Reviews for Bastion Cap

90

One of the best, if not the best indie game.

whatevakyo | Dec. 8, 2013 | See all whatevakyo's reviews »

Such a great title. With all the AAA games out there this little indie game blows them out of the water. Sure the story isn't that great, but it more then makes up for it with game-play, and narrative. The narrator's voice is so awesome, and adds to the progression of the game (whom you can now hear in Dota2).

Just buy it, play it, and see what all the buzz is about because it deserves all the praise it has gotten.

89

Great art and narrative!

beltmatt_usa | Nov. 23, 2013 | See all beltmatt_usa's reviews »

I am sucker for games with great stories, but I bought this because I wanted a simple action platformer...what I got was both!

What pulled me in was the narrator. Like an old western cowboy he would keep you informed with what has happened, what is going to happen, and what was currently happening. The game is fairly short, but New Game+ means you can keep on playing! Multiple ending and a few side quest made this game worth full price!

When I played through this I used an x-box controller it worked perfectly! I can imagine playing with with keyboard and mouse would be a little lame. I

95

Interesting game

AsmodeusSabrael | Nov. 19, 2013 | See all AsmodeusSabrael's reviews »

At first I was meh about trying it but it came with the bundle, so i tried it and was quite pleased. I normally prefer games with high end graphics but damn, this is a nice modern type retro game. The narration during gameplay is funny, and also serious. It is a great touch and the voice used for it is perfect. The gameplay itself is easy to pick up with use of mouse and keyboard, or controller. It's not just a grind for xp, u can skip a lot and still get stuff for completing your quests. The upgrades for weapons make u think on what to choose later on. The side quests for weapon upgrades is a nice change of pace. The story is written very well and the game is beautifully drawn. I would def try out a demo and see for yourself. Definantly worth a shot. I enjoyed it very much.

100

Lovely and great game!

taskaidomi6 | Nov. 19, 2013 | See all taskaidomi6's reviews »

Bastion has great art, the greatest narrator I've ever heard in my life, beautiful soundtrack, right after finishing the game I bought the soundtrack and I don't regret it! The story is wonderful, shocking and really emotional especially the ending which made me cry. If you are into Indie games I totally recommend this game to you since it is a great piece of art!

98

Beautiful game

Shreyan | Nov. 18, 2013 | See all Shreyan's reviews »

What happens when you wake up to see the world as you know it crumbling before your very eyes? When everyone you love is gone? And you have no idea what happened? In bastion, you play as a nameless protagonist referred to as 'the kid'. The game play is fun. A controller is recommended for the best experience. The art style of the game is just beautiful and the music is awesome. The game is part RPG,part action and the camera is set at an isometric view. The action always feels fresh and the levels are superbly designed. I have absolutely no complaints with this game and you will be want to go for a second playthrough of the game after you complete it.

90

A Great Action RPG

Wiesler | Nov. 14, 2013 | See all Wiesler's reviews »

Bastion has some beautiful art with interesting scenery. To accompany this is a terrific, ecletic soundtrack, and some spot on voice acting. The game's story is narrated by an old man named Rucks, and his gravely voice adds humor and a folk feel to the story.

The mechanics are fairly fast paced and feel very solid. There are a variety of weapons and special skills that the player can choose from, and each weapon has two separate upgrade paths that can be mixed and matched. Every weapon already feels very different, and the different upgrades helps to expand on this. From an isometric perspective the player has to dodge, block, counter attack, and use precise timing to survive. The difficulty can be changed by choosing different idols to worship in game that add various effects, like enemies dropping bombs on death.Along with the main story, there are challenge levels that test your skill with each weapon.

Bastion gives the player different ways to play and challenge themselves.

93

Took a chance and loved this game.

lizardspenguin | Nov. 7, 2013 | See all lizardspenguin's reviews »

This game didn't look very interesting to me at first glance. A friend of mine played through it and finally persuaded me to give it a try. I was hooked in 5 minutes. I thought the narration of the main characters actions as you play was very unique and added a touch to the game. Not to mention the soundtrack for the game was right on point. The game also had a great combination of weapons and upgrades. If you're on the fence about this game as I was, just take the leap and give it a try. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

98

Worth multiple times replay

cor_sleep | Nov. 7, 2013 | See all cor_sleep's reviews »

Storytelling is like a fairy tale. Graphics like hand drawn. beautiful atmosphere and music. Awesome voice acting. and flawing character animations with actions. I just loved this game. I don't quite play indie games but this one was good enough to play even New game plus mode.

It's not just a beautiful outlook. There are fabulous actions, and charming RPG elements. You could make this game even harder with Idols if you like challenges.

only thing I want from this game is coop mode. it's a shame there is no multiplayer in such a beautiful RPG game.

If you like arcade games or action RPG, You'll like it. Hope you to have fun guys.

90

Wonderful storytelling mixed with fun gameplay

trilleon | Nov. 6, 2013 | See all trilleon's reviews »

Bastion is a game about a character known as "The Kid". You wake up to the sound of an old man's voice, narrating everything you do. This concept continues throughout the entire game, but it never gets old. The gameplay is an overhead style RPG beat-em-up with many monsters and foes to defeat. The story revolves around the Bastion, a safe place for people after the "Calamity". As you work to improve the Bastion, you gain new weapons and level up. The story and the way it is told cannot be beat.

97

Hook-ED. line and sinker!

Eat_Pushy | Nov. 4, 2013 | See all Eat_Pushy's reviews »

Right from the start you will not want to stop smelling the sweet art and sounds that comes up roses, as you lay down some smash and grab style. Story narrated well and keeps you in the loop to keep on searching for the real thing, where ever it may take you! Hand draw artwork looks and feels right with a lot of details to sink your peepers into! Another suitable quote to cap this off and draw you into my magic world perspective.

"The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness. For he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you."

95

Would buy even if not on sale

UltimateSean | Oct. 31, 2013 | See all UltimateSean's reviews »

Bastion packs an incredible amount of beauty into a gaming experience. From the clean-cut, colorful graphics to the amazing narrative, this game was appealing in both sight and sound. The levels are full of life and beautifully designed. Story is interesting and keeps one immersed in the game, and the narrator is priceless. I wish all my games had the same narrator.

I like all kinds of games, but I can see how fans of action might not be too into this game. The focus is on the art and the story. Although there is some awesome customization and diversity of enemies, the combat is quite easy and slightly repetitive. It's pretty to look at though. There are idols that allow you to make the game more challenging, however.

All this said, Bastion is easily one of the best games produced in the last few years.

90

Beautiful

robvp | Oct. 30, 2013 | See all robvp's reviews »

I followed this game since it was announced but with a huge backlog i only got a chance to play it recently. From the start you get presented with beautifully drawn scenery and characters, the narrator does a great job of telling the story and the controls are fairly easy to get used to, though i will say i had a better time with a gamepad than mouse/keyboard.

Gameplay is simple and strait forward, but the real draw to this game is the storyline, and told by an amazing narrator it keeps you coming back to finish.

The music is pretty good as well, though a bit repetitive at times.

Overall this is a great game, the gameplay gets a little stale after a while since its the same beat the bejesus out of everything until you advance but the story is good enough that you dont notice it that much, i would recommend this game to anyone

85

Almost Like a Work of Art

lachking | Oct. 28, 2013 | See all lachking's reviews »

Bastion is one of the most interesting and atmospheric RPGS I have ever played. Right off the bat the mechanics seem simple enough: you play as a “Kid” travelling around different environments gathering cores and other materials, killing enemies along the way. However the game is much deeper than this initial impression. One of the biggest mechanics of the game is the graphical style: it is simply superb. Everything around you is hand-painted and the colour dynamics are incredible across the large array of different environments. The way the land forms around you as you move is also fantastic. The game’s narration is also great with a mix of serious and humorous lines and makes you feel as though you are a character that is part of a novel. As you play you will also unlock different weapons and equipment offering different ways to combat the enemies although it must be said that the actual combat mechanics of the game are a little basic but nevertheless suit the game well as the emphasis is definitely on atmosphere and the game nails this hands down.

100

Unique doesn't even begin to discribe

Harry_276 | Oct. 25, 2013 | See all Harry_276's reviews »

The first thing you hear when your character awakens is a soothing but gravely voice telling you the story of your life from that moment on, and you never want him to stop.

Bastion is a rare game that tries something new and chooses to do so in a minor way that works, and my god does it work. You would think having the game narrated the entire time would be annoying but the few moments your story teller is quiet you see just how empty the game feels without him, combine that with amazing visuals, easy yet rewarding combat, character customization through power ups for you and your weapons and you have an amazing game under the guise of a story about a boy and his hammer.

93

Masterpiece

drakemirow | Oct. 11, 2013 | See all drakemirow's reviews »

When everything breaks apart, there is still something to rebuild. While it's level design is grounded in simple minimalistic shapes there is much more fondly created details to be found in every not existing corner of this puzzled universe. a story to dwell on for a while and a graphic style so lovely and yet fierce. an exceptional exemplar of a wonderful game that is not just a cliche of a video game.

a game well told.

95

Must Own

pctoo | Sept. 29, 2013 | See all pctoo's reviews »

This is one of the best games i have ever played. Pros: -Amazing Narrator -Good Story -Diversity of enemies -Tons of weapons and skills -Cool art style -Can do multiple playthroughs without getting bored. -Low price Cons: -Slightly disappointment ending

77

Beautiful and Immersive

jrojas28 | Sept. 28, 2013 | See all jrojas28's reviews »

This game is really lovable. It does not focus on combat or any of the sort (In a sense, you could actually win battles by just rolling around and smashing the attack buttons). What really makes this game worth is the Art and more specifically, the narrator. Yes, a Narrator. This voice narrates all of your actions (and even your stupid ones xD I remember he once said "And here's the boy, doing nothing"). It is simply amazing the way this works. In the end, if your focus in a game is story telling and art, this game is for you. If you enjoy fights, then go for something else.

100

This game is pure art.

asiersua | Sept. 24, 2013 | See all asiersua's reviews »

I really can't stress this enough. This game is so beautiful, it will make you stop to get every detail of the post-Calamity landscape of Caelondia. The hack and slash is not too hard at first, but you can always activate Idols, which will make your foes stronger, if you want a challenge. All in all, the great visuals, nice story with some awesome narration, and the hack-and-slash gameplay which will never get old make for one of the best games of this generation.

