Guacamelee 2 Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Guacamelee 2 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Guacamelee! 2 Review: Bright but Brutal https://www.gameskinny.com/iijru/guacamelee-2-review-bright-but-brutal https://www.gameskinny.com/iijru/guacamelee-2-review-bright-but-brutal Tue, 28 Aug 2018 14:09:33 -0400 Littoface

Seven years after the events of Guacamelee, the famous luchador fighter Juan Aguacate has… let himself go a bit, to put it mildly. Saddled with an intellectual wife and two boisterous kids, Juan's been living the easy life.

Until now.

Developed by DrinkBox Studios, Guacamelee 2 draws everyone's favorite legendary luchador out of retirement for a new adventure. Inspired heavily by Mexican folklore and history and pumping with an electro-Mexican soundtrack, the long-awaited sequel brings eccentric characters, a colorful palette and some serious fun to the screen.

Note: This reviewer has not played the first "Guacamelee" but is well-versed in Metroidvanias.

The Mexiverse Is in Danger

After a brief tutorial showing the final events of the last game, Juan is sent on his first real quest in seven years: to buy avocados for tacos so his dear wife Lupita can finish her dissertation.

But what starts as a simple enough task becomes a whole lot more serious when rips in time and space appear. Avocados forgotten, Juan is sucked once again into a whole different dimension. Juan is lauded as "the last Juan alive" and, once he gets his trademark luchador mask back, he's back to his old baddie-busting self.

And thus, Juan, along with his companion Tostada and some more familiar faces, are back in an adventure to save the Mexiverse. This time, his opponent is Salvador and his companions. Timelines are collapsing in on themselves as Salvador steals relics in search of the mystical eternal guacamole.

The story is not the big draw here, obviously, but the dialogues and writing are perfectly funny and tongue-in-cheek. Expect plenty of fourth wall breaking, references to the previous game, and general verbal shenanigans.

There are some weird and quirky characters, plenty of chickens, and pretty much all the silliness and character you'd expect from this game.

A Metroidvania Platformer with a Punch (Literally)

Guacamelee 2 calls itself a Metroidvania brawler -- and for good reason. The gameplay is a fairly balanced mix of fights, platforming, and backtracking for goodies as Juan recovers his powers.

All three are equally important, which means that if you're not very good at any aspect, you'll definitely have a hard time. Juan fights his way through areas, greeted at intervals by "lucha" instances that pit you against a group of stronger enemies one after the other.

On the other hand, platforming is an integral part of the game's progression, and special moves like smashing a fist upward and shifting into the form of a chicken are used both to fight and to get to where you want to be. There are even a few "jump quests" that require you to navigate around moving platforms, spikes, and other obstacles to get to some coveted treasure chests.

For the most part, the fighting and platforming are fluidly linked. For example, Juan can uppercut from one platform to another and take out an enemy in the process. You can also throw enemies at each other or at your companion fighters, creating strategic opportunities.

But the reliance on special moves means that playing this requires mastery of all your skills, which can lead to fumbling around. Sometimes this provides a welcome challenge but most of the time it's just frustrating, especially when you begin to use skills in rapid succession. Unless you are a button master, be prepared to fail. A lot.

Although Juan's special skills are pre-set, there is some variety offered in the form of character trees -- literally: certain characters you meet offer up different skills for you to purchase using gold and special pieces collected from chests.

Bring Some Friends

As soon as Juan gets his mark of power back, he can get help from some friends. The game supports drop-in co-op for up to 4 players. The action is kept on one main screen, which means all players have to be able to keep up.

Once someone moves on to a different screen, all other players are warped after him. But when you're traversing through an area, the screen doesn't stretch far. That means every player has to succeed in the platforming, or no one can move on. This is all fun and games if you're playing with someone on par with your own platforming prowess, but if your companion isn't very good, the game can get bogged down.

There are several characters to choose from, some of which start out locked. These are for aesthetic purposes only, and every player, regardless of their appearance, drops in with all of Juan's already-gathered special powers.

