Hyper Light Drifter – First Thoughts

Every so often I’ll buy a game based on a trailer or a YouTube video where I just love the look and feel of it.

This is one of those times. The 16bit loveliness, the great soundtrack and the enigmatic mystery of Hyper Light Drifter was enough for me to make an impulse purchase on Steam.

I may have clicked too soon.

The game really does look great and the music is indeed awesome, the whole feel of the universe you are thrown in to is instantly appealing and you really want to learn more. Heart Machine have made a game that feels like a labour of love and has the detail and complexity you would expect from something they’ve clearly poured their efforts into. But it isn’t perfect.

it can be frustrating in that you often feel you’re not getting everything the game has to offer

However, the game makes a point of being obtuse. It’s clear that you will be spoon fed the precious little info you’ll get in the form of still images and a collection of pictographic icons. It’s just about enough to get what’s going on, but it can be frustrating in that you often feel you’re not getting everything the game has to offer.

My other issue is that I’m not very good at games and this is a real toughy. You wander into small battle arenas where you get locked in and have to clear out all your foes before you can get back out into the wider world again. Sometimes I found myself ill prepared and under-powered. There is a balance of difficulty and frustration and sometime HLD tips too far on the side of difficulty.

there is something great in here. I’ve just got to work out how to find it

I am only an hour in and will keep on trucking, I feel there is something great in here. I’ve just got to work out how to find it.

Si

MD, Editor in Chief, Editor etc etc etc of idiotgamer.co.uk Enjoys, RPGs, PES and being crap at shooters.

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