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 Patreons nominate a review of their choice. This month’s choice is Mega Man ZX – which is included in the more recent Mega Man Zero/ZX Collection.
Monthly Game Spotlight: Rabi-Ribi
The monthly game spotlight for February is Rabi-Ribi. Yesterday was its 5th Anniversary, and right now and over the weekend, the game and all of its DLC are on sale on Steam! Many people I talk to are put off by this game’s theming, and yes the Story is completely nonsensical. However if you can put that feeling aside long enough to give it a shot, you might discover one of the most deep and engaging exploration experiences since Super Metroid. What I mean by that comparison is that you have a ton of freedom to approach the world on your own terms – it’s even possible to beat the game without picking up a single upgrade. Aside from that its bullet hell style bosses provide a unique combat challenge I’ve yet to see a match for. Definitely give this one a second glance if you passed it over before.
Monthly Youtube Video: Our Top 10 Games Played in 2020
On Friday the 19th of February, we’re going to try something different. We haven’t done our usual top 10 games played in 2020 yet this year, and since we just started doing video reviews, why not combine the two? We will put up a page on the website as well, but to really make sure you don’t miss it make sure you’re subscribed to our YouTube Channel.
February Review and Article Schedule
Below are the games we plan on looking at this month.
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.
We apologize for last month where we said we were going to review Eternal Return – that review is still coming, we just need a little more dedicated time with that game.
ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights Early Access Preview – February 1
A haunting experience for which we’re already very excited to see the final product get released. Ender Lilies is a delightful combination of some familiar mechanics wrapped up in a gorgeous visual and musical presentation. The full scoop on what is available in the early access version will be in our full preview on Monday.
Dr. Atominus – February 8
A quirky mini-metroidvania that will give you a fun time without sacrificing too much. A scientist trapped in the 4th dimension decides that magnifying atoms is the only way to save himself, and as that particular sentient atom, you have objections to being killed to save him.
Mega Man ZX – February 15
The Mega Man Zero series has always technically had an interconnected world, but Mega Man ZX is t he first to actually make you wander that world to find your objectives. Turning Mega Man into a Metroidvania has potential, but it remains to be seen whether Mega Man ZX actually pulls it off.
Monster Sanctuary – February 22
It’s Pokemon, except a sidescroller in a Metroidvania world. Also the Battles are all 3v3, and instead of having a pool of moves that every pokemon draws from, each pokemon is assigned 5 moves with each of those moves having its own skill tree. If you’re a pokemon fan, there are a ton of neat differences to enjoy here, and of course we will be checking out whether it might appeal to Metroidvania fans as well.
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 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 starting our journey towards Super Metroid starting with Metroid Zero Mission – a series specifically focused on the Story of Metroid.
Below is our Stream schedule for February:
Edit: Due to Nick’s absence for tomorrow’s stream, we made a last minute delay to starting Metroid Zero Mission. Tomorrow we will be doing Steam Game Festival Demos.
January 30 – Steam Game Festival Demos
February 6 – Steam Game Festival Demos
February 13 – Metroid Zero Mission Part 1
February 20 – Metroid Zero Mission Part 2
February 27 – Metroid Zero Mission Part 3
February 3 – r/metroidvania Podcast – Multiplayer Game
February 10 – r/metroidvania Podcast – Professor Q’s pick
February 17 – r/metroidvania Podcast – Cauldrath’s pick
February 24 – r/metroidvania Podcast – Master’s pick