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Hyper Light Drifter

1 year ago

Feature: Recky with the good hair

Steam Summer Sale recommendations: 2018 edition!

The old quote is wrong: neither death nor taxes are, it seems to me, as terrifyingly certain as the Steam Summer Sale. Yes, once more we can add to the heap that is our backlog by buying games for, what, five quid, on average? But there are so many to choose from that it's easy to get flustered, so who better than the staff of…

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2 years ago

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In their haste to make “soulslikes”, devs have forgotten what makes Dark Souls unique – its level design

I finally completed Dark Souls III [official site] last week, a world that I have been dipping in and out of between bouts of listlessness since its release in April last year. It didn’t grip me like the first revered Dark Souls, but it still made me sad to know it was all over. Where could I go now for my Souls fix? The answer,…

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The Electronic Wireless Show – IGF Special #4: Visual Storytelling

Podcast klaxon. The Electronic Wireless Show has recently awoken from the depths and has been going on a rampage, talking to developers like Tim Keenan of Duskers about science-fiction and Christine Love of Ladykiller in a Bind about sex, among many other industry sorts. We're like real radio journalists! In the final episode of this special run, we are talking to the makers of hack…

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3 years ago

Feature: Keeping you in the action

How Hyper Light Drifter’s Ammo Recharges Its Combat

This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites developers to discuss the inner workings of their games. This time, Hyper Light Drifter [official site]. Hyper Light Drifter is a game about exploring mysterious ruins and killing the monsters that inhabit them with ferocity and precision. Whether you favour a slash-slash-shoot, a dash-slash-slash-dash, or any other combination thereof, combat is built on a holy trio of…

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Feature: Responding to the hype

Hyper Light Drifter – A Mea Culpa, Further Thoughts

Last week I played Hyper Light Drifter [official site] and wrote my thoughts - thoughts stymied by reaching a boss I couldn't even get close to killing, and believing my progress was blocked. It seems I was wrong. Sorry about that. Due to a combination of incorrect assumptions I'd made while playing, and some poor communication from the game, I had failed to notice I…

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5 years ago

Feature: Again And Again

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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6 years ago

Feature: Catch The Drift?

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…

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Feature: Resuscitation

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…

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