The first game from indie developer Heart Machine, Hyper Light Drifter, is a lovely homage to the 8 and 16 bit games of old. While I’ve never been to keen on the Zelda franchise, Hyper Light Drifter manages to couple the exploration of the old Zelda games while weaving fun hack-and-slash mechanics into its framework.
Everything from the music to the visual aesthetic is completely on point, not a single squanders the games beauty.
From the moment I booted the game up and the intro started playing I was instantly hooked. The opening cutscenes is, for lack of a better phrase, the most metal fucking intro I’ve ever seen. The ungodly amounts of hype (heh) that was building within me was almost unfair. It’s such a beautifully crafted intro that shows the struggles of our main hero as he traverses an acid fueled post-apocalyptic landscape. Some of the stills from the intro were so fantastic that I almost considered making them my background.
I really love everything about this game from a design perspective. Everything feels so lovingly crafted and exceptionally well thought out. The writing is just good enough to get you from one location to another. It reminded me a lot of another game, Bastion. The story is delivered similarly to Dark Souls, wherein the actual story is never really told to you. It also relies heavily on theory crafting and speculation. I’d recommend going and visiting the r/hyperlightdrifter subreddit since they go into way more detail. Basically, you play as The Drifter, a member of an artificial species that specializes in the recovery of long forgotten technology from ancient civilizations. That’s the basic gist of it but definitely go check out the subreddit because they go into way more depth and I don’t want to spoil a lot of the story since it’s very interesting.
Just about every facet of this game is of the masterclass. Lovingly designed and crafted, this is one of those games that come once in a blue moon and sweeps away the competition. There’s secrets galore making this one of the most replayable games available, and you’ll want to be going back the minute the credits begin rolling.
Get this game, it’s a rare gem in an ever expanding sea of monotony.
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