Full of Quirk and Color

While there are many frustrations to this game, "Guacamelee 2" has plenty of good points, too.

The artwork and characters are absolutely gorgeous, popping with color and shapes and drawing on traditional Mexican styles and mythology. The Mexican-themed music can get a bit repetitive, but for the most part, it adds a great ambiance to a game already bursting with personality.

The passage between timelines and its effect on the map is also a great mechanic, adding or removing platforms and other environmental elements in a way that's reminiscent of A Link to the Past.

As with any good Metroidvania, finding a new skill is cause for backtracking, and exploration is encouraged through plenty of hidden spots and useful collectibles.

Speaking of hidden goodies, Guacamelee 2 is absolutely packed with Easter eggs. There are the very obvious Chozo statues, the accidental trip into the "Baddest Timeline" which asks Juan if he is "a bad enough dude to save El Presidente", the amazing "Dankest Timeline" which we won't give away, and so many other goodies to find in every corner. 

All in all, Guacamelee 2 is definitely a great game -- it's colorful, funny, and so full of personality and chickens that it's sure to win anyone over.

Just be ready for a challenge: brawler-inspired controls and some tricky platform-hopping mean the first few hours have a steep learning curve. If you're a newcomer to either platformers or brawlers, you might want to cut your teeth elsewhere.

Fans of the first game certainly won't be disappointed, as this long-awaited sequel is even bigger and more luchalicious than ever. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more "Guacamelee 2" news and guides.

[Note: The developer provided the copy of Guacamelee 2 used for this review.]

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Guacamelee! 2 Guide: How to Beat All Bosses https://www.gameskinny.com/zhqlz/guacamelee-2-guide-how-to-beat-all-bosses https://www.gameskinny.com/zhqlz/guacamelee-2-guide-how-to-beat-all-bosses Fri, 24 Aug 2018 09:49:07 -0400 Sergey_3847

The famous Mexican-inspired platformer/brawler is back in the form of Guacamelee! 2. Juan returns once again to fight for Mexico in his trademark luchador mask and wrestling pants -- and he's facing some the toughest bosses yet.

Although you're probably somewhat prepared for what these baddies are going to throw at you, there are still a few wrinkles you'll need to know about before jumping in the ring with them. in Guacamelee! 2, Juan will fight against seven bosses (instead of two from the first game), all of whom have their own styles of fighting and sets of special tricks under. Follow our guide below for all the info you'll need to beat them all.

Calaca

The first boss fight is the returning final boss from the first game. This boss fight has two phases. In the first phase, Calaca appears in a human form that uses a vanishing trick, which makes him really hard to hit. When he reappears above you, he will drop to the ground and send out a shockwave that can deal a lot of damage if it hits you.

Stay firm when Calaca disappears and wait for him to appear again. As soon as he drops down, jump into the air to avoid the wave. Then, quickly jump up to him and deal damage. Pretty soon, he will get exhausted and the second phase will begin.

When the Black Sun arrives, Calaca will transform into a giant demon, who will call down meteorites from the sky. Dodge the falling meteorites and catch them one at a time in the air. Then, throw meteorites at Calaca. After about 10 hits, he will be defeated.

El Muneco

The second boss fight has three phases. In the first phase, El Muneco will throw a few chickens at you from above. Just use the walls to jump up to him and hit him a few times. This will put him down and he will get mad.

In the second phase, he will send waves of chickens from above and both sides. Again, use the walls to protect yourself from the chickens. As soon as the chicken waves end, El Muneco will appear. This is your chance to run to him and hit him as many times as you can.

In the final phase El Muneco will call upon his zombies and send even more chickens your way. Kill the zombies and avoid the chickens using walls. Lastly, El Muneco will reappear, which will signal to you that you can finish him off.

Uay Pek

Uay Pek is an evil wizard that will make you go through eight different phases. With every new phase the area will transform and create various obstacles. Here's what you will encounter in each of them:

  1. Fight Uay Pek himself. Avoid his magical missiles and hit him whenever you can.

  2. Uay Pek will summon several skeletons, which you need to beat (no special strategy here).

  3. In this phase, the boss will create copies of himself. Each clone will shoot magical missiles at you, which you have to dodge. Eventually, you'll need to beat all the Uay Peks in order to move to the next phase.

