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About this game
Developer: Steel Mantis
Content Rating: Mature
After mysteriously vanishing from galactic charts, the fortress of Valfaris has suddenly reappeared in the orbit of a dying sun. Once a self-contained paradise, the grandiose citadel now plays host to an ever-growing darkness. Therion, a fearless and proud son of Valfaris, returns to his home to uncover the truth of its doomed fate and to challenge the arcane evil at its very heart.
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Slain: Back from Hell was a master class example in teaching how to play well. Valfaris, on the other hand, doesn’t understand the same rewarding philosophy. Luck plays too big a part in beating all the hardship in Therion’s way, controls are unfortunately sloppy (again, it could be a console-specific issue) and the game even falls to punish players with its dubious risk/reward system.
Some may struggle with enemies that feel like they respawn a little too often, but this is by no means as tough as Dark Souls. Valfaris doesn’t do anything noteworthily new, but the hectic, intense, satisfying experience it offers shouldn’t pass you by.
Valfaris is a superb action-platformer filled with violence, a killer soundtrack, and some gorgeously grotesque pixel art. It can be punishing at times, but when returning to the action after death is so quick, that addictive gameplay loop lasts until the end. The range of different weapons is a treat, and watching the gore fly all over the place as you rock out to the stellar soundtrack cements Valfaris as a real hidden gem.