Metroidvanias that aren't Metroid or Castlevania, which are your favourites?



  • Not sure if it's a pure Metroidvania type game as it doesn't quite follow all the "rules" of what that is, but I played Rogue Legacy to death.



  • Popful Mail
    that game is jolly af and super 90s anime



  • @DeweyDTruman A second playthrough of Cave Story was the first game I jumped into after my big breakup a few years back. That game is fantastic.

    I'm also a huge fan of Outland, which is a game I never really see anyone talk about :c



  • Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is amazing. I loved the pirate item mechanic so much. Can't wait for 1/2 Genie 1/2 Hero



  • Axiom Verge was absolutely fantastic, played through it a few months ago. I'm thinking I might give a castlevania a go, which one would you guys recommend?



  • I have played a bunch of the games listed already so found some other ones on my steam list:

    UnEpic was fun, I'm about half way through but haven't finished it but I had to stop playing games for the most part recently.
    Not sure if it really fits but Toki Tori 2+ was great. I loved the way it taught you mechanics and the songs needed to progress and travel in the game because it is gated by knowledge of the game. You can do everything but warp right from the start of a playthrough.

    I am looking forward to Ghost Song, it looks amazing, and I hope Chasm turns out well as it has been around for a while but not released.



  • @Spidarro said in Metroidvanias that aren't Metroid or Castlevania, which are your favourites?:

    Axiom Verge was absolutely fantastic, played through it a few months ago. I'm thinking I might give a castlevania a go, which one would you guys recommend?

    If you have NES, and you could hunt down the original Castlevania games: Castlevania, Castlevania 3. #2 was a departure from the formula of the original.

    If you have SNES: Castlevania 4. Stop.

    But if you don't, go straight to PSX: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Stop.

    If you have GBA: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, Harmony of Dissonance. Stop.

    [Side Note: The original Castlevania is available on GBA, pick that up if you don't have NES.]

    Circle of the Moon uses the Symphony of the Night formula, yes... but the game is RIDICULOUSLY hard. This is coming from a guy who's been playing since Castlevania 1.

    Ignore most of the Castlevania games out there. Most of them do not have the quality of games that I've already listed.

    Bloodlines for Genesis was okay, but it doesn't live up to the Castlevania legacy. Rhondo of Blood is revered among Castlevania owners, but it's hard to find, and likewise very expensive if you do manage to find a copy.

    If you have PS2, I recommend Castlevania: Lament of Innocence. It's a good game, despite the negativity surrounding it. The game is in 3D, but surprisingly uses the actual Castlevania formula of SOTN. If you're a fan of SOTN, you'll feel right at home with Lament of Innocence.



  • @Carlos

    Woah thanks so much for the comprehensive answer!! Rather than tracking down carts ect i think im just gonna go to the e-shop for convenience and will prob go with Castlevania 4 cos i have the most nostalgia for 16 bit stuff, will report back with my findings and thanks again!



  • @FacelessGuy I've kind of just decided Chasm is never going to come out. I'll be happy if it does though.



  • @Spidarro You welcome! :)



  • @Carlos Started Super last night and its really fun. got as far as the caves with the medusa before i had to hit the hay. thanks again for the rundown.



  • Tomba! is certainly my favorite in this category. So much fun and full of personality!



  • Guacamelee, Shadow complex and Axiom verge, no doubt about it.
    Bloodstained is definitely one of my most anticipated games



  • You guys have mentioned most of the ones I like, but insanely twisted shadow planet and dust were pretty good and steamworld dig is really underrated.

    Outland, salt and sanctuary (not sure if this counts), and song of the deep are on my radar. Interesting to see all the love for cave story....I may need to put that on there too



  • Love Ori and Guacamelee. Never really enjoyed an actual Metroid game though...



  • If the original Devil May Cry counts, that might be it.



  • @sam776 said in Metroidvanias that aren't Metroid or Castlevania, which are your favourites?:

    If the original Devil May Cry counts, that might be it.

    I love the original DMC, but DMC3/SE easily overshadows it. Honestly. If you can, get the new HD collection to see what I mean.

    I challenge you to finish it from the beginning to end. DMC3 is the pinnacle of the series. Sorry DMC4, or Ninja Theory's DMC, move over.



  • @Carlos I did play 3. All the way up to the final area where you fight all the bosses again. I just didn't feel like grinding those out at the time. I have played 1 twice, though, really enjoy it still. There's something about it's simplicity I love.



  • If you don't count the 3D Zeldas, then I guess Tomb Raider. I like the structure fine, I just don't want to play a lot of 2D indies to experience it.

    Castlevania, though, I should get around to playing. It's just that there are just 3 dozen of them, so it's more daunting than even Metal Gear.



  • @sam776 said in Metroidvanias that aren't Metroid or Castlevania, which are your favourites?:

    @Carlos I did play 3. All the way up to the final area where you fight all the bosses again. I just didn't feel like grinding those out at the time. I have played 1 twice, though, really enjoy it still. There's something about it's simplicity I love.

    Wow. I guess we'll have to agree to disagree. :(

    I liked the freedom that DMC3 afforded me. Once again, I love DMC, but the controls felt "hard" to go back to after DMC3. I love the graphics, style, and direction the first DMC title had, but the controls felt weird going back there after the controls in DMC3 afforded players a massive amount of freedom. You could jump, you could dash, you could double jump, I mean, it was just a fucking awesome game. If you don't believe me, here's a player who used DMC3's controls the fullest extent of his reflexes...

    Youtube Video

    Protip: CRANK the volume. I'm serious, do it.