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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
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.
Indies That Rule: Bastionemptyhaven | Dec. 19, 2014 | See all emptyhaven's reviews »
Narration is frowned upon in some games, as it leads to hand-holding and too much guidance in terms of how the plot is shaping up and where the story will lead to. It gives me the sense that developers don't think that their game could tell enough of a good story alone, that they need an often dismembered voice to explain things, and that they don't trust their audience to be able to understand and follow the plot.
Narration in this game takes a different turn though, for while it does guide you through the story, it only leads you as far as the blocks that spawn ahead of you. It does hold your hand, but stops immediately, giving you free reign to go about and do your thing. The narration is snappy and smart, and it is a fun person to listen to.
The music in this game is superb as well, giving the game that right of folk-y, country, and action-y feel that I expected—even surpassing what I expected! If you have a few dollars to spare, you should definitely get the soundtrack, it'll be totally worth it. I sometimes listen to it for hours.
All in all, a wonderful game that shows you how to do narration right. Or at least one way of doing narration right. Visuals and gameplay are both spot on, and I have no further comments on them. Just this one last thing: GO BUY THE GAME.