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  • Writer's pictureLuis Canseco

Guacamelee! 2

Guacamelee! 2 is the sequel to the first title in every way, shape, and form; only expanded, deeper, and offering more than the original in every way. There is not a lot to say, if you enjoyed the first Guacamelee and its Latin-Influenced roots, you will love Guacamelee! 2 just as much as the first.

For those of you who have not played Guacamelee!, you play as a luchador named Juan Aquacate, in a Sidescrolling-Metroidmania adventure game with Luchador inspired wrestling combat and simple puzzles similar to the Castlevania and Metroid titles it is inspired by. To say Guacamelee is original in gameplay would be incorrect, as its influences are apparent from the moment you start the game. However, what makde Guacamelee stand out was its Latin-American influences, primarily Mexican. From Dia de Los Muertos, to Los Calaveras, to La Catrina, to Los Vaqueros, to Los Cohetones, the creators and art department show their love for their culture.

Guacamelee! 2 is very similar in terms of art and design, the combat is smoother and are double the moves compared to the first game, and the worlds feel bigger, but still easy to traverse. More Guacamelee! is not necessarily a bad thing, especially because Guacamelee! 2 has new environments, bosses, and a new story with new dialogue.

At some point, Guacamelee! 2 becomes too much like the first game, as you play through the puzzles, it is all new, but it is not different enough to feel meaningful. The sequel feels like a proper sequel, but outside of the grappling hook and Pollo Combat moves, there is not enough new content to fully fill the belly of the players.

Guacamelee! 2 is a fun time, no alcohol required, and is a great 4 Player Couch Co-Op title that fans will enjoy.




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