90

Epic game experience

Mates1500 | Sept. 22, 2013 | See all Mates1500's reviews »

This game is probably most famous for the narrator. Rightfully so, the voice is very enjoyable, and Rucks (the in-game name of the narrator) is a very interesting character. He commentates a lot of the action that happens on the battleground, including your own moves, sometimes he even makes a comment on the weapon that you're wielding. I think the story could be possibly somehow longer, but man, did the developers play with it, it's spectacular. It's quite linear, but you have a few choices during the game. There's some replayability with the idols system, that can make the game harder, give you more score, etc. Score hunting is not really my cup of tea, but it's nice that it's there. The gameplay mechanics themselves are not that great, but that's not what the game is about. The artstyle is very interesting and unique, and I really liked it, including the world building effect as you move. To top it off, there's just unforgettable amazing soundtrack that you should pay attention to.

Summary: Awesome experience that every person that calls himself/herself a gamer should have.

78

A beautiful action game.

rjb789 | Sept. 22, 2013 | See all rjb789's reviews »

Bastion truly is a work of art. Everything is original and interesting, the vibrant art and graphics, the original soundtrack, the addicting but refreshing gameplay. All of it comes together to create a beautiful, different, action game. The narration is frequently funny and serves to create a more fleshed out experience. The only criticism I have is the controls which could have been slightly improved with a bit of time. However this is a small problem that doesn't take away from the brilliant game that Bastion is.

85

Hack and Slash Your Way Home

CoillyZ | Sept. 21, 2013 | See all CoillyZ's reviews »

This is how to do an indie game. The only other indie game I have seen that hit the nail on the head was Cave Story. This game was fun, and I can see all the replay value that lies ahead. The graphics were charming and the aiming mechanics for the ranged weaponry were great. The soundtrack was absolutely amazing. I listen to it on my iPod. There is so much to love about this game, but there are a few negatives. The story can be a little bit hard to follow at some points. Also, the melee combat can be problematic and lead you into a situation you don't want to be in. Other than that, the only thing that should be improved on is the length. I want a 12-hour Bastion game, or even longer!

59

Alright

DanJamesStone12 | Sept. 14, 2013 | See all DanJamesStone12's reviews »

This game wasn't for me, but I can see the appeal to a lot of people, the narrative, the art and the action were quite good and a lot of my friends absolutely love this game. Even though I didn't like it- lots of people do, so it is worth a try.

82

Really good game.

Xgoesrawr | Aug. 30, 2013 | See all Xgoesrawr's reviews »

The way the story is told is pretty unique. There is a good amount of weapons that you can choose from and just when you think you have a cool weapon you find something even better.

I thought the artwork was good and I enjoyed the music so much I ended up buying the soundtrack.

There was a few disappointing things like the fact there wasn't much replay value but don't let that stop you from playing Bastion.

86

This game is a refreshing experience.

Caputalis | Aug. 26, 2013 | See all Caputalis's reviews »

Bastion not only offers a great story, but also brilliant gameplay only matched by its music and 'live' narration. The combat is very fluid, and the controls feel highly responsive. As you play, you can unlock new weapons and weapon upgrades, which keeps the game feeling fresh while you bring the pain onto some baddies. Bastion is a great game which brings on a fresh, new sort of experience you won't want to miss out on.

70

Good

Oblaque | Aug. 21, 2013 | See all Oblaque's reviews »

Overall, I found bastion to be a pleasurable experience playing it but there were some key parts of the story and gameplay which I found to be very annoying and results in me only giving this a 70. Some of those things are the narration that was very limited at some important times and way too unnecessary at others. The somersaulting in the game is not very well programmed and I believe that it could've been so much better. Overall, it was a great game but I believe that it could've been better with some little changes

95

An Amazing Experience that Shouldn't Be Missed

kebebasan | Aug. 15, 2013 | See all kebebasan's reviews »

Narration. Art. Action RTS mechanics. A beautiful soundtrack.

All of these things coalesce to make Bastion an experience that shouldn't be missed.

There's not a lot to say, other than buy it. ARTS-like mechanics, focusing on combat locks and fluid weapon switching, make for fun and enjoyable combat. The narration helps a fairly barebones story feel reactive and living; the enemies aren't meat bags, they have stories.

And the sountrack seals the deal alone.

Buy it.

95

A game that makes some AAA bad with how good this game is!

fabiotp91 | Aug. 13, 2013 | See all fabiotp91's reviews »

If you are not a person with an open mind with games then don´t try this, you will think that this game wasn´t made for today´s generation, and you will hate this. But the truth is that this game chooses a play style which isn´t as mainstream as it was some years ago (isometric) and makes it a masterpiece and a fully one time experience that you wont get at any other game!

This game deliveries it, and does it very well, the art style, the music, the gameplay, everything works together like i´ve never seen before! Just get this game and experience what I have and a lot of people that have played it, and you´ll be sure that Bastion breaks the rules of gaming with a brand new aproach to storyteling.

100

The game of the decade!

Nekrage | Aug. 6, 2013 | See all Nekrage's reviews »

ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!!! This game is a MUST HAVE for ANY fan of rpgs. The story was incredible and original.

The story of the game is told in a pretty original way. The ENTIRE story is from the point of view of the narrator(INCREDIBLE VOICE ACTOR BTW). The ENTIRE game is filled with narration, you cannot go 30 seconds without hearing it...and its perfect.

The art style for the game is beautiful and is a pleasure from beginning to end.

To my surprise the game even gives you a couple choices at the end with effect the story line.

As if the 8+ hours of gameplay isn't enough, the game offers a New Game Plus feature which lets you carry your xp and upgrades over to the next game.

I played this game from the minute it was released, until the end of the game without stopping for a second. (None of those seconds ever had a hint of boredom either)

Gameplay: 10/10 Music: 10/10 Story: 10/10 Voice Acting: 10/10

Easily worth $40....BUY THIS GAME!

97

Why can't AAA have this kind of well...EVERYTHING

theunknowned | Aug. 6, 2013 | See all theunknowned's reviews »

Hands down one of my favorite games out of recent memory. The art style is just awesome for me it's beautiful and has this hand painted feel almost. The narrator will keep you immersed and into the tale with a few nice laughs along the way as well. The game play was very tight and quite enjoyable throughout the whole time. The difficulty was just perfect for me as well. It got kind of difficult but never to the point where i wanted to snap my keyboard over my knee. Did I mention the narration? The story is good as well! However my favorite part probably hands down of this game has to be its music. I STILL LISTEN TO IT. The music alone adds enough atmosphere that it could've carried this game if it had a mediocre everything else. However this game excels in every aspect. You owe it to yourself to play this game.

92

Incredible and Mesmerizing Expierience

TheImpZA | Aug. 3, 2013 | See all TheImpZA's reviews »

Finally got around to playing this fantastic indie game. Amazing art direction and a superb soundtrack, one of the best that I've ever heard. The gameplay is topnotch with a really well designed flexible difficulty. I'm currently replaying the game in New Game + mode and it's still just as much fun as when I started. This is coming from a person who usually doesn't like the style of 'hack 'n slash' ARPG's.

Not only is the game fun to play, it also has a well structured story with quite a few twists and turns. The ending choice was quite difficult to make; and I like how it fits in with the NG+ mode. There's also some new dialogue and a new mission when doing a NG+ playthough, so it's definitely worth it. The narrator will also change his narration based on how well you play the game, and also the order which you do the missions, which is a nice little touch that most games don't bother including.

Overall I rate this game a 92. Well worth the price, my first playthough was just under 10 hours, and you should really replay it for the additional dialogue and story mission, as well as to chose the alternate ending. Puts most AAA games to shame, and I can't wait for their next game, Transistor to release next year, which will be an instant purchase for me.

90

A Beautiful Game

ultrapwnd | Aug. 1, 2013 | See all ultrapwnd's reviews »

Bastion is a really great indie title. The story is that a Calamity tore the world apart and you are a child exploring the remains of the world. The gameplay is very fun, it has some rpg elements with upgrading. The voice acting is very well done. I couldn't think of a better voice for the narrator. The graphics are top notch. This is easily one of the best looking games I have ever played. Everything is so crisp and detailed, The art style is very pretty to look at. Bastion regularly goes on sale. Every gamer owes it to themselves to play Bastion.

90

An enchanting action-adventure

zipnox | July 27, 2013 | See all zipnox's reviews »

Step into the colorful world of the Calamity and prepare yourself for a story like no other. Bastion is an action-adventure game where you play as the Kid, guided by a lone soothing voice to solve the wrongs of yesterday. The story is explained as you play, because a narrator is constantly narrating your actions, this makes for an enthralling experience.

The game has a stunning art direction featuring beautiful scenery and an unique look with very memorable characters. The musical score is excellent, with several memorable songs playing as you smash your way to victory. The gameplay is smooth and a lot of fun, although simple in its mechanics the game still provides plenty of challenge.

I have a hard time finding things I dislike about this game, I'd recommend it to anyone as it's easy to get into and a game that's hard to forget.

100

It's much better then it looks.

Halt | July 27, 2013 | See all Halt's reviews »

The artwork is amazing, but the game is so very deep and enthralling. The narration just pulls you in and then you're hooked.

It's a must have indie game, plus the music is radical as well.

Long story short; if you haven't played it, you should.

88

Play and forget

mistermuppet | July 20, 2013 | See all mistermuppet's reviews »

this game takes you into a wonderfull adventure ,and makes you forget from everything else , and you wont notice the time going by , highly reccomended for everyone to play and enjoy.

90

Must buy indie game!

simodeso | July 16, 2013 | See all simodeso's reviews »

it's one of the best indies that i ever played. Amazing story, beatiful gameplay and SUPER FANTASTICS SONGS. You simply can't like this game.. it's perfect, it has also sub mission and challenges.. Also the graphic is very good.. and you have choices to make for a different ending of this beatiful game.. My advice is to buy it quickly! it's worth every penny that it costs! Also when you finish the game re hear the songs, they are beatiful :)

98

Colorful, Original, and Surprisingly Deep

NucularS | July 13, 2013 | See all NucularS's reviews »

Bastion is easily one of the best Indie games in recent years. Vivid backdrops and colorful visuals are art in themselves. Levels come together right in front of your eyes, as the character moves forward, while your own personal narrator narrates your every action. Combat is fluid and varied, with many weapon configurations, making multiple play-throughs a must. Only downside – character sometimes falls through what should be solid ground. But the best part of the game is its surprisingly deep and emotional story. Bastion is a good book with bright pictures, and it will make you think.

97

The Definition of "Must Play"

bwrussell | July 8, 2013 | See all bwrussell's reviews »

I'm sure you've heard all about this game already and if you haven't then welcome out from under your rock. Bottom line first: buy this game. You can get it for less than $5 on sale, which is essentially stealing, now skip Starbucks once and just buy it.

