DrLitch wrote:Funny thing is though than Metroidvania never seemed to really take off. There just are not that many games I know of. Maybe I am wrong. There were the games on the DS and Gameboy Advance. These handhelds are old now. Axion Verge is a recent'ish game. Hollow Knight is recent. Ori and Blind Forest is also fairly recent. Maybe Sundred counts as a Metroidvania. And now this Bloodstained game. Some consider Shovel Knight to be that Genre but I do not know, seems very Mario 3/4 like to me with the map.
One game I try to bring up that never gets enough attention but is one of my favorites in the genre is Shadow Complex
- sometimes it feels like a Metriodvania version of Metal Gear Solid
and it's a blast.
I think the genre has remained stronger in the indie scene. The biggest example I can think of besides the games you've already mentioned would be with Wayforward and some of the Shantae
games and The Mummy Demastered
. There's a very well-received horror-themed Metriodvania called Blasphemous
by Spanish studio The Game Kitchen that just came out. The Guacamelee!
series by Drinkbox Studios is well-liked. Owlboy
got a lot of acclaim recently. I'm sure if I looked around on Steam I could find more answers.
I think there are some games that blur the line between Metriodvania and action/adventure - maybe my favorite AAA game of the last generation was Batman: Arkham Asylum
and to me it plays like a 3-D Metriodvania.
Heck, there are NES games that predate the term that play a lot like Metriodvanias - Dr. Chaos
, The Goonies II
, the 8-bit Strider
game, Blaster Master
A little late, have been busy lately, but on a related note: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFIFGhaTqJw
the PS4 version like the Switch version without a day 1 update is buggy as well. And the update on that version is 3.1 GB and growing which is a bad sign, And in the video it says it best the game is good, it just a bad product.
I did download the most recent patch - I just don't download the enormous patches (like Doom
, which has something crazy like a 16 Gb patch) because I have both a data cap and no backup hard drive for the massive files yet. I guess we'll find out - I had a couple bugs (pun intended) with Hollow Knight
as well and it didn't mar the experience much.