The Metroidvania and Beat 'em Up Thread

AriesWarlock

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Post about this particular type of 2D ACTION-PLATFORMER-RPG hybrid games. I'll update as more games get announced.


Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Now on PS4)




Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (spiritual successor to SOTN)





Hollow Knight (made by 3 people)


Hollow Knight: Silksong Reveal Trailer​


 
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AriesWarlock

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Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth is now available for PC via Steam for $19.99, publisher Playism and developers Why So Serious? and Team Ladybug announced.


The 2D exploration action game first launched in Early Access in March 2020. The full release adds stages five and six to the game, as well as various other additions.

Here is an overview of the full release, via Playism:

Story
Deedlit suddenly awakens in an unfamiliar place. Where is she? Why is she here? With no one around to reply, there is only silence. Deedlit begins to wander, in search of answers…
In this full release, the mysteries of the labyrinth into which Deedlit has wandered will be revealed. The heart-wrenching climax leads directly into the latest installment in the series, Record of Lodoss War: Diadem of the Covenant

Game System
  • Use spirits, various weapons, and magical powers to make your way through a sprawling maze in this action-exploration game.
  • Defeat enemies to use “Soul Stream” to power up your spirits and gain the upper hand in battle.
  • Maneuver through all sorts of gimmicks using your arrows and the spirits “Sylph” and “Salamander” and their special elemental abilities.
Full Release Update Contents
Stages 5 and 6 have been added to the full release, completing this six-stage 2D action-exploration title.
The story finally reaches its climax. With a slew of tough enemies and hardcore bosses even more powerful than those in the preceding stages, you won’t be able to put the controller down.
One boss of Stage 5 is the Emperor Beld of Marmo, also known as the “Dark Emperor.” Infamous as one of the best swordsmen in Lodoss, he’ll use his amazing powers and prowess with his blade to stop Deedlit in her tracks.
Featuring all-new weapons and magic, like the magical blade of Lodoss known as “Soul Crusher.” Chock full of stage gimmicks requiring spirit powers and arrows to clear, your bow and arrow skills will truly be put to the test.
Unexpectedly forced to face off against previously appearing friends such as Etoh, Slayn, Ghim, and Woodchuck, Deedlit will finally find out the truth behind their words of warning and encouragement.
Also, in response to the overwhelming feedback received from players around the world during Early Access, the following contents have been included in this update.
  • Easier map location checking
  • Fixed explosions after unpausing
  • Cubes released by enemies are now opaque, improving visibility
  • Stun conditions updated
  • Rooms containing bosses can now be checked from outside
  • Difficulty levels of existing stages have been adjusted to better fit the entire game
  • Player-character afterimage can now be turned off in settings
A large number of bug fixes, fine tuning, and other adjustments are also included.
Thank you all so much for all your support and requests.


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AriesWarlock

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Pixel art Metroidvania game The Skylia Prophecy coming to PS4, Xbox One, and Switch on April 23​

Currently available for PC.



Publisher and developer 7 Raven Studios, and developer Ezekiel Rage will release pixel art Metroidvania game The Skylia Prophecy for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch on April 23, the companies announced. Nintendo eShop and Microsoft pre-orders will begin on April 16.


The Skylia Prophecy first launched for PC via Steam in November 2020.


About
The Skylia Prophecy is a story-driven, side-scrolling action RPG set in a medieval fantasy world with more than a dozen locations. Lead Mirenia in a quest to vanquish the evil she unleashed and upgrade her with a level and magic system.
The Skylia Prophecy features three difficulty levels, multi-language, and vibration support. Battle hordes of monsters as you fight against powerful bosses in ancient dungeons and solve exploration-based riddles.
Key Features
  • Story-driven, side-scrolling action RPG set in a medieval fantasy world.
  • Upgrade Mirenia with a level and magic system.
  • Over a dozen different locations.
  • Beautiful pixel art.
  • Story-driven exploration.
  • Atmospheric music.
  • Challenging and complex boss battles.
  • Three different difficulty settings.
  • Enabled vibration.
  • Multiple languages.

