Metacritic (PC): 84/100
Release: Jul 2016
Reviewed on: PC

Hyper Light Drifter

Site Score
Good: Beautiful graphic and sound design – Customise your weapon and choose your path
Bad: Some artificial difficulty (framerate and mechanics)
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Hyper Light Drifter is a fast title available across popular platforms that will rekindle memories of the likes of the Zelda franchise although features combat more in tune with the difficult Dark Souls series.


Presentation of story is minimal through words instead the game uses other methods to set the stage for your wandering adventure. The gist is you’ll play as a Drifter, a collector of lost knowledge who is plagued by an unnatural illness and on the hunt through ancient locations to find something to rid himself of this plague.

Accordingly this quest will take you far and wide as you fight all sorts of monsters and ancient technology throughout the large array of dungeon locations. Equipped with a trust energy sword which can be enhanced with additional modules to both alter your playstyle and even reach new areas.

Other weaponry that features commonly throughout the game are typical of the video game industry with ranged weapons (guns) and a healthy assortment of area based options. Utilising all of these is vital in Hyper Light Drifter due to the growing potency of enemies both in numbers and strategy.


In traditional Dark Souls style players are encouraged to master the cycles of attacks that enemies use in order to carefully plan when to play defensive and when to flick over to aggressive gestures.

The entire adventure is wrapped up with some beautiful game art and strong soundtrack but at the same time is let down by a few nagging game elements that artificially inflate the difficultly and will cause some frustration.


  • Inspired by the classic 8 and 16 bit games.
  • Plays like a mix between Zelda and Dark Souls.
  • Explore a ruined world packed with monsters and bosses.
  • Customise your weapons.
  • Available on all major platforms.

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Hyper Light Drifter, 8.6 out of 10 based on 10 ratings
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