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Posted by mracoon (5105 posts) 3 years, 11 months ago

Poll: GotG Round 2: BioShock vs. Bastion (751 votes)

BioShock 62%
Bastion 38%

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Two games where people talk to you a lot. And they both begin with B. I don't know if that will have any impact on how you vote, though.

BioShock (2007)

Bastion (2011)

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#1 Posted by BeachThunder (14817 posts) -

BioShock. Sorry Bastion, I like you and all, but, um, we should just be friends...

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#2 Posted by MooseyMcMan (12577 posts) -

A man chooses.

A slave obeys.

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#3 Posted by CaLe (4762 posts) -

I harvested them all.

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#4 Posted by SirOptimusPrime (2049 posts) -

I know that BioShock is most likely gonna win, but I have to give it to Bastion personally. One of the most fun games I've played in a long ass time that backs it up with a solid world and cool story which BioShock has but doesn't do so hot on the former category.

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#5 Edited by RazielCuts (3281 posts) -

Would you kindly, not make me choose.

Sorry Bastion.

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#6 Edited by mracoon (5105 posts) -

Again, forgot to say voting closes at midnight GMT / 4pm PST Friday.

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#7 Posted by BeachThunder (14817 posts) -

@cale said:

I harvested them all.

All the animals in Bastion???

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#8 Edited by bigjeffrey (5282 posts) -

Would you kindly vote for bioshock?

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#9 Posted by Kain55 (152 posts) -

Crazy hard choice, but dammit if Bioshock isn't stupid good.

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#10 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3413 posts) -

I never played Bastion, but it seems cool. It has fantastic music. I'm not a fan of the character art. Bioshock, however blew me away in just about every way except for the ending.

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#11 Posted by mlarrabee (3889 posts) -

I played Bastion through twice back-to-back and loved it after a couple of hours.

I played BioShock six or so times, not back-to-back, and loved it after fifteen minutes.

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#12 Edited by CaLe (4762 posts) -

@beachthunder said:

@cale said:

I harvested them all.

All the animals in Bastion???

Ye...Yeahh, the animals in Bastion, sure, of course. I wouldn't hurt innocent little girls, no no.

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#13 Posted by BeachThunder (14817 posts) -

I played Bastion through twice back-to-back and loved it after a couple of hours.

I played BioShock six or so times, not back-to-back, and loved it after fifteen minutes.

Oh crap, you just made me realise that I did the same thing. I immediately started playing the game again when I finished it.

I really enjoyed the shit out of Bastion when I played it, but I feel a little tepid on it now though.

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#14 Posted by Starkeh (19 posts) -

Definitely Bioshock. I loved Bastion and it was a fun game, but Bioshock was something else.

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#15 Posted by triviaman09 (989 posts) -

I hate that I have to do this, but Bioshock.

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#16 Posted by FriendlyPhoenix (651 posts) -

I hate that this match-up had to happen this early. I loved Bastion an awful lot, but Bioshock is one of my favorite games period, let alone this gen.

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#17 Posted by laserbolts (5506 posts) -

I liked Bastion a lot but this is a no brainer.

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#18 Posted by pr1mus (4158 posts) -

One was good and the other was hot garbage! I voted for the good one.

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#19 Posted by Brackynews (4387 posts) -

Bastion has a better soundtrack overall. Sadly that's the only pedestal I can knock Bioshock down from.

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#20 Posted by Killerfridge (325 posts) -

I never finished Bastion. Bioshock was a brilliant game when I knew nothing coming into it. The statue of Ryan you see as you enter the lighthouse still gives me chills

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#21 Edited by vikingdeath1 (1237 posts) -

I'm bringing Bioshock all the way to the Champion's Belt!

though I liked Bastion's Narrator more.

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#22 Edited by ThunderSlash (2594 posts) -

Would you kindly build a wall? Damn this one is a hard choice.

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#23 Edited by beepmachine (631 posts) -

I fucking love Bastion, but Bioshock is just one of those games that kind of captures a moment in time. I wish Bastion had a chance to go further in this bracket though.

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#24 Edited by Dalai (7869 posts) -

Bastion is great and all, but c'mon! This is Bioshock!

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#25 Posted by PeezMachine (382 posts) -

Bastion by a trillion miles. It's the only thing that I can recommend to everyone. Got that young universal appeal, son.

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#26 Posted by ArbitraryWater (14985 posts) -

Bioshock is a seminal game... but Bastion is pretty damn fantastic as well. Also it's a lot more fun to play. So Bastion.

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#27 Edited by Hailinel (25787 posts) -

Bioshock all the way.

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#28 Posted by TheHT (14894 posts) -

The world in BioShock is more interesting than the world in Infinite, but the ending of Infinite is more interesting than everything in BioShock.

So Bastion.

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#29 Posted by TooWalrus (13401 posts) -

@cale said:

@beachthunder said:

@cale said:

I harvested them all.