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AriesWarlock

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Someone Might Have Found A Canceled Castlevania Dreamcast Prototype


In a mysterious new video (h/t Polygon), an off-camera player navigates through what appears to be a prototype of Castlevania: Resurrection, a canceled Sega Dreamcast game from the early 2000s. If legitimate, this is the first time gameplay footage has been made publicly available.


The brief video appeared on a newly created YouTube channel and lacks a description. The disc is marked “11’ 5 ’99” and looks like a typical re-writable GD-ROM of the sort Sega commonly used internally for development and distributed to press in the Dreamcast era. It’s unclear where the person in the video obtained the disc.






According to Unseen64, Castlevania: Resurrection would have followed Castlevania Legends protagonist Sonia Belmont and a new character named Victor Belmont as they traveled into the past to deal with Dracula before the events of the first game. While the game did make appearances during a private showing at E3 1999 and in the September 1999 issue of the United Kingdom’s Dreamcast Magazine, Konami quietly canceled it in March 2000.


Castlevania: Resurrection was a game doomed from the start,” former Konami artist Jason Lee Elliott writes on his personal website. “The team itself had a lot of troubles when I came on board. Most of the team had only ever worked on sports games, so they had no idea how to make a 3D action platformer. The art team wasn’t very cohesive and couldn’t agree on a direction. The game had been in development for almost two years and had little to show.”




Since its cancelation, various Castlevania: Resurrection assets have appeared online—including concept art and music—thanks to folks who had a hand in the game’s development.
 

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AriesWarlock

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Rokudo is an exploration adventure set in the Japanese realms of afterlife (Samsara)!

Minori is a young hermit with a relentless quest to search for his lost faithful companion dog. He must venture into the nearby forest to search for the clue of his dog whereabouts. The game will take the player deep into different Buddhist existence realms (Samsara) such as human realm, animal realm, spirit realm, Asura realm, hell realm and heaven realm. In his relentless journey, he will meet Yokai, spirit, Asura and different Asian mythological beings.

The journey is a representation of the protagonist trying to achieve enlightenment. The enemies in the game represent the inner obstacles he has to face.

- Explore six realms of rebirth: Human, Animal, Spirit, Asura, Hell and Heaven realm

- Discover belief and culture behind each rebirth realm

- Massive interactive and interconnected world

- Befriend with more than 30 different Yokai and Asian folklore creatures

- Dynamic story telling with multiple dialogue choices

- Evolve with gating skills and powerful fighting abilities

- Fight more than 20 epic and quirky bosses

- Multiple phases of big bosses


Game demo link: https://heaven-tales.itch.io/rokudodemo


Pretty cool setting the Peruvian Inca empire.


 
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AriesWarlock

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Plague Huntress is an action-platformer focused on exploration and inspired by the 90’s classic Metroidvanias. Take on the role of Leora as she traverses a city ravaged by a mysterious plague. Fight hordes of monsters and uncover the secrets of the blight.


Main Features

Versatile Abilities
Defeating powerful foes allows you to learn new abilities that can be used both in combat and exploration. Every skill learned opens up new strategies and possibilities.
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Equipment System

Complete quests, loot chests and enemies or visit the town shops to acquire new weapons and armor, all with unique characteristics that augment your play style. Then set out to find the hidden legendary armor parts scattered throughout the city to unlock Leora’s true potential.
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Explore and Uncover

Explore a large interconnected map and use your newfound abilities to uncover secrets and reach previously inaccessible areas.

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Full List of Features

  • Level up your character and spend points on the Talent Board to customize your build;
  • Explore a large interconnected map to discover secret passages and treasures;
  • Acquire new abilities to reach previously inaccessible areas and open up new combat strategies;
  • Loot or buy new equipment to further augment your play style;
  • Classic pixel art graphics and retro soundtrack;

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SenoritaMama

[09] Warrior
Hollow Knight (made by 3 people)


Hollow Knight: Silksong Reveal Trailer​


I’ve been playing this between Genshin Impact sessions. I like it and I think it’s probably one of the closest facsimiles to the old Super Metroid style I’ve played. It actually feels like I’m exploring space instead of just moving through tilesets. Fun game.
 

