Guacamelee! Super Turbo Champion Edition Review on Xbox 360

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One of my favorite games on the PS Vita was that of Guacamelee! It was a wonderfully made Metroidvania style game that featured fantastic art, a beautifully crafted storyline, and some of the best examples of platforming challenges you could find. The game was available on almost every platform so regardless of what you played it on, it was a game that you had to play because it was just that good. Of course how do you improve upon what was considered an almost perfect game? Easy. You make it bigger with an expanded story, new play areas, new abilities, new bosses, and more! What you get is Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition!

STORY

The story is about your average Mexican agave farmer, Juan Aguacate, turned hero who must use his newly acquired powers and skill of a luchador to save the world and mainly El Presidente’s Daughter from the evil Carlos Calaca. You’ll have to explore different regions around a small village in Mexico while traversing between the world of the dead and the living. The overall plot is quite familiar for anyone who has been a fan of gaming while the use of Mexican culture and folklore is quite refreshing and unique. Basically, this is your story about a hero who saves the “princess” in a “castle” from an evil “monster.”  I highly suggest reading all the dialog though and not to skip over them as they can be quite hilarious and I also love the way they drop in little homages to older retro games in the process.

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With Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition, you get a bit more added to the story as it includes all of the DLC content from the previous game as well as a new side mission. The basic plot of the story is still the same though.

FEATURES

  • Expanded Story: An expanded version of the game that includes DLC content from the original
  • New Game Areas: Players will ride boats through the Canal of Flowers to save a besieged fishing town, and avoid lava as they climb through the fiery Volcano
  • New Boss: Face off against The Trio of Death, a three-headed skeleton that lives in the Volcano, helping the evil Carlos Calaca build his skeleton armies
  • New Abilities: Maximize destruction with the powerful new INTENSO combat mode.  Plus: Chicken Bombs and Independent Dimension Swapping
  • New Enemies: Lethal new elite-class enemies that want to chokeslam luchadores to sleep
  • Support for multiple save slots
  • Dual currency system that supports permanent item unlocks

PRESENTATION

The first thing you’ll really notice about Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is just how awesome everything is. The graphics are simply amazing with a very unique style to it. It’s a very colorful game, that’s for sure and I want to say that the art in this game is one of the best I’ve seen on any indie developed game. Everything is influenced by Mexican culture here, from the environmental backdrops, the character designs, and little details here and there that really draw you into the atmosphere of the game. There wasn’t any part of the game graphically where I was like, “man, this sucks” or “they could have done better here.” Instead, most of my experience consisted of, “wow, this looks so gorgeous. What an amazing looking game this is.” There were parts where I would just stop and simply marvel at how awesome this game looked. Again, stop every now and then and look around. You’ll be surprised by all the little Easter eggs and game references.

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What’s even more amazing is the soundtrack. There are many games out there where after a few minutes, you literally want to go into the settings and just turn off the music completely. This isn’t one of those games. Again, the music here is very Mexican oriented. The music never feels like it gets in the way of enjoyment and instead, it enhances it and makes an already impressive game even more impressive. It could probably be argued as to which is better, the music or the art, but I say just sit back and enjoy both equally as they work so well together.

Although the original game was released in early 2013 and despite the core game being well over a year old, it is still a gorgeous game with and awesome soundtrack. This game is aging well and believe that even a year from now or even two, the game will still look as fantastic then as it does now.

GAMEPLAY

Guacamelee! is very Metroid-vania like. It’s a 2D world that you’ll need to explore and unlike side scrollers, this platformer requires that you explore in all 4 directions, up, down, left, and right. You’ll have to make use of everything in your arsenal of moves in order to finish this game because it is a very challenging game, even on normal difficulty. If you ever played the original Metroid or Castlevania games, you know how challenging, difficult, and head pounding those games could be. This is no different. My advice, be patient, think out a strategy, and above all know all your moves and combinations. Without this, you won’t get very far.

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For the most part, Guacamelee! STCE plays very much like the original game though there are some differences. You will still need to build up your arsenal of moves over time, which will allow you to move on to the more difficult sections of the game. All the old moves from the old game are here and are now joined by the new Intenso power, Shadow Swap, and pollo egg bombs. The Intenso power sounds like exactly what it is. It’s an intense release of power that allows you to beat what were once really hard enemies, easily. However you must build up the Intenso meter to use it so you’ll need to use it sparingly and only when absolutely necessary. As for the Shadow Swap, it’s a power that now allows you to bring shadowed enemies into your current dimension without having to constantly switch dimensions to attack them. There is also Independent Dimension Swapping in which if you are playing with a co-op buddy, you can both switch dimensions independently of each other, once you get that power.

Exploration is key to the game so make sure you are exploring every inch of every new area you visit. If you can’t reach certain areas, make note of this as these are probably areas you will need to go back to after learning certain moves.

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One thing I can say about this game is that it will seriously test your skills as a gamer. The controls are straightforward, but trying to combine them all together is easier said than done, especially in the later levels. This game has some of the most difficult platforming sections I’ve ever played on any game, but when you do complete them, you get a real sense of accomplishment because you have to learn these controls and combinations. You can’t just sit there and button mash.

Other than the new moves, Guacamelee! STCE is pretty much the same game and still one of the best platformers you will ever play.

Final Thoughts

Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is a platformer with plenty of action, exploration, even quite a bit of puzzle solving. I’ll have to say, this is still one of the best games of this type I have played in a long time. The original game was awesome and the new updated version is even better. It adds to what was already a perfect game in my book and makes it even more than perfect. I love that Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition every bit of DLC content that was ever released for the game as well as new areas, new bosses, new abilities, and new enemies. It’s all here in one neat package.

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Disclaimer: Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition was provided to us by the PR company representing the game for purposes of reviewing it. This does not affect the outcome of the review.

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