11 Metroidvania Games That Have Great Combat

There are a lot of Metroidvania games out there now, and the video game market is so crowded that it’s hard to find ones that are actually worth playing and feel fresh and fun to keep playing. It’s hard to find good combat mechanics in games that are mostly about the story. What’s the point of exploring if you can’t beat your enemies the way you want to?

So, if you’re looking for the next big thing to add to your video game collection and you’re going through the Steam library, it can be hard to find the right mix. Still, if you look hard enough, you can find games that do live up to your standards.


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Indivisible, which is half Metroidvania and half RPG, is a beautiful tribute to games of the past with its side-scrolling, exploratory platforming sections and turn-based battles that are heavy on combat. This game may not let you do the routines, but if you want to see a show, that’s exactly what you’ll get from it.

The voice acting is great, and the story isn’t easy to figure out either. It’s a very interesting take on the genre that feels new and different.

Salt And Sanctuary

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Salt and Sanctuary is often called the Dark Souls of Metroidvania games, which is an insult. It will make you want to quit more often than you’d like. Even though the graphics in this side-scrolling brawler aren’t as good as those in other games like it, it still has some good combat.

The gameplay is laid-back and sometimes slow, but the graphics are especially gory and the parrying system is too good. You can mix up your strikes, throw enemies into the air and juggle them, and also use finishers to end their suffering.


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Sundered has enemies that look pretty different from each other, and the combo lines look great and are hard to pull off. Even though this video game is mostly about exploring, it comes through when you’re surrounded by a lot of bad guys.

This is a challenging task that feels too short for its own good because of the beautiful attack animations and intense fights. It’s a mix of Metroidvania-style gameplay and rogue-like features.

Dust: An Elysian Tale

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This video game has some fun combat techniques in addition to an interesting story, despite the fact that it is rather dialogue-heavy and the art is the main attraction. It’s fun to pull off the weapon routines, and the boss fights don’t hold back at all.

Even if you get surrounded by enemies, you might find it fun to kill them all at once with a strong skill or by chaining them together in the air.

Valdis Story

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Don’t let the cutesy graphics make you think this game isn’t good. When it comes down to it, Valdis Story has a complicated skill tree and very engaging combat, even though most of it is hitting and running.

Even though it’s hard to move around and hit multiple enemies at once, when your attack lands, it lands. During a fight, the mana system and powers can be very helpful. It’s also not too hard to avoid a counterattack.


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One way to describe this game’s style is that it looks like it was inspired by Dark Souls. However, Blasphemous is far from being a cheap copy, with its captivating high-quality pixelated graphics and flawless voice acting scenes that go well with the brutal combat mechanics and parry system.

The game doesn’t hold back when it comes to giving you a hard time. It throws some very hard enemies at you right away, expecting you to learn fast or die like the pile of bodies you start your journey on.

The Messenger

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If you like the Ninja Gaiden series, The Messenger will give you what you want. A modern entry in the series with retro-style graphics, sounds, and combat. As more and more enemies come at you, the game gets harder, but the story keeps you going.

It’s real and different in how it does things. You don’t even play as the hero of the title. Instead, you’re just a messenger sent by the hero to protect the life of your clan. It’s like Doom meets hack-and-slash ninja games in the most fun ways. Even more complicated is the fact that the game has a combat tech tree and a swimming section.

Vernal Edge

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When you load up Vernal Edge, you’ll have a once-in-a-lifetime experience thanks to its beautiful music and beautiful pixelated pictures. A Metroidvania game with roots in the old days of video games.

Snow Rider 3D has some interesting juggling mechanics that feel good to do well and are primarily focused on combat. The responding system is also easy to use, and once you get the hang of it, it’s hard not to get involved and interested. Especially with all the spells at your disposal and a colorful overworld full of secrets to explore.

F.I.S.T Forged In Shadow Torch

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If you like grunting, fist-fighting combat and better graphics, F.I.S.T Forged In Shadow Torch is the best choice. Combat feels pretty satisfying thanks to the colorful setting, the wide range of weapons, and the tech trees that can be upgraded.

Not only that, but the game also has some simple but fun puzzle-solving parts, good voice acting, and good sound design. Overall, it’s a fun experience with games that won’t make you feel like a child.

Dead Cells

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Dead Cells is a complicated game that is half Metroidvania and half rogue-like action platformer. It has beautiful graphics and some of the best combat mechanics you will find in the genre. The PC and mobile ports work well enough, and the settings are easy enough to learn quickly.

Even though you can’t chain combos together, you have a lot of guns to choose from. Each with its own set of moves that look good and feel good to pull off.


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If you’ve been looking for the holy grail of satisfying combat, interesting settings, and characters with their own personalities, your search is over. Guacamelee and its sequel, with all of their oddities, have a lot of tasty combat scenes and interesting game play.

Even though the story isn’t as intense as most other Metroidvania games, it stays true to the genre and delivers where it counts. When you get to punch and kick enemies away in a cartoony way. Adding it to your list of games is a good idea.

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