Unexpectedly pleasant surprise: the utterly superb Metroidvania, Outland, is getting a belated Steam release next week.
Outland is a stonkingly beautiful 2D platformer with Metroidvania elements, and it has a rather unique twist: much like Ikaruga, you can swap between two polarities, and each one lets you absorb different attacks/pass through different barriers/hurt different enemies. Switching between the two to stay safe and inflict damage is utterly crucial to success, and lends a rather unique flavour to the proceedings.
I reviewed the Xbox 360 version three years ago, and if you really want to, you can have a look at what I said here. Be warned that this is back before a site redesign so there are no screenshots, no formatting, a number of weird issues, and it’s attributed to Paul, so I quite understand if you’d rather not glance at it.
Outland is due to hit Steam on 29 September at the price of £6.99. You can have a look at the launch trailer below.