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Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider

JoyMasher, The Arcade Crew
Jan 12, 2023 - Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
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OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

76%

Critics Recommend

Game Informer
7.8 / 10
Destructoid
7.5 / 10
Hobby Consolas
84 / 100
Shacknews
8 / 10
God is a Geek
8 / 10
GamingTrend
70 / 100
Game Rant
3.5 / 5
Gaming Nexus
9 / 10
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Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider - Release Date Reveal Trailer

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Critic Reviews for Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider

One of the best things going for Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider is its length. Making your way to the last level and defeating the final boss only takes a few hours. In this way, it knows exactly what it is: a brief but enjoyable nostalgic experience that doesn’t overstay its welcome. By the time you start feeling like you’ve completed a full retro meal, credits are right around the corner and I appreciate it for that. Moonrider’s adventure likely won’t linger with you, but I don’t regret playing the short, familiar, and satisfying experience.

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Solid and definitely have an audience. There could be some hard-to-ignore faults, but the experience is fun.

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An ode to the golden age of 16 bits, which perfectly transmits those sensations. As a game, it is a somewhat brief challenge, but very intense and varied, that tempts you to improve more and more.

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Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider is great in a lot of ways. Even if it stays almost too close to the Mega Man X formula, it still utilizes it well. The visuals and music are definite highlights that put this game apart, but it also just feels satisfying to play. The ride is over all-too-soon, but I’m happy to have taken it. It was another good challenge and we cut up tons of machines, fascists, and fascist machines along the way. More than that, I’d love to see some speedruns of this game because it looks ripe for excellent players to learn and master. If you want a decent action platformer to kick 2023 off with, you can’t go wrong with Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider.

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Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider is easy to recommend for those longing for retro platformers, but is over a bit too quick.

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Rather than being a game for people who miss the old school ninja platformers of yesteryear, Moonrider feels more like a game made for the people who miss the idea of them, rather than the games themselves. The game borrows liberally from its inspirations and combines them into a game that looks and plays the part just fine. It just doesn't push itself or the player on a level that will fully satisfy people who still regularly enjoy the games it takes from.

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Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider is a throwback to 90's action-platformer games that will appeal to those looking for a challenging nostalgia trip.

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Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider is a fantastic game. It reminds you of how those old SNES and Genesis games were, enhanced with plenty of quality of life elements. If all your side scrolling melee retro games got together, and created a game in the lab of a maniacal government, it would be this. If you love retro 16-bit action games, you won't regret this. Cyber ninja vanish.

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