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Fantastic development make this one of the best RPGs of the year. 0

BASTION - Video ReviewBastion is exclusively a downloadable game which was first released as an Xbox Arcade title and then made the transition to the PC a short time later. Bastion’s style is second to none through its beauty and amazing sound track. Bastion can also be seen grabbing inspirations from old classics like “The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past” and other games of the middle to late 90’s era. Fantastic gameplay and a deeper (yet extremely simply) RPG experience than Zelda has ever...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Bastion is quite simply one of the best games ever made. 0

A lot of times as a game reviewer you wonder what kind of game people like us would make. Certainly being exposed to decades of games both good and bad, popular and obscure that you would know what works and what doesn't, and most importantly whats good about a game and whats bad about a game. It might seem like common sense but so many games even with 70 million dollar budgets still get it wrong. A lot of games still don't know how to explain stories well, and fewer know how to present all the...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Here's a kid whose whole world got twisted 0

Bastion immediately caught my eye when I first saw it. It has that old school swagger, that certain joie de vivre that makes it instantly appealing, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a solid game to be found here as well. Bastion takes some great combat, excellent customization options, and spectacular audio and visuals, and glues it all together with an infectious energy to create a fresh experience you’d be remiss to discount.It would be reductive to call Bastion an action RPG and leave it at ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Bastion Review 0

A child’s eyes see a simple world. For centuries, fairy tales have been tools to give those eyes a view on the world they might not see on their own. They are a means of teaching lessons and giving metaphors, to see villainy and sorrow overcome by heroism and bravery. In Bastion, Supergiant Games has crafted a new fairy tale in videogame form, one that allows you to revisit your youth while celebrating the games you loved when you were small and the world was big.The Kid wakes in his bed. He get...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Bastion Review 0

Bastion is an action RPG developed by the newly formed Supergiant Games. What immediately sets Bastion apart is the fact that the entire game is narrated dynamically. Almost every action you make will be commented on by the smooth voiced narrator known as "The Stranger". The idea of an ever present narrator has the potential to turn sour, but Bastion pulls it off brilliantly. The unique narration, beautiful hand drawn graphics, moving music, interesting story, and fast paced gameplay combine to ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Bastion 0

In this age of development teams numbering in the hundreds and multi-million dollar budgets, it still amazes me sometimes what a handful of people can do. The group behind the actual making of Bastion consists of a couple programmers, a designer, an artist, a sound guy, and a former game critic doing the writing. Greg Kasavin was always very likable when he worked at Gamespot, and it's cool seeing one of the many journalists who have switched over to the development side actually have a t...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

I've Played This Game Before... But Hey, I Liked It Then, Too. 0

Bastion is an action RPG developed by rookie indie developer Supergiant Games and released for the Xbox LIVE Marketplace (XBLM) and PC. It follows the adventures of an unnamed protagonist (referred to as “the Kid”) as he tries to piece together remnants of a shattered world.Design: 4 / 5I’m really growing to like the “downloadable game” concept, particularly as it’s executed on XBLM. Downloadable titles allow small developers to take solid, innovative concepts and realize them on a limited scale...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The kid wakes up... and just rages for awhile 0

After following this game for quite some time it was finally released as the first Xbox Live Summer of Arcade game for 2011, and what a fantastic start to the promotion. Bastion (Supergiant Games' first title) has a unique art style, a deep fiction, some very entertaining gameplay, all held up by one of my favorite video game narrators ever. The story of Bastion is also very rich and has a lot of backstory if the player is willing to listen to the Voice-Overs and play those side quests, however,...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Bastion 0

Time for a fashionably late write-up about this year's best downloadable title so far. Bastion is a downloadable title from the Xbox Live Summer of Arcade and it most certainly deserves the attention it has been getting. At its base the game is an Action RPG that shows its depth through simplicity, but the art direction and sound design is where this game really shines.You start the game out waking up in a ruin as "The Kid". Your world has been struck by "The Calamity". What exactly that entails...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

