If you loved Hades, rush to the excellent Rogue Legacy 2

After a long early access, Rogue Legacy 2 is available on PC and Xbox. And, frankly, it’s hard not to get addicted.

I’m addicted to Rogue Legacy 2 just like I was Hades two years before. Developed by Cellar Door Games, it is based on the same carrot that pushes to chain games, again and again, despite the failures that accumulate. One feels indeed always more powerful, always more serene with the idea to carry out this step more. The feeling of accomplishment is total, for a global quest which consists of defeating an ultimate boss after having beaten the six minions who seal the door (which we see from the start of the game).

We therefore take great pleasure in progressing in Rogue Legacy 2, motivated by the desire to unlock improvements designed to make the task even easier. And they will never be too many to advance in the adventure, as the challenge may seem, at first glance, insurmountable. All the new options that we obtain make it possible to counterbalance the very random aspect of each attempt. The proof that Rogue Legacy 2 is based on a mastered formula.

Rogue Legacy 2 // Source: Capture Xbox
Rogue Legacy 2 // Source: Capture Xbox

Challenge and humor

In terms of pure gameplay, Rogue Legacy 2 certainly ranks among the best games of the genre in which it fits – that of rogue-lite. He also allows himself to embellish his universe with a lot of humor. The title is based on the principle of lineage.

Each heroine or hero dies and gives way to a descendant. The characters are of course unique, with attributes that can be bonuses as well as penalties. In addition to having an impact on the gameplay, they allow the developers to have a field day on the jokes. Rogue Legacy 2 will make you smile more than once, a quality that makes it easier to digest its difficulty.

Rogue Legacy 2 will make you smile more than once

We would almost want to lose voluntarily to discover the gag after, the facet of a hero that we would not even have suspected. Does your warrior have a distinction that makes him look like a clown? Well, he’ll look like a clown — that’s all. Much more useful, your hero can be tiny to better sneak or, conversely, be giant and more powerful. Be careful, some lines are real flaws, like the one that literally turns the screen upside down, forcing us to have our heads down or the very funny one that lights us up with a projector while obscuring everything else. Conversely, being a vampire is not a curse: you will regain health with each hit!

As Forrest Gump would say in the eponymous cult film, ” Rogue Legacy 2 is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get. Because, apart from the incarnated heroes, the levels are never the same either. We end up recognizing the portions, arranged differently with each new passage. So yes, sometimes Rogue Legacy 2 knows how to be cruel, when he imposes impossible conditions. Good news, however: it is not necessary to redo the entire game on each try, the death of a boss being final. All you have to do is buy access to the next environment with a teleporter. In its structure, Rogue Legacy 2 is inspired by another genre, the Metroidvania, with passages that are only accessible later.

Good luck playing in these conditions // Source: Capture Xbox
Good luck playing in these conditions // Source: Capture Xbox

Rogue Legacy 2 looks like a cartoon

Rogue Legacy 2 is an ultra generous game, starting with its very attractive form. Its 2D rendering is simply magnificent, as it is full of details. Cellar Door Games also takes care of the animations and offers a very cartoony artistic direction – evidenced by the cute enemies that we don’t always want to kill (alas, we have to). Put together, these qualities give the impression of playing a cartoon. It’s fun and, above all, it makes you want to move forward, despite the many obstacles that stand in the way.

Lots of stuff to unlock // Source: Capture Xbox
Lots of stuff to unlock // Source: Capture Xbox

The content is also up to expectations. The difficulty on which the adventure is based promises many hours of trying to defeat, one by one, the bosses that guarantee access to the final portion. Just look at the Talent Tree to realize the magnitude of the task at hand to see the end. It stacks unlockable upgrades — forever — through gold coins. It’s a clever way to make no attempt in vain and to motivate ever more the one who will embark on an incessant race for power.

In the spotlight // Source: Capture Xbox
In the spotlight // Source: Capture Xbox

Cellar Door Games additionally provides several tools to make your life easier. We can for example freeze the levels, at the cost of a big financial sacrifice, in order to reach a boss more quickly, or even buy a few pieces of equipment. The possibilities are immense and regularly renewed, elements that prevent routine from setting in. There is even a trace of some additional objectives, always with the aim of being stronger. And like Rogue Legacy 2 is never really punitive (except maybe when there are traps or enemies outside the field of vision) we never let go.

The verdict

Rogue Legacy 2 is a worthy representative of the rogue-lite genre. In addition to ideas of his own, starting with this very well thought out genealogical component, he offers content likely to occupy for hours and hours. As a bonus, it pays for the luxury of being very pretty, with a cartoon style that makes you want to dive into it.
Due to all these qualities, Rogue Legacy 2 becomes addictive very quickly. We chain the games hoping to unlock enough bonuses to become stronger, again and again. Never too punitive, always very didactic, Rogue Legacy 2 is a lesson in well thought out challenge. The barrier sometimes seems insurmountable, but we have enough keys to cross it. Especially since humor is omnipresent.

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