|a game by||Matt Makes Games|
|Platforms:||XBox One, PC, Playstation 4|
|Editor Rating:||8.3/10, based on 2 reviews, 1 review is shown|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 4 votes|
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|See also:||2D Platformer Games, Games Like Hollow Knight, Games Like Dead Cells, Games Like Unpacking|
Prepare yourself for Celeste, it’s one of the most hard-hitting and genuinely remarkable games I’ve seen in a long while and it’s an absolute pleasure to play. Follow Madeline, a young woman who embarks on an incredible quest that challenges her and the player with incredibly well-designed platforming puzzles. I hope you’re as excited to hear about it as I am to talk about it. Let’s jump into it.
The gameplay of Celese is utterly incredible. Tight, dynamic and responsive controls that perfectly accent the play style. Madeline moves with such fluidity and grace that even though the game is difficult, you find yourself excited to try a failed mission again.
The objective is to jump around through the levels and collect strawberries. Madeline’s primary ability is her dash and it is the greatest weapon against the levels. With a series of mechanic advancements that permit for greater mobility, the game still manages to adhere to a perfectly balanced difficulty curve. There are even B-Sides to many levels with you to take the level on again under a new difficulty for more play value. All in all, there is well over 25 hours' worth of gameplay here at a minimum.
With a large number of collectibles and a series of different game modes to boot, I keep finding more and more to do and see in this game. You can even alter the physics, which is so cool. The opens up relatively easy but quickly gets harder. There are some later parts of the game that are outright difficult and took me a couple of tries to get. Thankfully, the title prides itself on an astoundingly quick reload time and you are back to trying again as quick as you died. It makes death far less frustrating than in some other games. Celeste reminds me of titles like Limbo, Super Meat Boy and Hollow Knight but, in my opinion, far exceeds them all in regards to quality.
As I said, the game follows Madeline, a young woman who is climbing Celeste Mountain. All throughout, the mountain provides challenges that young Madeline must combat. There are characters who she meets and they all have rich and interesting personalities.
Something that I found unique about this, was the games willingness to broach subjects like depression and mental health. I found myself confronted with these very adult concepts in a game about jumping around.
The art and graphics in this title are nothing short of astounding. Everything is beautiful to look at with an excellent colour palette, shading and animation. So much is conveyed through what many would consider to be a limited visual medium. I cannot stress enough how stunning this game is. The levels are very easy to view, items can be distinguished with ease and the action is a breeze to follow.
This is one of the best platformers that I have ever played and arguably one of the best games in general that I’ve ever played. If you love an amazing story with unbelievably good gameplay, this is an absolute must play for you!
- Excellent Gameplay
- Incredible Story
- Fantastic Music
- Genius Level Design
- Can get very frustrating at times