It's good something fierce 0

I have to admit, while I was excited for Bastion, I expected to be a little disappointed. I expected that the combat might grow dull and repetitive, the RPG elements wouldn't be terribly deep, the story might not be up to snuff, and the narrator would lose his charm rather quickly. To my surprise Bastion didn't seem to lack in any of those regards, or really any regard at all. You are "The Kid" and kicking the game off you wake up in a mysterious world where paths form beneath your feet and your...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A simple game, gloriously presented 0

It's easy to become especially charmed by Bastion. The developers are seemingly familiar with how to craft a world with intrigue, Logan Cunningham (the narrator), Darren Korb (the composer) and the artists who poured liquid bliss into my eyeballs are the highlights of the game. Players will be mystified, because these things are not exactly new things in games, yet at the same time - they are. At least in this way. This use of narration, exceptional soundtrack and art are the things that hold t...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Strong, but not Sticky 0

It only took 16 months and 22 hours, but I finally beat Bastion. In a world where you can buy a dozen games for a dollar it’s easy to stack a backlog longer than your lifetime. Far too many games slip between the cracks and, frankly, Bastion was about to. It was the trailer for developer Supergiant Games’ upcoming Transistor that urged me back to the falling tile world for the umpteenth time. Since the wiki is a click a way, head there if you're looking for a description of the game.Bastion is n...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Bastion 0

BastionWhere do I begin? I have heard of this game so many times and never really thought much of it. I saw the screenshots and the talk, but it just never grabbed me. Then I heard the Giant Bombcast talking to one of the Super Giant Games team members and I got curious. Well, I am so glad that I did.This game combined so much of what I loved of classic RPG's like Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger and other similar titles. The graphics and art were beautiful and lovingly created. The controls wer...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A classic example of "style over substance" 0

Ahhh, “games as art”. It is a debate that seemingly never ends. Bastion is the latest exhibit on the side of the “game are art” crowd. Unfortunately, though, what it really is is pseudo-intellectual faux art. It is a game whose simple story and mediocre action-RPG gameplay are disguised with buckets of style and unnecessarily cryptic dialog. There’s a word for that, actually, and that word is “pretentious”. Real art is original and creative, and it is only as weird or as thick as it has to be. B...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Bastion is a Well Crafted Experience with Beautiful Art Direction 0

The Xbox Live Summer of Arcade for 2011 officially kicks off with Bastion, the premiere title from developer Supergiant Games, and sets a high benchmark for the upcoming games in Microsoft’s summer downloadable line-up. Bastion offers fast-paced strategic combat, incredibly beautiful art direction, a healthy amount of customization, and one of the most memorable narrators in recent memory. It seamlessly combines all of these traits into a fantasy action RPG that players won’t forget anytime soon...

11 out of 20 found this review helpful.

Supergiant Games delivers with this beautiful downloadable title 0

Bastion successfully shatters whatever expectations you may have for a download-only game. It's driven by a fantastical story delivered by a clever narrator (voiced by Logan Cunningham) who not only responds to your actions, but also fills in the universe with details that are vague enough to give you a pretty good idea of what happened to the world while managing to not swamp you in overbearing details. The fluid and dynamic combat system goes hand-in-hand with the game's storytelling in a rema...

2 out of 4 found this review helpful.

A Bastion All Your Own 0

In the world of cinema, there are certain films which transcend both genre and era. They are highly regarded amongst many who appreciate the medium, the works that define our culture through expertly crafted storytelling. If Bastion were a film, I would safely mark it down as such.  Don't get me wrong, I had my fair share of doubts going in to Bastion; and for the first half hour I played, I feared the game would grow into a steady fest of smash this, listen to narrator, move forward. Luckil...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Highly Polished, but lacking in substance 0

Bastion is an isometric 2D action game, unlike similar games, Bastion doesn't use a dual-stick shooter setup, but instead uses auto-aiming and only a single stick. The rest of the controls are a button for a secondary attack, a button for a special attack, one for blocking, one for dodge rolling and one for healing. Weapons, both melee and ranged, are gathered over the course of the game and can be freely equipped. The story of Bastion is for most part told via a narrator that constantly comment...

