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"A charming hack-and-slash RPG, with an excellent soundtrack, great colouring, and a superb narration gimmick." - PCGamer UK
"This game is amazing and you owe it to yourself to download it." - IGN.com
Bastion is an action role-playing experience that redefines storytelling in games, with a reactive narrator who marks your every move. Explore more than 40 lush hand-painted environments as you discover the secrets of the Calamity, a surreal catastrophe that shattered the world to pieces. Wield a huge arsenal of upgradeable weapons and battle savage beasts adapted to their new habitat. Finish the main story to unlock the New Game Plus mode and continue your journey!
Stunning hand-painted artwork in full 1080p resolution
Critically-acclaimed original music score
Hours of reactive narration delivers a deep story
Action-packed combat rewards playing with finesse
Controls custom-tailored to PC plus gamepad support
10+ unique upgradeable weapons to be used
6 powerful Bastion structures to be discovered
'New Game Plus' mode unlocked after finishing the story
A Little Indie With a Lot of Charmfaerie241 | March 9, 2015 | See all faerie241's reviews »
I was not necessarily expecting much when I started playing Bastion. Personally, I have never liked games that are from a top-down perspective, and I didn't think this game would change my mind. All I can say is wow, was I wrong about this.
Bastion is one of the most mechanically perfect games I've ever played, indie or otherwise. Everything is balanced well so no one part of the game feels too hard or easy. There are no major glitches that cause people to tear their hair out, either, which is pretty refreshing considering how bug-ridden the modern gaming scene is.
The game itself looks beautiful, and the narrator for the game sets the tone perfectly. There are numerous weapons to pick up throughout the game and put in your character's arsenal, which allows for endless tweaking and customizing to find your personal favorite weapons. All of this is accompanied by a sweeping and gorgeous musical score. In conclusion, get this game as soon as possible and you will not be disappointed.
Bastion - a landmark for indie gamesmateidanut | Feb. 27, 2015 | See all mateidanut's reviews »
Bastion was the first indie game I ever played. As you can see from my score, it was an amazing experience. I discovered in some ways I like indies more than AAA titles.This game was rather short (4 to 5 hours) but I guarantee you will replay this immediately after finishing it the first time, both because the game has different endings and that you will want to finish your weapon upgrades. About those upgrades, I would describe the game as a Devil May Cry meets Diablo in a wonderful fantasy setting. It has a lot of weapons to try out (like in DmC) and the combat system is in a top-down perspective (like in Diablo) but it has a unique charm about it that neither of this game can provide with their grim gory atmosphere. In my opinion, the magic of this game comes from the narrator that gives you details about the world and the characters (the game is close to a book in that aspect) and from the music that fits wonderfully. It is one of the best soundtracks in gaming period. Therefore, I think this game is a masterpiece truly deserving of a perfect 100. Do not hesitate and buy this game!
Cute, Simple, Hack and Slashjonathanrflores | Feb. 18, 2015 | See all jonathanrflores's reviews »
At it's core, Bastion isn't too deep; it's a fairly simple hack-and-slash/platformer. You'll pick a weapon and fight monsters for about four hours before finishing the game. But what makes Bastion interesting is the presentation; its style is worth a look.
The animation and art style is nice and cleanly drawn. Settings and enemies are colorful and vibrant.
If you haven't heard by now, the game has a narrator, which is actually a great style choice. The narrator is probably the only reason to play the game. He narrates your actions, as well as his dialogue, cutscenes, etc. Bastion's narrator has a smooth, deep voice that isn't just there to help you learn the controls - it's a big part of how Bastion's story is presented.
If you're looking for serious gameplay with a deep combat system, then avoid Bastion (because Bastion has none of those things). Gameplay is simple, you'll be pressing pretty much one button the whole game for your battles. There are a lot of weapons, but they're all about the same in terms of effectiveness. The game isn't really that challenging or lengthy, either. But if you're looking for something stylistically interesting, with charming narrative, then maybe give Bastion a try.
One of the best indie titles I've played so far.reginleifx | Dec. 29, 2014 | See all reginleifx's reviews »
Some people think a game needs stunning visuals to be good, other think what they need is a complex plot full of unpredictable twists. Bastion didn't need either of those. Its beautiful, kind of cartoonish graphical style, and rather simplistic plot are actually a part of what makes this game amazing. Bastion features loads of weapons, which kind of reminded me of some Hack n' Slash titles. A narrator, who actually narrates most actions done by the player. An amazing soundtrack, that suits the game almost perfectly. Fluid combat. A nice and quite simple plot. Its only downside is how short it is. Achieving 100% completion can make it way longer. This game is, in my opinion, worth its full price. If you think it's not appealing to you, wait until it's on sale.
Substantialamudhippo | Dec. 25, 2014 | See all amudhippo's reviews »
There is so much good to be said of this game. If it isn't the artwork or the story it's in the amount of depth afforded characters without really saying much about them. The game is fast paced but not so fast that you aren't immersed in each location. The narrator's voice is glorious in combination with your actions and can his message has the fit of, well, an unreliable narrator. The game gives you choices, and the ability to act on your own, to discover the world on your own, or not to, but I truly think you should with this hand painted set work, and all of the things you can see if you just look, it's worth it. The story that unfolds is binding, and with all the weapon choices and variety of modifications (shrines, secret skills) it can be modified to fit any play style.