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  • Summary: Set in a far corner 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Oct 9, 2019
    91
    I’ve really had a blast with Valfaris. It looks and performs really well on Switch, and I’d imagine that’ll be the case for the other platforms it’s available on too. The metal soundtrack is fantastic, and the overall visual design is unlike anything I’ve played this year. With the recent announcement that Doom Eternal is delayed into next year, I think Valfaris will easily be the most metal game you’ll play this year. It’s absolutely worth checking out when it launches on Switch and PC on October 10th.
  2. Oct 21, 2019
    90
    Valfaris is a frenetic, violent homage to classic shooters and heavy metal, with satisfying gameplay and challenging boss encounters, it’ll be appreciated by anybody looking for something fun to head-bang to.
  3. Oct 15, 2019
    85
    Valfaris is the perfect transposition in modern sauce of the run’n'gun that have cheered entire generations of enthusiasts.
  4. Oct 10, 2019
    80
    If you like challenging games that are full of action and are dripping with atmosphere, Valfaris comes highly recommended. And if you happen to like metal music, it’s even better. Steel Mantis has struck silver with this metal-infused shooter. It isn’t perfect but it’s bloody good.
  5. Dec 2, 2019
    80
    Valfaris is solid. The pacing is great, and with the exception of the back half, the difficulty curve isn't too bad. The juggling of weapons in relation to their balance is well done, and the constant boss fights are a fulfilling challenge once you overcome each foe. Provided you enjoy the Nintendo-hard games of the past, Valfaris is well worth checking out.
  6. Oct 31, 2019
    80
    Valfaris is a really cool pixel-art action-paced adventure, one that is challenging and well-balanced. A great die & retry, with a dark atmosphere.
  7. 60
    Valfaris will likely drive gamers to distraction and frustration with its series of brutal and difficult bosses and villains, crazy chase sequences, and general sadist design. Yet, the game’s pristine devotion to emulating a classic 16-bit side-scrolling shooter has a distinct charm. The weapons and enemies are diverse and fun, the world is twisted, and the sheer over-the-top action and storyline prove entertaining enough to work through the pain and still end up having fun. Mostly. When the game isn’t making you want to twist your controller in half.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Oct 10, 2019
    10
    Its turrican for this generation.
    Its contra for this generation
    Its got elements of team 17's old amiga classic 'assassins' Its for gaming
    Its turrican for this generation.
    Its contra for this generation
    Its got elements of team 17's old amiga classic 'assassins'
    Its for gaming metalheads.
    Its tough as old leathery boots.
    Its vicious pounding and electrifying levels.
    Its old school bosses.
    Its got awesome weapons.
    Its got a stellar soundtrack
    It got no microtransactions
    But it does have headbanging.
    Why are you reading this ? go get it!
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  2. Oct 11, 2019
    10
    Amazing game !
    The art design and atmosphere are phenomenal if you like that sort of "far future" sci-fi style like 40k for example.
    The
    Amazing game !
    The art design and atmosphere are phenomenal if you like that sort of "far future" sci-fi style like 40k for example.
    The gameplay is equally amazing, game runs great on Switch (Bloodstained buyers rejoice) and is a lot of fun to play with tight controls, cool weapons and well thought out level design..
    With that you get no penalties for dying and plenty of checkpoints, which makes the relative toughness of the game more comfortable to handle without getting too easy.

    Special mention for those gorgeous 2d sprites which look like your Super Nintendo was on cocaine.
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  3. Oct 11, 2019
    10
    I created an account just to post this. This is an amazing game, one of 2019’s best.
  4. Oct 10, 2019
    9
    Valfaris is brutal, stunning, and completely kick ass. Full review on The Ghost Generation, or just BUY IT NOW.
  5. Oct 11, 2019
    9
    One of the best games I have played in 2019 and honestly one of the best 2D Shooters I have played ever! Amazing gameplay!
    The incredible
    One of the best games I have played in 2019 and honestly one of the best 2D Shooters I have played ever! Amazing gameplay!
    The incredible soundtrack and very nice pixel art are just the icing on this delicious cake.

    9/10 - Would give it a 10 but the game is a tad short, granted that you will die a lot and that will make the game last somewhat more by default, but I feel the game could have been longer.
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  6. Oct 16, 2019
    9
    I'm constantly dying due to the fact that i cant stop headbanging to this games amazing soundtrack while I play. Love the retro snes style,I'm constantly dying due to the fact that i cant stop headbanging to this games amazing soundtrack while I play. Love the retro snes style, good upgrade system and weapons, challenging and satisfying metroid/contra gameplay. Very happy I didnt pass this one up. Expand
  7. Feb 8, 2020
    4
    Very overrated. Wait for a deep, deep sale. I regretted spending more than $5 bucks on this garbage. It's not fun, the weapons are lame, theVery overrated. Wait for a deep, deep sale. I regretted spending more than $5 bucks on this garbage. It's not fun, the weapons are lame, the visuals are muddy and messy. All these positive reviews are based off pure hype. There are MUCH BETTER 2D platformers out there. Expand

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