The star of the show is the reactive and persistent narrator. This is probably the best game narration ever, period (Thomas Was Alone might actually be a tie) and combined with a compelling story and world this game should be talked about as one of the best of decade. Then top it all off with a memorable music and beautiful graphics, I definitely recommend picking up the soundtrack.

I wasn't not a huge action RPG fan going into this game and the combat did take a little practice but once you find a loadout you like it's an absolute joy.

80

Storytelling at its best

Nivear | July 8, 2013 | See all Nivear's reviews »

Bastion took me buy surprise. The art design is simply fantastic and the manner in which the story is told is unique to say the least, as it adapts to how you have chosen to play, what weapons you use, if you get hurt, etc. You can customize your game-play to what suits you best, with a great range of weapon types and upgrades. Loads of unique enemies and maps keep the game fresh at every turn. As it's often on sale it's definitely a worthwhile purchase for anyone that loves quirky narrative driven gaming.

92

Brilliant game

TCass29 | July 7, 2013 | See all TCass29's reviews »

Bastion by Supergiant games is absolutely amazing. The narrator is incredible, it has a surprisingly good story, and it gives you a lot of freedom as far as how you want to play the game. New Game + as well as "idols" you can invoke ramp up the difficulty for your second time through...and you'll want to play a second time through.

100

Beautiful Game!

Dautsun | July 7, 2013 | See all Dautsun's reviews »

The world comes alive thanks to Bastion's amazing art and narration. Unexplored areas fall into place as you discover them; a very creative and stunning way to represent exploration. Bastion has a lot of great content too. You can build up your own town, there are many weapons to play with, and many many monsters to fight! Bastion is great and especially for this price!

88

Great game that plays as well as it looks!

killermanjaro | July 7, 2013 | See all killermanjaro's reviews »

Right from the start you get to see the great artwork and visuals that this game has. The gameplay plays smoothly and is lots of fun, with a combat system that works well, you do have to sometimes be a bit careful of rolling off the edge of the level by mistake whilst in combat. In addition to that the soundtrack and voice work is outstanding, and rounds of the whole package! Worth picking up and playing!

88

Thrilling and Beautiful. A true indie gem!

MrBubble424 | July 6, 2013 | See all MrBubble424's reviews »

After hearing a lot of talk about this game I finally decided to pick it up on the recent sales and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that it was definitely worth it. Stunning painting like visuals in a fantastic and original work really set the scene, compounded by what I believe to be one of the best video game soundtracks for a while, especially an lower budget game. That said, whilst this game deserves high praise, I wouldn't say that all the hype and public support for this game it 100% accurate. It is very good yes and I believe the score I gave reflects that yet it isn't game changing. It is simply a very well told story with fitting music, excellent voice acting and fluid yet challenging combat. Major gripes? Fairly expensive at full price considering you can get it on iOS for much less and it also is a tad repetitive. That said, this is a 'have to play' game just to experience the thought and creativity that the devs put into it!

100

My Favorite Indie Game Thus Far

IchiVanilla | July 6, 2013 | See all IchiVanilla's reviews »

I recently said "screw it" to consoles and got caught up in the pc gaming world last winter. I don't think i'm ever turning back, i picked this gem up for almost nothing during a humblebundle sale.

This game is beautiful, i love the art design, the narration, the soundtrack, and the overall "feel" of the game. They set the mood very well in this game. It is somewhat short in terms of RPG time, but it offers multiple playthroughs on different settings and a plethora of weapons and challenges to keep you busy. I've beaten the game twice now (normal and new game+ mode)and loved it each time. I will probably end up playing it again in the score attack mode soon.

If you're a fan of good art, music, storytelling, or just want a quick action-rpg to play through. Get this Game!

95

Simple and beautiful

aeCHIM | July 6, 2013 | See all aeCHIM's reviews »

Great art style, vibrant colours, narration is excellent, soundtrack is one of the best from a game, plenty of weapons, can choose different ways to increase difficulty and progressive enemy difficulty is well paced.

The epitome of what an indie game can, and should, be.

90

Incredible story telling

grunts00 | July 6, 2013 | See all grunts00's reviews »

Probably the selling point for me for this game is the narration. The narrative style of this game is very unique, in how it reacts to everything the player does. The art is visually appealing and the gameplay is fun with all the weapons available to choose.

This game is also very forgiving when you die, so its definitely a recommended game for casual gamers.

88

One of the best games when it comes to storytelling

Forceflow | July 5, 2013 | See all Forceflow's reviews »

From the beautifully hand-painted environments, to the truly great voice acting (think barry white ... but more sensual!), to the fun and diverse weaponry, Bastion is an absolute indie gem.

The story is interesting, the action ebbs and flows greatly, and this game deserves high praise for its music. The theme song (Zia's theme) truly shines. I even played it to people who didn't know the game, and they were interested immediately.

The isometric navigation takes a bit of time to get used to, but since falling down / taking a wrong step doesn't really have a penalty, it's very forgiving.

Play this. Recommended.

89

Enthralling story!

stalze | July 4, 2013 | See all stalze's reviews »

This game is a pearl! First time you enter the game your eyes are treated to some graphics with a nice style that fits the games universe very well! The story is fantastic and the way they show it to the player is even better. The music of the game is brilliant and fits the universe very well. The combat system works with no problems whatsoever and the whole game seems bug free. The only downside i could think of is that the ranged enemies can get a bit annoying. They either shoot relentlessly and don't give you a chance to fire back or in some cases they are a bit underpowered and can easily be taken out with a ranged weapon If you haven't played this game yet you should consider buying it, it's definitely worth its price!

99

Bastion Is Beautiful

Tripleforce | July 4, 2013 | See all Tripleforce's reviews »

One of the best games I've played in... ever really. Already one of my favorites of all time. Great narrative style with gameplay that feels as good as anything in recent current gen games, but also the same bright, shiny, and wonderful nostalgia found in the best of the games of my childhood, especially those I enjoyed during the Super Nintendo 16-bit era. Really fun and really beautiful.

100

Game as Art

Turambar29 | July 2, 2013 | See all Turambar29's reviews »

Not only does Bastion boast beautiful art direction, graphical rendering, and fun ARPG gameplay, it triumphs over most other games in several ways. First, the voice-over is amazing! Cunningham's voice is impressive, and the responsive way the narration is integrated into the gameplay is fun and impressive. Second, the soundtrack is AMAZING. Beautiful, moving, and complex; the combination of two character themes is impressive. Third, the story, told in an interactive way, is powerfully moving. Can a past disaster be amended? Erased? What about the personal cost? The character arcs are sketched out movingly, and the combination of all of these superb elements leads to an amazing emotional and artistic experience. A must-play!

90

2011's indie GOTY

Zidanesm | June 25, 2013 | See all Zidanesm's reviews »

Great art direction, fun gameplay with tons of weapons, and a wonderfully different experiment on storytelling with a unique, reactive narrative. One of the best games of the year, so get it! Get it now!

99

"That" game

RbRt | June 24, 2013 | See all RbRt's reviews »

Bastion is an action-adventure RPG with a brilliant art style and impressive story.

I must admit, when I first heard about Supergiant Games's debut with Bastion I thought of it as another cheesy hipster invention with clunky controls, and a new art style idea, which wasn't very impressive, considering that most indie games nowadays come with "artsy gimmicks".

But boy, was I wrong.. Not only are the controls extremely responsive and the gameplay features really fantastic, but the story is, frankly, one of the most touching ones I've ever encountered. There were scenes when I would just stop playing and put the controller down because the "goosebumps" from the whole setting, combined with the extraordinary soundtrack and the fabulous narration were too much for my little self to handle.

Bastion is a gem among video games. I even bought it twice..

98

Outstanding

Fluffy_McFluff | June 22, 2013 | See all Fluffy_McFluff's reviews »

Bastions boasts a fantastic arsenal of weapons (each with a special "bonus" level of sorts for you to show off your skills with each of them), a beautiful, colorful, well-crafted series of lands to explore, a charming soundtrack, and an engaging story told via narration of one of the main NPCs. I have no regrets picking up this wonderful piece of artwork.

90

Storytelling

JessePinkman | June 19, 2013 | See all JessePinkman's reviews »

Bastion is one of the best games of last years. The game is an action RPG with an amazing story. The graphics are awesome. The visual style is a little piece of art. The Original Soundtrack is just memorable. But the key is the storytelling. The script and the voice acting give us an unforgettable experience. The narrator is Logan Cunningham. This actor has a powerful voice. Kid is the main role of this game. He is a special hero. Bastion has a high replay value. You can finish the game several times and never get bored. If you have never played it, please, now is the time.

87

Amazing!

drafek | June 19, 2013 | See all drafek's reviews »

This game is amazing this is a really nice RPG. The graphics are done well, the details are done really well. The sound really is done well. And the story will take you a few hours to complete. The game does have a ''warm'' feeling. I recomment getting this game it's worth full price.

90

Great (visual) game!

Bbozmen | June 12, 2013 | See all Bbozmen's reviews »

Bastion is an incredible art-like game with a rich and powerful story. You'll have to rebuild 'the Bastion' from scratch by recovering crystals. Whilst searching for the crystals you'll land in different levels which are just beautiful drawn by the makers. For me Bastion is a unique game because of the story and how it looks. This should be in your game collection if you enjoy a cool indie RPG/action game

85

A indie gem

Demilisz | June 11, 2013 | See all Demilisz's reviews »

Bastion is a great, touching story with superb narration hidden under typical hack&slash. You explore the world, annihilate monster, completes challenges, finds artifacts and new waepons. And you have your own little base to build up as the game progresses. It is fun, enjoyable and you will never forget the narrator. Buy and enjoy

89

Beautiful art with melodious tracks

spycid | June 11, 2013 | See all spycid's reviews »

Bastion is an hand drawn RPG action game with a unique atmosphere which will make you immerse into the game and love every moment of it. The gameplay has RPG elements despite being an Action Adventure game. It is a must play for every gamer who enjoys unique environment with melodious tracks.

100

Amazing Story

thegaminglyfe | June 11, 2013 | See all thegaminglyfe's reviews »

The 3 greatest parts of this game that have made this game famous are the narration for the story, graphics and sound. The narrator brings life to the already amazing story making it immersive. The art style of this game is beautiful and works so well with the game. Same thing for the sounds and soundtrack. All three of these things make Bastion one of the most immersive game experiences that you can play. The gameplay is fun and addicting and provides a nice challenge. Highly recommended to any gamer!

93

Amazing game, Indie or not

TCass29 | June 8, 2013 | See all TCass29's reviews »

This game is incredible for a number of reasons. The narration is impeccably well done and tells the story in a fantastic manner. The music is great and appropriate for the feel of the game. The story is interesting, deep, and heart-warming at times. The worlds all have a similar feel but vary greatly in design. In terms of story, I think it's one of the best games out there.

