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Thursday, August 31, 2023

‘Vampire Survivors’ Nintendo Switch Review – Survival Game Is Now More Addictive Than Ever Before

It’s hard to convey how much of a game changer Vampire Survivors is on Nintendo Switch. The roguelike game has quickly made its way to numerous platforms to various levels of success, but today I’ll be taking a look at the newly released Switch version.

For the uninitiated, Vampire Survivors is where players take on the role of various characters inspired by archetypes of Castlevania characters. From there they’re put into an endless gauntlet of survival against non-stop enemies. Players don’t need to hit a button to attack as characters automatically attack; instead they’re tasked with focusing on positioning and picking up XP gems that allow their heroes to be equipped with more weapons and stat boosting items.

The creatures players will face include bats, skeletons, zombies, demonic plants, and various other monsters that take obvious inspiration from the Castlevania series. After about 30 minutes of battle, players are greeted with the Grim Reaper himself and the level comes to an end. Vampire Survivors might have the most simplistic gameplay ever but that allows it to be playable by everyone of every single skill level.

The Nintendo Switch version brings the full experience to a portable form; sure the game is already available on mobile phones, but having actual controllers and zero ads feels like the proper way to play. The Switch version also includes the latest couch co-op update that makes defeating hordes an absolute blast but eventually leads to busy screens with so much happening that it’s hard to make out what’s going on at certain points.

Vampire Survivors offers progression in the form of spending gold you find in levels on new characters and upgrades. Though you start with a whip-wielder, I instantly find myself gravitating towards the magic user as she fires at the nearest enemy instead of having to position for a proper whiplash. There’s a great variety of starting characters, each one using a different weapon you find within the levels. If you find yourself not liking a certain starting weapon, I highly recommend unlocking someone new and getting a new starter weapon. You never know who will take you to those satisfying level conclusions.

Level layouts are infinitely repeating but feature unique themes and layouts. The starter stage is a big grassy field with little obstruction, but you’ll soon find yourself in places like a horizontal oriented library or an infinitely vertical castle. Vampire Survivors provides a satisfying pace of progression that melds wonderfully with its addicting nature.

Vampire Survivors is satisfying gaming concentrated into its most pure form. It’s as satisfying as getting the super shotgun in a Doom game or defeating an annoying boss in Dark Souls. It’s one of the first games in a long time where I found myself saying “just one more round,” inevitably turning my quick play sessions into hour long excursions. With the Nintendo Switch release it adds a new portable element that makes it even more addicting and has me throwing my Switch in my backpack far more often as of late. For the price of about a cup of coffee, Vampire Survivors is the most bang for your buck that delivers an insanely addicting experience. Highly Recommended.

Vampire Survivors is available now on Nintendo Switch.

4 out of 5 skulls

Editor’s Note: Review code provided by the publisher.

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