1 out of 4 found this review helpful.

The Kid should now just be called The Man 0

But he still just “rolled off, and fell to his death.”Right off the bat, I'll just tell you this; this game is outstanding. In beauty, mechanics, and otherwise complete function, this game just works. Ugh, I love this game. Anyway...TO THE REVIEW!You're The Kid, a survivor of the Calamity, and restorer of Bastion. You wake up after the Calamity where the world itself is in pieces and your very step brings the land back to place. With no reason of how things went down, The Kid traverses the land ...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Bastion Review 0

Bastion is one beautiful looking game. But those worried that weak gameplay is hiding behind a wash of artistic brilliance, don't. This game offers up so many approaches to playing, combat always feels engaging. I've personally never come across a game with so much single-player replayability. One of this year's gems.Bastion is, on the surface, a simple click and hack adventure set in the mystical, floating realm of Caelondia - or what is left of it. You play as the Kid, a small, white-haired bo...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Become the Kid. Restore the Bastion. 0

   Bastion was the start of the 2011 Summer of Arcade, and is one of the finest Arcade games out there. With a great story and excellent visuals, the premier game from Supergiant Games really delivered on everything it promised.     Kid's got a nice arsenal to use. He loves mixing and matching. Gotta find the right combo to thump the baddies. What makes Bastion stand out is the Audio. Throughout your adventure, your actions will be narrated by another character in the game named Rucks. From your...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Something Special 0

It might be pretty obvious with the glut of 5 Star reviews permeating the site, but hey, I'll add another voice to the crowd: Bastion is good. Like, really, stupendously, inspiringly good. Even after watching Building the Bastion all the way through, I wasn't quite sure what to expect out of Supergiant Games' first outing. I was rooting for the guys, what with them making pretty much the entire game from their apartments, and myself an aspiring game developer, but I wasn't quite sure if the game...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A Boy and His Hammer 0

Most video games struggle to create a consistent sense of pacing, the medium isn’t really known for having amazing stories across the board, and adding player agency creates big challenges. Throw a narrator into the mix, like Portal, The Bard’s Tale, and now SuperGiant Game’s Bastion, and making a well-written story is that much more difficult. Having to decide how much dialogue the narrator will have based on player control isn’t something many studios dare try to tackle.You'll get to know this...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Some of the best story telling in gaming 0

BastionDeveloper: Supergiant GamesPublisher: Warner Bros. Interactive EntertainmentRelease: 8/16/2011Genre: ActionDRM Free on Gamer's GateI got this game in the Humble Bundle 5 pack DRM free along with the soundtrack. While I had not originally prioritized to get it anytime soon, I have enjoyed the game and feel that I would have gladly pay $25 for the game and the soundtrack due to it's high quality.Story:The story of bastion is about a boy named the kid who wakes up in a world after the Calami...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Stunning 0

This is one of the best games that i've played, beautiful graphics, art-style and soundtrack combined with fun gameplay. I am usually not into indie games. I support them merely because I believe they are good for the industry. Usually I buy them and they just sit their on my computer after a short play. But this game really hooked me in from the beginning, it's art style is reminiscent of Korean cartoons that I've watched and the game play is pretty entertaining. The one standout feature of thi...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Unique and Outstanding 0

The Kid wakes up.Few games do as many things as well as Supergiant Games’s Bastion. In this small, downloadable title is some of the best gameplay, most stunning art, and most inventive presentation I have ever seen in a video game. It does what only the best games are capable of doing, which is immerse you in a world and make you want to experience all of it.Up front, the first thing people probably notice about Bastion is its stunning art style. The bright, vivid, and varied color palette is a...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Green Dude Reviewed a Great Game 0

