November 2019 (PS4)
November 2019 (Switch)
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Written by Maurice Verschuur
August 7, 2019 – Just like space and heavy metal, Valfaris is unforgiving and that’s exactly what’s so fun about this game. Set in a far corner of space, Valfaris is a heavy metal infused 2D action-platformer and the next game from the team behind Slain: Back From Hell. The game launches in November for Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch and somewhere this year for PC and Xbox One, but the developers already have a demo available on Steam.
You are Therion, a fearless and proud son of Valfaris. The fortress of Valfaris has mysteriously vanished from the charts and suddenly reappeared in the orbit of a dying sun. Once a self-contained paradise, the grandiose citadel now plays host to an ever-growing darkness. You return to your home to uncover the truth of its doomed fate and to challenge the evil at its very heart.
Valfaris breathes heavy metal from the the first seconds you and your ship land on your homeplanet and every moment that follows. The pixel art and gritty design in combination with the heavy metal soundtrack encourages you to go all out, guns blazing towards the enemy leaving a trail of blood and gore. It isn’t alwas recommended, beceasue the enemy’s are brutal and unforgiving. Altough ones you got caught in the flow of the music it’s pretty hard to think about what’s ‘recommended’, it’s just a lot of fun.
First with only an energy sword in one hand and a gun in the other. Holding these each in one hand makes it easy to mix up slashing and shooting through cyborg dogs and androids. Soon you will get your hands on some sort of rapid fire gun named Hellwraith. Firing this comes at the cost of draining your energy bar pretty fast. This is the same bar you use to energize your shield. But with one swing with your sword cutting an enemy in half your energy restores to release the fury of your Hellwraith.
After slaying hordes of enemy’s you will eventually encounter bossfights. Which in Valfaris, as you may have suspected, can be very chaotic. But there is always a way… In the demo there are a few different bossfights. One of which is a huge cyber dog. I had plenty of energy stored for my Hellwraith and it was a matter of seconds when i put the doggy down. But later in the demo when i came across the Junk Gargoyle, it was a completly different story. Rising from a junkyard the gargoyle was not happy about me entering his territory and he unleashed hell on me. It took me a few enraging deaths before i figured out how to survive the different stages and defeat this monster.
Altough i have to admit the demo was to short to really get accustomed to the controls they feel simple but effective. Just like you may expect from a 2D action-platformer. You can choose between playing with a controller or keyboard. Altough this game is probarley best played with a controller i used the keyboard, because… the cable for my controllor went mysteriously missing. Having said that. It’s not that bad to play with a keyboard. You use the left and right arrows to move around, up to look up, down to crouch, space bar to jump and Q/W/E to use your weapons.