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    dkirschner's Guacamelee! 2 (PC)

    [June 8, 2020 10:56:13 AM]
    Finished this a couple days ago. Fantastic follow-up to the original. It's more of the same, which is a good thing. At the end of the last game, you (Juan, simple farmer) defeated Calaca, evil boss man trying to merge the worlds of the living and the dead. Turns out that there are infinite parallel timelines, some in which you defeated Calaca, some in which Calaca killed you, some in which another hero and luchador, Salvador, defeated Calaca. In Guacamelee! 2, you enter the "Darkest Timeline" to take down Salvador and his henchmen, who are trying to collect ancient relics to complete a ritual that will, again, merge the worlds of the living and the dead and eliminate all other timelines except the one where he is ruler.

    You'll meet up with old characters from the first game and new ones, such as my favorite villain, an evil chicken riding a giant mutant cactus. Other funny new characters include the variety of chivos from different timelines. They guide you on your quest, whether it's the hippie chivo from the Chill Timeline or whatever. The timelines are one of the coolest additions to the game. You'll find doors throughout the world that lead to others, some of which are optional and some of which are required. They're almost all jokes though. For example, there's the Service-Based Platform Timeline, where you essentially make microtransactions with your gold to unlock loot boxes, always being promised a great treasure at the end, which turns out to be one gold coin. There's the Git Gud Timeline, which has THE hardest platforming sequence I came across in the game. I made it about halfway through after an hour and gave up. The Dankest Timeline pokes fun at people who disliked the meme humor in the original Guacamelee. Apparently this was a sticking point for people, and the devs removed references to internet memes from the sequel. Another one makes a funny Street Fighter reference. Video game references replace meme references in Guacamelee! 2.

    Entering special timelines, and using special moves to bust colored obstacles, nets you a huge variety of easter eggs, gold, and power-ups. There's always an incentive to explore, not least because the platforming is so creative, tight, and challenging. This game is way harder than the first one in terms of platforming puzzles. I loved the challenge and felt highly accomplished when I would clear an exceedingly difficult room and when I finally beat the game. By the end, I had a ton of gold and had purchased all upgrades, which are more useful this time around. All your special moves will be at max power, you'll be able to recharge your health and stamina at will, and so on. By the end, the combat is a breeze, but is still a lot of fun. This is well worth your time if you like Metroidvanias and good 2D beat-em-ups and puzzle platformers.
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    dkirschner's Guacamelee! 2 (PC)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Wednesday 3 June, 2020

    GameLog closed on: Saturday 6 June, 2020

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Charming, funny, fun combat and tough platforming puzzles

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstarstar

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