50 Best Games of 2016

Hyper Light Drifter
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'Hyper Light Drifter' Heart Machine37/50

From 'Overwatch' and 'Stardew Valley' to 'Mario' and 'Pokémon', the best of a truly excellent year for games

From 'Overwatch' and 'Stardew Valley' to 'Mario' and 'Pokémon', the best of a truly excellent year for games

37. Hyper Light Drifter

Hard hard haaaaaard. Heart Machine’s 16-bit landscapes and neon-soaked art style are seductive from this 2D action-RPG’s outset – but they mask a difficulty curve that quickly ascends from 'flurry of sucker punches' to 'heave controller into wall'. Yet just like the similarly punishing Dark Souls series, it’s overcoming these moments of agony to progress that satisfies in ways few other games can. Hyper Light Drifter's cosmetic delights aren’t its only relentlessly old school element – its weapons, abilities, upgrades, and brilliant variety of both melee and special attacks evoke traditional gameplay ideas while putting an original and often graceful spin on them.

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