90

Great story, good pacing and a refreshing action rpg.

HolyDanTheMan | June 4, 2013 | See all HolyDanTheMan's reviews »

The story is great, the music and souns and graphics just add to the feeling the game sets. If you are a fan of action type rpg's this game is for you.

90

Fantastically Poignant

darklyfallen | June 3, 2013 | See all darklyfallen's reviews »

Bastion - what is it? It's a place. It's a feeling. It's a home. It's a fantastic game.

Gameplay is general top-downish 3D action platformer, with fun weapons and pretty decent enemies. Enough variation to keep things interesting, and the combat is always fun. The story's real good, accentuated by a great Narrator and a stellar soundtrack.

Replay value is okay, once for maybe different weapon styles and some extra narrative.

It does what it sets out to do very well, and will leave you thinking, and most probably humming its tunes.

84

Innovative

Kratzer | June 3, 2013 | See all Kratzer's reviews »

Something that inevitably strikes a chord with people who play this game is the narration. Its accuracy and the way that it follows you, truly throughout the game. The narrator offers a lot of the enjoyment for me even while the other aspects of the game are highly polished. The story line offers a great catalyst to the game. While the mechanics for the game itself are pretty ordinary, it is one that is difficult to put down.

84

bastion review

Neapolis47 | June 2, 2013 | See all Neapolis47's reviews »

Bastion looks like a game characterized by simple mechanical, extremely accessible and immediate. The player simply continue along the path that is created in front, defeating every creature until the discovery of the artifact. This pattern will be repeated throughout the duration of the game, interrupted only by survival sessions to deal to raise "coins" and particular challenges that will allow us to get the materials to be used in upgrading of weapons. The opponents, even though they have a good design, unfortunately not excel in variety, and already after a few hours of game basically know the vast majority of enemies that Bastion has to offer. Fortunately, these limitations do not extend to the side of the equipment, varied and customizable. Bastion is a simple title, yet incredibly deep. It is a game ' extremely varied but accessible at the same time, be able to keep busy and intrigue even the most experienced players. The engaging narrative and a stunning sound department create a great little opera that will be hard to forget

85

This game shows why indie is the future.

ClodXen | June 2, 2013 | See all ClodXen's reviews »

This game is decently old by the time I write this yet this game was one of the only games I beat that year not cause of time, but of cause most games try and over do the simple. Bastion does the simple so well in fact that it will be over before you know it. The graphics in this game are top notch for it's style of game. This game shines in narration though considering almost every thing you due is narrated you might think this sounds bothersome, but it's the core of the game you will come to be disappointed when you do something cool and no comments are made. If your into ARPG your will want to get this game in your collection it's only problem is it a bit short still will be a blast the time you spend.

90

Beautiful and sad story

lok0812 | June 1, 2013 | See all lok0812's reviews »

Bastion is one of the solid action adventure indie game in the market. The story is told by a narrator that describe your every movement from falling off the map or to killing things. Sound is superb from an indie developer. Combat is similar to top down view clicking with your mouse. Story itself provides a twists and very enjoyable. The game comes with many challenges along the way for weapons. At the end there is a new game plus that allows player to replay the game with the equipments earned in the previous game. Must get if you enjoy action RPG games.

65

Boring and annoying.

kairegister | June 1, 2013 | See all kairegister's reviews »

Lump this game along with other over-rated indie games (and this is coming from someone who loves indie games). The game pretty much consists of you rolling and attacking. Offers no challenge at all, roll around like a madman if you want. The graphics are pretty good, the music is boring, and the sound effects are actually annoying. Everytime I drink something or roll (which as I said, you do a lot) it annoys the heck out of my ears. The game is also only 3 hours long to beat, which unfortunately I consider a good thing in this case cause it gave me permission to stop playing after a short period of time.

81

A change of pace from usual ARPGs

McDoenerKing | June 1, 2013 | See all McDoenerKing's reviews »

This game takes a different view on ARPG and performs very well doing so. It is very story driven and if you're not into story-based game this game might not be for you.

The Good: - the story is really well told - amazing art style and the world is building up as you go - great atmosphere - good combat mechanics - many different weapons - really good soundtrack with which you will fall in love

The Bad: - this game is rather short if you are only playing it for the story (there is a newgame+ mode)

All in all a great game and if you're into ARPG this game was made for you. (Do not expect a H&S game!)

90

An audiovisual masterpiece

Shav | May 31, 2013 | See all Shav's reviews »

I have to say, that after looking at screenshots I didn't expect much from Bastion. It seemed like some oldschool RPG, without any special features.

Anyway - decided to give it a try, and it is absolutely stunning and charming title! The grapics and music are absolutely amazing, another good thing is the narration - you can hear a narrator speaking about all oyur actions happening at the screen.

The gameplay isn't that innovative - you play various levels, and you can access them from a hub. Your task is usually to recover some items or get rid of all enemies. Anyway - it is not a big downside, because the music and graphics make this game that nice to play. Trust me - this game is worth your money. Sadly that it isn't that well known - it surely needs more recognition!

95

Beautiful, absolutely stunning

jerryhsiao | May 26, 2013 | See all jerryhsiao's reviews »

The game in itself has beautiful gameplay, great graphics, the environments are bloomy, gorgeous. Live commentary w/ story progression, as well as a breathtaking soundtrack. The game includes little pieces of various themes, all contributing to a lush landscape. Great story, absolutely amazing.

85

Changed My View of Indie Games

cevana | May 26, 2013 | See all cevana's reviews »

I had never been interested in indie games. I didn't have anything against them, but was fairly certain that because of sheer budget they could never compete with a studio game of similar quality. Bastion proved me wrong. '

From the moment I turned it on it sucked me into its world, in no small part due to the original and eye-popping art design, the acclaimed voice work of the "narrator" and the wonderful music (I wish I could describe the style -- some sort of country-bluegrass with industrial beats and a dash a old school videogame soundtracks ala Sonic).

The gameplay itself it classic action-RPG and strikes just the right balance. It always keeps you on your toes, but I never found myself struggling.The enemies are all cleverly designed and unique, with distinct patterns to observe and outwit.

If anything, the game is too short. Luckily it has an excellent New Game plus feature that I can't wait to take advantage of.

88

Such a unique experience

redskyy | May 24, 2013 | See all redskyy's reviews »

There's something about Bastion that just grabs onto you and doesn't let go. Each location is lush and beautiful, just adding to the immersion. The narrator adds a layer of mystique and intrigue to the game that just makes you want to forge on see what's waiting for you next. Gameplay feels smooth and works well on whatever your preferred control scheme is. There are enough branching upgrade paths and weapons to allow you the choice of your preferred play style.

Although it's not a terribly long game, every moment is enjoyed. Bastion definitely deserves to be checked out.

85

So Action-RPGs needn't be soulless loot-grind-monsters? Huh...

Harbinger_87 | May 23, 2013 | See all Harbinger_87's reviews »

I'm not that big into Action-RPGs. I mean, I liked a lot of them in days past- "Terranigma" for the SNES is still one of my favourite games, I played "Diablo" for a while, I have fond memories of the "Gothic"-series and that's not nearly all. But when I look at modern incarnations of this genre, I get the feeling that a certrain statistic-obsession has taken the helm. You get bombarded with loot and change your trousers every two seconds because you found a pair that is a bit better than the one you're wearing. And you HAVE to do this, because if you're not wearring the lightning-repelling trousers at the absolute right time... Well, you get the point. "Bastion" is different. because it is a lot simpler than comparable games, although this stems from it putting it's focus on different things. Like emotion and storytelling. Basically you run around different environments and hit enemies with hammers, machetes, shoot them with pistols or rifles and so on, trying to restore the fractured world you used to grow up in. There's no focus on loot as in there is practically none. You get new weapons at fixed points in the story and there's only like two handfuls of those. Which you can upgrade over time, but you shouldn't expect elaborate skilltrees or such. It's all very minimalistic, but this allows for a very smooth and fluid experience. This is further supported by the way the story is told and therefore the world fleshed out. The whole game is narrated by the incredibly awesome-sounding Logan Cunningham while you're playing it. He explains everything, what you do, why you do it, what happened, he basically builds up the world around you. Without jolting you out of the game. It's an ingenious method of combining storytelling and gameplay and thanks to Cunninghams talent, it provides a lot of very emotional moments. Other aspects of the game don't fare that well. It is a short, rather simplistic game that you could finish in about six to ten hours, it plays okay without reinventing the action-RPG-gameplay (although the missions are quite varried and present you with something fresh every time) and the hand-drawn graphical style looks overcrowded and confusing at times. Like most of the other best story-and-emotion-focused games out there, like "Planescape: Torment", "Silent Hill 2" or such, "Bastion" is a better experience than it is a game. But what an experience it is...

83

An engrossing experience

BTerran | May 14, 2013 | See all BTerran's reviews »

The gameplay for Bastion is easy to understand, but gets complex as you go on without ever becoming confusing. From start to finish, there's always a new weapon or move to keep things fresh despite its hack-and-slash roots.

That said, it's the presentation and story that set this game apart. Bastion's world literally grows as you move and the environments are both varied and appealing to look at.

The narrator keeps things the story going as you progress, giving your journey an epic feel. The story itself isn't up to par with longer games, but what's there is interesting and leaves an impact.

Even if you don't like Indie games, Bastion is one worth trying.

90

A Great Game

Onefatcow | May 3, 2013 | See all Onefatcow's reviews »

You owe it to yourself to buy this game, it really is a good deal for the price. The graphics are amazing, the hand-painted effect on the world makes it seem like you could jump into it. The gameplay is also great, though it seems deceptively simple at a glance. The idea of the floating city is implemented beautifully, and it shows just how great a game can be if it is not rushed. The only things you could say this game suffers from would be: a character that looks nowhere near as good as the backdrop, and it can be a bit repetitive to wade through enemies. All in all though Supergiant Games has created a masterful indie title.

94

One of my all time favorites

PixelKnight | April 30, 2013 | See all PixelKnight's reviews »

Bastion is near flawless in almost every category. The combat is fast paced and fun, the music is fantastic, the narrator can evoke any emotion just by the way he speaks, the art style is beautiful and colorful, and the environments are varied and well designed. Don't expect a review picking out every little detail of the game, this is just me venting my feelings about one of my favorite games of all time.

