Hyper Light Drifter

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Based on 59 critic reviews
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Sep 11, 2016

As soon as I am given the reins I am instantly amazed by the beautiful pixel art and the character animations are gorgeous. The movement is fluid and combat move animations just flow so well.

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7.2 / 10.0
Apr 9, 2016

Hyper Light Drifter undoubtedly stands tall amongst its competition, as not only one of the best retro-inspired indie games to date, but simply one of the better overall indie games I've had the pleasure of playing.

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85 / 100
Sep 14, 2016

Hyper Light Drifter is the Indie game that we needed this year after a good amount of just plain old disappointing entries in the Indie scene. It's not perfect, but you WILL remember it if you play it, and if you can get past the difficulty, it'll be one of the most enjoyable experiences you play all year.

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Apr 1, 2016

Its brilliance goes well beyond its brazen art style and extends to a challenging but highly rewarding combat system.

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Nov 3, 2016

Since the initial release of the game, two features have been added to Hyper Light Drifter. Shortly after release, a drop in, drop out local co-op mode was added, alleviating some of the difficulty issues for players with helpful friends. Even more helpful for players who found the game too tough is the more recently added Newcomer mode which disables some achievements but gives players more health and ammo at the start of the game.

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Geeks Under Grace
Daniel Rodrigues-Martin
9.2 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2017

Highly-recommended purchase for fans of the Action-RPG genre, people who gamed in the 90’s, and anyone wishing to study video games as art. And with such a low price tag, Hyper Light Drifter is a no-brainer.

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4 / 5.0
Sep 27, 2018

While the story and graphics didn't strike me in the right way, the gameplay and challenge were fantastic. It's hard to make a comparison with this game, but that is due to its uniqueness and style.

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8 / 10
Dec 29, 2016

[Hyper Light Drifter] imaginatively exudes...personal ruminations on loneliness, pain, and temporality across its story, visuals, and audio. However, silver linings of beauty and perseverance can be found between the dark lines of its thematic consistency. Further substance comes from its full world that will quicken your heart rate with its hyper combat or lower it with calming treks and views that captivate. This is an adventure that may feel too safe and even aimless for differing reasons, but you'll never want to lose sight of the light on the horizon that compels you to keep wandering…drifting onward.

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9.5 / 10.0
Aug 3, 2017

It's hard but it's worth it

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Sep 24, 2018

Hyper Light Drifter's a tough game and for that, it won't be for everyone. But if it already has your interest, your admiration, or your love, then it has – all hyperbole aside – found a perfect home on the Nintendo Switch.

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