Posts Tagged ‘Hyper Light Drifter’

Hyper Light Drifter New Trailer And Spring 2016 Release

I played Hyper Light Drifter [official site] in November of last year and it was already superb; a tight, topdown action game about slicing apart monsters with dashes and sword combos, and about solving Zelda-like dungeon puzzles to progress deeper into its strange sci-fi environments. It was also clear at the time that the game had changed and improved a lot since Nathan had played it a year before that.

Now another year has nearly passed and you can catch sight of how it’s changed again in the new trailer below, which heralds with “certainty” the game’s release window: spring 2016.

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Hands On With Hyper Light Drifter’s Combat

Stop. Slow down. Hyper Light Drifter‘s cape-wearing main character carries a sword whose swipes and slashes can be performed in rapid succession, but that doesn’t mean you can charge your way through its hunched henchman, skittering spiders or gun-wielding grunts. You’ve got to take your time if you want to go fast, as I’ve learned through playing the game’s Kickstarter preview build.

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Hyper Light Drifter Preview Build Drifts Towards Backers

Hyper Light Drifter is beautiful: a stunning pixel art Zelda-like set in a magical, twinkling world full of colourful. You probably already know this. If you’re one of the 24,150 people who backed it though – earning it $645,158 on an initial goal of just $27,000 – then what you don’t yet know is how it feels to play. You might be able to correct that this weekend, as the developers have announced that the game will be available as a three-day preview build this coming weekend.

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Hyper Light Drifter Gets New Release Date, Is Not Hyper

Art that makes you crave it.

Old facts: Hyper Light Drifter is a 2D action RPG with i) beautifully drawn and animated pixel art ii) a Kickstarter campaign that asked for $27,000 and received $645,158 iii) the best videogame name around. New facts: i) Hyper Light Drifter won’t come out in June as originally planned ii) a closed beta will arrive near June instead iii) the development team are targeting an end-of-year date for the release of the final game.

Hows, whys and new images below.
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Let’s Chatter/Splatter Over… Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter is beautiful. Its loud yet effortless art direction screams a quiet confidence, a vision that’s both bold and incredibly vulnerable. I very much like what I see, and many, many others agree – to the tune of $645k, in fact. But looks alone don’t make a game. If Hyper Light Drifter doesn’t play well, then all the glowing pinks and passionate purples in the world won’t mean jack. And that would be very, very sad indeed. Go below to watch me play an early demo of the game and find out if it’s on the right track.

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How A Lifetime Of Heart Disease Birthed Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter is looking magnificent. It’s playing quite beautifully too, and you will hear my impressions of it very soon. But first, let’s delve into the stylishly pink wonder’s past, which definitely isn’t all roses. Heart Machine head Alex Preston was born with a number of life-threatening heart defects, and he’s spent his life alternatively triumphing over them and falling at their feet. Hyper Light Drifter is, in large part, inspired by those struggles – a swarm of ideas that have been flitting and buzzing about in Preston’s mind for as long as he can remember. It was only this year, however, that he finally realized he *had* to breathe life into this game. Good ideas are infinite, but time, unfortunately, is painfully limited.

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Hyper Light Drifter Footage Looks And Sounds Exquisite

Hyper Light Drifter wasn’t just the perfect name for a videogame, it was also the perfect concept art, the combination of which acted as an accelerant for a Kickstarter that asked for $27,000 and ended up buried in over $645k. It seems like all this isn’t a fluke, either, because the game itself looks like a fever dream from the minds of those of us who grew up with such top-down exploro-combat games in the ’90s, only to see them vanish with the cathode ray afterimages of that era. Of course it’s stomping on the unclipped toes of a sleepy and unimaginative Action RPG genre too, so that’s to be welcomed.

You’ll want to have a look, and have a listen, below. It’s beautiful.
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Race The Sun, Hyper Light Drifter, 30 More Greenlit


This week, on a very special episode of As The Greenlight Turns, social intrigue rules the spotlight. Remember Race The Sun? It’s an excellent blink-and-you’re-wall-pizza racer in its own right, but it also recently catapulted its way into prominence due to its trouble getting on Steam, abysmal initial sales, and a subsequent, er, sale its developers organized for others suffering from their same plight. Well, all that stuff worked! Kind of hilariously quickly, given that the sale only started yesterday. Race The Sun has been greenlit. Other standouts this time around include Thief/Dishonored-inspired roguelike wonder Eldritch, Kickstarter darling Hyper Light Drifter, and PULSAR: Lost Colony.

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Wow: Hyper Light Drifter Is Diablo Meets Link To The Past

Meets Neon Genesis Evangelion, apparently.

Oh. Oh my. That is the second post I’ve introduced with those words today, but that does not (necessarily!) mean I’m creatively bankrupt. Rather, it’s been a very good time for brilliantly impressive games that just sort of appear out of nowhere. First Eden Star took me entirely by surprise with its runleaping Minecraft’s Edge antics, and now Hyper Light Drifter is dazzling me with glorious grimdarkpink art and music provided by Fez chiptune maestro Disasterpeace. Oh, and then there is this: “It plays like the best parts of A Link to the Past and Diablo, evolved: lightning fast combat, more mobility, an array of tactical options, more numerous and intelligent enemies, and a larger world with a twisted past to do it all in.” Mmmmmmmm, yes. Good. Goooooooood.

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