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  • Summary: Echoes of a dark and violent past resonate throughout a savage land, steeped in treasure and blood. Hyper Light Drifter is an action adventure RPG in the vein of the best 16bit classics, with modernized mechanics and designs on a much grander scale.

    Drifters of this world are the
    Echoes of a dark and violent past resonate throughout a savage land, steeped in treasure and blood. Hyper Light Drifter is an action adventure RPG in the vein of the best 16bit classics, with modernized mechanics and designs on a much grander scale.

    Drifters of this world are the collectors of forgotten knowledge, lost technologies and broken histories. Our Drifter is haunted by an insatiable illness, traveling further into the lands of Buried Time, hoping to discover a way to quiet the vicious disease.
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Hyper Light Drifter On Nintendo Switch Adds New Boomerang Sword
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Sep 18, 2018
    100
    You owe it to yourself to give Hyper Light Drifter a go. It’s an incredible game with a wonderful look and feel to every part of it. It’s beautiful, looking great on the Switch’s screen, and can be surprisingly enveloping as an experience even as you take it to louder, crowded public areas. Every new area and experience was a delight to me, and I kept taking screenshots all the way through. It’s a challenge, but every moment was worth it.
  2. 90
    A masterful and beautiful experience with powerful visuals, transcendent audio, and challenging gameplay.
  3. Sep 9, 2018
    90
    Hyper Light Drifter: Special Edition is a more complete adventure that will captivate us not only due to its art, gameplay and story told by means of images, but also thanks to the deeper, real meaning that comes from projecting the heart disease of its creator.
  4. Oct 5, 2018
    90
    With stunning visuals and music, Hyper Light Drifter: Special Edition is a delight to play - even if it means overcoming overwhelming odds.
  5. Oct 22, 2018
    90
    If you groan every time you see another 2D action-RPG on the Nintendo eShop, don’t be dissuaded by Hyper Light Drifter: Special Edition. While it borrows from the Zelda blueprint and games that have followed, it is packaged so perfectly that it stands above the rest. The depth of its vivid world goes beyond what you see on your screen. There’s more lurking there, and you’ll want to discover it all.
  6. Sep 18, 2018
    87
    Like on the other platforms Hyper Light Drifter on Switch is a visually and mechanically captivating action adventure that you can’t help but admire.
  7. Sep 5, 2018
    80
    Indie games don't get much more memorable than Hyper Light Drifter and this Special Edition acts as a good excuse to finally play it if you haven't already. Just make sure you're ready for an intense challenge before taking the plunge.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Oct 7, 2018
    10
    Wow, what a great game. I was a little afraid that it's one of those "Hipster graphic look" games that don't amount to much of a game, but IWow, what a great game. I was a little afraid that it's one of those "Hipster graphic look" games that don't amount to much of a game, but I was wrong. Great gameplay, great graphics, interesting worlds to explore... I love the "no words" approach, it doesn't make things easier, but hey...makes it all the more mysterious. Love it! Expand
  2. Nov 2, 2018
    10
    This game is powerful in almost all areas. The combat, art, music, and visual storytelling are just amazing. Most people may not agree withThis game is powerful in almost all areas. The combat, art, music, and visual storytelling are just amazing. Most people may not agree with the wordless storytelling. In fact, it can kind of be troubling as to figuring out what certain upgrades do when a player wants to purchase one as it is all done with visuals. But to some, it's great to just let your imagination fill in the blanks. As for the music I can say without a single doubt that this is disasterpeace's best work. The synthy tracks just add to the layer of mystery surrounding this destroyed sci-fi world. All in all, it is a definite buy! Expand
  3. Sep 6, 2018
    10
    the art, the music, the scenery, the atmosphere, the story : everything is WoW !|
    its racefully paced in combat and its a contemplative
    the art, the music, the scenery, the atmosphere, the story : everything is WoW !|
    its racefully paced in combat and its a contemplative experience when exploring or encounter new things.

    i've never experienced a game that says so much but there is not a single word written in this game. You never read or hear someone speaking to you. You have to figure it out by yourself.
    I have goose bump just writing this short review.
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  4. Dec 1, 2018
    8
    A nice, very polished game.

    The gameplay is a very satisfying mix of exploration and combat. In addition to a sword and various guns and
    A nice, very polished game.

