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  • Summary: Help Madeline survive her journey to the top of Celeste Mountain in this super-tight, hand-crafted platformer from the creators of TowerFall.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 36
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 36
  3. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Jun 12, 2018
    100
    My hands actually hurt from gripping the Switch but I couldn’t stop, and when I finally landed on the other side of one of the many gauntlets that Celeste wears like a medal, I felt both relief and curiosity as to what it would throw at me next. It’s a rewarding experience and a game that I’m honoured to issue a perfect score.
  2. Jan 25, 2018
    100
    Celeste is a surprise masterpiece. Its 2D platforming is some of the best and toughest since Super Meat Boy, with levels that are as challenging to figure out as they are satisfying to complete.
  3. Jan 29, 2018
    100
    Celeste is a true masterpiece of the genre and an excellent example of what a perfect level design is. Exquisite gameplay and a beautiful story make this game one of the best surprises of the modern era.
  4. Jan 25, 2018
    90
    It's a testament to convincing writing and ingenious design that after playing Celeste I felt like I'd been on the same journey as Madeline. Her struggle is one made easy to empathize with, her low points painful to watch, and her high notes exhilarating to experience. Her tale is delicately told and beautifully illustrated, confidently coalescing with the satisfying, empowering game it lies within. Not bad for a game about climbing a mountain.
  5. Feb 20, 2018
    90
    Celeste is a challenging, charming and near-to-perfection game that doesn't only play well, but also tells a poignant story and merges this with all the best qualities you can expect from a platformer.
  6. Feb 3, 2018
    90
    What separates Celeste, even at its hardest, from masochistic games like The End Is Nigh is that it's not bleak or unyielding.
  7. 80
    It may take a certain type of patience to really get hooked into Celeste's laboriously challenging masochism, but it’s undeniably a well-crafted and thoughtfully designed experience that’s equally satisfying as it is unyielding.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 86 out of 103
  2. Negative: 6 out of 103
  1. Jan 28, 2018
    10
    I don't like being a reactionist, or overpraising something too soon, but Celeste is one of the best 2D platformers I've ever played. I'llI don't like being a reactionist, or overpraising something too soon, but Celeste is one of the best 2D platformers I've ever played. I'll break down my review into individual segments:

    Controls: 10/10
    Very tight, extremely simple controls. Move with Left control stick. Jump with B. Dash with Y. Climb walls with RT. End of tutorial. But the sheer amount of mileage these developers get out of such a simple base is staggering

    Gameplay: 10/10
    While the controls are deceptively simple, every single chapter introduces a few new mechanics that you will have to master in order to progress. Whether they be platforms that disintegrate underneath you, platforms that move in sync with your dashing, walls you can dash through that have a unique effect. gemstones that replenish your dash midair, bubbles that shoot you far off into certain directions, and the list goes on and on, each new mechanic requires you to use them with near perfect precision and timing. The challenge can be occasionally frustrating, and you may find yourself dying several hundred times in any given chapter (I'm not exaggerating, you will die a lot), but it's the good kind of frustration that invites you to persist, not the kind that will cause you to rage quit. And none of your deaths feel out of your control. It doesn't require you to memorize every obstacle coming next, because there's never anything popping up that you didn't expect. Every obstacle is laid out in front of you, clear for you to see, which makes the challenge more inviting than frustrating.
    But I don't want to scare off potential players who are not so keen on the sound of timing and precision based gameplay, since that doesn't sound particularly fun by description alone, but this is a joy to play and an innumerable amount of sequences had me smiling and feeling accomplished by their end.

    Difficulty Level: 7/10
    I know 7 seems fairly low considering how much time I've already spent re-emphasizing the demand for precision, and how often you're going to die, and I'm sure you've already seen many other reviews that describe it to be tough as nails, and it is, but (thankfully) the game doesn't punish you for dying over and over and over and over. I had more than 300 deaths in a single chapter once. But this game doesn't kick you in the balls the way Cuphead does every time you die, you always re-spawn in the same frame that you died in, and it takes roughly half a second to re-spawn. The sheer amount of precision the game demands in and of itself would be enough to make it a 10, but the forgiving nature of the game makes the challenge much more manageable, so you can throw yourself at the same obstacle over and over and over and over again until you get it right, which is a godsend, because I would have honestly never bothered finishing the game if I had to deal with a lives system, or if it sent me back to the beginning of each level, or something like that.

    Story: 7/10
    I'm actually not as enamored with the story as many other people seem to be. I think it's great to see more and more video games experiment in dealing with heavy thematic matter such as anxiety, panic, apathy, depression, emotional distance, etc, and I think Celeste does a good job of it, and I can imagine many people out there being touched by it, because it handles delicate topics with sensitivity, earnestness, and a touch of humor. I like the characters a lot (and I love that they actually created an Instagram account for the character who is always taking selfies and writing posts throughout the game), but I don't think it's quite perfect yet. I really hope the developers keep experimenting with this kind of subject matter, because Celeste has made me eager for whatever the dish up next.

