Hyper Light Drifter Review

Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Hyper Light Drifter by Heart Machine. I received a copy of the game for review purposes but like all of my reviews, this has no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.

Hyper Light Drifter follows a drifter who suffers from an illness as he travels the lands of Buried Time in search of a way to cure himself of his disease. The lands of Buried Time are quite vast and stretch north, south, west and east of a small village at the center of the land. Each area that you find yourself in is populated by vicious monsters and equally dangerous hazards. Friends are far and few between in this world but the drifter must press on if he is to rid himself of his illness.

The game utilizes an action RPG style combat system, much like the many classic 16 bit action RPGs. It’s recommended that you use a controller for the game as well because I tried the keyboard and mouse controls and they’re pretty bad. They’re setup like a top down shooter and where you point the cursor is where you dodge, it makes little sense and it’s quite aggravating trying to play with KB+M.

The game is quite challenging and shows no mercy, enemies are numerous and they hit hard too. They’re often quite relentless in their assault as well and you’ll need to time your dodges and attacks well. One thing that makes the combat system difficult is the slight delay after the drifter swings his sword 3 times so it doesn’t chain combos together very well which then leaves you open to attack.

Some areas of the game are meant to be explored with upgraded abilities due to the strength of enemies and the amount of hazards that you face. The eastern area is the easiest and most relaxed of the 4 areas so that’s a good place to start.

There’s also a checkpoint system that autosaves your progress so if you die, you’ll start at the last save point you reached.

Overall, Hyper Light Drifter is a beautiful game that features a gorgeous art style, a superb soundtrack and some very challenging gameplay. The game can be pretty aggravating at times though and the keyboard and mouse controls were incredibly disappointing. It’s a pretty good game though and if you enjoy retro style action RPG’s then this game is worth checking out.

Thanks for taking the time to read this short review folks and I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!

-Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!

Hyper Light Drifter












Features of Interest

  • Beautiful Art Style
  • Great Soundtrack
  • Good Combat System
  • Challenging Gameplay

Worth Mentioning

  • Keyboard and Mouse Controls Are Terrible
  • Can Get Aggravating
  • Challenging Gameplay

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