Discover the secrets of the Calamity, a surreal catastrophe that shattered the world to pieces.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (18,659 reviews) - 97% of the 18,659 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 16, 2011

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“This game is amazing and you owe it to yourself to download it.”
9.0/10 – http://pc.ign.com/articles/118/1189676p1.html

“The soundtrack is phenomenal, the world is breathtaking, and the narration is a brilliant new idea for gaming.”
92/100 – PC Gamer

“The entire game drips with passionate artistry from the gorgeous watercolor aesthetics to the stirring soundtrack.”
9/10 – Wired

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About This Game

Bastion is an action role-playing experience that redefines storytelling in games, with a reactive narrator who marks your every move. Explore more than 40 lush hand-painted environments as you discover the secrets of the Calamity, a surreal catastrophe that shattered the world to pieces. Wield a huge arsenal of upgradeable weapons and battle savage beasts adapted to their new habitat. Finish the main story to unlock the New Game Plus mode and continue your journey!

Key features:

  • Stunning hand-painted artwork in full 1080p resolution
  • Critically-acclaimed original music score
  • Hours of reactive narration delivers a deep story
  • Action-packed combat rewards playing with finesse
  • Controls custom-tailored to PC plus gamepad support
  • 10+ unique upgradeable weapons to be used
  • 6 powerful Bastion structures to be discovered
  • 'New Game Plus' mode unlocked after finishing the story

Free Update: The Stranger’s Dream

Delve deeper into the Bastion experience with this free update, featuring a challenging new scenario and new ways to play. Contents include:
  • The Stranger’s Dream: a new fully narrated Who Knows Where sequence, bigger and tougher than the others.
  • Score Attack Mode: a new way to play through the story! You start at level one with all Spirits and Idols unlocked. Combat performance is rated for efficiency, and all areas are repeatable.
  • No-Sweat Mode: for those who just want to experience the story of Bastion, this mode provides unlimited chances to carry on from where you left off if you’re defeated.
Plus, new Steam Achievements and Leaderboards! To access the Stranger’s Dream sequence as well as Score Attack Mode, you need to have finished the game at least once. The Stranger’s Dream sequence will be available early on in your New Game Plus or Score Attack play-through.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core or Greater
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 1.0 GB
    • Video Card: 512 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card (shader model 2)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core or Greater
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 1.5 GB Free Space
    • Video Card: 256 MB OpenGL 2.0 compatible graphics card
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core or Greater
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Video Card: 512 MB VRAM
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Mobus
( 60.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Bastion was one of those games that you look forward to sit down and play.
So when it was X-BOX controller ONLY compatible....

A shame.
A dirty rotten shamful lie to say it's fully controller compatible.

Some of us like to PC on the couch and Bastion was supposed to be my new companion.

Maybe one day the gods will gift me with a Windows manufactured and owned controller.
Until then?
Can't rate a game I was going to spend on the sofa.
"Full Controller Support" my foot.
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Werewalrus
( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
The gameplay, the RPG components, the evolving story, the voice telling it, the amazing soundtrack... nothing is wrong here. Will probably play it again in the future.
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WakefulKnight
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
I simply cannot rate this game highly enough. Great gameplay, perfect narration. I still listen to the soundtrack even years later. The game lasts about 5-6 hours. Long enough for a full experience and short enough to potentially do in one sitting. 11/10 I will purchase every game this studio makes.
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TheRealThorCody
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Amazing game, giving away 1 copy of it away to who ever adds me first. Good Luck.
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[CH]Radioheist
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
GREAT. Music, Gameplay, Concept, a really enjoyable game to play 11/10
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Nik
( 11.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
The plot is kinda weird and not very interesting, but the gameplay and environment make up for it.
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Smeagol, Lord of the Ettercap
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
I barley remember the gameplay, it was solid, it was fun. Recomending it because the soundtrack is ♥♥♥♥♥♥ic.
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Lord Enforcer
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Soo beautiful looking game awesome soundtrack and choices near the end man I recomend this game full price
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some Guy
( 11.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Decent game, great artstyle and voice acting, also has one of the best soundtracks I've heard before, but did find myself getting bored of it once I had completed it.
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Corey
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Lovely lovely little game, it lasted the perfect amount of time and had a perfect ending. I'd highly reccomend it to anyone with a couple bucks to pick it up and play through it, its really fun.
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96 of 101 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
AT A GLANCE
(Full review follows below)

  • Game Name: Bastion
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Genre Tags: RPG; Action; Atmospheric; Isometric
  • My Overall Grade: A+
  • Estimated Playtime (Campaign): 5-11 hours
  • Multiplayer Aspect: None
  • Recommended To: Established fans of the genre; Those intrigued by the genre; Aesthetes; Game atmosphere connoisseurs

REVIEW
Bastion is a very soulful game. That’s probably its most defining feature. It's in the style of an isometric hack-and-slash, drawing from arcade roots and presented with a poignant atmosphere. It is definitely a very easy game to enjoy; and it should appeal to wide variety of gamers. And since it is medium length and has a wide range of difficulty options, it is a good game for anyone who may want to take a step out of their comfort zone and try something different.

Probably the first thing that jumps out about Bastion is the gorgeous, hand-painted artwork. But that only scratches the surface. The whole atmosphere of this game is incredible. The world literally unfolds around you as you make your way through the environments. The soundscape is spot on and the music is great. It is a very aesthetic experience.

The gameplay is strongly narrative-based. In fact, there is an actual narrator that guides you through the game. This nature of the game does lead it to be semi-linear, although you do have a fair amount of branching options to work with in some aspects of the game. The gameplay is pretty simple and intuitive, but also offers a surprising amount of depth. There is a decent variety to your arsenal and to the enemies you face. And the baseline difficulty is very easy, which is the proper way to design games so that everyone can enjoy them. Nevertheless, the innovative difficulty system in the game allows you to tweak various specific options (enemy health, enemy damage, player movement, etc.) to meet your preference and tackle the most extreme challenges/achievements.

