Cadence of Hyrule just came out and if you loved “A Link to the Past” and “Gitaroo Man” you’ve probably purchased this gem already. That makes my job of explaining even easier. The spear in“Cadence of Hyrule” is so good, it feels like cheating.
As a side note, I love the title of this game. Technically it is “Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the Necrodancer, featuring The Legend of Zelda” but I think we can all agree that title is so long that it was most likely pitched as a joke and no one thought it was a bad idea. I agree with those people.
If you are on the fence about this game just check out any random video about it. You’ll love it (possibly). After you purchase the game, heed my advice, “Purchase the Spear”. It is practically the only melee weapon that you will need.
The game is based on a grid system, kind of like a much faster paced Final Fantasy Tactics (Mmmm... now I want to play tactics...). Everything (including the character you choose to play as) moves to the beat of the song that happens to be playing in a particular area. There are, of course, bombs, the boomerang, and other weapons that you’ve come to expect in a Zelda title. Link’s sword is the melee weapon you start off with, however. It isn’t bad and I’m positive that you could play the whole game with it but you need not put yourself through that kind of “Ninja Gaiden” difficulty. Just buy the Spear.
Being a “Rogue-like”, you will die often in “Cadence of Hyrule” As with most Rogue-likes you lose the majority of your equipment upon death. You do get to keep any permanent items that you have obtained, along with the diamonds that you’ve collected. You may have to abandon your money when you die but fear not! For only 6 diamonds, you can purchase a spear from one of the fates upon your untimely demise.
The swords that you collect in the game require your character to be on a square touching an enemy square in order to attack anything. That closeness almost guarantees you will lose health if your attack doesn’t kill the enemy right away, and forget about a boss fight. With the spear, though, you can keep a safe(r) distance and attack enemies from 2 squares away.This is what I meant by “is so good it feels like cheating”.
Obviously I don’t consider the use of the spear cheating, because it is a regular item that you can purchase right away. I just wanted to point out that if you don’t want an in-game frustration equivalent to falling down on the same sheet of ice, over and over again, you will purchase this spear as soon as possible. Heck, It’s worth dying on purpose as soon as you’ve accumulated 6 diamonds just to start kicking butt right away.
This was not a review of anything but a single item. If you don’t like the game, it’s not my fault. If you do like the game, though, I am more than willing to take any praise for its existence (no matter how unwarranted).
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