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  • Summary: Set in the far reaches of space, Valfaris is a heavy metal infused 2D action-platformer and the next game from the team behind Unity Awards finalist, Slain: Back From Hell. Brutal combat. Deadly enemies. Stunning pixel art. Savage soundtrack. Get ready to rip the galaxy a new wormhole.
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Valfaris - Announcement Trailer - E3 2017
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Feb 11, 2020
    85
    Valfaris is a superb action-platformer filled with violence, a killer soundtrack, and some gorgeously grotesque pixel art.
  2. 85
    A heavy metal steeped side-scrolling blaster that is awash in blood, gore and super solid platforming shooter beats, Valfaris is essential for anyone looking for a challenging affair that does ample justice to Konami's poorly treated Contra franchise.
  3. Dec 28, 2019
    84
    Valfaris is incredibly polished visually, but the best news come from the core gameplay and the shining variety of its level design. Something pretty much needed for Steel Mantis to become a new promise among indie developers, we must say.
  4. Nov 9, 2019
    80
    Some may struggle with enemies that feel like they respawn a little too often, but this is by no means as tough as Dark Souls. Valfaris doesn’t do anything noteworthily new, but the hectic, intense, satisfying experience it offers shouldn’t pass you by.
  5. 80
    To just say ‘this game is fun’ would be the easy way out. It’s a brutal challenge with hellish visuals, doom-laden soundtrack and blood-soaked anarchy. If you like your retro shooter platformers to look, act and feel like they belong in the metal section of your local record store, then Valfaris is one hell of a good time.
  6. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Dec 17, 2019
    80
    One of the best retro shooters in a long time, Valfaris mixes a smart combat loop with pixelperfect design, wrapped in a bombastic heavy metal silliness that oozes fun. [Issue#170, p.91]
  7. Nov 4, 2019
    70
    Slain: Back from Hell was a master class example in teaching how to play well. Valfaris, on the other hand, doesn’t understand the same rewarding philosophy. Luck plays too big a part in beating all the hardship in Therion’s way, controls are unfortunately sloppy (again, it could be a console-specific issue) and the game even falls to punish players with its dubious risk/reward system. Valfaris looks great and at its best, can make your hands sweat when tackling its steep challenge but ultimately, for all that the game is, it more talks the talk than walks the walk.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Nov 26, 2019
    10
    What a Masterpiece! Every contra/metroidvania even soulslike fans around there will love it!
    Challenging as fak
    Beautiful pixel art level
    What a Masterpiece! Every contra/metroidvania even soulslike fans around there will love it!
    Challenging as fak
    Beautiful pixel art level design
    Many weapons to help you in situations
    Too many bosses
    Metal soundtrack with guitar solos and melodic ballads
    An experience definitely worth playing!
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  2. Feb 9, 2020
    10
    I really enjoyed this game, it's tight, vibrant and fun. It might not be the easiest game, but we need challenge or what's the point?
  3. Jan 3, 2020
    4
    To all aspiring developers : Videogames are meant to be fun and Valfaris is as fun as trying to chew rocks.Most people DON'T like hard gamesTo all aspiring developers : Videogames are meant to be fun and Valfaris is as fun as trying to chew rocks.Most people DON'T like hard games and just want to relax,Valfaris is anything but relaxing.Besides that,beautiful aesthetic/tight controls/stellar soundtrack.It's a shame a good game fails because it's annoyingly hard.4/10 just for the difficulty. Expand
  4. Dec 14, 2019
    0
    Biggest waste of $25. I've platinumed Dark souls 1, 2, 3, Bloodborne, and Sekiro. I don't mind difficult games. This, however, is nothingBiggest waste of $25. I've platinumed Dark souls 1, 2, 3, Bloodborne, and Sekiro. I don't mind difficult games. This, however, is nothing more than a monotonous exercise in frustration. Do not buy. Expand