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Gaming => Reviews => Topic started by: LoganN64 on February 22, 2019, 01:33:08 PM

Title: Guacamelee! 2
Post by: LoganN64 on February 22, 2019, 01:33:08 PM
Guacamelee! 2 was released in August of 2018, as a follow up to the first game that was originally released in 2013 on the PS3 as an exclusive, and has since gone under several iterations.

Guacamelee 2 picks up seven years after the first game, and Juan has married Lupita (El Presidente's daughter) and has two children, and as per parenthood has let his physique slide a little.

Naturally all is not well when suddenly a bunch of skeletons appear coupled with strange voids that seem to eat the very fabric of reality.

Juan once again gets sucked in to adventure by a dimension-hopping version of Uay Chivo stating that the entire Mexiverse is in peril by a new foe known as Salvador.

As per the first game, you start off with only the simplest of moves, but quickly unlock the familiar Rooster Uppercut, Olmec Headbutt and the others powers that make their return. Some new powers have been added to Juan's repertoire, such as the "Eagle Boost" that effectively allows the player to employ a grappling hook type of power.

The chicken transformation power now makes the chicken form a viable combat option as it deals more melee/pecking damage than the chicken form in the first game.

The chicken form also has its own "Chicken Shot" and "Chicken Slide" which mimic the effects of "Rooster Uppercut" and "Dashing-Derp-Derp" except in chicken form.

Mechanically the game is largely the same as the first, where you build up you selection of powers, do side quests to collect health and stamina upgrades and back track through previous areas to collect anything you may have missed before.

The game feel familiar, yet, new and fresh. One major change from the 1st game is the addition of RPG type elements where you can purchase upgrades to your character instead of having to swap costumes that have different properties, although Drink Box has released some DLC that has included a challenge arena and some alternate costumes that do have special properties to assist in the completion of the challenge arena and even add some added replay value to the main story mode of the game.

One drawback I have noticed, and this actually was present in the first game as well, is that the precision platform and obstacle sections of the game are frustrating to no end, using each of the power ups that you have learned to triple jump on to a narrow ledge and then squeeze through a row of spike, and attempting to get the final "McGuffin" to get the good ending or final unlockable can be one of the most frustrating, yet rewarding aspects of the game, but be prepared for a lot of trial and error, especially on the final challenges.

My final thoughts on Guacamelee! 2 are; it is an excellent follow-up to the original, adding more to the experience, being both punishing and rewarding at the same time. Traversing the world is a feast for the eyes with bright colours and sounds that make this game unique in the sea of Metroidvania games.

Score: 9/10