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GameGeex - Valdis Story: Abyssal City in Five Valdis Story: Abyssal City gets five minutes of my time to try out gameplay.

Steam is like a proving ground of titles all vying for my attention. With a catalog of over 500 games waiting in my library sometimes it's a bit daunting to pick a title out for play. What I've decided to do is go through all 500 something titles I own and give them at least five minutes of gameplay time. Gameplay for me starts when cutscenes end and I take control of the game. The first one I'd like to share with you Geex is Valdis Story: Abyssal City.

 

What happens when you take Mega Man and Castlevania to a drive-in and leave them alone?  Valdis Story: Abyssal City, feels like a love letter to the sidescrolling games of my childhood, and I'm happy to see that. Controls feel responsive, though playing on a keyboard leaves a little to be desired for me. Kicking off magic and specials is natural, nothing really felt forced to me at all. Graphically I love the over all design, and I honestly am looking forward to spending more time with the game. If you like sidescrolling Metroidvania titles this might be a good choice. Of course only 5 minutes into the game I barely scratched the surface but what I did see beckons me to invest more time.

 

 

If you'd like to see some other games played for the first five minutes check out Classic Contagious Gaming's channel over on Youtube.

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[Mandifesto] @ 11:40:06 AM Jan 3, 2014
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I'd love to hear more of your thoughts on the game.  What did the first five minutes entail?  What was the experience like?  Would you recommend it to other gamers, and if so, which type of gamer would enjoy it most?  

Tell me more, tell me more, did you get very far?


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Why does it feel like you channeled Grease? "Tell Me More, Tell Me More, does it have tight controls?" :)

It tossed me straight into the meat of gameplay with no real tutorial. I like that, I get tired of hand holding. Hand holding should always be optional. Basically, you start out descending downwards through a platform style level. There was no fear of falling and picking up the controls was simple.

Overall 5 minutes was fun so I played 5 more. Got some cool powers to upgrade my character early on. This is all in line with the Metroidvania style games.

If you like Metroid, Mega Man, Castlevania, and games in that nature then I recommend it. Those are the people it will appeal to most.

 

I'm only 10 minutes and 37 seconds into the game. This is on my must beat list though.


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I Saw "mega man" and "castlevania" in one sentence and I had to unfortunately stop reading in order to immediately obtain this golden treasure :0


[Classic Contagious Gaming] @ 8:11:57 PM Jan 2, 2014
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Hehe glad you got this one when i told you to.  I backed this when it was a Kickstarter project last year and wasn't expecting much when I heard only two people made the game, but boy was i surprised when i played it the first time.  So glad this game is getting a little publicity, it deserves it.


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