Now the game isn’t really that long if you were to only do a single playthrough of the campaign. However, there are the aforementioned challenges and achievements to tackle, a NewGame+ Mode, and also an Score Attack Mode where you get a running score throughout your playthrough and can compete on leaderboards, if that is your thing. So you should be able to get a good amount of playtime.

So, in summary, I would say that the synergy of the soulful presentation, the intuitive gameplay, and the unique narration makes this game more charming than a Disney prince. Bastion is a great gaming experience, and a modern classic. Unless you are adamantly not interested in this genre, I recommend you at least consider giving it a shot.

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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Bastion is an RPG top down game created by an indie developer, Supergiant Games (creators of Transistor as you know). The game's setting is in Caelondia, a war torned atmosphere left by after the war between Uras and Caels (I tried to remember the plot but this is a close one as I can remember). You will play as The Kid, an amnesiac warrior who cannot remember the past and tried to unravel. This game's dialogue have a minimalistic feel because the protagonist doesn't talk and same thing as support characters as well. The narrative voice acting, oh man, the best voice acting I have ever heard in my whole entire life. The musical scores are top notch, especially when you are in the dream sequence and every region you explore. The graphics are eye candy and visually stunning, the art style is immersively well done, the animations are well executed. The combat system is solid and fluid, you can have 2 weapons to carry and you can change the weapons if you can find The Arsenal during missions or before starting the mission. You have abilities to choose from to eliminate enemies with ease. The Forge lets you upgrade your weapons but you need a particular parts to upgrade the weapon. The Distillery lets you drink any potions you like, it gives you the benefits for your stats but also there are side effects or negative effects in it. The enemy A.I. are smart and tough. Every enemy you encounter needs a proper strategy because they have different attack patterns and weaknesses, so it's best not to mash buttons to win. If you want a challenge(it's an optional), you can turn them on by building the Shrine and enable any idols you like to enable. I recommend everyone to use a controller, the controls are tight and responsive, no problem. There are 2 endings you can choose from, so it's better not to spoil for everyone (for the sake of not to ruin their experience).

+ Pros
+ Narrative Voice Acting and Musical Scores
+ Graphics and the art style of the game
+ Variety of enemy A.I. behaves and attack patterns differently
+ Tons of weapons you can use, suited for your playstyle
+ Replayability (New Game Plus available after finishing the game)


- Cons
- Keyboard and Mouse are not recommended unless you don't own a controller or don't like using a controller
- Not many varieties for main objective (finding a same life crystal to restore the Bastion)

In this game's honest review, I enjoyed playing this game, just relax playing this game while the narrative is soothing my ears. The graphics, the musical scores, narrative voice acting, solid combat system and challenges that made this game's biggest strength. But there is a lack of variety during missions like finding a life crystal, encountering NPCs, it's a tiresome experience for me. I recommend you to buy this game during Sale because it's $2.50 (just in case if someone doesn't like the game, correct me if the price point is wrong). It's a solid recommendation.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
This game is like a game i have been recently been playing called Darkest dungeon. Like the game, Bastion delivers an atmospheric experience whose story, music and design all emerse me in a great world with everything fitting together so well. This game should be applauded for how well of an experience it gives the player as it dripfeeds you weapons, story and enemies to fight. The only real thing i can fault is the gameplay, which is pretty linear and has no real replay value. However if thats the biggest thing im complaining about, then i have nothing much to complain about.

This game is worth every cent. It basically made narration in games popular.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
hack-and-slash game, checked
deep story-line, checked
awesome narration-based game, checked
great game mechanic, checked
beautiful soundtrack, checked
maybe if only, this game is coop-campaign, that would be great...

Final Verdict: 10/10
a must buy indie game!!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Apparently I haven't written a review about this game yet. Well, here I go.

The game is fantastic. That's simply it. The story is wonderfully done, and told in an engaging, uninteruptive fashion. The combat system has such a great deal of potential variation, switching up the ability sets and weapons between a good number of choices keeps it constantly interesting. When you beat it the first time through, there's a new game plus which makes the game more challenging, and gives you more toys to play with.

I've played it twice all the way through (~15 hours each) and still listen to the soundtrack on a regular basis. Fully recommended.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Bastion is a Masterpiece . PERIOD .
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
this game is so beatiful. One word, Majestic.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Figured i'd write a little something since this game is on sale.
First of all, as far as indie games go, this is one of the best, let's go over what it has to offer.

+ Top quality soundtrack.
+ Beautiful, and mostly hand drawn art style.
+ Narrator is a nice touch, with a very fitting voice, wich means fantastic storytelling.
+ An excellent system to increase difficulty (wich comes with rewards of course).
+ A total of 11 weapons (that come with upgrades) and a distillery building that provides you passive bonuses.

There are a few negatives but the positives make up for them, A LOT.

- Game is quite short, but i don't mean to say short games are bad.
- Not much replayability (offers a New game+ option and a "survival wave" mode where you get to discover each of the character's story).
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
"I should build a railing."
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
A great hack 'n slash that isn't all about button mashing and actually requires some skills. There are diverse weapons, and a nice skills tree. The artistic direction is incredible, and the soundtrack is astonishing . I was listening to it even before playing Bastion, bought the game because of it, and still listen to it.

Contrary to most folks, I wasn't that moved by the story , but it was still pretty good. (To be honest, it was hard for me to pay attention because the subtitles and the voiceover weren't in the same language, and there is a lot of action going on).
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