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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.

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Hyper Light Drifter - Coming to PS4 and PS Vita
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Aug 18, 2016
    90
    The cyberpunk world created here was a blast to run around in, while simultaneously being beautiful and terrifying
  2. Jul 29, 2016
    87
    Fighting and exploration in a visually stunning pixel-art world that manages to captivate you without a single spoken word.
  3. Aug 10, 2016
    85
    Hyper Light Drifter is a sensory overload from a visual and audio standpoint.
  4. Aug 1, 2016
    80
    I thought it was genuinely going to be the answer to all my gaming prayers when actually, it's just very, very good. It doesn't seek to do everything; it just presents an amazing, frustrating and beautifully crafted world.
  5. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Sep 26, 2016
    70
    A dreamy, trippy, cryptic punishing journey. Leads by the nose, not by the hand. [Oct 2016, p.98]
  6. Aug 4, 2016
    60
    The trouble with Hyper Light Drifter is that it’s frequently just too obscure and too difficult to truly enjoy.
  7. Aug 18, 2016
    50
    I can see why some people like Hyper Light Drifter. Its combination of nostalgia, pretty pixels, and cruel gameplay are an intoxicating drug to some. I'm not one of those people, unfortunately. As I played I felt like the annoying moviegoing companion, always asking for an explanation of events onscreen from fellow viewers also watching for the first time, equally mystified.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jul 26, 2016
    10
    Hyper Light Drifter is nothing short of a masterpiece. It was a long time coming, (waiting for this game), but the months of anticipation haveHyper Light Drifter is nothing short of a masterpiece. It was a long time coming, (waiting for this game), but the months of anticipation have been beyond worth it. Here is my succinct review for this gem.

    HLD throws you, the drifter, head first into a vibrant, mysterious world. You wake up from some slumber to find a post-apocalyptic land flooded with gorgeous, neon-painted landscapes and scenery, made possible by some freaking fantastic pixel artistry. You begin to wander the land, still totally unaware of who you are or why you're here, until you stumble upon the contrasting elements to this world's eye-grabbing visuals. A vile, destructive disease has poisoned your heart, and innocent land dwellers have been slaughtered by dreadful barbaric wars. If that weren't enough, some dark, sinister force seems intent on either killing you, maliciously toying with your soul, or both.

    And so begins your journey. From here, you'll talk to villagers through pictographs (no words are ever spoken) and hear their tragic accounts. You'll stop by the local upgrade shops with their neat cryptic language to get a sneak peek at your later, stronger self. When you head out in one of four cardinal directions, you'll begin to master your sword, your pistol, and - of course - your dash/drift. You'll encounter numerous enemies of varying size, race, and attacks, and with every death, you'll understand how to outsmart them on the next life.

    This game is intriguing, and so terribly satisfying. Finding secrets, beating bosses, buying upgrades, you feel awesome. The combat is challenging, but incredibly rewarding. When you clear out a large room and just barely survive, there's a sense of accomplishment that says: "You earned this." And to top it all off, through the entire experience, a gorgeous soundtrack by one of gaming's best (Disasterpiece) immerses you in this universe of light, death, and hope.

    I cannot recommend this game enough. Major props to Heart Machine, you guys are brilliant.
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  2. Feb 22, 2017
    10
    This game will beat you down relentlessly and bring a wondrous world to your eyes. The visuals are purely beautiful yet somber. the music willThis game will beat you down relentlessly and bring a wondrous world to your eyes. The visuals are purely beautiful yet somber. the music will keep you coming back to this game one way or another. Personally I have only beaten it once and i'm going in for my second run, but in hard mode. Remember how I said the game will beat you down? It won't in this mode. It'll just cut to the chase and kill you in 1-2 hits. This game may not have the best replayability and only is good for 1-4 plays if you want to do runs without upgrades. Also speaking of upgrades they are well designed you gain upgrades by purchasing from the local stores. tl;dr its good. Expand
  3. Jul 28, 2016
    7
    While this game has great combat and visual storytelling, some parts of it are flawed.

    It's a 2d top-down Dark Souls-like with a small
    While this game has great combat and visual storytelling, some parts of it are flawed.

    It's a 2d top-down Dark Souls-like with a small sprinkle of metroidvania. The thing is, DS-likes do better as full 3D games or side-scrollers. Because of this, having to find your way around HLD is a pain.
    Hidden areas consist of far off platforms or barely noticeable doors at the far bottom of the screen. I spent more time walking towards the edge of each panel to see if it ended there or if it continued to another section of the map.

    The map is too vague to consider this a metroidvania and instead ends up feeling more like Castlevania2 with very obtuse design and villager word bubbles.

    My least enjoyable part of the game is the upgrade scheme. It favors upgrading specific things first, which works against the feeling of expanding your character how you want. A lot of these upgrades should be hidden items or end boss rewards.

    Again, great combat and visual storytelling, but they went too far in trying to mimic Dark Souls.
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