I'll be honest, I had high expectations for Bastion. I followed the game via Giantbomb's "Building The Bastion" series, and was truly thrilled to play this game made by such a small development team. Even more interesting was one of the developers is Greg Kasavin, a former Gamespot reviewer. Not many reviewers actually create games, so i would expect when they do, they would know what makes up a good game. I thought the game looked great, and the art style is beautiful, and hard to believe one p...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Bastion combines action, RPG, and a great artstyle to make magic 0

Bastion cover artBastion is an action RPG that is currently part of the summer of arcade for Xbox 360's online arcade (XBLA). The game takes place on a mysterious planet/plane of existence/place that recently went through something called "The Calamity." As the initial sole survivor, you story is told through a narrator who almost seems to know what you are going to do before you do it. More on this later. The game plays like a standard action RPG where you get weapons, upgrades, and kill enemie...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

On Solid Ground 0

In an era where gratuitous excess is the norm for video games, Bastion is a testament to the power of restraint in its design and execution. Rather than bombard the player with and endless stream of particle effects, one-liners, and nonsensical plot points, Bastion elegantly unfolds layer by layer, allowing you to savor each moment and absorb the richness of its world. Like a well-written book, you're compelled to fill in the blank spots with your own imagination. In fact, the protagonist doesn'...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Supergiant games show off what they can do with Bastion 0

The summer months are never the most exciting time for video games. Big titles are usually moved out of summer to looking for bigger sales around Christmas present buying season. This void of big budget titles has brought about the emergence of the Summer of Arcade, introduced by Microsoft for its Xbox 360 system, back in 2008. The concept of the summer of arcade is fairly simple. Fill the void of big titles with small innovative indie title for Xbox Live Arcade. Summer of arcade 2011 was kicke...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Calamity Kid 0

Bastion is an action role-playing game released by Supergiant Games as part of the 2011 Summer of Arcade promotion on XBLA. The player takes control of 'The Kid' a young white haired Caelondian male who must traverse the world destroyed by the event known only as the Calamity. The game starts with The Kid waking up on a seemingly disconnected rock floating in the air and the memory that in times of trouble, head to the Bastion. The Kid is a silent protagonist and thus the story is told is past t...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Bastion Review 0

A new kind of apocalypse has occurred, named “The Calamity” and it has struck this beautiful watercolor world. You are the Kid – the sole survivor of the world that’s been shattered around you during your slumber. One thing that becomes apparent is that the narrator is not scripted in the sense that he says the same thing at the specific points of the game. Instead, the narrator details YOUR adventure as how you play it. With each movement or action, the Stranger as he comes to be known has some...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

What a treat. 0

I don't know what I was expecting going into this, but I was pleasantly surprised. Supergiant Games managed to develop a game with an interesting premise and story, rounded out with solid gameplay mechanics. The narration is inventive and interesting and relevant, though not without flaws. There were a few moments when I thought to myself, "what the fuck he is talking about again?" But those moments were fairly rare. And the music was fantastic. And not really what you'd expect from a fantasy ga...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Bastion Review 0

Developer: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment,Publisher: Supergiant GamesThis game has seemingly appeared from nowhere. Kicking off the 2011 summer of arcade on Xbox Live, Bastion has blasted its way onto the scene, taking many gamers by surprise. Although publicised, it arrived with little to no fan fair and after playing the game, the only question to be asked is why not?Bastion is a top down RPG set in a post-apocalyptic world. Players take control of a character who wakes up in his bed, ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Amazing production value from an arcade title! 0

Before I review a new game I usually like to wait a day or so after I complete it to let it fully soak in and not get caught up in any recent play hype. That said Bastion is a game that I still feel very comfortable recommending and the overwhelming majority of things I can say about this title are good indeed.For an arcade release, arcade budget and arcade price this is well worth the money. I will say I found that Bastion had to grow on me a little bit, initially I had mixed opinions but once ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

