The genre of “platformer exploration” or “platformer adventure” or, as we all call them now, Metroidvania. This genre has flourished over the past decade and has spawned some incredible 2D games, several of which could rival the fathers of this denomination. But for this list, we wanted to leave out Samus and Alucard, so we could pick the best Metroidvanias without Metroid or Castlevania on the list. With this in mind, let’s take a look at our personal selection, put to consensus by the writing team.
10. Shadow complex
With Xbox Live Arcade in 2009, Shadow Complex was the right game at the right time to reinvigorate the Metroidvania genre. An excellent blend of sci-fi action with a captivating story, satisfying progression, and 2.5-D perspective, it offers one of the best aesthetics we’ve seen in the genre to date. It was a refreshing update on a beloved playstyle that, in 2009 at least, seemed to have fallen out of favor with developers and the general public. It would become one of the best-selling Xbox Live Arcade games of all time, and a remastered version made its way to PC and consoles years later.
Blasphemous introduces you to the sprawling and hauntingly beautiful Cvstodia, a 16-bit world packed with secrets in every corner. Despite its beauty, it is also a world overrun with truly horrible and difficult bosses blocking your way. And to make things more complicated and ultimately more rewarding, Blasphemous torments players with items and upgrades that are often out of reach. These are almost always accompanied by a dormant part of the environment that becomes instantly recognizable, prompting him to seek a way to turn roots into bridges or bloodways into platforms. The quest to uncover these environmentally transforming relics is almost as fascinating as progressing through the main Blasphemous story, ensuring that you rarely want to leave a stone unturned as you explore one of the genre’s most memorable lands.
8. Yoku’s Island Express
Just like olive oil and ice cream are somehow an oddly complementary duo, Yoku’s Island Express combines two wildly different game flavors to create something totally unique. Yoku takes the complexity of a Metroidvania and applies it to the rigid structure of pinball. It forces players to rethink everything they know about platforming, with the movement a combination of familiar 2D navigation and pinball elements. It makes that amazing mix work perfectly in an amazing video game.
The icing on this bizarre mix of genres is his approach: We are the new postman on a small tropical island, and mostly we are there to deliver mail. Hand-painted art style, clever writing, and upbeat melodies keep you smiling as you develop your skills to advance in the unexpected but memorable world of Yoku.
7. Cave of history
Cave Story was created by a single developer, Daisuke “Pixel” Amaya. It’s worth mentioning because Cave Story is a great achievement, with a sprawling world, a fascinating story, and characters that it’s impossible not to love. Unique weapons and a world that is filled to the brim with creativity, every part of Cave Story feels made with care and love. But don’t let the cute cast fool you, because Cave Story will break your heart and make it right when the journey is over. Decades later, Cave Story still feels like a treasure. It’s easy to download and play today and at an unbeatable price.
6. Axiom Verge
It’s no wonder fans have been eagerly awaiting Axiom Verge 2, given the skill with which Axiom Verge presents itself as a love letter to the Metroidvanias of the past. Designed by a single developer, the adventure provides players with an inventive arsenal of weapons and abilities. But this throwback never feels dated as you pierce, teleport, and use nuclear weapons throughout your adventure in the alien world of Sudra. Combine that with a fantastic sense of progression that makes going back and discovering new areas a constant joy and an intriguing and mysterious plot. Axiom Verge is easily one of the best Metroidvanias out there. It may be inspired by games released years ago, but it may be among the best of that era or any other.
5. Steamworld Dig 2
Steamworld Dig 2 isn’t the only Metroidvania on this list that sends you exploring underground. That digging game loop is a blast though – drill as much as you can, head back to town to collect resources, upgrade your gear, and you’ll be (happily) ready to do it again. It’s so satisfying that it’s easy to slip into the “just one more lap” mentality and finish all night. The controls are so finely tuned that any movement in the caves is smooth and enjoyable, just like the act of mining in the game. We added some optional puzzle rooms with rewards and Steamworld Dig 2 turns into a Metroidvania you don’t want to rebury.
4. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is the closest we get to cheating in the no-Castlevania rule, but it’s too good an experience to ignore. Koji Igarashi, father of the genre, set out to make a new game in the vein of the most beloved Castlevania, and for Dracula he succeeded. This kickstarter success story takes elements from all the great Castlevania games and combines them in one place. Utilize the Symphony of the Night gear system with quality of life changes, which means the menu isn’t horrible, the shard system that lets you take on the magical abilities of enemies a la Aria / Dawn of Sorrow, and more. Add the option to play as a completely different character after completing it, tons of hidden content, and a host of other intriguing inclusions – Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night taps into that special late-90s / early-2000s era of Castlevania that is. loved by many for creating something interesting in her own right.
3. Guacamelee 2
Guacamelee 2 improves on almost every aspect of the original work, expanding on what worked with new abilities, a ridiculous new meta-story, and a delightful Metroidvania from start to finish.
What makes Guacamelee 2 so smart is its combination of level design and platforming. Basically, all your actions, from the uppercuts that propel you upwards to the lateral lunges, work in two aspects: the combination of the correct attacks against certain enemies is essential to accumulate combos and survive the combat sections, but all those movements They are also required to perform the platform sections. And as you explore the world of Guacamelee 2, discovering more of its map as Juan the Fighter or Juan the Chicken, don’t ignore the optional side challenges you’ll come across: they are some of the toughest but most incredible in Guacamelee 2.
Add in a new hook skill, unlockable skill trees that encourage you to explore more of its wonderful and vibrant world, and some genuinely funny stories, and Guacamelee 2 can make you cry with laughter and despair in its most difficult phases.
2. Ori and the will of the Wisps
Any of Ori’s games could have landed comfortably on the list, but the sequel, Will of the Wisps, has impressive gameplay and makes it more robust. No other series looks or sounds like Ori, with a beautiful world filled with vibrant landscapes and strange creatures complemented by some of the best musical pieces in the industry. Flowing through those areas with your diverse set of movement skills can almost become Zen practice.
Will of the Wisps elevates all of the aspects that made the first game great, in part by borrowing some ideas from the first game on this list. The introduction of equippable items to enhance your preferred play style and a lovable little town for you to grow up full of friendly faces adds more layers and nuances to the world and your character. Their combat is also more developed, along with an even grander and more ambitious story than the original. Ori stands out from what most people usually imagine when they think of a Metroidvania thanks to its warm and welcoming look, but it’s that unique take on a well-explored genre that makes it stand out from the rest. Well, except one.
1. Hollow knight
Even including the Castlevania and Metroid games on the list, Hollow Knight would probably be pretty close to the top. It’s a Metroidvania that takes influence and inspiration from many other works, but combines those concepts with countless new ideas of its own to make something truly incredible. And it’s the combination of all those individual parts that makes the set that much more impressive: its charming hand-drawn art style, haunting soundtrack, flexible combat systems, satisfying movement mechanics, and mysterious catacombs. .and we could continue.
Hollow Knight is full of decisions, from choosing to go left or right first, to deciding whether or not to challenge an imposing optional boss, to figuring out which of his avalanche of enchantments he should use to tweak his playstyle. As a result, its exploration and unlocks feel personal, providing a natural sense of progression to its meticulously designed hallways. And don’t let the appearance of its little bugs fool you – the world of Hollow Knight is a sprawling underground maze that gives you enough paths to pursue and creative enemies to fight to keep you exploring for dozens of hours. Hollow Knight is without a doubt a modern classic.
Two queens for Marvel: Olivia Colman and Emilia Clarke join ‘Secret Invasion’, the series about the Skrulls for Disney +
‘Secret Invasion’ just added two queens and I think we can already talk about one of the most interesting projects of Wonderful. Olivia colman, monarch in “The Favorite” and “The Crown”, and Emilia clarke, the queen of “Game of Thrones”, are about to join the series that Marvel Studios is preparing for Disney +.
