I’m Kinglink and that’s right, it’s time for the Humble Choice August 2021 Review.
It’s my birthday month, and as a present, I got a Humble Choice with 2 games I already own. But that’s not a bad thing because they’re two of my favorite games and I get a chance to discuss them. It may even have changed my opinion on one.
As always I play the Humble Choice games for one hour, and compile my opinions, who I think should play them or enjoy them and who should skip. With that said, let’s get started with the first game I already own, and the biggest game this month.
Hob is a perfect example of a type of game I dislike. Rather it’s a type of game whose fanbases’ cry bothers me. I constantly hear “it’s Zelda.” and as a guy named Kinglink, I have to listen to that.
But no… Hob isn’t Zelda, Hob is far from Zelda and what’s worse is I keep hearing about the amazingness of Hob, yet, I heavily disagree with that assessment. Hob is a game whose style might be amazing, but the game design at its core and the level of polish is so problematic, that I struggle to understand anything positive said about it.
I’m Kinglink and today we’re going to talk about two titans of the rogue-lite genre. In one corner we have a game considered the best of all time, Dead Cells, which is an absolute powerhouse. But there’s a new contender in Hades, which has just left early access last month and is absolutely knocking it out of the park. So how does Dead Cells compare to Hades?
If you want to stop me and tell me how these two games can’t be compared for some reason, that’s the point. This isn’t supposed to be two very similar games but instead, it’s a chance to look at what makes each of these popular games different and perhaps figure out which is the best, or the one you should try next.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate was originally a 3DS title but has since been released for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 (7 months after launch), and since I’m talking about it, Steam (1 year after launch). It’s a middle title that fits between Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and the sequel Lords of Shadows 2.
There’s a lot of different Castlevanias out there, and unfortunately, Mirror of Fate is going to be compared to many of them, especially considering what the story involves. Any game in a franchise that has been around since the days of the NES will have a long lineage to live up to.
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Hello, Luchadors. I’m Kinglink and I’m here to review Guacamelee 2 developed and published by Drinkbox Studios.
Guacamelee is back, and with the original game being a Metroidvania with its own flair and style, a sequel is quite welcome. The original Guacamelee game focused on Mexican culture, with a heavy focus on Luchador wrestlers, Day of the Dead and similar celebrations. The sequel not only continues these traditions but improves on them.
Played on Windows
Also available on Playstation 4, and Switch.
The Messenger has continued to be heralded as an important Metroidvania and Platformer of last year, as a fan of both genres it has remained on my radar, and finally, I had an opening and picked up The Messenger and have now played through it. So is it actually a great Metroidvania and Platformer? Let’s see.
Played on Windows.
Also Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
Disclosure (Kickstarter) at the end.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night started as a Kickstarter in May of 2015, claiming to bring a new game from Koji Igarashi, creator of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and was funded in under 24 hours and went on to be one of the largest Kickstarters of all time earning over five million dollars. It’s been over 4 years since then, it finally was released, but has it delivered on its promise?
Played on Windows
Also Available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, macOS, Linux, Switch, and Xbox One.
Disclosure at the end of the review (Kickstarter).
Four years ago, I saw a game named Timespinner that promised to deliver a Metroidvania style in the same vein as Mega man X and Castlevania. While they didn’t say that, I read this as a successor to Symphony of the Night. Being a young(er) naive man, I backed the game without much thought because “I like Metroidvanias”. It also was going to be out in November 2015, so it’ll be a quick turn around. Yeah… I don’t back Kickstarters anymore for a lot of reasons, but let’s see if Timespinner lived up to its promises.