Game Review: Bastion

 

We’re going to start this article off a little different. Let’s start with the fact that this game is absolutely fucking awesome!

The first thing you will notice when you jump into this game is the amazing art going on, and it is amazing. It’s vibrant, and the way the levels pull up into the gameplay as you progress really sets it off.

The second thing you are going to notice with this feature is the comical narration of the gameplay actions as well as the storyline. I was immediately sure I wanted to keep playing this game after the first quirky comment. The commentary carries through the entirety of the gameplay, sometimes relating to your character’s direct actions such as falling of the map, and sometimes pointing out bad guys when they populate. The commentary is the only voice you will hear in game, with the exception of one time near the end of the game.

The storyline is rather simple, but fun to follow. Learning how the Calamity comes about, and the reasoning behind it are the prime points of the storyline. It’s not exactly a happy story, and considering modern and historical times the story feels very applicable and relatable – unfortunately… You also get the opportunity to learn a little but about the main character’s background, as well as one other character’s life story, filling in some deep details.

The gameplay is very easy to get used to, and there are a plethora of weapons to suit just about every playstyle. I personally rocked the dueling pistols and the machete the second I got them. Every time a new weapon would show up, I would immediately switch back, regardless of the foes in front of me.

The game comes reasonably priced at $14.99 on Steam. I got a full 8 hours on my first playthrough, and I did not complete all of the weapon challenges available. The gameplay was also fun enough that I plan to playthrough this one again, besides there are alternate endings, and I want to see the other one. The game does give you a start option called “New Game Plus” after the first completion. This lets you play through with all of your weapons. The game also has features to beef up aspects of your foes to change the level of challenge, which you may want as your level your character and modify your weapons to hit harder/faster. I would show more pictures of the game, but this one is best experienced first hand.

What I thought


 

  • System Played On: PC
  • Available On: PC, Mac, IPhone, Playstion, and XBox (Steam,  Mac Store, App Store, PS Store, XBox Store
  • Game Modes: Single-player
  • Visuals: 9/10
  • Audio: 10/10
  • Storyline: 9/10
  • Additional Content: N/A
  • Overall: 9/10