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So with the last unlocks, I decided to keep Chasm. Turned out to be the right decision. Even traded for a copy got my friend and he's liking it too.
So I got to wondering what SG thinks about these kind of games and what are your favorite ones?
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I'm not a huge fan of metroidvanias, but I sure did like Ori and Iconoclasts.
Personally, I love them ^_^ And indeed, I've been finding Chasm enjoyable as well.
There are many great titles, as the genre has been very well explored, but here are some of my favorites...
^ this plus the Guacamelee games are my favourites aswell :)
nothing beats hollow knight
Totally agree! It was actually the game that turned Metroidvanias into one of my favorite genres... strange as it may seem, before winning and playing Hollow Knight here I had never really dedicated much time to them, and had always dismissed them as simple platformers. The feeling of discovery, wonder and accomplishment just won me over.
The narrative, artwork, sound design and ambiance of HK really shine through, in the labor of love it truly is. Silksong is eagerly awaited.
Castlevania (GameBoy advance, use emulators)
Metroid Fusion (GBA too)
+1 for Axiom Verge
And this one if you want something different :D
Absolutely love the genre. The unfolding of the map as you unlock more abilities that let you traverse areas previously unavailable is just such a satisfying loop to me as well as the close encounters melee combat that many of them feature. My favorites are Castlevania Symphony of the Night, Hollow Knight, and Ori and the Blind Forest. SOTN is a legendary game that still stands the test of time with its timeless visuals, engaging gameplay, evocative orchestral music, and genius level design(and some terrible voice acting that carries a certain charm :P).
Hollow Knight though absolutely blew me away and it topples SOTN for me as my personal favorite of the genre. It just excels on every level and has the luxury of looking at past games of the genre while implementing new ideas and mechanics and expanding already existing ones. It's got a lot of SOTN, some Souls elements and level design, and such an ominous yet beautiful atmosphere with a world oozing with character and mystery that'll reward you for being inquisitive when it comes to talking to NPCs and exploring the world. The game offers a great challenge as well. Definitely very difficult at times, but never unfair imo. I just can't damn wait for Silksong(sequel).
Ori is absolutely beautiful as well with a great soundtrack. There is some ranged combat, but it's a bit more platforming heavy than the other two(an amazing platformer at that). Game really tugs on the heartstrings too. A great choice as well with a sequel coming out next year.
But above all else, if you enjoy metrdoivania's you really owe it to yourself to give Hollow Knight a try, I'm sure you'll love it :). I personally believe it to be the pinnacle of the genre.
I really like the genre. Also some good examples; aside from mentioned above
https://store.steampowered.com/app/340000/Headlander/ - This one is from my wins and has a cool mechanic to change bodies.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/393520/Iconoclasts/ - Haven't bought it yet but i will.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/252030/Valdis_Story_Abyssal_City/ - This game is hard but it's so well done.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/535480/Sundered_Eldritch_Edition/ - This one is also good but i didn't like it towards to end.
Also I am really interested in Chasm too. If i win from SG i will play it also.
+1 for Iconoclasts! great game
Last Metroidvania I really enjoyed was Ori and the Blind Forest. But I also really enjoyed these as well.
Big fan of the genre.
Dead Cells (albeit is somewhat different in its mechanics)
Hollow Knight (one of the best games of this decade)
I love action platformers (doesn't have to be strictly Metroidvanias), hands down my favorite genre in games. I'm so happy that in roughly 4 months Ori and the Will of the Wisps will come out.. and that I don't have to worry about any store exclusivity. Another Ori game is a gaming dream come true for me.
Soo... Ori and the Blind Forst, Hollow Knight, Salt and Sanctuary, Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight & Owlboy are my favorites, so far. (I personally don't count Dead Cells as a metroidvania, but if you do, yea I love that game)
The Messenger & Yoku's Island Express were my least favorite... Yoku only gets that spot though because turns out I just don't like pinball, at all. The Messenger was just extremely boring and didn't have any character to it, don't know how to explain it. (the review ratings are good, but I've read a couple that agree with me)
My favorite's are already mentioned above by others but I would like to add:
Oh, I LOVED Dust.
Whatever happened to Dust 2?
he was supposed to make a movie alongside the first game. Even that one never happened.
I think my favorite Castlevania is Circle of the Moon.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
RotN is indeed a Metroidvania, but CotM isn't. CotM plays more like the first Castlevanias, specifically Castlevania III Dracula's Curse. There were no RPG elements nor any kind of backtracking in it.
