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



  • @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.



  • @Carlos Oh, I'm not saying 3 is bad by any means. Quite the contrary; it is a hilarious thrill ride. I'm just saying I didn't spend enough time in it to get that good at it. The original game didn't require as much finesse, and had an art-style I liked more, but 3 is definitely better.

    I just don't like it AS much as some people. ;)



  • La-Mulana was pretty good.

    Also, does Batman Arkham Asylum count? (not the sequels and prequel, JUST AA) If so, that by far. If not, well it counts now. Got a problem with that? looks at banhammer ;3

    Note: If I have a ;) or ;3 near a ban threat, it means I'm kidding. (for those of you who aren't fellow GT migrants and thus did not know I tend to be a wiseass when I can afford to be one)



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

    La-Mulana was pretty good.

    Also, does Batman Arkham Asylum count? (not the sequels and prequel, JUST AA) If so, that by far. If not, well it counts now. Got a problem with that? looks at banhammer ;3

    Note: If I have a ;) or ;3 near a ban threat, it means I'm kidding. (for those of you who aren't fellow GT migrants and thus did not know I tend to be a wiseass when I can afford to be one)

    Hell yeah it counts



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

    @Carlos Oh, I'm not saying 3 is bad by any means. Quite the contrary; it is a hilarious thrill ride. I'm just saying I didn't spend enough time in it to get that good at it. The original game didn't require as much finesse, and had an art-style I liked more, but 3 is definitely better.

    I just don't like it AS much as some people. ;)

    Okay, understood! :)

    +offers hand for handshake+ Pleased to make your acquaintance. It's good to meet other DMC fans! :D

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

    La-Mulana was pretty good.

    Also, does Batman Arkham Asylum count? (not the sequels and prequel, JUST AA) If so, that by far. If not, well it counts now. Got a problem with that? looks at banhammer ;3

    Note: If I have a ;) or ;3 near a ban threat, it means I'm kidding. (for those of you who aren't fellow GT migrants and thus did not know I tend to be a wiseass when I can afford to be one)

    Well, don't be a wiseass. ;) Wiseass. :P

    In any case, yeah, the Arkham Asylum/City games are a bit of a Metroidvania. Some places require you to find a weapon just to unlock it. That's one part of the series that I loved about it. You were playing Batman in an Open World sandbox with Metroidvania core gameplay.



  • Ori and the Blind Forest, no question. In a year with some serious juggernauts, the fact that Ori is still something I consider one of the greats of 2015 is a testament to its quality. I love how it separates itself from other Metroidvanias by being just a platformer - sure there is combat, but the combat itself is a test of platforming skills (its not about shooting, but rather dodging attacks like a shmup). Plus the art style and music, oh man. If you have a PC or Xbone and haven't given this guy a shot, you gotta pick up the Definitive Edition.

    As for other games, I really enjoyed Shantae & The Pirate's Curse. Fun style, fun writing, solid platforming. Axiom Verge was brought up here a lot but personally I couldn't get into it.



  • @ZombieProof I second Valdis Story. Really fun game. Looks great plays great.