Review by ESPSamus
"Super Meat Boy. Better Than Sliced Bread."
This game. It's squishy, lovable and full of life. Super Meat Boy is a wildly inventive, sadistically challenging, and extremely competitive game. It's platforming at it's very best.
To start things off, the game flows together seamlessly; no matter if your time is spent dying repeatedly or beating levels consecutively. The controls add to this feeling of seamlessness, there's never a moment where you feel like you've been cheated out of a victory.
The difficulty is brutal. It's refreshing to see a game come along with such a high level of challenge. The challenge helps push the player to keep playing, to just give it one more go. Even after you've mastered a level, there's always the challenge of your peers, you always feel the need to shave off just a couple milliseconds, find a new shortcut. The game is highly replayable in this regard, because in addition to never feeling satisfied with your performance, there's 101 bandages to collect spread throughout the game, pushing the difficulty even further, even to sometimes frustrating lengths. But once you manage to get that bandaid, beat that level, or move up in the rankings, the sense of accomplishment is like nothing else.
Even the non-gameplay elements are great. The cutscenes are hilarious; the wonderly animated expressions convey Meatboy's emotions perfectly. The music suits the game's tone, and almost gives you a beat to match your rhythm and timing as you make your precise little jumps. The graphics cover a wide variety of styles to original Gameboy graphics, to high definition B+W noir stylings.
To add to Super Meat Boy's quirks are the titles of the levels themselves, referencing anything from metal bands such as Boris and Mastodon to cult film directors like David Lynch and Alejandro Jodorowsky. The game shows an admiration for creativity. The game included free DLC levels that are updated fairly regularly and soon will include user created levels made by users of the PC version of the game. It interesting to see how the two versions are able to interact with each other.
Really, the game comes without flaws. (Though there are still a few minor bugs in both the 360 and Steam versions) It's one of the most satisfying and addicting experiences I've had in years, and I love it with all my heart and soul.
This is the very definition of a 10/10 game. A classic game with a modern day amount of depth.
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 03/10/11
Game Release: Super Meat Boy (US, 10/20/10)
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