Tuesday, 12 May 2015

First Impressions: Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition

Any game as completely bonkers as Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition deserves a play (or at least a watch) and Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is definitely bonkers.

In a world where wrestlers (or luchadors) are the heroes and chickens and man-goats are the trainers, one man (or a man and a woman or a man and a woman and the first man's twin (?) or a man and a woman and the first man's twin (?) and the first woman's twin (?) must find a way to defeat the skeletons of the dead using only his/her/their wit, determination and a mask that grants them superpowers all the while, while dodging various lawsuits for subtle (and not so subtle) nods to the video game industry. 

Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is definitely a fun game that doesn't mind making fun of itself with a few genuine laughs and great gameplay opportunities thrown in for good measure. Some of the best use of portals I've seen since, well, Portal as well as some great feeling fights and combos so complicated they feel like they were ripped out of Street Fighter (which wouldn't surprise me, if they were) make for some fun gameplay and it's all topped of with a funny story. 

However, there are two things wrong with what I've just said. One: this is a game designed for a controller and, so, buying it on the PC can lead to some rather irritating mess ups with the combos and special abilities that just suck the fun out of whatever bizarre thing you were just attempting. Two: the story is laid out in English with some, rather randomly placed, Spanish thrown in. This, while being funny to begin with as the different characters and are labelled with terrible puns, led to me struggling to understand the story as my brain struggled to translate words from one language only to have to switch to another one word afterwards. I'm sure I'll get used to it, but it was rather annoying, especially as some of the storyline is so genuinely funny.    

Overall, Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is an interesting and bizarre game (with an even more bizarre name) that celebrates both Mexican and Spanish cultures as well as the video game industry. Oh, and chickens, of course. 

Goodbye for now, Harry 

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