When comparing Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition vs Valdis Story: Abyssal City, the Slant community recommends Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition for most people. In the question“What are the best metroidvania games for the PC?” Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is ranked 3rd while Valdis Story: Abyssal City is ranked 21st.
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Pro Amazing art and atmosphere
Pro Controls are convenient
The keyboard controls are intuitive and just feel right. It can be a little difficult at times but it's a fair kind of difficulty, not the game screwing you over. This is part of the reason why the boss sections are so fun.
The upgrade system is nice and there are many secrets to be found.
Pro Great soundtrack
Very nicely made music.
Pro Great Metroidvania gameplay
Pro Amazing depth of combat and character build customization
There is a level of combat akin to fighting games in the amount of combat control. The game is considered an RPG because of the intense customization available for how the player builds the main character. Character growth includes finding and equipping spells, armor and weapons that can be upgraded through a blacksmith in towns, reuniting with various crew mates that each offer unique buffs or auxilliary attacks, and in depth character skill trees and attribute stats.
Pro Beautiful artstyle
The game looks amazing. The world and lore build an awesome story and it all ties together to create an immersive and engaging experience.
Pro Multiple characters with unique storylines and playstyles
Offers a level of replayability not seen in a lot of other metroidvania games. Seeing the story event from four unique perspectives gives great depth to the world.
Con Boring combat system
The combat system is kinda boring and repetitive. It's just about mashing buttons.
Con Super challenging combat
This could be taken as a pro or a con. There are a few difficulty levels but even on normal the game requires players to make full use of all their character growth options and expects quick reaction. I found a secret boss that actaully grows in power based on an untracked counter throughout the entire game. By the time I challenged the boss she was ridiculously powerful but i made it a point of pride to beat her. I'll attach a video capture of my fight to the media section.
Con Challenging, almost frustrating platforming
This may be a personal gripe because I've never been a fan of platforming. There are puzzles, often timed, that require a precision only obtained by repeated failure and mastery of the given situation.