Another Helping Of Guacamelee Soup
For those who aren’t familiar, if you want to know the basics of the PS4 version of Guacamelee you should jet over to our original review and see just how great we thought it was. As you might expect, it’s only gotten a little better with the jump to the next generation. Not only do you get that again this time around, you get some sharper graphics (at least I think you do… they looked sharper to me!), punched up sounds and, best of all, all the extra DLC content and the bits that were added on for the Vita port. Yes, you get not just the great “metroidvania” experience from the original, but you also get the full and robust set of extra challenges, an extra boss, and a whole new passel of trophies to go out and earn. Of course all those extras come with a small price. You won’t get a free copy of Guacamelee if you own an earlier version, but you WILL get a nice discount which is a very nice inclusion from the boys (and girls?) over at Drinkbox.
Now, I can’t confirm this… but I do believe that one of the biggest hurdles in the original game, the epic battle against Jaguar Javier, the point at which I almost gave up in frustration after getting just pounded by him over and over again, may have been nerfed a bit this time around. I couldn’t find any conclusive evidence of this of course, but anecdotally I handled him rather easily in just two tries (and the first try was only a failure due to my own lack of paying attention) and so I do believe they may have made it easier! In fact, I felt like the overall difficulty may have come down a notch, but if you are still looking for a challenge you can definitely find it over in the challenge rooms, where getting a gold medal can involve you using every single skill you’ve acquired in the game in some interesting ways to solve the riddles or win the fights. And there are a LOT of skills in the game (at least for the genre) so you need some real dexterity on that dualshock to get it all done.
Should you get Guacamelee for your PS4? Have you played it before? On multiple platforms? Do you hate videogames? Are your thumbs broken? Actually, it doesn’t matter how you answered those questions, you should be getting this game. If you’ve played it before you can grab it on the cheap and the new content will make it worth it (they also changed or got rid of quite a few of the memes, so keep checking out those posters!) and if you haven’t played it you have been missing out on a solid game with a fantastic art style and loads of content. As we start to see more content released for the new console it’s easy for stuff to get buried under new releases and it’s easy to ignore “rereleases” but this is one that deserves every bit of attention you can give it!