Who would’ve thought going to hell would be this fun?
Guacamelee has so far been one of my favourite Vita titles of the year; with a funny narrative and a unique set of combat controls (including special abilities) this one stands out in a lot of areas. Earlier this month I covered their first DLC pack; a set of costumes/characters designed to alter abilities in combat (a solid 3.7 in my opinion) and now comes the time to look at some DLC with something new in the way of playable areas.
El Diablo’s Domain is a place only accessible through the land of the dead (or later via the Olmec head travel system) as it lies in the depths of Hell (Infierno). This is the domain of Satan, and features sixteen challenge areas to show off your skills in. Don’t expect to get through them without all your powers though; as it’ll take almost all your skills just to get to the upper levels containing these challenge areas (those damn coloured blocks again).
Challenge areas award one of three medals; bronze for completion, silver for an outstanding score and gold for mastering the skills within. These medals (in particular ten of each) will net you three new costumes. The costume received depends on the level completed; ten bronze will net you El Portero, ten silver will award you Alebrije and ten gold will present you with the aptly named Diablo’s Suit.
Each of these costumes has their own unique ability sets which differ from Juan’s – not unlike the DLC I reviewed earlier. El Portero (The Goalkeeper) is a costume with super powerful throws, but in exchange his melee attacks are weak. Being the easiest to unlock, it’s also the least interesting as the abilities you gain don’t help much in the scheme of things; while throws are useful, melee is the heart of the game.
The Alebrije costume steps up the usefulness a bit, dealing massive damage to your enemies with all attacks. The flip side however, is that you also take massive damage from all attacks (and look like an escaped mental patient with a fish mask while doing it). This costume is perfect for those of you that are masters at dodging.
Lastly Diablo’s Suit (Satan’s Suit) seems to be the best of the bunch as it gives you more stamina while allowing you to steal life with every melee attack you connect with. The downside to this costume is that you have less life to begin with (and it requires the most work to get), so it’s a good best-of-both-worlds type costume between El Portero and Alebrije. Also of note is how bad-ass you’ll look playing in that suit – it’s easily the best looking DLC costume I’ve seen for this game.
In the trophy department, this update includes quite a few. Five bronze, a silver and a gold are available for you to earn – a set that I actually found fairly easy in concept. The gold trophy (Earn a Gold Medal in all Infierno challenges) seems to be the hardest, though if you’ve mastered the skills in the main game it should be a piece of cake.
El Diablo’s Domain is a nice little DLC pack, bringing something new to play to the table and not just costumes with new abilities (though those aren’t bad either). The costumes it does bring must be earned, which I actually prefer to pay once get everything immediately systems – it gives you that extra push to play the game, always something more to unlock.
It isn’t all good though, as this pack doesn’t really bring anything special to the mix. The new playable area is no more than a set of challenge arenas with unique goals (more often time trials than not) and the new costumes are just variants on the others in the last DLC pack. This DLC offers nothing in the way of new storylines or much in the way of humor (though there are a few good little gems) but does give you a bunch of little quick-play areas to get your Guac’ on with. What it does give you it has done fairly well, though to be honest I was expecting an epilogue not another Caverna del Pollo type area.
Adding to that, I also experienced a glitch where the spikes in one of the challenge areas were invisible until touched by an enemy. It only happened twice and it’s hard to screenshot (how do you prove there’s something lethal that’s invisible?) so I don’t have an example – but it was annoying none-the-less.
In my opinion, though it’s not a must-have El Diablo’s Domain is a welcome addition to any Guacamelee fan’s DLC collection. At $2.99£1.99/€2.49 depending on your region (with cross-buy), it’s not an expensive pack and gives an extra bit of playtime for an already great game. The trophies and costume unlocks give you something to work towards and the journey through Infierno is actually quite enjoyable.