it. But no, this game has some "Metroidvania" feels but in a Top Down View that really felt good to explore the areas of the game. Combat is amazing and you have plenty of variety to experiment on your own. The soundtrack is breathtaking, story is very cryptic and I like it that way. I can't stop thinking on how great this game felt the first time I played it. Loved every bit of it!! Expand
  3. Jul 2, 2016
    10
    Literally a perfect game . Sucks its not 60 fps though. But combat is the bomb. Art is fantastic. The only problem is i only got 29 hours outLiterally a perfect game . Sucks its not 60 fps though. But combat is the bomb. Art is fantastic. The only problem is i only got 29 hours out of it... sarcasm.... its hard to find a flaw beside the fps being stuck at 33 Expand
  4. Aug 17, 2017
    9
    This game is worth your time absolutely. It's fun, engaging, and hard without being frustrating. At its comparatively low price point, youThis game is worth your time absolutely. It's fun, engaging, and hard without being frustrating. At its comparatively low price point, you should get this. Expand
  5. Apr 16, 2016
    9
    HLD is a beautiful game, challenging, with great game-play and excellent music. It requires some practice and patience, in order to get usedHLD is a beautiful game, challenging, with great game-play and excellent music. It requires some practice and patience, in order to get used to the control and skills, but once you are set, you can progress quite fast. The graphic language keeps you intrigued and kind of doubtful, but I don't think this is a negative feature. On the contrary, guessing or discovering what must be done, gives you a great, puzzle-like feeling. I think it is obnoxious when you get literal and textual instructions, and the game very linearly tells you "you have to do this" and that's it. Instead, HDL gives hints and you sort of discover the path.
    I found that improving the boots' skills had me defeating bosses soon enough. Afterwards, I improved skills randomly, having a more enjoyable game-play progressively.
    Bosses are very fun, and minions in general are excellent. You get the feeling that you improved on every session.
    The only one thing I dislike about HDL is that hidden things can be bothering to find. I've had my character rubbing on every wall and throwing himself to the void, in order to see if there is something I can't see. The chances of success are high, so you must remain on the same room for a while, go back and forth, in order to get things done.
    I am glad i backed this game on Kickstarter.
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  6. Feb 1, 2020
    8
    Tough as nails, but beautiful in a colorful yet desolate way Hyper Light Drifter manages to pull the wordless narrative off with grace andTough as nails, but beautiful in a colorful yet desolate way Hyper Light Drifter manages to pull the wordless narrative off with grace and aplomb.

    Though much of the story is up for interpretation, there is enough going on in each of the four major zones to keep the mind wondering. Details can be lost of those who don't wish to focus on setting though, as the ending will not bother tying everything up in a bow.
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  7. Apr 1, 2016
    1
    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 :|
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