    Artwork/Design: 8/10
    I used to refer to this segment as "graphics," because graphical power used to be important when reviewing games, but we've reached an era of gaming when gamers and reviewers are less concerned about graphical horsepower and more interested in artwork, with absolutely beautiful looking games such as Cuphead and Journey, which are both stunning games due to their artwork, even though they're not going to max out the system you run them on by any means. Celeste is in that category, and it is a brilliantly designed game.

    Music: 9/10
    It is impressive in and of itself that these indie developers composed more than two hours of music for a relatively short game (around 10hrs max to complete all of the main bits, 20 if you're a completionist that is going to collect all the strawberries and complete all the "B side" challenges), and it pays off, because the soundtrack is just beautiful.

    Overall: 10/10
    While I think the story is good, even though I wasn't as deeply impressed with it as many other reviewers were, the controls, gameplay, and design are every bit as good as you've heard and Celeste is a game that deserves to be experienced by anybody who can spare twenty bucks to try it out.
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  2. Oct 3, 2018
    10
    Wow. This game is stunning. Games like Shovel Knight brought retro games back into the spotlight... Celeste masters this. Gorgeous andWow. This game is stunning. Games like Shovel Knight brought retro games back into the spotlight... Celeste masters this. Gorgeous and detailed pixel art mixed with tear-jerking music make this game so absurdly immersive. The story is motivating, and the gameplay is as stressful as it is rewarding. A game about climbing mountains should be hard, but this game makes you want to quit at every level. Everything is so hard and unforgiving, but there is so much motivation to beat the level and continue the story that we still finish this, and feel so rewarded when we do so. Then, after the main game, there are nearly impossible b-side levels that provide the most extreme challenges i had ever seen in a video game, until I saw the c-sides. This game is packed with so much quality gameplay that puts you to your limits. Absolute materpiece. Expand
  3. Feb 12, 2018
    10
    I bought this game and played it until I beat it. The main story that is. The soundtrack is just so good and I love how in every chapter itI bought this game and played it until I beat it. The main story that is. The soundtrack is just so good and I love how in every chapter it introduces a new mechanic or obstacle. The controls are also very good, only consisting of 3 buttons, yet you use them in such diverse ways and I never felt that when I died that it was the game's fault. I knew that all I could do was practice and get better. This is definitely on of the best platformers I have ever played. 10/10 - Masterpiece Expand
  4. Jan 29, 2018
    10
    Blew away my expectations in almost every regard: I was imagining a Super Meat Boy experience and while the platforming was on par with, ifBlew away my expectations in almost every regard: I was imagining a Super Meat Boy experience and while the platforming was on par with, if not better, than SMB, the music, story and level design are some of the best in the 2-D platforming genre. It's a steal at $20 with TONS of replay value. Expand
  5. Feb 18, 2018
    9
    Los creadores de Celeste tienen un par de cosas que mostrarles a algunos desarrolladores de juegos Triple A, sin duda la respuesta de controlLos creadores de Celeste tienen un par de cosas que mostrarles a algunos desarrolladores de juegos Triple A, sin duda la respuesta de control es perfecta, una banda sonora acorde a lo que sucede en el juego.
    Cada movimiento tiene que suceder en un momento justo, jamas deberas pasar por alto nada y bien debes observar cada pieza en el entorno ya que juegan un papel importante para poder terminar el nivel y donde si fallas sabes que no es por que el juego este mal diseñado, si no, por que te has equivocado tu y al momento en el que logras pasar un nivel que te tomo tiempo obtienes enseguida esa satisfaccion que muy pocos juegos te dan hoy en dia.
    Tiene esa extraña y fantastica mezcla en sus dialogos entre lo hilarante sin serlo demasiado y lo serio para mantener la trama del juego como debe ser, eso mismo le da una identidad especial al juego en si.
    Creo que el punto debil más marcado es que puede sentirse un tanto corto pero si eres de aquellos que le gusta superar su marca momento a momento lo disfrutaras cientos de veces y sera una joya en el speedrun.
    Si eres un jugador de plataformas de antaño sin duda te gustara este juego y esta debera ser un "must have", pero. si no sueles tocar o nunca jugste este genero te recomiendo que bajo tu propio riesgo lo compres ya que puede llegar a ser frustrante si no estas acostumbrado a morir de forma continua y empezar denuevo .
    Mi calificacion real es un 8.5
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  6. Feb 6, 2018
    9
    I'm not really into platformers, but I liked this one for it's story and accessibility. Now I only wish there was more story to experience. II'm not really into platformers, but I liked this one for it's story and accessibility. Now I only wish there was more story to experience. I probably won't get around to the B sides and C sides myself, but if you're into platformers, know that there's more to this game than it's 6-8 hour story. The game is easy to play and does a good job of upping your skills as you go (assuming you don't have them going in); and it's soundtrack is pretty darn good as well, IMO. Celeste was definitely worth picking up. Expand
  7. Mar 11, 2018
    0
    I don’t understand the hype. It is one of the most boring and repetitive games I have ever played. I am also really getting tired of this uglyI don’t understand the hype. It is one of the most boring and repetitive games I have ever played. I am also really getting tired of this ugly pixel graphics. Nothing special here. Expand

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