On the Friday immediately preceding the first Monday of each month when we would normally post our first review, we report on what we are doing to achieve our goal to review every Metroidvania game. This announcement includes our schedule of reviews and articles for the upcoming month, as well as any planned site adjustments or other important announcements.
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Every third Monday is our Patreon review, where our Patreon’s nominate a review of their choice. This month’s choice is An Untitled Story.
Monthly Game Spotlight: Salt & Sanctuary
The monthly game spotlight for November is Salt and Sanctuary. There have been quite a few attempts to translate the souls-like formula into a 2D platformer, but Salt and Sanctuary is still the closest to providing an experience that feels just like Dark Souls. It does just enough different that you aren’t simply better off just replaying one of the Soulsborne games, and it’s also the only Souls-like that I know of that let’s you do multiplayer locally. There are literally thousands of builds you can try, and a lot of options for how you tackle the game’s Metroidvania style world. If you’re looking for a game you can play and replay as the yearly holidays arrive, Salt and Sanctuary is a perfect candidate.
Monthly Youtube Review: Alwa’s Legacy
On Friday the 13th of November, we’ll be posting a video review for Alwa’s Legacy. We have updated the site so that any pinned review that also has a Video Review will say as such on our front page, so you don’t have to miss when a new review comes out if you aren’t already subscribed to our YouTube Channel. We mentioned last month that we might be doing our Monthly Spotlight as our Video Review, but we’ve decided this is the best way to highlight the most recent Video to avoid confusion.
November Review and Article Schedule
Disclaimer – While we work very hard to keep our schedule exactly as we’ve announced it, technical difficulties or surprise high priority review requests can require us to adjust the schedule accordingly. We will post an announcement any time this happens.
Below are the games we plan on looking at this month.
Artifacts – November 2
An unusual indie endeavor centered around collecting rogue-like power-ups in a set Metroidvania world. Every time you die you can lose some of those artifacts, which can be frustrating on the higher difficulties, but it does let you try out different builds as you play.
Castlevania Curse of Darkness– November 9
The second of the Igavania 3D Castlevania games, and first impressions are already great – you can actually control the camera in this one. The character design and overall style of the game is almost Jojo-esque, and being set right after the super serious conflict with Trevor Belmont and Dracula, I find that hilarious. This may just be the best 3D Castlevania game.
An Untitled Story – November 16
Our patreon pick for the month is another Metroidvania cult classic. This is one of Matt Thorson’s earliest games, a developer who you may now know as someone who worked on the popular Celeste. An Untitled Story has a reputation for being especially difficult, so it may be an interesting one to do a highlights reel on after the fact.
Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials – November 23
Batbarian is the story of a barbarian and his magical bat. There’s a heavy focus on comedy and based on early Steam reviews, the music is apparently phenomenal. We will also be posting a Developer Spotlight on Friday next week so stay tuned for that.
Biomass – November 30
We had a large number of amazing looking Metroidvanias come out last month, but Biomass is the one we got the most questions about. It advertises deep narrative involvement and cerebral combat, so it definitely fits the types of games we like breaking down the most.
Developer Spotlight: Unspeakable Pixels – November 6
Developer Spotlight is a feature we’ve talked about doing for a while, and this month we have the privilege of spotlighting Unspeakable Pixels, who has been working on Batbarian for the past four years.
The Metroidvania Review Twitch Schedule
We are broadcasting on Twitch once a week for 60-90 minutes at 8:00 AM PST every Saturday, and now every Wednesday at 6:00PM PST with r/metroidvania starring Cauldrath and Master. Tune in live if you want to ask us questions. You can also view the Archive from our Twitch page or our YouTube Let’s Play channel.
Every Wednesday we rotate who is in charge of playing the game and we come up with topics to discuss along the way. For Saturday we’re continuing on with Blasphemous.
Below is our Stream schedule for November:
October 31 & November 7, 14, 21 and 28 – Blasphemous Parts 4-8
November 4 – r/metroidvania Podcast – Professor Q’s pick
November 11 – r/metroidvania Podcast – Cauldrath’s pick
November 18 – r/metroidvania Podcast – Master’s pick
November 25 – r/metroidvania Podcast – Multiplayer Game