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

 

Game Review: far: Lone Sails

 

Let’s start with probably the most important fact of this review: This is not the game style I typically enjoy playing. Now that that is out of the way, let me say that the play of this game is pretty amazing. In a desolate world setting, this game really does a great job of making you feel like your character is the only one in the world. The game does a good job of explaining only just enough of the gameplay, which makes part of the puzzle figuring out how to interact with the environment. The aesthetic and audio environment are spot on, and really enhance the whole “desolate world” theme.

The game play start off with minimal instruction, and the first step is making your way to your Okomotive (ship thingly). As I described previously, the first puzzle to conquer is figuring out how the ship functions. Then, you’re on your way! You travel, and have to complete environmental puzzles to keep moving your ship forward. Even moving forward is a little bit of a thought process, as you have to consider wind direction, damage to the ship, and how much fuel you have to move your ship forward on energy. Throughout the game play there are pictures to take note of that describe the world as it was previously, and give small clues as to how things came to be. Over all, the game is a gem to play!

On to my final statement, and unfortunately, my one VERY large complaint: the pricetag. I purchased this game because steam featured it on the front page of the store, and I figured, “Why not? It has great reviews (mostly positive), and I’m looking for a good single player game that doesn’t come with a bunch of frustration.” This game was both of those things. But at the $14.99 price tag, this game was WAY TOO SHORT! I understand development costs vs. supply and demand determine a games intrinsic market value. That doesn’t validate charging $15 for a game that at it’s longest probably won’t take you 3 full hours to beat. This game was fantastic in every other way. But had I known the storyline was going to come to a close after such a short period of time, I would not have made the purchase.

That being said, wait till it’s on sale and buy this game. This game IS worth buying, and IS worth playing. And maybe for you, this game is worth the price listed. Remember my first line in this article, this isn’t generally the kind of game I play at all, so the price is steep to me. Removing that, the game is a definite pick for your wishlist.

What I thought


 

  • System Played On: PC
  • Available On: PC (Steam, GOG, Humble Store)
  • Game Modes: Single-player
  • Visuals: 9/10
  • Audio: 10/10
  • Storyline: 6/10
  • Additional Content: N/A
  • Overall: 7/10