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PAX East 2013: Guacamelee! Hands On [PSN]

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Posted on March 25, 2013 AT 02:55pm

Over the weekend at PAX East I was able to get hands on time with Guacamelee!. The title is a Mexican themed metroidvania style platformer from Drinkbox Studios. At this time a release date has not been announced but the game will be a PlayStation Network exclusive downloadable title for both PS3 and PS Vita.

As with any game the first thing you notice is how it looks, which isn’t always a great indicator of what will be in store for you as the player. In the case of Guacamelee! the first thing you notice when you sit down to play the game is the art style. Brightly colored with crisp and funky animations, the graphics do an excellent job at showcasing the folklore and Mexican culture they’ve been inspired by. Not to mention the art work just looks fun and engaging which accurately represents my experience with the game!

In Guacamelee! you play as a beefy Luchador who needs to brawl his way through enemies and barriers. The game’s mechanics have you wall jumping from side to side and headbutting you’re way into areas that would otherwise be inaccessible. And for those rare occasions when you simply can’t make your large wrestler small enough to get under something you can always just become a chicken. Yes, a real chicken. In times of great despair (or amusement) you can turn your character into a chicken to comically scramble out of harms way. You don’t have to be a chicken every time you’re in danger though! Coins gathered from bad guys and chests will let the player purchase power ups from the in game store, letting you choose abilities that cater to your own play style.

The game also allows for some really great co-op game play as I experienced while playing with game designer Chris McQuinn. While two players can certainly share the screen and get through objectives without too much talking, there are times when a verbal heads up to your partner is the only way you’ll get the timing right. But as Chris openly admitted to me, there are some great opportunities for griefing as well. And depending on who you’re playing with you can open yourself up to even more laughs (or lose friends who don’t take kindly to your trolling tactics in game). While your masked Luchador flits in and out of the worlds of the dead and the living, refusing to tell your friend when you’re jumping into a portal to switch dimensions can lead to some serious face palming. A bridge you’re walking across in the world of the living may vanish from underneath your feet when you uppercut your way into a portal to access a ledge in the world of the dead.

In the event that you can’t make up your mind as to whether you want to play Guacamelee! on PS3 or PS Vita you can always use both! While playing on your PlayStation 3 you can use your PS Vita as an in game mini map. Or save the game on your PS Vita so that you can continue you from where you left off at another time on your PlayStation 3. The PlayStation Vita can also act as controller while you play the game on your PlayStation 3! The cross platform options are just one of the many things that make the title worth your time and money.

Guacamelee! will be available soon for PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. Feel free to share your thoughts on the game in the comments below and let us know what you’re thoughts on the title are!

About the Author: Laura has many varied interests outside of video gaming. Other hobbies and areas of obsession include: hiding her Boston accent, singing, Metallica, The Walking Dead, Iron Man, Green Day, The Boondock Saints, tattoos, Pomeranians, and the paranormal. Follow Laura on Twitter: @DN_VampPMS


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