95

Amazing Indie RPG

massi2323 | April 28, 2013 | See all massi2323's reviews »

I haven't played many action RPGs and I'm just starting to get into the genre and this game along with torchlight 2 have made me love action RPGs. The graphics are nice and vibrant and seem to almost pop out of the screen as if the Bastion was a real place. The combat system is simple, especially if you have an Xbox 360 controller, though to be fair, I haven't tried the mouse and keyboard configuration yet. The story is brilliant and leads you brilliantly into a choice that I spent a lot of time debating simply because the rest of the game had set up the story so well that it felt like it was always making the right choice for me and all of a sudden I had to choose. The reactive narration by Logan Cunningham is absolutely amazing and lends itself perfectly to this game. The proof that this game is so amazing is that I've bought it for both my PC and my iPad.

91

Kid, you're gonna wanna play this.

Joeru | April 25, 2013 | See all Joeru's reviews »

The love child of indie game developer Supergiant games and their publisher Warner Bros is a beautifully crafted masterpiece, this may seem like flattery but until you step into this beautifully hand painted world you won’t understand the magnificence portrayed by this title. Beautiful artwork aside Bastion has an engaging story which is quite enigmatic with as many twists as a trashy detective novel. A world in ruins a result of the calamity, how did it happen? Can you restore the world to its former glory? The music work is also quite impressive, whilst inconspicuous at times plays an important role, lending to the overall ambiance of the game but also working well into the game play building up and intensifying as the action progresses. The coup de grace however has to be the narration work, the narrator tells the story of “The Kid” detailing everything he does from breaking stuff, to killing monsters, to just standing still. The quality of the voice acting combined with the dynamic narration creates something truly special. Whilst each of these features are great in its own right, the way in which these elements are executed together is what makes this title a real masterpiece. As with everything in life nothing is perfect and Bastion for all its style and flair does have some faults. First and foremost would be the range of enemies, this is the same problem I have with the Borderlands series and it is the lack of variety of enemies, re-skinning a model or changing its size is not good enough and this laziness is no longer acceptable. Secondly the skill set is pretty dry, whilst there are quite a few options here, many of the skills feel useless and you will end up using the same handful of spells throughout the game. Lastly is the Bastion itself, I felt this was a great concept that worked well in many respects however the execution seemed a little lack-luster. Seemed like a lot of work for such little reward, they made the world so beautiful but the area in which you spend the most time is mediocre at best.

92

One of THE best indie games

tatsuevo | April 24, 2013 | See all tatsuevo's reviews »

By far, Bastion is the best indie game I've ever come across. The story, narration, and art style are truly unique and the gameplay does not disappoint either. Essentially you start with a world that has nothing and as you progress through the story, more and more pieces of the world come together. The story is a bit cliche but with the amazing voice acting and narration, the story seems like a whole new thing in itself.

With the gameplay, you can approach this top down-esque game in many styles. If you're more of a swordsman, you got your hack and slash elements in here but if you're more of a run and gun player, Bastion has got you covered as well.

Hands down, the best game to have in your library if you're looking for something innovative and refreshing

95

Work of art

ZinZano | April 23, 2013 | See all ZinZano's reviews »

A work of art and if you play it that is what you should be expecting. Game play wise it doesn't do much new, but what it does do it does well. Mechanically it is a strong action RPG with a few nice touches such as a decent selection of varied weapons all of which are fully upgradable, the ability to pick your own difficulty by worshiping certain gods, a home base which can be upgraded throughout the course of the game, and a spirit (drink not ectoplasm) based system which lets you tailor the main character to your own tastes. The game itself is focused almost completely on having you fight through levels and upgrade various things so you can fight through more levels, while this might sound boring to some the constant stream of upgrades keep it fresh as you unlock new weapons and abilities which keeps you wondering what the next reward will be. As stated previously though if you play this game from a purely mechanical view point you will be disappointed, in fact if you can't appreciate anything but the core mechanics of a game knock about 2 or 3 points off of the score now, while they are strong enough that the game aspect never feels boring they are by no means revolutionary. Where this game shines is the presentation, everything from the narration and story, to the art and music is completely top notch and experiencing more of it is what really drove the game forward for me. All of the levels appear to be hand painted affairs which rival the art in games such as Braid and Capsized, they consist of parts of a once prosperous but now shattered floating city, the parts of which literally fall into place as you explore the landscape, an effect which doesn't seem to get old. As you explore the levels the narrator, a husky sounding southern gentleman, explains what you are seeing and how the word used to be, occasionally commenting upon your own actions which really brings you into the game, and I spent a good while trying out different things (such as purposely throwing myself off of a platform) just to see how he would respond. The music is brilliant as well, generally very western sounding (as in wild west) mixed with more contemporary beats and occasionally an almost bangra flavor, the stand out tracks for me though were they 3(ish) songs which sound beautiful and are also very relevant to the characters and their stories. The story itself was good enough to make me invest in the characters and the world and had enough subtle twists that I found it genuinely interesting and cared about how the characters would be effected by the unfolding events.

There were only two things which really bugged me, the first was the 3D models of the main character and the enemies, though adequate I felt they stood out like sore thumb against the beautiful backdrops of the broken world, and the second was the ease with which you could fall of platforms in some situations, however as the game is quite forgiving this wasn't really a massive problem.

Overall if your eyes and ears work and you can enjoy a game based on its being beautiful as well as being a good game mechanically then this one is definitely for you.

75

Very good indie game.

sittinghawk10 | April 23, 2013 | See all sittinghawk10's reviews »

I got this game from a humble bundle after hearing so many good things about it. The graphics are beautiful for any game. The controls are very accurate and easy but require skill to totally grasp which rewards more serious players.

The narrator has got to be my favorite part of the game. Highly recommended.

96

Bastion

mkolp0 | March 16, 2013 | See all mkolp0's reviews »

This game is great in so many ways. The story is good, gives you rpg elements and choices, the gameplay is loads of fun, and the narrator is possibly the best part of the game. Wonderful, the execution is just perfect, with the narrator and music, creating a stunning atmosphere. The story isn't generic at all, you will pay attention to it even if it isn't intentional. The combat is satisfying, with quite a few weapons to choose from, allowing many different combos to be created. The game just absorbs you into it, you become a character in the game, it feels like it is your own story. This itself is powerful, but when combined with all the above elements, it creates such an experience, such a game that leaves you in awe, that you will remember it.

94

My favourite indie game

barniman | Feb. 27, 2013 | See all barniman's reviews »

So far this is my favoure indie game and i played plenty, it's worth it even at full price. At first glance it looks nothing more than a simplistic hack&slash but it's much more than that. The artistic style is staggering, just check out the pictures, that can be offputting for some people, but it works really well ingame. The second thing that has to be mentioned is the sound... both the voiceacting and the musical score created for the game are amazing (the OST is still in my mp3 player, that's how amazing it is) and Logan Cunningham, the voice actor of the narrator in the game, is one of the best performances i've ever seen in a videogame. The story itself is rather simple, but the way it's told is amazing, that's definitely something everyone should experience. The gameplay is basically a hack&slash with a few twists. You have plenty of upgradable weapons, each of them with a time-trial tutorial map (these are quite entertaining). The campaign can be completed in ~8 hours, but there is a new game+ mode and plenty of challenges to keep you going after.

86

Good game.

kokosabre | Feb. 3, 2013 | See all kokosabre's reviews »

A really good indie. I was surprised once the narrator start talking during the game course and exactly that option makes the game really pleasure to play. Graphics are better than good and the whole conception is good.The only bad thing for me is the control system.Is quite annoying at the beginning but once you get used to it its fine.

97

Well polished Action-Adventure game.

Bigshrimp | Jan. 30, 2013 | See all Bigshrimp's reviews »

This game is extremely well polished for an indie designed game. You can tell by playing through it that they put a lot of effort in the story, the art style, the voice actors, and even the music.

You will have a hard time putting this game down once you start it up. It really is just one of the most interesting games you can play and will make you feel like you are part of the story by how it sucks you in so well. Give it a try, you will not be dissapointed in the slightest.

80

Great action title with awesome narrator

Stebsis | Jan. 26, 2013 | See all Stebsis's reviews »

You're the Kid, you wake up from your bed and start your journey narrated by man with awesome voice. World builds around you as you proceed down the path and soon you reach Bastion, final hope to prevent Calamity.

Bastion definitely is a unique game from its graphical stand point. As you go on, the world builds around you, like your story is being created in front of your eyes. It's great storytelling trick, though the story itself isn't the best.

Your whole journey is narrated by the most awesome voice actor ever. He comments almost every thing you do in the game, but doesn't repeat things almost never so it doesn't get annoying. He tells the story and provides information on places you visit, and if you want to play a second time, there's at least 2 different thing he can say, and you won't hear everything on your first playthrough, so second isn't just the same as first.

Combat is kind of a basic top down action. On your journey you get lots of different and fun weapons for use to create a playstyle you enjoy. There're rifles, shotguns, hammers, fast sword and many others. You can also upgrade these weapons to do different things, you have an option of two different things the weapons will do when you have resources to upgrade, and you can always switch the upgrades around when you're in the Bastion to suit your style. Combat is fun and enemies, though not that varied, are still fun to kill and quite challenging on higher difficulties.

If you want a bit different action, little bit hack and slash style game, I really recommend Bastion.

95

A unique game in both style and substance

ButLeer | Jan. 23, 2013 | See all ButLeer's reviews »

The Bastion is one of those games you should play simply because the narrative of the story telling is so well done.

Not only is the story teller an eloquent man of both wit and wisdom, he also has the voice to entrance in the plot.

The combat is very well done, with dozens of weapons and skills to mix and match as you wish. Your passive abilities are handled through a very simple screen, that also implies how heavily the plot affects the silent hero who trudges on through hardship and adversity.

You are one of the only survivors of the Calamity, and now you must make do with what you have.

Also note the EXCELLENT soundtrack. I loved this game, and recommend you buy it if you want a interactive story that pulls you in.

78

Delightful, yet a tad overrated

DeweyDTruman | Jan. 20, 2013 | See all DeweyDTruman's reviews »

When Bastion first came out, people treated it as though it was the best game of 2011, or at least the best indie title of 2011. While I'd personally disagree, I can definitely see the appeal of it. The story is decent enough, and feels original to boot. The characters are all quite interesting, especially the narrator, Rucks.

Ultimately, the best parts of this game are the aesthetics and the narration. Each area looks gorgeous, and the style (along with the interesting choice of having the floor come to your feet as you walk the path) is unlike anything you may have seen before. The narration never gets old, due to the absolutely perfect VA use it has.

The gameplay is solid, with tons of variation and new weapons coming up right up untill the last few moments of the game. The idols provide essentially a small pile of new hard difficulties to go with the normal gameplay, which is an interesting experience if you know what you're doing. The proving grounds are extremely difficult, and while the rewards are there they feel kind of feel like they aren't worth it some times.

