Review: Hyper Light Drifter // PC

Beautiful in its simplicity, yet complex and haunting in its atmosphere. This game looks and sounds fantastic, especially with the recent 60 fps patch. It has extremely satisfying combat, a mysterious world, and provides one of the most natural senses of discovery I have ever seen in a game.

As someone who usually grows annoyed and exhausted with adventure games which require a lot of exploring, I still never went and picked up a walkthrough. This is not to say exploring was easy, but discovery never felt cheap. It felt like I was discovering things at a good enough pace, and was being rewarded well for doing so. I never grew frustrated with the exploring, and the questions I had about where to go and what to do naturally unfolded itself in front of me.

This game believes in the player, and does everything with confidence. The satisfying thud of your character throwing their sword into the ground after a long fought boss battle provides a wonderful burst of joy. Such a moment: So short, yet so satisfying, stylish, and empowering, is the epitome of all that is Hyper Light Drifter.

Although a fairly small package, Drifter feels like a concentrated mixture of everything good in a Zelda-like adventure game. It’s a brutal and colorful delight.

Score: 4/5

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