Borrowing from the likes of Dark Souls, Hyper Light Drifter isn’t a game that delivers a straight forward narrative. Instead, it delivers a world that, if you look hard enough with a keen eye, has smatterings of lore tucked into each nook and cranny.
You play the nameless eponymous drifter (which is an occupation in this world) and your goal, to put it simply, is to unearth buried technologies, forgotten centuries ago, in a quest to extinguish a malevolent evil, all the while helping a God regain its lost power and cure what ails you. It’s just a dash of cliche coupled with a little bit of bad ass etherealism. There’s a great amount of mystery and deeply rooted symbolism in Hyper Light Drifter; a lot of worthwhile reading pours from safely stowed monoliths in the game’s perilous lands, though it’s in an encrypted language.While you may feel inspired to whip out the notepad, like many did for Fez, and crack this uncommon tongue, I wouldn’t worry. There are already a great number of bright minds who’ve gone to the trouble of posting translations along with speculation of what it all means.
I appreciate that the game doesn’t simply spell it all out for us. It encourages us to dig and find the meaning. By exploring. By talking to the central town’s occupants, despite the conversation being free of any kind of written dialogue. It’s a refreshing way to tell stories, and I hope more developers get on board, particularly for these kinds of vast action-adventure titles with rich, inviting worlds to get lost in.