This is the kind of game that is definitely worth picking up, but don't let the hype rule your decision.

95

Good game, excellent commentary

igzaustion | Jan. 8, 2013 | See all igzaustion's reviews »

Though a nice enough game in itself, the narration is what really makes this game stand out. I cannot think of any game I've had so much fun listening to as this one. The gameplay itself does not even matter for me.

The narration is entertaining, on point and quite humorous most of the time. Everything from wild fighting to standing around afk is covered and commented on with well written soundbytes. Given the low price, I think I would recommend this to everyone.

90

Brilliant

Lekes | Jan. 6, 2013 | See all Lekes's reviews »

Bastion is not one of a kind, but its of a genre of today that everyone loves. It join's up with Braid, Capsized and Limbo in the elite, handcrafted, polished and hand-painted 2D games of this generation. A unique aspect of this game is the highly detailed narration. It engages you like few games can, and adds a totally different look on the story. Immediately, it connects you with the main character giving you a portal into the character of his personal thoughts that you wouldn't otherwise have. It seamlessly creates a story book feel while at the same time it feels like you are writing the narrators lines before your eyes. Even if you find a path that isn't the main one, or you just spam buttons or sit there, the narrator will comment about it. The controls are very straightforward, with an easy-to-grasp tutorial at the beginning. The music is something stellar as well, and it brings you into the mood of the character. I gave it a 9/10 because there is not much replay-ability.

87

Colorful and intriguing

Micepudding | Dec. 27, 2012 | See all Micepudding's reviews »

Bastion is incredibly polished, with a colorful world and a story that's improved 100x by the presence of the narrator. The gamer itself is a good action RPG by any standards, but it's the polish that makes it worth your time. Gameplay is fun but fairly linear, but the charm exuding from this game makes it stand out as something different. It may be an indie game, but make no mistake, it could easily pass itself off as an AAA title.

95

Just Amazing

Jorgel | Dec. 26, 2012 | See all Jorgel's reviews »

I could simple say that this is amazing. Beautifull graphics, evolving history and a excellent and embracing sound track. Bastion is awesome RPG with a lot of innovative elements, from weapons and gameplay to the absolutely remarkable omnipresent narrator. You will be immersed in this world, and once you finish the game you will be willing to play it again, just to make different decisions and to remember this amazing universe. This, in addition to some challenges make it a game with a good replay factor. Bastion is a must buy indie game to every affectionate to both RPG and good history.

81

A hidden gem

panz3r88 | Dec. 23, 2012 | See all panz3r88's reviews »

Basion is a very good action RPG. In the game you will have to face many monsters in various levels in order to be able to upgrade your character. These upgrades and new weapons can be bought at the Bastion, a building that can be upgraded adding new structures like an armory or a distillery. The game is not really hard, but the gameplay, the music and the graphic are really good

88

Amazing, Charming and Enjoyable.

DonVercetti | Dec. 22, 2012 | See all DonVercetti's reviews »

Bastion, a an action role-playing Indie-developed masterpiece, this game is wonderfully crafted. Every motion made by the protagonist is narrated by Logan Cunningham, which is extremely enjoyable. You seem to be creating your own story, and the narrator would be writing down every sentence. The way the game is built is amazing, the graphics are very charming and the concept of the game is new and fresh. You wont quickly find a title that has this sort of gameplay. Although the world you’re placed in is very nice to look at, I do get the feeling of repetitivity. This might also be the fact that every ‘landpiece’ is an island platform. However, this is surely a title to check out. An Indie you must have tried at least once!

85

One of the best indie

Xibalba | Dec. 21, 2012 | See all Xibalba's reviews »

Bastion is an exceptionally fun and memorable Indie action/adventure with The game layout and pacing are good, always allowing players to get back into the action with little slowdown. The way the story unfolds with a commentator commentating on events and the players actions is original and provides some good context to the story. There even are some nice touching moments in the story and atmosphere which may start to pull the emotion strings a little. The graphics and music are very good featuring a nice art style with an original mix of western and anime. The weapons and game play are very fun and its great to have challenges that give the player the chance to get good at all weapons while being rewarded. Bastion is one of the most inspiring, deep and meaningful games in years.

90

The World is a Colorful Wreck

CrimsonWizard | Dec. 13, 2012 | See all CrimsonWizard's reviews »

Bastion is a story of a world ravaged and a lone child forced to fight his way through the ruins, trying to put the pieces back together. The initial premise has been seen before, but the twists the story takes show that beneath all the lovely colors and visuals is a world as dark as the devastation suggests. Through it all however, the omnipresent narrator remains your faithful traveling companion, uncovering some of the mystery of these hostile fragments of a once great civilization in a fine voice.

Bastion is an action RPG through and through, giving the player many weapons and abilities to experiment with. While difficulty is relatively standard, the variety of solutions provided for the game's perils makes the experience fun and flexible. I believe this is a title that just about anyone could enjoy.

While the gameplay isn't particularly new, the story, visuals, and narrator make Bastion an endearing title, and a fantastic example of a well crafted indie game.

100

Beautifull

Mattx2 | Dec. 11, 2012 | See all Mattx2's reviews »

This game is just awesome.The music,the gameplay,the narrating it's all just brilliant.I loved this game and will be playing it again.If your reading this go and press buy now now!! you won't regret it

80

A fun little experience from start to finish

Scorpy | Dec. 11, 2012 | See all Scorpy's reviews »

Bastion is one of those rare titles that manages to never disappoint no matter how many chances it's given. Bastion could have gone wrong in so many places, however it pulls everything off with relative ease.

The music is compelling and fits every scenario perfectly. Worth a listen on its own.

The story and acting are surprisingly good, with fantastic narration providing some much-needed weight to the game.

The art style and graphics are unique, and will either please or annoy the gamer. The unique perspective makes some levels hard to play, but never impossible to finish.

In conclusion, Bastion is a nice little indie game that is worth perhaps half of its value. Once you complete it there is no real reason to go back, and the story is relatively short. Certainly wait for a sale on this one.

91

What should I do?? Tell me, narrator...

abelfs | Dec. 9, 2012 | See all abelfs's reviews »

Bastion is not an original game, but it's one of the best indie games conceived. Handcrafted, polished and hand-painted 2D visual style; bullet-proof gameplay; but the aspect of this game that made it a masterpiece is the highly detailed narration. It engages you like few games can, and adds a totally different look on the story. Immediately, it connects you with the main character giving you a portal into the character of his personal thoughts that you wouldn't otherwise have. It seamlessly creates a story book feel while at the same time it feels like you are writing the narrators lines before your eyes. Even if you find a path that isn't the main one, or you just spam buttons or sit there, the narrator will comment about it. I gave it a 9/10 because once it's finished there is not much replay-ability.

90

Pretty good Indie Game

Abomb7894 | Dec. 8, 2012 | See all Abomb7894's reviews »

If you're looking for an RPG with a huge amount of action and explosions, this game is not for you. The art in this game is amazing, along with the narration and story. The controls are simple enough and the game play is fluid and easy to latch onto. It does become repetitive with you doing the same thing over and over again for a bit, but each area has different enemies and challenges, lasting just long enough so you don't get too bored. I honestly though it would even be short, but it turns out its a long game with plenty of replay value and engagement. This indie game is worth it.

80

Great Action RPG

Ninty96zie | Dec. 8, 2012 | See all Ninty96zie's reviews »

Bastion, to start, is gorgeous. The crisp visuals and animation quality really add to the experience and to the general atmosphere set by the game. It's most unique quality - a running commentary by one of the side characters - is one of my favourite things about the game and helps set it apart from other hack and slash games. He comments on the majority of your actions and the world around you, and gives unique comments based on what you just did. The actual gameplay is also very good, there are a wide variety of weapons and skills, and the controls are responsive and work well. While the game is not particularly long (5-10 hours), the experience sticks with you, and is well worth the cheap price tag.

90

A portrait of my childhood gaming

vinelander | Dec. 8, 2012 | See all vinelander's reviews »

The moment I got into Bastion, I was immediately pulled back to my parent's basement as my brother and I played through Secret of Mana. I think it's the variety of weapons and your ability to play the game the way you want it. I've personally always been a range fighter, so by the end of the game I had chosen the dual pistols and the carbine. However, if you like to get up close and personal, there are plenty of options for you.

The real time narration is the other big selling point of this game. The voice is just perfect. While the narration might impact others differently, to me it reminded me of the times my friends and I would joke around and give some real time rendition of whoever was playing at the time.

The game is beautiful, the combat is tight and varied, and I am certain I'll breaking the game out again when my son gets a bit older.

95

A Proper Story...

artropodo | Dec. 8, 2012 | See all artropodo's reviews »

The art style, the story, the music make this game really enjoyable and worthy giving it a try.

Is one of those game that leave you wanting more and even when you finish it you want to start it again. The gameplay is not ground breaking, a simple mix of RPG and hack and slash. The art style is beautyful and really enjoyable. The story is interesting, most if not all of it is narrated during the game. And the music make it even better.

97

My favorite game so far - period.

ExtinctThings | Dec. 7, 2012 | See all ExtinctThings's reviews »

Where to start? Bastion is an amazing game. People complain about gameplay not being quite unique enough - well, if you feel the same way, turn on some idols at your local shrine and prepare to think, "Why can't I press these buttons fast enough?"

Moving on to the story. Summary: it's great. It moves as you do, and while you don't have much control over it, the few choices you do have to make alter the story considerably, including the end meaning.

Graphics: hand-painted tiles are quite the thing. Everything feels authentic, and despite the dark setting, there are deep colors and moving objects everywhere that creates quite the visual experience. One problem with the graphics is that in many places the ground falls into place - quite dizzying for many players, although most should not have this problem.

Audio: everything feels pretty good. Sound is intuitive and unique, nothing you wouldn't expect from a well-designed game. Music is extraordinary; Darren Korb really outdid himself with the soundtrack. I still hear Bastion tracks being player all over the place - in videos, with dubstep remixes in montages, and even as party music occasionally.

Overall: this game is amazing. Story and gameplay and visual and audio all come together to create a great play. The one gripe I have with this game though is that the PC port does not come with very many options, and default controls for the PC are not that good.

90

An Rpg You Cant Miss

Mechafury | Dec. 7, 2012 | See all Mechafury's reviews »

Bastion has to be By far my favorite Game of 2011. a great story driven rpg with a even better narrative telling aspect and great game mechanics that shouldn't be missed and amazing art style and music to boot. if you haven't picked this one up you should.