Bloodstained for me was a game I was pretty hyped about, but after it came out and I saw the finished product, it felt somewhat underwhelming. The 2.5 style and graphics don't feel really fitting for metroidvanias, and then there were the whole "balancing" updates, which to me are kind of nonsensical in a single-player game.
While I'd get the game, it needs a pretty big discount to convince me.
I was really hyped about Chasm back when they had a kickstarter going for it. The hype died over the years but I was happy to see it in the bundle. I actually started playing it today and so far I like it.
I haven't played a lot of metroidvanias (but I will eventually since I've gotten several good ones now) but my current favorites are:
Dust: An Elysian Tail which has amazing artstyle and animations. Combat and gameplay were pretty great too, as well as pretty much everything else about the game. It's a masterpiece, it really is.
Gun Girl 2 is a free game I played very long time ago when it wasn't on Steam. I remember it being quite fun, with good level designs and enjoyable carnage.
Yoku's Island Express which is a quite unique take on the genre where pinball mechanics are your main means of progressing through most of the game. It has amazing artstyle and is pretty interesting. I did quit playing this one though because I don't like some mechanics that were introduced later on, like swinging which goes way too fast for me so I often screw those sections up.
Pretty tough cookie (well, at least some parts for me), but overall a really well crafted game with amazing graphics and music:
Edit: And it's on sale right now ;)
One day I WILL get that game. Need to hold on to some money right now. Next game I plan buying is FF XV on a good sale,
But I see now that Monster Boy has a demo so sweet! I LOVE the franchise.
Second reply- Just tried the demo. I loved it. But even more, I love, love, love, love, LOVE the music. Takes me back to the days of yore when devs cared more about the games than they did about money.
Yup, it's a game made by people who love what they are doing for sure. I just wish the volcano world would be a bit easier ;) Seriously though, this game is a gem!
My favorites are Dust: an Elysian Tail, Owlboy, Dead Cells, Hollow Knight and Ori and the blind forest.
Those are the recurrent answer you'll get for this genre
Here are some more metroidvania that I personally enjoyed and didn't see mentioned by others:
a robot named fight
Rogue Legacy is my favourite.
Oh yeah Ghost 1.0 is really enjoyable i forgot the mention.
Won't spoil anything.
So I just finished Indivisible https://store.steampowered.com/app/421170/Indivisible/ Also watch this soundtrack-trailer if you like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H08y7_AFygU
I think anyone who claims to like the genre and hasn't played La-Mulana is a coward :^)
or just not the best archaeologist
you can't be a true archeologist until you spend hours in La-Mulana running around in circles eventually developing a headache and resorting to a guide to proceed in shameful defeat just repeat the exact same process again after a few minutes
I have a personal rule to not buy sequels without having finished the first entry.
So i haven't bought La-mulana 2 yet.
Yes, im a terrible archeologist and i feel ashamed of myself.
But i think i will break the rule this time.
THIS GAME IS ABSOLUTE GENIOUS
I like the genre. Most popular titles are already mentioned so I wil just add this:
Happy Cake Day!
I forgot to add in that I'm also having fun with Blasphemous. It's not easy but still a good game.
Still trying to trade for that spare for my friend, but I digress. Damn ST.
Metroidvania is without question one of my favorite genres, if not my overall favorite. I'm in the process of finally finishing up Hollow Knight in preparation for Silksong (just got a couple of endgame things to wrap up and tackle the Godmaster DLC), and it easily places into my top 5 games of all time.
I struggled a bit to find suggestions, as most of the ones that I enjoyed have already been mentioned, but I would be remiss not to mention The Messenger and Cave Story, two fantastic titles that should not be missed.
Edit: adding a couple more I thought of that I liked.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/401360/The_Aquatic_Adventure_of_the_Last_Human/ (For me, this one just barely ticks the box to be considered Metroidvania; I'd say it's about as much of one as, say, Titan Souls or Shadow of the Colossus. Still, I found it to be decently enjoyable and worth picking up, though I would only recommend doing so when it's on sale.)
Some are better than others, that's for sure.
Axiom Verge was pretty good, but not everyone will like the weird sci-fi meets hindusim themes.
Strider (2014) is a lot more action-focused than most, but is a good game too.
Shadow Complex gets a lot of credit for revitalizing the genre.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is solid, but most of the fun there is seeing what sort of ridiculously over-powered combos you can find.
La-Mulana 1 and 2 have a strong focus on puzzle solving, and I dare anyone to finish them without using a 3rd-party guide. (You will be writing your own if you want to succeed...)
I recommend it. Full of secrets and references to the 8-bits era. Hard as hell, though.