AriesWarlock

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I’ve been playing this between Genshin Impact sessions. I like it and I think it’s probably one of the closest facsimiles to the old Super Metroid style I’ve played. It actually feels like I’m exploring space instead of just moving through tilesets. Fun game.

That's good to know, that's similar to Super Metroid. I haven't played it yet, but I got it when it was offered for free for PSN+ subscribers, so I'll make sure to play this sometime.
 

AriesWarlock

[12] Conqueror

Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth sales top 100,000​


Currently on sale for Golden Week.

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Total sales for Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth have surpassed 100,000 copies, publisher Playism and developers Why So Serious? and Team Ladybug announced.


The 2D exploration action game first launched in Early Access for PC via Steam in March 2020, followed by a full release on March 27, 2021.


Due to an “overwhelming number of player requests,” further additional features are planned to be added, including “Achievements,” “Boss Rush,” “Encyclopedia,”, and more.


Additionally, Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth is currently available at a 20 percent-off discount during the Steam Golden Week Sale, which will run through May 7.
 

AriesWarlock

[12] Conqueror

I like how agile the main character is

Gorgeous hand-drawn 2D explorative platformer Aeterna Noctis releases this December​


Fight hordes of enemies and defeat powerful bosses in this new title supported by PlayStation Talents coming to PS5 and PS4.


The game is built around key pillars that’ll be familiar to any fan of the genre: challenging platform puzzles and frenetic combat. Playing the King of Darkness, you must put your skills – such as teleportation and dashing – to the test to unlock all the world’s secrets and discover its many alternative routes. You can improve your abilities through a huge skill tree, choosing between three different paths: ranged, melee and magic. Allowing you to personalize your playstyle and use six unique weapons and powerful skills.

Aeterna Noctis features 16 large and visually distinct areas, populated with over 100 different enemies; a roster of fantasy creatures, monsters and warriors that will put reflexes to the test! Then there are 20 legendary bosses, each of which promise a true challenge.

Not everything is out to kill you. You can discover NPCs who are pocketed throughout the areas and who will unlock secondary missions. Not only are those quests designed to test you, they’ve been designed to add to the game’s lore, enriching the story of the King of Darkness’ journey to regain the power of Aeterna. Even if you focus solely on the main adventure, you’re looking at around 20 hours of playtime, backed by a haunting, 46-track score.

Aeterna Noctis has the support of PlayStation Talents initiative and will be available on PS5 and PS4 December 15 this year, and will be fully localized – voiceovers and text – into eight different languages. We’ll have more to share in the future!
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SenoritaMama

[09] Warrior

I like how agile the main character is

Gorgeous hand-drawn 2D explorative platformer Aeterna Noctis releases this December​


Fight hordes of enemies and defeat powerful bosses in this new title supported by PlayStation Talents coming to PS5 and PS4.


The game is built around key pillars that’ll be familiar to any fan of the genre: challenging platform puzzles and frenetic combat. Playing the King of Darkness, you must put your skills – such as teleportation and dashing – to the test to unlock all the world’s secrets and discover its many alternative routes. You can improve your abilities through a huge skill tree, choosing between three different paths: ranged, melee and magic. Allowing you to personalize your playstyle and use six unique weapons and powerful skills.

Aeterna Noctis features 16 large and visually distinct areas, populated with over 100 different enemies; a roster of fantasy creatures, monsters and warriors that will put reflexes to the test! Then there are 20 legendary bosses, each of which promise a true challenge.

Not everything is out to kill you. You can discover NPCs who are pocketed throughout the areas and who will unlock secondary missions. Not only are those quests designed to test you, they’ve been designed to add to the game’s lore, enriching the story of the King of Darkness’ journey to regain the power of Aeterna. Even if you focus solely on the main adventure, you’re looking at around 20 hours of playtime, backed by a haunting, 46-track score.

Aeterna Noctis has the support of PlayStation Talents initiative and will be available on PS5 and PS4 December 15 this year, and will be fully localized – voiceovers and text – into eight different languages. We’ll have more to share in the future!
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The visuals are so godly!
 

