I have played video games my whole life with a passion as I am sure most of you have. Last year or so though, I haven't felt it as much. I still played them and enjoyed them well enough, but I have felt kinda blah half the time. Been a very long series of games that honestly I just haven't had the drive to finish most of the time, and generally have a bit of fun at first but then kinda don't care after time moves on just a short bit. I guess a lot has to do with the types of games that have been made lately. I guess it has felt like about every other game has been the same game over and over again.
Then I played this game, and I have had my first true huge enjoyment in a long time in a game. This game has for the first time in a LONG time finally given me that moment where it is 5 PM and I don't realize it at all, but I look at the clock a second time, and it is suddenly 2 am, no exaggeration at all. This game has finally also given me that desire to want to do like every single thing possible in this game. I have spent most of my time doing side objectives, and the memorials, and upgrading weapons, and all that, and having a blast.
The combat just feels so fun, and it feels 100% skill based, like I see myself getting better and I have not reached the peak of my abilities in this game, but I see it achievable to do so. It is just a blast, and all the weapons feel significantly different and each an extreme pleasure to use. They all provide a different experience.
Bastion also does something that greatly surprises me. It is as if this game knows all the little things that just outright annoy me like mad in video games, and almost laugh in the face of those things. As if whoever made this game knows exactly all these annoying things that tend to happen in about every other video game, and then makes sure that it is not there, but kinda makes me feel like the game is saying "yeah, that junk annoys us too."
And on top of all this it finally has a very interesting story and presentation! So nice to not have a game with the EXACT same story as about every other game and then in addition present it in an amazing way. Half the games out there follow the exact same story points at one point or another. This game has a story that just makes me keep wanting to see more.
Not to mention the game is darn beautiful.
This game has just been a refreshing delight for me that I have not enjoyed in a long time. I haven't even finished it and I will probably play it quite a few more times [been ages since a game has given any desire for me to do that lol].