Review: Hyper Light Drifter

I have been excited about this game since I first heard about it and when I saw the dark opening cutscene, I got excited because this is what I have been waiting for.

I am doing a review for yet another 3rd person Indie game and I am excited to tell you about it.

I played Hyper Light Drifter on Steam with an Xbox controller but it is also for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.

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Hyper Light Drifter is an action adventure RPG that is set in a land with lots of treasure and blood. There are people called “Drifters” and they are the collectors of forgotten histories and lost technology. The Drifter we control is haunted by an illness and he is traveling into the lands of Buried Time to discover a way to cure his illness.

It is one of those games where you have to find out what the plot is. There is no dialogue or any type of words in this game besides the tutorial given to you.

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The 16-bit aesthetics and environment is what I adore the most. Detailed, subtle, and full of secrets. Very colorful, mostly in bright teal and hot pink colors. I love the ominous atmosphere and the soundtrack is dark and brooding, which is perfect for this type of game.

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Throughout the game, the Drifter coughs up blood every now and then the more you progress. The enemies are extremely ruthless and numerous so they will overwhelm you and this game definitely reminds me of Dark Souls because I swear I died so much near the beginning of this game. The fighting style is easy to learn but difficult to master and there are many hazards in the game that will crush you or tear you apart.

Also, there is an Auto-Save feature which is a must for this type of game where you die a lot. There is also a fast traveling or warping system you can use to travel back and forth. You’d have to find the warping plates on your journey through the game, though. In order to communicate with townspeople or open doors, there is a “ping hub” that follows you around like Navi from The Legend of Zelda. The hub doesn’t talk but it will give you options to talk, pick up items, and open doors.

Beautiful, but dangerous game. I like it a lot. This game is definitely something I’ve been waiting for since I heard about it in early 2016. Even though I’m just now playing it in 2017, this game is still worth it.

 

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