Hyper Light Drifter Review

Hyper Light Drifter is a nod to classic 16bit Action Adventure RPG games, with modern game mechanics. With upgrade-able weapons and character, plenty of challenges and secrets lay within the dark savage land. So is Hyper Light Drifter a game you should buy in a flash, or should you let it drift off into the darkness? Read on to find out..

  • Dev: Heart Machine
  • Pub: Heart Machine
  • Release Date: 26/7/16
  • PEGI Rating: 12
  • Players: 1-2 local
  • Download size: 1.24 GB
  • Genre: Action RPG
  • Price: £15.99
  • Hyper Light Drifter is an 2D Action RPG, The colour scheme of Hyper Light Drifter is very vibrant and unique considering its based in a post-apocalyptic world which has been engulfed with a evil force which mainly derives with the colour black. The pixel graphics that Hyper Light Drifter has to me makes the game look so much more compelling to play and even though it seems a quite innocent game from a glance it is much more graphic and stressful while playing.

    Hype Light Drifter is much more of a game made for the art rather than the narrative of the game as there is no voice which tells you what to do and personal stories of characters within Hyper Light Drifter tell their stories through images rather than text; this is a very unique way to direct a game and makes you really think about the lore and makes the replay value much higher, as you will want to play more of the game to try and catch out or see any other hints or lore related things you didn’t before. Personally I think without any dialogue, even if it was done to a good standard, it makes Hyper Light Drifter so much more immersive with only the atmospheric music and very limited text (All hints/Notifications) This could be seen as a con to some people who like to be told what to do and be hand held through a game but this game is very much throwing you into the wind and saying “Find out yourself” which is hardly a thing in most recent games I have played, which is why I enjoy this so much as it makes you invest more time into looking around and actually finding the secrets intended by the developers.

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    Hyper Light Drifter is riddled with secrets in the most unexpected places and with Hyper Light Drifter giving you enough curiosity as it is making you look through every nook and cranny for any source of information about lore on the main character, or information on what to do next. You end up with countless amounts of collectables and the odd new weapon, also a new character telling you about what happened to them and others within the area that they are in. All the characters you come across too are interesting, like the vendors within the town, all are unique just as the characters that you meet outside of the central town.

    As for the enemies in Hyper Light Drifter there’s not much variety, but enough to keep you on your toes when you enter a new section of the map and for the bosses that are within Hyper Light Drifter, all of them are special and even though the difficulty varies drastically, I feel that it depends on what you are good at in RPG hack ‘n slash games, I sometimes had to brute force my way through a boss with constantly attacking simply because I wasn’t fast enough to dodge the attacks which can be frustrating for hardcore gamers that wish to 100% this game as there is an achievement for completing the game without dying, and that itself adds to the replay value, as unless you are a pro at these types of games then you will more than likely be playing through this game again to get all the achievements. Another thing that Hyper Light Drifter has covered is NG+ (New Game +) to entice you to play the game again but with added difficulty.

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    The animations from attacking, to basic interaction is so smooth it feels like its not even a pixel game at all, and moving onto character customization, when you collect enough “Gearbits” to upgrade your characters abilities, from movement to melee attacking or the amount of bullets you can carry/shoot from your guns, and how many health packs or grenades you can carry, this also can vary your play style. If you want to be a ranged attacker or an up close and swift moving attacker, it all dependent on how you upgrade your character.

    You also can unlock more clothing for your character and the little companion robot that follows you around, by simply getting more collectables or finishing the story. The soundtrack of Hyper Light Drifter is beautifully composed, as it encapsulates the feelings of that moment within the game, and the areas of the game that have different music, fit that area well and I could sit and listen to the music of this game for hours on end as it’s not only relaxing, but can be also quite tense and emotional at the same time, which all wraps up well with the story telling and overall amazing ending to this mysterious and wonderful gem of a game.

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    A download code was provided for this review
    8.9
    Gameplay 9
    Graphics 9
    Audio 9
    Replay Value 8.5
    Value for Money 9
    Hyper Light Drifter

    Summary: Hyper Light Drifter is a Challenging, yet very immersive game. I would seriously recommend it to anyone willing to throw themselves into a unknowing world of frustration, mystery and beauty. Or are looking for something different to get their teeth in to.

    • Amazing Colours
    • Unique story telling
    • Smooth controls
    • Good customization
    • Beautiful Soundtrack
    • Very little is hinted at what you need to do
    • Quite hard to progress sometimes

    About The Author


    Generally i like to play any type of game,however i play MOBAS, Platforming games and dungeon crawlers which is what i mainly play in my spare time.

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