Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

July 01, 2014

Viewing USA:

Also on UK.
7.5

Summary:

In Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition, Carlos Calaca has kidnapped El Presidente’s daughter. To save her, you must don an impossibly tight, spandex wrestling costume and become a luchador with the power to swap dimensions. An expanded version of the award-winning PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3 game, this side-scrolling adventure features additional content on PlayStation 4, including the besieged Canal of Flowers and fiery Volcano levels, new boss the Trio of Death and powerful abilities such as the Intenso combat mode.

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Details

  • Developer(s):
    • DrinkBox Studios
  • Publisher(s):
    • DrinkBox Studios
  • Distributor(s):
    • PlayStation Store
  • Release Date(s):
    • July 2, 2014
  • Official Site(s):
  • ESRB Rating:
    • Everyone 10
  • Player(s):
    • 1-4
    • 1
  • Player(s) (Co-op):
    • 1-4 (Local)
  • Online Player(s):
    • N/A
  • Remote Play:
    • Supported
  • Add-Ons:
    • Available

Technical Information

  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Required Disc Space:
    • 755MB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Game Format:
    • Digital Download
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 16 Hours
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Posted:
2016-04-23

Den_Merry

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PS4

7.7

Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition made its flamboyant arrival in July of 2014. The 2D Metroid-Vania style game was developed by DrinkBox Studios and published through the same company. Having missed out on the original iteration of this game we couldn’t pass up on a chance to get a hold of the Xbox One title. Knowing only that the title has a roaring cult following we quickly got a copy and dove right in. We wanted to find out if this was truly a successor to the original iteration or merely a cash in opportunity for DrinkBox Studios.

Guacamelee is a side scrolling platformer styled beat em up. You take on the role of Juan Aguacate, a farmer that turns into a luchador (read: Mexican Wrestler) destined to find the evil skeleton villain, Carlos Calca. In the opening moments of the game we see Juan and Carlos square off against one another in what should have been an epic fight. Only Juan isn’t ready yet and he is summarily dispatched by Carlos. Juan is killed and summarily resurrected as a masked and undead superhero. This is where the adventure begins, after we have already died. Juan lives for only one thing: vengeance.

So we can tell that DrinkBox Studios put their own silly spin on a pretty simple story. Juan wants to get vengeance and he has to journey through multiple colorful undead worlds, full of interesting creatures and locations in order to find the hideous Calca and make him pay for what he has done. The artwork overall takes a ton of inspiration from traditional Mexican work but DrinkBox managed to put their own spin on it as well, using hard angles and character sprites that simply overflowed with personality in order to make it unique. Think Grim Fandango but in a side scrolling format with pixel based art.

We would describe Guacamelee as a side scrolling Metroid-Fighter that puts the emphasis on open world exploration. The 2D world that you will fight through has no borders and you can explore it to your hearts content, digging for secrets and special areas that are otherwise hidden from view. Like in Metroid certain parts of the world can be off limits until you evolve your skill to the proper level or unlock certain items that allow you to access them. The further you progress in this Mexican underworld the crazier things get and the harder the enemies appear.

The core of Guacamelee comes down to how you fight and in that way the developers created fighting skill trees to branch out. You don’t unlock new items in order to progress in the game, you unlock new moves. These moves are helpful in big battles with enemies but you also use them in order to explore. You start out with simple punches and kicks but as you push forward you’ll learn different luchador inspired moves like special grapples, throws, ground pounds and more. Mixing together these different moves can create special combos that destroy your enemies.

There is a nice wrinkle on combat that prevents you from simply button mashing, too. Enemies are color coded and so are your move sets. In order to do damage on yellow enemies you have to spam out your yellow attacks. The same holds true for progressing through the world. You have to match certain colored moves with the same colored barriers in order to destroy them. This means that you’ll be stymied at certain points until you, for example, learn the yellow uppercut or red headbutt that allows you to enter. This isn’t to say that DrinkBox totally keeps your moves utilitarian and focused as there are goofy powers you learn too like 'Pollo Power!' which turns you into a chicken.

Life and death is the motif of the hour in Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition. As such, the light and dark worlds are both exhibited here. Juan has experience being both alive and dead and he can move in between the two worlds. Each world gives Juan different experiences that also allow the game to flesh out and become a little more dynamic than a simple undead brawler crawler. There are smoothly designed puzzles that rely on you quickly switching in between the two worlds in order to cross certain platforms or solve certain puzzles, not unlike Zelda: A Link to the Past.

While the Light/Dark world system is truly inventive and interesting it is pretty much ignored for the first 45 - 50% of the game, making us think that it was almost an afterthought even though it was a good one. Still, the system works wonders and somehow it didn’t confuse us into malfunction despite being pretty complicated. Your brain will quickly start to calculate when to swap worlds and how to anticipate what your enemies will do as you battle the ones in each different setting. The twin world concept is probably the most inventive part of this very interest and inventive game.

As far as new content goes we have some new areas to explore that help flesh out the story of Tostad, a co-op character that you can take on. There is also a new boss, a new rage combat system that allows you to keep combos going fueled by your rage, and the elite class baddies. The elite class bad guys are going to be pretty divisive among fans of the game because they dramatically alter how difficult the title actually is. Elite Class enemies have the ability to teleport along with their already beefed up difficulty.

One of the biggest complaints that most people had for the first Guacamelee was that it was a short experience. Thankfully the Super Turbo Championship Edition is much smoother, longer, and more fulfilling. The game itself isn’t dramatically different than the initial title but it is beefed up in all the right places.

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