Great game

88

Great artistic design

DukePaul | Nov. 9, 2012 | See all DukePaul's reviews »

I love Bastion, It was one of the best indie games from 2011, for the colorful hand drawn graphics, the nice narrator telling you the story through the game and the peaceful music.

The gameplay is like an Action-RPG, you will have a lot of battles in this game and It can be difficult when you are surrounded by enemies, but The game offers various ways to defeat them like choosing, customizing and upgrading the weapons that you will find in the adventure.

Bastion can be a bit repetitive and short if you only go for the main plot but is a great game with an unique atmosphere and a story you will listen and discover to the end.

88

So beautiful

MarkDeejay | Nov. 5, 2012 | See all MarkDeejay's reviews »

Finished it in 6,5 hours. Well worth the money, even though I think it's a bit short in the end (storywise). The graphics are outstanding by the way. They reminded me of Braid. The game itself plays like a linear action RPG. During your quest you'll receive lots of weapons, that you can upgrade several times. There are also idols to increase the difficulty, a distillery to equip potions with different effects and challenge rooms to earn extra items. There really is a lot to do in this game (never mind the story for now) so it could take you about 12-13 hours, maybe even longer, to 100% this game. To be short: this game should be in your collection, no matter what.

95

Probably the best indie of 2011

V2lentin | Oct. 25, 2012 | See all V2lentin's reviews »

Bastion is maybe the best indie game of 2011 and that says a lot about it. The game puts the player in the "shoes" of Kid, one of the few survivors of a Calamity that destroyed almost the entire world. The Bastion, a small floating island, is the last refuge of the few survivors, and Kid must upgrade it using the cores scattered around the few islands that survived the Calamity.

In order to defeat the enemies you encounter, there are 10 different weapons, each one with its specific features. Also, Kid can use a special ability, like a whirlwind hammer hit or summoning a pet. Apart from the difficulty level you can set at the beginning of the game, there are idols at the Shrine in the Bastion that can be activated in order to make the game harder and add a challenge even for the most skilled of the players.

At its core, Bastion is a hack'n slash like any others, but what separates it from other games in this genre is the atmosphere the sountrack and the graphics manage to create. Everything in the game is hand drawn, with rich details and bright, vivid colours that will easily impress anyone. Also, the soundtrack is absolutely awesome, with songs that will really make you buy the Sountrack edition of the game. The voice of the narrator sounds adorable, like the voice of an old cowboy: so calm and warm that will make you love it from the first moment you hear it.

Bastion is a game that should never be missed, and I recommend getting the Soundtrack Edition, which comes with the full soundtrack album in MP3 format.

84

Worthy action RPG

rstokes | Oct. 15, 2012 | See all rstokes's reviews »

Great narration, amazing graphical style, and hack and slash action worthy of praise. Instead of mountains of loot you are given a small handful of weapons which you can upgrade as you progress. Its rather repetitive even for a hack and slash, but the narration and quirky style of the game will have you finishing the game several times

75

Kid just reviews a game for a bit

sweetcuppincake | Sept. 28, 2012 | See all sweetcuppincake's reviews »

Chances are you've heard of Bastion. It was pretty highly praised when it came out. I played it after the hype died down and while I could see why people liked it, I didn't fall in love like so many people seemed to. The narration is a great device and the music really sets the tone, but I felt like the gameplay itself was fairly standard stuff. I also had trouble with the keyboard controls and ended up using a controller. There is some replayability once you finish the story, but I wasn't really interested in a 2nd playthrough. It was a good experience, but I feel like what makes the game worth talking about is more gimmick than gameplay.

90

Nice game!

Zinzun | Sept. 3, 2012 | See all Zinzun's reviews »

This is an action rpg. You must rebuilt the Bastin, taking some stones from the surrounding levels. You can use different ranged and melee weapons, powering them up, and using special powers. There is also a nice update in the PC version where you can play in an exclusive Portal 2 based level. Maybe the full retail price is high, but the game is very beautiful, also thanks to the narrator voice.

79

A good hack and slash but kind of short....

xboxer | Aug. 10, 2012 | See all xboxer's reviews »

Very very good hack and slash. Graphics are good enough.

Gameplay involves very satisfying hack and slash and it does have some interesting and varied upgrades and weapons for your character.

Reminds me of those hack and slash games I've played on old consoles like Gameboy.

95

One of the greatest indie games

Mikester7 | Aug. 2, 2012 | See all Mikester7's reviews »

Bastion is an amazing hack and slashish RPG. Right away you notice the sheer amount of love and work that has gone into it. It features a beautiful art style, solid but simple combat, semi non linear game play, amazing soundtrack and an out of this world story with amazing writing told by one of the best narrators I have ever heard in a game, Logan Cunningham. Who on Earth believes that they don't make good games anymore.

94

One of Last Year's greatest indie

TG_Judgement | Aug. 1, 2012 | See all TG_Judgement's reviews »

An ARPG reminiscent of the old PSX games (but HD-fied,ofc).Art is fantastic, soundtrack is amazing, gameplay easy to learn, not as easy to master, switchable control schemes with rebind able keys, and what could’ve turned into the game's gimmick, the narrator, ends up being one of it's greatest strengths. He has an awesome gruff voice, never repeats his lines on one playthrough, and his lines are short, but contextual to the situation at hand, guaranteeing that the story is told without interruption or distractions. Game Is rather short though, lasting between 4 to 6 hours on first playthrough, but with the inclusion of a New Game + mode (where you keep almost everything, and get a few extra toys too), as well as several selectable handicaps to increase the difficulty for greater rewards, the post-game content should be enough to keep it going for a while longer, if you so desire.

90

A true gem

Thulfiqaar | July 26, 2012 | See all Thulfiqaar's reviews »

I can truly say, that I enjoyed everything about this game. I actually finished this game twice in a row and I rarely do that since I have over 200 games and I haven't played most of them.

The music in this game plays a vital role and is simply gorgeous. It really helps in the development and fits in perfectly well along with the narrator. I know when I first saw it I thought it was a game for kids because of the art style and graphics, but truly this game is so much more than you think. I paid full price for the game and I don't regret it and these days it's going on sale quite often.

If you enjoy a game with great challenging combat and great storytelling, with a little bit of originality. Then this game is for you. Try it if your not certain, there are demo's for this game all over the internet.

96

Wonderful game

CJV | July 23, 2012 | See all CJV's reviews »

Right from the start you realise bastion is not like others games. It's unique graphics, great soundtrack and a great dynamic narrator make it very compelling. Mixed that with a great story and gameplay and you have bastion, one of my favourite indie games yet. What more can I say? Did I mention it's great? You have a lot of variety of weapons and special attacks as well as many enemies, each with a distinct feel to it. The game is not too long, it's about 6 hours, but I think the length it's just right, that way it never gets repetitive. You owe yourself to play this one.

99

A modern classic

Lunk | July 23, 2012 | See all Lunk's reviews »

Bastion is definitely the game that surprised me the most in the last year. My friends kept hyping it up, but it didn't look like my kind of game, so I resisted for a long time before finally caving to the peer pressure when it went on sale.

Boy am I glad I did! It's hard to put my finger on what exactly makes Bastion special, but the oft-cited narration and music are definitely good places to start. The soundtrack has a wonderful "frontier" quality to it (almost like something out of Firefly), and is really well integrated into the overall experience. As for the narrator, the first time he jumps off-script to comment on the protagonist's actions you'll be hooked.

The action is not the big selling point (for me), but it's also not in any way a negative and they did a really nice job of balancing the different weapon choices - ask 10 people what weapon combo is the best and you'll get 10 different answers, none less valid than the next.

The story is fantastic, as is the storytelling. It flows with the action really nicely (aided by the narrator), and without spoiling anything, I can't remember the last time a game made me care enough to tear up.

I can practically guarantee that the second you finish this you'll reach for the New Game+ option, which is also a really nice touch. Enjoy!

95

A must-play for everyone!

PedroVarela | July 20, 2012 | See all PedroVarela's reviews »

In my opinion, the second best indie game ever, followed by Doukutsu Monogatari. It is truly a masterpiece that covers every single corner of the game.

It's an beautiful game when we talk about graphics: it's the essential to a wonderful scenery, as it has its own particular style. The ground forms as you walk, which gives a dramatic impact when playing.

The best things about this game are the story, the OST, and the narration. The story WILL leave you tearing, specially if you play it twice, in order to understand everything that surrounds the Bastion.

As for the narration: it is overwhelming. I cannot put it to words, but it is definitely fantastic. The OST features a western-like tunes, however it leaves a scar when hearing, I recommend hearing it at least one time in everyone's life.

You may think it is expensive for an indie game, but once you realize the work around the game, and the quality of both narration and soundtrack, you will know it is worth every penny.

86

A charming game.

ENDOOO | July 3, 2012 | See all ENDOOO's reviews »

Bastion is a great game with beautiful graphics. It presents a good way of telling the story. Story is told by the word of mouth while you are playing the game. And, oh boy, voice acting is just excellent. This dark feeling to it makes a completely different feel to the game.

Kid, the main character of the game which you play with, has pretty much weapons and special abilities to, so you definitely won't get bored using the same weapon over and over again. The best thing Bastion has going for it is that you will always be surprised by what came next. The levels, the enemies, the story -there's always something you won't be waiting. And soundtracks. Every one of game's soundtracks are just wonderful. A must-have.

90

Interactive and Beautiful

ROKET | June 20, 2012 | See all ROKET's reviews »

I had heard so much about this game that I simply HAD to buy it. I didnt know how it would play or how it would work but jumped anyway and was very glad soon after.

The game is beautiful to look at, listen to, and play. The narration is fun and you really feel as though you at interacting with the world around you and having an effect on what goes on.

Gameplay wise you get a great action platformer along with TONS of weapons to hack and stash your way through the levels. I did find the game a bit easy BUT it was fun nonetheless.

If you're looking for a great story, great world, and great gameplay that will last you about 7 hours - go no further. Bastion is great.

90

Wonderful

zhack075 | June 20, 2012 | See all zhack075's reviews »

Firts of all this game is beautiful ! All Hand drawn 1080p texture give this game a wonderful cartoon atmosphere. But the story isn't childish at all !

The story is well told by the narrator. Moreover His speech depends on what you do. The fights are easy as long as you don't use the temple which allows you to increase the difficulty that will satisfy hardcore players.

Last point, the soundtrack is AMAZING... this game is trully a must have !

93

A wonderful story

kalil | May 22, 2012 | See all kalil's reviews »

The magic of Bastion is based more than anything to make you into a story, telling a story the truth of a very unique and innovative way through an excellent storyteller who told you you absolutely everything that happens around you.

