Every week, the PC Gamer team pick their most and least favourite happenings from the last seven days. Here you'll find the week's soaring highs and stagnant lows, picked from the news, the games we've played, the culture at large. The only thing that's guaranteed is there'll be no neutral opinions.
Hyper Light Drifter
Ignore the pretext for this 'Hyper Light Drifter is coming to PS4/Vita' trailer and focus on the upcoming indie's game's astonishing world, which is comprised of some of the artiest pixels I ever did see. You're probably already aware that it gives good GIF, but this new video shows that it looks just as good in motions longer than a few frames, in case you were somehow labouring under any doubt. I suggest you pre-slacken your jaw in anticipation of the following trailer.
As well as being one of our most anticipated games of the year, Hyper Light Drifter is perhaps the prettiest indie action-RPG I've seen in some time. Although, given that the genre also contains the scatalogical pestilence of The Binding of Isaac, that shouldn't come as too much of a surprise.
The strength of its gif-laden Kickstarter page is surely a contributing factor to the $645,158 the team raised - 2,389% of its intended total. Having gone so far over the intended goal, though, the scope of the project has naturally increased. In a new Kickstarter update, the developers have announced what that means for the game's release.
Hyper Light Drifter melted my usually unbreakable Kickstarter kaution, and it did so with GIFs. Its beautiful combat and idling animations already offer an uncanny level of charm, character and flair, and I'm looking forward to the day when it becomes a thing that I can play. In the meantime, we're going to have to settle for brief, early glimpses of the action RPG. Such a tease was posted recently by the developers, in the form of a pre-alpha combat video.
Valve are driving around with their headlights set to max, shining them full in the face of yet more indie games. This latest batch of Steam Greenlight approvals includes everything from the Lovecraftian roguelike Eldritch, to the hyper-pretty, hyper-funded Hyper Light Drifter, and Skyscraper Simulator, which I really hope is a simulator about being a skyscraper. Hopefully not the one from Battlefield 4.
Normally I'm a paragon of caution and balance, especially when it comes to the unknown depths of pre-development game funding. But hot dang would you look at this thing! Hyper Light Drifter has shades of Zelda, of course, but visually, there are also hints of gorgeously stylised games like Sword & Sworcery EP and Supergiant's Transistor. The project has also secured the talents of composer Disasterpeace, him what did the brillo Fez soundtrack. Naturally, the game has already shot past its funding goal.