Up till now, reverse bullet-hell shooter Vampire Survivors, one of many yr’s must-play indie hits, didn’t have a last boss. That’s not the case within the wake of a latest replace, which provides a brand new model of the sport’s last stage.
Still in early entry, and technically first launched within the twilight of final yr, Vampire Survivors is a Castlevania-inspired survival sport. Though it might appear like a top-down bullet hell shoot-’em-up, the core idea isn’t actually about dodging projectiles: You’re the one capturing them, obliterating 1000’s of enemies. And because of a handful of roguelike parts, Vampire Survivors can simply put you into that “simply 5 extra minutes” mindset. Here’s Kotaku’s Ian Walker:
Vampire Survivors’ true energy, nevertheless, is in its near-constant dopamine rush. It appears like a cellular sport with out all of the cellular sport bullshit, or perhaps a type of senseless Flash distractions you used to secretly pull up in your faculty’s research corridor computer systems. Not solely is clearing the display of baddies satisfying, however occasionally uncommon, stronger enemies reward you with a treasure chest that showers you in extra gadgets and cash for unlocks with a flashy sequence that rivals even one of the best loot containers.
The newest replace, 0.8.0 (patch notes right here), showers you with even extra stuff, inching Vampire Survivors nearer to a full launch by way of a slew of latest talents, achievements, and weapons. But the most important change is the addition of a reworked last stage, “Cappella Magna.” If you survive to the 30-minute mark, as Polygon notes, the entire stage’s enemies will coalesce, Voltron-style, into a large reaper. That’s the ultimate boss. Once you defeat it the primary time, “Cappella Magna” will revert to the better—however nonetheless actually freakin’ tough—model. For your efforts, you’ll unlock the Great Gospel relic, which lets you improve weapons past their max stage.
If you haven’t performed but, Vampire Survivors is price a spin. It’s a part of the PC library for Game Pass, Microsoft’s games-on-demand subscription service. Or, and that is key, it prices $3.