  4. Now the wizard will summon one giant skeleton. His weak spots are his heart and head, so you'll be jumping a lot to hit them.

  5. Fight Uay Pek one-on-one again. It's a short fight.

  6. In this phase, he will summon some strange creatures that will appear only for 10 seconds each. You will have to kill them before the time runs out.

  7. You will fight another giant skeleton.

  8. The last fight is against a dragon. Avoid his charges and hit him every time he lands on the ground.

Zope y Cactuardo

This boss fight will pit you against two bosses instead of one. The first one is Zope the parrot. It's a really easy fight that will not take long. But then Zope will call upon Cactuardo -- a giant killer cactus.

Zope will land on top of Cactuardo's head. If you get close to Cactuardo, you will receive damage, since the giant cactus is covered by needles. You will need to jump off the wall and push Zope off Cactuardo's head.

If you manage to do this, Catuardo's needles will disappear for a few moments. Use this window to hit him and Zope. If you manage to do this three times in a row, the bosses will be defeated.

Jaguar Javier

The fight against Jaguar Javier consists of three phases. Each phase will involve another jaguar, so in the end, you will fight all three at once.

The strategy is very simple here: just avoid the jaguar's charge attacks and power beams. Try to hit all three at once for maximum damage. In order to do this, you need to push all three to the wall and pressure them there.

One by one, they will fall, which means that the fight will get easier with each knocked down kitty.

Salvador

The final boss fight against Salvador has two phases. In the first phase, you will fight against a giant serpent that will appear from below and the sides. It will shoot power beams, which you need to avoid, including the metorites falling from the sky.

Use every opportunity to hit the serpent in the head, and after about 40 hits it will die. This will immediately make Salvador fight you one on one. He will create a powerfield around himself, proclaiming himself unbeatable. But all you need to do is turn into a chicken and hit him for the shield to fall down.

Then, the second phase starts. This time his tactics are very similar to Jaguar Javier's boss fight. He will charge at you, so jump over his head and hit him from behind. Repeat this process until he can't fight you anymore!

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That is all on how to beat all the bosses in Guacamelee! 2, but be sure to come back soon for even more guides at GameSkinny!

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Guacamelee! 2 Releases on PC and PS4 Aug. 21 https://www.gameskinny.com/pqfww/guacamelee-2-releases-on-pc-and-ps4-aug-21 https://www.gameskinny.com/pqfww/guacamelee-2-releases-on-pc-and-ps4-aug-21 Mon, 20 Aug 2018 15:06:07 -0400 Bryant Pereira

Luchador Juan Aguacate became an indie icon with the release of Guacamelee over five years ago. The Metroidvania platformer took the gaming scene by storm with its tight controls, witty humor, and authentic Mexican style.

Tomorrow, the retired hero must once again slip into spandex and put on his luchador mask to stop an evil overlord and save the Mexiverse in Guacamelee! 2 for PS4 and PC.

Improving on the original, Guacamelee! 2 introduces new levels, enemies, characters, and all new chicken powers (yes, you can finally fulfill your dreams of being a deadly Cucco). 

Concept Lead at Drinkbox Studios, Augusto Quijano, had this to say about using Mexico as the main focus of the setting.

"Mexico is such a vibrant and colorful country. Oftentimes that stuff doesn't make the front page news, so we wanted to put it front and center in Guacamelee 2. Mexican folklore heavily influenced and shaped the areas, characters, enemies and music of Guacamelee 2. If you were a fan of the first game you will have a completely new, yet familiar experience. If this is your first time playing, I hope you have as much fun exploring this rich world as we had making it!"

Starting tomorrow, PlayStation Plus members and Steam users can get a 10% discount with their purchase, and Steam users who already own the original game will get an additional 10% off coupon.

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