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Action-platformer Valfaris gets a heavy metal trailer at the PC Gaming Show

Valfaris looks like a shelf of heavy metal album covers brought to life, which shouldn't be a surprise if you've seen the team's previous action-platformer, Slain: Back from Hell. The gothic fantasy land has been swapped for a sci-fi citadel orbiting a dying sun, and you can get your first look at it in action in a new trailer from the PC Gaming Show.

Slain was a nod to the tricky gothic misadventures like Castlevania, but Valfaris, with its big guns and aliens, calls to mind the likes of Contra and Turrican. It pits one extremely well-armed warrior against an army of monsters and sci-fi goons as they slaughter their way through the titular citadel. It used to be a nice place, apparently, but the new owners have some weird ideas when it comes to interior decorating.

Therion—that's the angry man doing all the killing—can scrounge up a lot of exotic weapons, all of which look ready to just blow up in his hand. I guess that would be pretty metal, if not entirely practical. Steel Mantis brought one of them to the PC Gaming Show: the Bringer of Mayhem. It shoots a beam that can hit multiple targets and turn them into a shower of guts and goo. 

Thankfully the safety was on. 

Fraser Brown

Fraser is the UK online editor and has actually met The Internet in person. With over a decade of experience, he's been around the block a few times, serving as a freelancer, news editor and prolific reviewer. Strategy games have been a 30-year-long obsession, from tiny RTSs to sprawling political sims, and he never turns down the chance to rave about Total War or Crusader Kings. He's also been known to set up shop in the latest MMO and likes to wind down with an endlessly deep, systemic RPG. These days, when he's not editing, he can usually be found writing features that are 1,000 words too long. He thinks labradoodles are the best dogs but doesn't get to write about them much.