The two actresses would join a cast that already includes Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn and Kingsley Ben-Adir. Let’s remember that Mendelsohn was already presented as the Skrull Talos in ‘Captain Marvel’, where he coincided with Jackson giving life to a younger version of the Nick Fury that we had seen until then (the film took place in the 90s).
As for Kingsley, Ben-Adir (not to be confused with veteran Ben Kingsley) is playing the villain, but no details about the character have been revealed. I’d bet on a crazy Skrull leader who wants to win back the honor of his people and conquer Earth to make it his new home.
There is also no information on the story beyond that it revolves around the Skrulls, a race of aliens who change in a way have been using their abilities for years to infiltrate Earth. This may explain the strange behavior of some celebrities …
“Secret Invasion” is written by Kyle bradstreet And, at the moment, it does not have a release date but it is expected to be ready by 2022.
Square Enix Says Company Not For Sale Following Acquisition Rumors
Square Enix has said it will not consider selling the company, and has not received any offers after a report indicated that “multiple” potential buyers were interested in an acquisition.
CTFN reported that two bankers had indicated that several potential buyers were interested in buying the developer / publisher behind Final Fantasy and Outriders. The news was subsequently reported by Bloomberg Japan, prompting Square Enix to respond.
“Bloomberg reported today that there is interest from various buyers in acquiring Square Enix,” a press release reads. “However, this report is not based on any announcement by Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. We do not consider selling the company or any part of its business, nor have we received any offer from a third party to acquire the company or any part of its business. deal. “.
Of course, both sides of this story may be true: There may well be Square Enix stakeholders, and Square Enix may not be willing to sell the company. That said, analyst David Gibson pointed to the idea that they could be bankers trying to “boost business” at Square Enix.
To back Gibson’s idea, Bloomberg later reported that Square Enix shares rose 12% after the report was released, its biggest rise in eight months.
Video game acquisitions have been big business recently. In fact, in the last year alone, Microsoft bought ZeniMax Media for $ 7.5 billion. For its part, Epic Games bought Mediatonic (Fall Guys) and EA acquired Codemasters after Take-Two showed interest in the developer.
What’s more, Japan has been seen as the natural next step for some of the major gaming companies. And Xbox CEO Phil Spencer recently denied the idea that Microsoft was in contact with various developers in Japan for possible acquisitions. On the other hand, Sony has had to counter the idea that the company is bypassing Japan, although we have recently seen the historic Japan Studio reorganize the company this year, causing a massive exodus of developers.
Amazon cancels MMORPG Lord of the Rings after dispute with Tencent
An Amazon spokesperson confirmed that following Tencent’s acquisition of Leyou, “they have not been able to secure the terms to continue with this title at this time.” Amazon has canceled its MMORPG game set in The Lord of the Rings that was originally announced in 2019.
As reported by Bloomberg, Amazon Game Studios was developing the game with Leyou Technologies Holdings Ltd, a Chinese studio that was bought by Tencent in December 2020.
Negotiations between Amazon and Tencent have sparked a dispute that has ended resulting in the cancellation of the game.
An Amazon spokesperson confirmed that following Tencent’s acquisition of Leyou, “they have not been able to secure the terms to continue with this title at this time.”
The development team will be moving to other projects, and Amazon shared its disappointment at not being able to carry out this ambitious project.
“We love the Lord of the Rings franchise and are disappointed that we are unable to bring this game to fans,” said an Amazon spokesperson.
This game joins Breakaway and Crucible as other projects canceled by Amazon Game Studios, which in turn was the subject of another Bloomberg report detailing the dysfunction and struggles the studio has been grappling with in the recent past.
Amazon is still working on an MMORPG in development called New World, although so far it has been subject to several delays and is now scheduled to launch next August 2021. We were able to test New World a few months ago and we will tell you what this ambitious looked like draft.
For fans disappointed by this cancellation, they should know that Turbine’s Lord of the Rings Online is still running and they can still look forward to the series that Amazon is developing for Prime Video, in addition to the Lord of the Rings: Gollum game that is. also outside. Developing.