All the animals in Bastion???

Ye...Yeahh, the animals in Bastion, sure, of course. I wouldn't hurt innocent little girls, no no.

They're not innocent, they're fuckin' creepy.

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#30 Edited by Liquidus (993 posts) -

Fuck, man. This is the toughest choice so far. I love the shit out of both of these games. I guess...I'd probably have to go with BioShock, I'm sorry, Bastion, I'm so sorry but BioShock's story is great on two levels, the game itself and on a meta level.

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#32 Posted by BisonHero (10952 posts) -

Both have totally amazing worlds and stories, but I give it to Bastion in the gameplay department. Bioshock is A) broken because of that tonic where you turn invisible if you don't move for like 2 seconds, and B) had all those fucking Pipe Dreams hacking puzzles. Bastion's gameplay is just amazing.

Also Bioshock really wears out its welcome after a certain main character dies, yet the game keeps going for like 2-3 more levels that aren't as interesting as the earlier levels, then has that super dumb final boss.

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#33 Posted by mrfluke (5943 posts) -


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#34 Posted by Slag (7596 posts) -

Definitely Bioshock, Bastion was a solid game but basically a one trick pony around sound design.

Still it's a testament to SiperGiant that they are even in the conversation considering the budget disparity between a game like Bioshock and them.

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#35 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7097 posts) -

Both are exceptional games but I gotta vote for Bioshock.

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#36 Posted by Milkman (19012 posts) -

This might be the toughest vote yet. I went with BioShock but I still <3 you, Bastion.

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#37 Posted by Red (6146 posts) -

Very tough. I voted for Bastion because I have universally fond memories of it and Bioshock had some frustrations and is kind of difficult to go back to after Infinite. Honestly though, I think the main problem was that I played Bioshock a few years after it came out and kind of already knew its big twist. Bastion on the other hand was just a fantastic, unsullied experience for me.

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#38 Posted by Hunter5024 (6702 posts) -

Excuse me while I go pout.

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#39 Posted by OldGuy (1677 posts) -


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#40 Posted by TowerSixteen (554 posts) -

I'll pick the one without the terrible back third.

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#41 Posted by crithon (3979 posts) -

so I was replaying Bioshock 1 a while ago, it's a game that feels like it's about to fall apart every single second unless you reassure it that it's "special". To be honest, it's nice to know there's something that isn't a bald space marine style game here, and it's a world worth revisiting.... but compared to Bastion..... nah, Bioshock just doesn't cut it.

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#42 Posted by NegativeCero (3151 posts) -

Well this sucks. I'll go with Bioshock despite loving Bastion.

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#43 Edited by CornBREDX (7255 posts) -

I never really got the hype behind Bastion. I mean, I get it. Greg worked on it. It's nothing special as a game. The narration is kind of neat but I wasn't as blown away by the execution of it as the concept. It's boring to play and relies heavily on achievement grinding and arena combat.

Bioshock was a good story that was inspired by its predecessor, system shock. It's not one of a kind in concept, but will always be a game I can go back to and enjoy. Bioshock easily.

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#44 Posted by mezmero (3460 posts) -

This is the first heartbreaker of round 2 in my opinion. Bastion is probably the best Indy game left in the bracket but this is Bioshock we're talking about. Both games have nearly flawless stories, art styles, and mechanics. This is a case where the one with higher production values is inherently a better experience. Sorry Bastion. :(

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#45 Posted by Veektarius (6238 posts) -

Bastion by a trillion miles. It's the only thing that I can recommend to everyone. Got that young universal appeal, son.

I actually really disliked Bastion. Well, to be more accurate, I liked everything about Bastion except the game.

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#46 Posted by mrcraggle (3034 posts) -

Well I loved me some Bastion so I voted for that. I must be one of the few that wasn't particularly taken with Bioshock judging by most of the comments in this thread.

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#47 Edited by chrissedoff (2387 posts) -

To say nothing of my not loving the combat in Bioshock--it's an experience most people probably don't share--I feel very confident in asserting that Bioshock really lost its edge after the big plot twist. The fact that almost no one mentions the twist and what comes after when they talk about why they love the game supports my argument.

I would never pick Bastion for being the best game of the generation, but I do feel that it's fun, visually striking, had an innovative approach to storytelling and has no obvious weaknesses. To me, it's clearly the superior of the two games. It doesn't matter to me who wins this poll, but it would irritate me a little bit if Bioshock was considered a contender for Game of the Generation™ specifically because of its story because its story is ultimately quite toothless.

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#48 Posted by Sackmanjones (5575 posts) -

Bastion is a great game. Bioshock is an incredible game. Simple as that.

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#49 Posted by Fredchuckdave (10799 posts) -

Bioshock is overrated, Bastion is pretty sweet.

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#50 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7812 posts) -

I just played both of these games for the first time this year and dammit, Bastion I love you and all but this one goes to Bioshock.