No story talk review 0

The Summer of arcade on Xbox 360 start off with a bang with the game Bastion. I wont Talk about the story of the game at all, I feel that saying anything about it is spoiling the story. I will just say that it is a good story. The game play is easy and fun, you have a melee attack and a shooting attack. Along the way you gain more weapons and you can upgrade these weapons to be more powerful, have more chance of a critical hit or for guns have better aim. With each weapon there is a challenge le...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

An impressive first try 0

We all know Bastion is an incredible game. It's absolutely stunning to look at, sounds like Kurt Cobain's voiceless ghost, has an impressively deep number of systems that keep the game evolving on and on. It's an awesome experience and deserves pretty much every bit of the credit it gets. So rather than say what's already been said by pretty much everyone in the industry, I want to give a critical assessment of what wasn't done quite as well because it seems like the flaws, small though they are...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The kid thinks you should play this 0

Bastion is a beautiful 2D fantasy game with a unique storytelling method of an ever present voice narrating the story as it happens. The voice’s register hovers somewhere in the vicinity of Sam Elliott and Ron Perlman and serves as a constant companion that elegantly toes the line between pure exposition but also a character in the game itself. In addition to this unique conceit, the game itself is a fun action-RPG with great weapons, upgrade systems and a lot of well thought out gameplay design...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A perfect choice for those who look for a worthy arcade game 0

Bastion's developers knew what they were doing and that's probably the reason why this game holds the player's interest till it lasts. It has a unique style, some neat ideas and also a very good pace and presentation. Story of the game is about a world destroyed by an event called calamity and a hero called " The Kid " who tries to restore it by creating a safe haven ( Bastion ) with the help of the game's narrator " Rucks " . Story of Bastion doesn't make you wonder what happens next, but it se...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Bastion Review 0

I got to see this very game at PAX East this year and immediately though, now that's something I haven't seen, and I want to play it. Well the time has finally come for this game to join the ranks of the XBOX 360's Summer of Arcade. In this game you will be playing the part of a kid who wakes up to find that everything he knows is now in ruins. He'll have to search what he calls home for some answers, and when he finally just starts finding things out its off to the real adventure. Soon you'll f...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The littlest game that could 0

Holy crap, where to start with this game? It's not only a great baby's first action-rpg, it's also a challenge for seasoned veterans of the genre. And that's where Bastion's strength lies. It truly is an all ages game; the closest video games have ever come to Pixar quality. Not only can the youngest of the young play this game and enjoy it, but older gamers can find an incredibly deep and satisfying story that deals heavily in themes of forgiveness, loss, and genocide. Parallels between the Cal...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A Fun Romp That Ends Right When It Needs To 0

Bastion got a lot of hype this past year from many a games journalist. It was the nice indie, but still commercially digestible game that people like to feel good about and also like to tell others they feel good about it. There is no pretention from the developer, no secret agenda or broad push. It seemed that this was just a simple game with a good art style, a great soundtrack and a simple gameplay mechanic. Let me reiterate that though. This game had a simple gameplay mechanic. Simple. As in...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

"You did good, Kid." 0

A small slab of land rests suspended in the sky; a young boy sleeps peacefully, unaware of the cataclysm that's transpired around him. You press a key and -- "he gets up," says a deep, male voice. You start walking toward the small archway to the left the boy's bed. As you do, the ground begins re-forming beneath him. He keeps moving, not stopping to think about this strange phenomena. That mysterious voice, commenting on his every action as if spectating right alongside you, the player, ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A Fairy Tale Setting With Intense Combat 0

Bastion defines what is remarkable about Xbox Live Arcade. Bastion's seven to ten hour experience feels like a steal at fifteen dollars. The story, art style, and fast paced action stand out as some the best this year, regardless of size or platform. It has redefined narration in video games.In the world of Bastion a terrible event known as the Calamity has destroyed the world of Caelondia. You'll play as a silent little guy known only as "The Kid". As The Kid journeys through this extravagant w...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

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