As a person who enjoys exploration and discovery, I found Odallus satisfying. But if I was in a mood to find demons more exciting than doorways, I could easily find it a disappointment.
Enter Oniken, a videogame developed in the 2010s for people who played videogames in the 1980s, capturing the 8-bit action-platforming era’s essence but smoothing over the flaws nostalgia tends to overlook.
Samus Returns reuses a concept without understanding why it was effective, resulting in a confused remake searching for a reason to exist that it never finds.
There are few other videogames with which I have a longer and more evolving relationship, and I am grateful for it to be one of my formative experiences.
Feudal Alloy echoes the bones of Super Metroid, intentionally or unintentionally, without utilizing the connective tissue that made it work or offering successful new ideas as an alternative.