One of the first things that come to mind when playing Valfaris PS4 is the difficulty. This isn’t a metroidvania clone or trying to trend with all the other titles in the stable – this is a bona fide, old school run and gun platformer. Back in the day when your folks were bumping uglies, us relic gamers were playing this sort of game. Think Shadow of the Beast, Strider or something for you youngsters, My Friend Pedro. These games were hard, but we didn’t know anything else. Here’s the premise in a nutshell: Valfaris – a once-bustling citadel for all the space boys and girls reappears after a bit of hiatus, and has become rotten to the core. It’s inhabitants now a population of nasty aliens and abominations threatening everyday life for the common man. Our hero is Therion, a native to Valfaris, who intends to clean up the floating fortress with the diplomacy of a grenade in a bunker. Blood will be shed, as will tears: Valfaris is hard. That’s our story – don’t expect it to get complicated, it’s all gameplay from here on, with our titular hero. Therion is as hard as nails. He rocks up to the gig (Valfaris) fashionably late in his wolf-like spaceship, his hair burning blue like he just walked out of a salon. Usually, there isn’t time for questions, but there is always time for a tutorial. Luckily then that it’s only brief, telling you what button does what, but it’s all intuitive nevertheless.