    The gameplay is a very satisfying mix of exploration and combat. In addition to a sword and various guns and grenades, you have a dash move, which makes combat quite interesting. For example, having a shotgun gets a lot more fun when you can dash right up to an enemy before shooting them. There are lots of cleverly hidden areas which mean that travelling the overworld and dungeons is never boring. Finding these rewards you with various ability upgrades that keep the game fresh throughout.

    On a small number of occasions the combat felt frustratingly sluggish. I'm not sure if this was because of the console struggling, or if that's just how it is. This is rare though. I disagree that the game is particularly hard. It's challenging enough to be entertaining, but it isn't punishing, and it doesn't feel unfair.

    Something to make the game easier to 100% in the final stages would have been welcome. Instead, all you can do is retread the entire game world trying to find secrets you missed, which is tedious, and I don't think there's any final reward for doing it. In the end I didn't try to 100% the game, and I don't recommend anybody else does.

    The art and music are great. There are barely any words or dialogue in the game; the story is all visual, and as a result is impressionistic and ambiguous. Apart from some minor confusions, it's an effective approach.

    Overall, certainly recommended.
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  5. Sep 14, 2018
    7
    To start off the art and atmosphere of this game is fantastic. You traverse through a world filled with new items and enemies to discover andTo start off the art and atmosphere of this game is fantastic. You traverse through a world filled with new items and enemies to discover and the lack of hand holding really pushes the atmosphere and amplifies the feeling of discovering something new. However, where this game really falls short is its difficulty. I love challenging games, but Hyper Light Drifters challenge seems to be artificial and unfair. There were many points in the game where i had no idea why i died or what i died too which was really frustrating after dying multiple times on a given area having no idea what to do differently. After being hit you character is also stunned for a short period by certain attacks leaving him opened to get pummeled and essentially die in one hit. This type of difficulty is only made worse by the lack of tools you have to make quick in puts. After attacking with your sword, your character has serious lag before being able to attack or dash out of the way of an incoming attack. Furthermore, the difficulty spikes seem completely random. The first part of the game can contain areas much more difficult than the proceeding areas. It feels random whether the next room or boss will be difficult or not. (spoilers) An example of this is that the first boss of the game was very challenging compared to the second boss of the game which can easily be beaten on the first attempt. Overall, the atmosphere and theme of the game saves it from its lack of fair, fast paced gameplay Expand
  6. Sep 16, 2018
    3
    I really love this game - I played through the whole thing on PS4 and was excited to try the Switch version as it was advertised (and oftenI really love this game - I played through the whole thing on PS4 and was excited to try the Switch version as it was advertised (and often reviewed) as smooth 60FPS. This is very much not the case. Even walking around with no enemies on the screen is slightly jerky and in combat with lots going on the slowdowns are awful. I'm very disappointed. I've tried restarting my Switch as some have mentioned but it made no difference. I find it very odd that some people report no slowdowns at all and a lot of other people say it's stuttering all over the place. I would avoid this version. Expand
  7. Dec 17, 2018
    0
    Waste of time. Just play Dark Souls for 8 more hours.

    Tip to indie action developers: reward better but less dodges. Reward skilled risk
    Waste of time. Just play Dark Souls for 8 more hours.

    Tip to indie action developers: reward better but less dodges. Reward skilled risk play rather than safer play. Reward fast fingers not exploitable tricks.

    Enemies and bosses are wayyyy to fast compared to player. I want to heal while shooting while healing while mending I want to do everything at the same time. I can't you can only do 1 action at a time and it takes blooody years. I mean by the time the player drinks a potion I might as well have read a shakespeare play.

    Bosses have the same problem a lot of indie bosses have: they're dodge DDR bosses. Dodge dodge dodge dodge dodge dodge dodge dodge dodge dodge dodge dodge 1 single attack wheel another 50 hours of dodging until it's safe to attack again. No don't do this, because then you literally BORE the player to death. Make bosses pacing slower and reward good dodges not reward more dodges by allowing consistent in-between attack strategies. If boss does X and my only option is to press the dodge button, remove X from the game and redesign go back to the drawing board.

    Many indie actions have this problem, so shouldn't be too hard to HSD alone. Fix it and improve this is not good enough.
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