AriesWarlock

[12] Conqueror
Maybe we are close to that. Konami revealed a month ago a sequel to a NES game Getsu Fuuma Den that's similar to Castlevania 2.



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Castlevania: Harmony of Despair - A downloadable game in the Castlevania series released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It features downloadable content based on Getsu Fūma Den, namely Fūma himself as a playable character and a stage titled "The Legend of Fuma" which uses graphical assets from the actual Famicom game. This was the first time characters from Getsu Fūma Den were featured in a game released in the west and thus many of the enemy characters and items were given localized names in the English version.
 

AriesWarlock

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Updated thread title to include beat 'em Up games. Another old-school genre!

Urban fantasy-themed beat ’em up game Mayhem Brawler will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC via Steam on August 18, developer Hero Concept announced.

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Here is an overview of the game, via its Steam page:


To Protect and Serve
While answering a routine call on a patrol, Dolphin, Star and Trouble—the most popular officers of the super-powered law enforcement agency, Stronghold—find themselves in a sequence of events that will alter the fate of the entire city.
Excessive Force
Let’s get one thing straight; if you ever think that a day in the life of a super-powered law enforcer is easy, you couldn’t be more wrong, as there are greater threats than street gangs in urban fantasy themed Mayhem Brawler. Using your arsenal of combos and special abilities, you and your co-op teammates should make life miserable for those super-powered criminals, fend yourself from the fury of werewolves, resist the hexes of street wizards and confront the megacorp led by vampire houses that enforce their goons to do their dirty deeds.
The Mayhem Universe
Comic book-inspired hand-drawn backgrounds and frame-by-frame animations coupled with a kick-ass soundtrack will deliver a jolt of adrenaline to your controller. With the choices you make, you will shape the flow of the story and finally reach one of the three different endings in Mayhem Brawler universe, where each corner has a story to tell.
Key Features
  • A fresh take on classic 90s-style beat ’em ups.
  • Offline co-op mode that supports up to three players.
  • Ability to alter the game flow with player-led decisions.
  • Three unique endings based on player’s choices.
  • Three playable characters against 30 mobs including 12 unique bosses.
  • Hand-drawn comic book inspired art, frame-by-frame animated characters and a rocking soundtrack.
  • Your admission ticket to the limitless universe of Mayhem.

Watch a new trailer below.


Yes, graphics are similar to Streets of Rage 4
 

AriesWarlock

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Streets of Rage 4​


Here is an overview of the game, via DotEmu:


Description
Publisher Dotemu (Wonder Boy, Windjammers 1/2) and developers Lizardcube (Wonder Boy) and Guard Crush Games today revealed Streets of Rage 4, an all-new continuation of Sega’s iconic arcade brawler series known for its radical fights, jammin’ ‘90s beats and dashing sparring gloves and bandanas.
History
Streets of Rage, known as Bare Knuckle in Japan, is a trilogy of beat ’em up games developed and published by Sega in the 1990s.
Famously known for its non stop action and electronic dance influenced music – scored by Yuzo Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima – the series has gained the status of cult classic throughout the years. It is considered one of the best beat ’em up series of all time. After many years, Axel and Blaze are finally picking up the fight where they left.
Featuring hand-drawn visuals from the team behind 2017’s gorgeous Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap remake, Streets of Rage 4 builds upon the classic trilogy’s gameplay with new mechanics, a fresh story and a gauntlet of dangerous stages with a serious crime problem. Streets of Rage 4 recalls classic gameplay but it stands as an entirely original arcade-style romp thanks to the expertise of Guard Crush Games and Dotemu.
Whether players gang up with a friend or clean up the city solo, Streets of Rage 4 is a skull-bashing, chicken-chomping delight all set to a thumping soundtrack sure to get your blood pumping.
Key Features
  • The comeback of the legendary Streets of Rage series.
  • Beautiful graphics fully hand-drawn animated by the studio behind Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap.
  • Classic gameplay enhanced with brand new mechanics.
  • Braised chicken served on a pristine plate.