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The Metroidvania genre of gaming is making a comeback. This 2D adventure genre (sometimes within an RPG framework) was made popular by the obviously named Metroid and Castlevania series of games of old, which featured a sprawling world that would gradually unlock the further you progressed. Along the way, as you explored the side scrolling nooks and crannies you would encounter challenging enemies, traps and platforming sections. Successfully defeating foes and exploring would earn you special items, abilities and keys that you used to unlock doors and shortcuts that opened the map up further. The stories of the games were ...
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I think it's a bit older than the games you mentioned, but I feel like Guacamelee deserves a shoutout as an excellent recent Metroidvania game.
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I definitely love that game and had it in mind but it's a bit too old to consider it part of the resurgence. I had it lumped in with Cave Story as those radar blips.
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Guacamelee was a PSN free game last year I think, and I have to say, it's a really good game. Pays loving homage to Metroid and Castlevania, and is fun to play.

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Also enjoyed Guacamelee. Great gameplay with strong Mexican cultural themes that make for an exotic and colorful game world. Story was pretty generic (become hero, fight the evil monster, save the princess), but I think the gameplay more than makes up for it, and while the story wasn't that great, the writing for character interactions was quite funny.

Also, Hollow Knight is making waves as a fantastic Metroidvania game, with solid.....everything. I plan on getting it soon.
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The statues you get power ups from are aztec mixed with Chozo (Metroid) statues, and I love it.
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Also, not really a Metroidvania, but Outland is free on Steam for a day right now. Another platformer that I absolutely love.

Can you tell I love 2D gaming?
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Emergence wrote:Also, not really a Metroidvania, but Outland is free on Steam for a day right now. Another platformer that I absolutely love.

Can you tell I love 2D gaming?


Already got it. I played the demo a long time ago, but never got to buying it. It has a system similar to Guacamelee where you have to switch between two states to dodge attacks and obstacles while attacking enemies.
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