You Got Some Metroid in My Guac...
In April of last year, the original Guacamelee! body slammed its way onto PlayStation platforms with much championing. It's over a year later and the team at DrinkBox Software are back at it again; this time with an expanded version of the game. Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition now finds itself on Wii U, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 with two new areas, all the downloadable content from the original PS3 and Vita release, and several new gameplay changes to make an incredible enhancement to an already incredible game.
In Pueblucho, a small village in the Mexican countryside, lives a farmer named Juan. When the evil Carlos Calaca storms into town, causing nothing but devastation and destruction in his wake, he nabs Juan's love interest, planning to sacrifice her in order to fuse the land of the living and the land of the dead. Through doing so, Calaca will control both lands and be unstoppable. Juan loses his life when he goes up against Calaca, sending the brave but foolish farmer to the land of the dead. It's there he comes across a mysterious yet helpful entity that gives him a magical mask, one that transforms him from the modest-looking Juan into a strong and formidable luchador!
|I always actually set to play the part of the damsel |
in distress, but John cancelled at the last minute.
The point here is that Guacamelee! STCE is unapologetic in poking fun at itself, its characters, its story, and even trends within gaming such as pre-order bonuses. This kind of writing remains strong throughout the game, from beginning to end.
Guacamelee! STCE is an inspired take on the formula that Metroid made popular. As is normal with this type of action-platformer, in Guacamelee! you slowly acquire new abilities and combat moves as your progress through the game. In this case, they're new wrestling maneuvers. These moves enable you to visit and access new areas of the map that you were previously unable to go.
|As the game progresses, new moves and|
new enemy types are introduced.
|Someone foolishly woke up the wrong|
beast from its beauty sleep!
|A cavalcade of carnage. Earn those hits!|
|Doesn't Juan know he's about to become a pancake?|
I guess it takes Juan to know Juan...
|A simple example but one that shows the types |
of platforming to be found in Guacamelee! STCE.
The team at DrinkBox Software should be commended for achieving a move set for Juan that works not only as a means to exterminate and out-muscle enemies in a combat setting, but also as something that is required to access new areas in the world of Guacamelee! STCE and see its bounty of secrets in a platforming and exploration setting.
Like any true Metroid-style game, Guacamelee! STCE comes packed with a profusion of optional backtracking. Unlike some games, the backtracking here is nowhere near as tedious as it could have been. The assistance of giant stone statue heads that allow you transport between them makes venturing to previously explored areas a simple task to do and one that offers no need to traverse all the way across the map just because. Backtracking can give you new upgrades, such as increased health and much more that are stored inside chests spread across Guacamelee! STCE's many lands.
|One of the two completely new areas|
within this expansion of Guacamelee!
All of the preceding features would make Guacamelee! STCE worth owning, but seals the deal are marvelous lavish good looks and stunning animations the game possesses. Backgrounds are painstakingly detailed, characters animate splendidly, and all of the small little touches add up to create a wonderful game world to explore and thoroughly enjoy. Guacamelee! STCE is another example that a powerful art style wins over powerful tech any day. Add in some infectious tunes and you have one game that is a force to be reckoned with.
|The attention to detail within the areas|
of the game are truly amazing.
[SPC Says: 9.25/10]