Has some scenarios and a sublime artwork accompanied by a soundtrack, the two are truly emotional end you are left with a taste quite nice, maybe the story is not the greatest work ever seen but if something is found Supergiant games how can you tell a story far more important than the story itself and not misunderstand because the story is wonderful just reaching its true point of interest until the end of it, meanwhile keeping the player quite entertaining killing monsters, leveling up, improving weapons, completing objectives albeit somewhat repetitive is not tedious at all times.

A title that is absolutely true in all its aspects and also has a replay value that is not seen much in these times, a game worthy of every praise, which personally I fall like few games have done, focus on the soundtrack just beautiful.

95

Wow!

5nak3 | May 21, 2012 | See all 5nak3's reviews »

This game took me by surprise.

I saw a few videos of it, had heard the name thrown around a lot, but nothing prepared me for what I was about to experience. Genuinely this is the first game I've played which kept me hooked from start to finish to the extent that I didn't touch another game until I completed it.

The graphical style is very nice and I think it suits the isometric gameplay very well. The developers have gone to great lengths to ensure that the music is very atmospheric, driving up for the fast paced sections and calming down after (brilliant OST btw) as for the narrative, it left me speechless. The first time I heard the gravely voice of the narrator and the way he would comment on the user interaction within the game was impressive.

My one gripe with the game was the fact that the controls for mouse and keyboard too a bit of getting used to. I also felt that my ability to aim, the guns in particular, was hampered by the somewhat awkward controls. It didn't stop me from enjoying the game, but in the interest of a fair review I thought to mention it.

On the whole though, I loved it, I feel that there is also enough replay value to make it worth your while. There are also two endings to the story I'm told, so that could be something to entice people to play through it again!

87

Wonderful experience

albeenox | May 21, 2012 | See all albeenox's reviews »

This really is a neat little game. The story, as well as your actions, are all narrated dynamically as you play, by one of the most fantastic voices to grace videogaming, making for a really unique gameplay experience. The visuals are charming and colourful and rich with detail, creating a seamless cartoon/art world, that feels almost like a beautiful painting.

The gameplay as fun, challenging and rewarding, especially when using a gamepad.. all in all, its a very charming game that I can heartily recommend.

80

Awesome interactive story

arkantos | May 21, 2012 | See all arkantos's reviews »

An awesome interactive story, ARPG "Action RPG" with great and active narrationing. The story of a dark post apocalyptic era where a kid and other few strangers survive what they call the "Calamity". Beautifully hand drawn environment, incredible music, and simple gameplay, the game is pretty straightforward, but underneath there is complexity and variety, waiting to be discovered. Linear storylines were never this beautiful. Bastion is worth to be bought and played.

95

"This is going to take a while getting used to"

Durandir | Feb. 9, 2012 | See all Durandir's reviews »

I believe that is what would go through your mind if you woke up to what the Kid woke up to. His world destroyed, reduced to floating bits and pieces up in the sky. This initial mystery of what has happened drags you into a colorful, vibrant living world. Your actions are narrated by an ever present soothing voice, a mechanic which you would think would overstay its welcome. But instead of ties the game perfectly together.

Gameplay consists of combat in an isometric perspective. You use two weapons at a time, which get its own button, and you can dodge and block. Combat is fast paced and oddly tactical, and it changes dramatically considering what weapon loadout you use. There are enough weapons in there to really change up the way you play if you so desire.

You also have special moves, which you can use as long as you have enough charges. Some of these are tied to weapons, others are more universal. With the upgrade system on weapons and tonics to equip in order to gain special bonuses, the game gives more than enough customization options making it fun to replay several times.

And that is something you really will want to do, as the story is brilliantly told. Somehow they managed to make a game more engaging, touching and downright masterful than most games I have ever played, using what is essentially the voice acting of the narrator and the limited animations you can put on models that size in that perspective. The music also compliments the goings-on perfectly, and there where moments that more or less brought me to tears. This is art, simply put.

Being an indie game it isn't the longest game ever, but it is longer than some shooters these days. You also get the incentive to replay it at least once, and things the narrator say the second time around is in some cases different. With all the possible weapon combinations, tonics, idols to put on to make it harder etc. this game gives more than enough content for the price they ask for it.

95

Bastion - A Must Have

Endyo | Jan. 3, 2012 | See all Endyo's reviews »

Bastion is one of those games that come along once in a while that is basically something you can’t pass up. You’re not spending a great deal of money and you’re getting a really exceptionally made game from top to bottom. For any fan of RPGs, it’s a game that takes you back to the roots of ‘hack and slash’ but departs firmly in that it doesn’t skimp on the story. Before I even get in to the details, I’m telling you – just give it a shot.

I suppose I should start with what could be taken as the weakest part of the game, the graphics. They’re not going to make you scream and cry like a Bieber fan, but the artistic design of the levels and the obvious care taken in making levels feel alive are things you can truly appreciate in a modern game. You’ll spend your time looking at an isometric view top-downish view, but it’s really something you grow to appreciate rather than ignore as with so many other games of that nature. The colors and layout express the tone of each given level and, even though this is a game designed to run on pretty much any modern computer, give you a truly satisfactory graphical appeal.

The gameplay is not particularly complex, but each enemy can provoke best strategies that become more… necessary as the difficulty increases. Increasing difficulty is kind of what makes this game so appealing. As the game progresses a bit, you can dynamically increase or decrease difficulty and corresponding reward on the fly. This allows for a fair amount of replayability (with the seldom seen New Game Plus) and an experience that one doesn’t get with a lot of overly simplistic games these days. You’ll find the PC controls to be what you expect from the game, but it’s also possible to use a controller (premapped xbox) as the game was originally released on consoles.

The absolute best aspect of Bastion is the story. Told eloquently through in-game narration as you fight your battles, the voice acting and story are amongst the best I’ve encountered in any Indie game ever and even rivaling some of the super high end games on the market. It’s refreshing to have the story delivered in a new way. Bastion’s story is certainly not one to disappoint either. Wrought with mystery and the feeling that no one is really telling you the whole story, it keeps you interested up to the very end. I won’t go too far in to it, but it’s just nice to slow down and appreciate what’s happening in it as the narrator describes it.

I hope this review encourages some doubters in to buying it. I remember when I first saw my friend playing it on a console, I didn’t think much of it – but after playing it myself – I’m a huge fan. I can’t wait to see what else this developer can deliver.

75

Story Time!

meiji | Nov. 20, 2011 | See all meiji's reviews »

Remember the days of childhood? The entire your time you play someone is reading your story. You're a young boy who's been giving the task of fixing your world. BGMs and graphics were just the start of the fun.Endless amounts of weapons, upgrades and entertaining comments throughout this legacy. With a measly ~$15 dollars you could enjoy this forever.

85

Awesome game.

xboxer | Nov. 11, 2011 | See all xboxer's reviews »

Bastion is a huge nod towards classic top down slashers like Diablo and Zelda.

The gameplay will definitely keep you entertained from beginning to end. You'll get a rather large variety of upgradeable weapons at your disposal. The enemies are varied and the boss fights are challenging. The missions are generally the same, getting to the end to get some crystals but it's still very entertaining because the levels are so varied.

The art work in this game is one of the best I've seen and the music and narration is also top notch.

The weapon challenges are some of the best challenges I've seen in any game so far.

Bastion is highly recommended.

The bad thing: The story is over in like 8 hours max.

90

One of the best Indie games of this year

TG_Judgement | Nov. 9, 2011 | See all TG_Judgement's reviews »

An ARPG reminiscent of some old PSX games (but HD-fied,ofc). Art is fantastic,soundtrack is amazing,gameplay easy to learn,not as easy to master,switchable control schemes with rebindable keys,and what could've turned into the game's gimmick,the narrator,ends up being one of it's greatest strengths.He has an awesome gruff voice, never repeats his lines on one playthrough,and his lines are short,but contextual to the situation at hand,guaranteeing that the story is told without interruption or distractions. Game Is rather short though,lasting between 4 to 6 hours on first playthrough,but with the inclusion of a New Game + mode(where you keep almost everything,and get a few extra toys too),as well as several selectable handicaps to increase the difficulty for greater rewards,the post game content should be enough to keep it going for a while longer,if you so desire.

To sum it up,Bastion is definitely one of,if not THE,greatest indie game coming out this year.Definitely worth the asking price.

90

Awesome game.

Alixey | Nov. 6, 2011 | See all Alixey's reviews »

A seemingly traditional foundation hides an adorable game with both heart and brains. From start to finish I found my self smashing through scumbags and the like with a joy I haven't experienced in games in a long time. The game-play is both solid and intuitive, but the meat of the experience lies in its presentation: the rebuilding world and its witty and grim narrator. This is what makes this game so hard to put down. The story is presented and played out in such a beautiful and fun way that I can't recall any other game this year - Tactics Ogre aside - that it this well. It may not be my GOTY (Tactics Ogre will probably snatch that one), but it very well could be.

95

An awesome game for an almost unrealistic price!

lucebuce | Oct. 24, 2011 | See all lucebuce's reviews »

Bastion is,quite frankly, one of the best games of the year.Every single part about it is amazing.The story, the storytelling, the gameplay, the mechanics, the music, the atmosphere, the voice acting, the graphics is all superbly done.The gameplay and atmosphere is amazing and addictive, it really sucks you in to the world and you almost don't want to let it go.If the quality of the game itself isn't enough, you can also know that this game is made by an indie developer so by buying this game , you are not only getting one of the most enthraliing games ever, you're also supporting an indie developer that deserves all the praise they get.

99

Reminiscent yet original.

S2uRI | Oct. 21, 2011 | See all S2uRI's reviews »

This game has been an amazing ride...On one hand, I felt like it was reminiscent and true to the old platformers (although it wasn't a platformer) and storytellers, but on the other hand, it felt like an entirely new experience. The visuals were superb and the entire atmosphere of the game was near perfection.

The game director tried something I've never seen before and utilized the narrator to narrate every conceivable scenario for the protagonist, and with the epic voice that is comparable to actor Morgan Freeman, this game just wins it. I can't stress this enough but this is money well-spent.

90

Its all in the narration.

emwearz | Oct. 19, 2011 | See all emwearz's reviews »

While Bastion's gameplay and basic mechanics are simple enough, you wonder a beautifully crafted world while using your hammer and other weapons to destroy enemies that get in your way on your quest.

Sound's pretty average doesnt it, well it is, but what sets the game apart is the amazing narration by Logan Cunningham, who comments on everything you do in the game, even if your stray from the main storyline and wonder off to destroy some rocks he will comment something along the lines of "and off the kid went to take his frustration out on a pile of rock", there is narration for just about every situation.

While the gameplay and story as solid, the narration and story telling is what you will remember most from Bastion.