Discover the secrets of the Calamity, a surreal catastrophe that shattered the world to pieces.
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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
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    • 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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gpr201
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Gameplay was very strong. Fantastic art and the story was great
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vokiel
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Beautiful game, great soundtrack, but... It is really on the short side at about 10 hours of game play for the main story. If you are not an achievement collector and mind paying a premium for quality art, then I wouldn't purchase Bastion in your position.

The game has also one deadly flaw in its targeting system, which means you rarely fight multiple targets at the same time during the campaign. I have not gone through the motion of finishing the game yet, but with the time I've spent on the proving grounds, I am fairly certain I will go into Bastion to get all achievements. It is a bit addictive.

The game is a remarkable experience even in its short span and the targeting flaw.
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Mushu-Wu
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Before Overwatch: I LOVE this game!

After Overwatch: I HATE this game!
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Cpt.Trips
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Great game with an amazing sountrack. One of the few games where listening to it is the most enjoyable part, even though the combat is pretty fun and fresh with the large variety of weapons and upgrades. Can't think of a reason not to get this.
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yohoo
( 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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Titanus Ferrum
( 24.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This is an excellent game. Simple, fun, and challenging, especially if you use the idols.
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Mongoose
( 25.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Super fun game with a great story/ excellent narration and intuitive/variable gameplay. The different weapons, weapon skills, and spirits in the distillery (which provide passive bonuses) unlocked throughout the course of the game provide plenty of variation to the gameplay and tons of replayability, especially with New game+ and score attack modes available upon completion of the story. Further fun can be had by invoking idols in the shrine, which allows you to adjust the difficulty of the game by giving different challenging aspects to the enemies.
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Dragonaut
( 18.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Do yourself a favor and get this game
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V4llinskY
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
"I should build a railing."
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ECGordon
( 41.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I've purchased it on a whim and it was likely the best purchase I've ever made on Steam.
It's sort of an hybrid between a soft-going hack-and-slash and a slightly tactical arcade. You'll need a bit of strategy and ability to win the game in hard mode, but you could actually play your way through the enemies without thinking a whole lot, if you play it easy.
A nicely build plot and a wonderful atmosphere, sceneries filled up with colours and shapes, bright and beautiful, Rucks' voice carrying you on through the story and a nice range of weapons' choices, enemies and developments will do for an handful of hours of pure bliss. You've actually had a bit of a Kingdom Hearts feeling, while going on, and I can say I liked it.

PROs:
- Easy Mode? Hard Mode? You Decide! You can regulate your own difficulty through a wise use of the Idols. Would you like faster enemies? Less potions? More damages? You choose! Like I said, the whole game can be played in easy mode by gamers - like me - searching for a few hours of fun, or you can put on your steel panties and try one of the special levels - wave after wave of angry enemies! - with the whole set of Idols.
- BEST ATMOSPHERE EVER. I'm a bit of a child: colours, brightness and variety always put me in the right mood. And the colours here are to die for, with lots of variety from level to level.
- Beautiful Soundtrack. The kind of soundtrack you'll find yourself humming in the morning. I especially love a couple of the instrumental pieces and ALL the songs. The ending track is something else, soulful and perfectly apt to underscore the soft, melanchonic and just a bit hopeful plot.
- Lovely Plot. Not overtly intricated, but a solid, simple plot with lots of feelings. You get a few epic moments and I teared up a bit at the end. The whole story is build to show you the past of each character and to get you to grow fond of them.

CONs:
- Finite Level-Ups. You've ten levels. Ten and no more, full stop. You're encouraged to play and re-play the story, but you won't be able to upgrade your characters over those ten levels and you won't be able to upgrade your weapons over five levels. I mean, I understand that non-finite power ups would have been difficult to implement, but it removes a bit of the pleasure of playing through the plot a second or a third time. And, like, why are you still giving to me shards? What I'm supposed to do with them, I've fifty thousands shards and I don't want them anymore, they're useless.
- Keyboard, no, why. This is a minor thing, actually. You can honestly play the whole game by using a keyboard: but then you get to the Cael Hammer Challenge and you'll want to throw your keyboard outside. I actually get mad simply using the Roll, sometimes.
- And, this is just for Italian players: the Italian translation is TERRIBLE. I played a few levels without sound and I had to base everything on subtitles and I was, like, what...? I don't understand, what's happening, are the Ura coming back, I don't get it? And then I re-played Bastion and I listened to the English dubbing - a nicely done dubbing, moreover - and everything was clear.
- Sometimes the game will crash. It will do it without a reason and there's nothing you can do about it. It crashed when I was almost done with one of the special levels and I, like, wanted to cry. Although, it happens veryyyyy rarely: I've played almost fourty hours and it crashed just twice.

There would be more to say about Bastion, but let's just say that's a nice 9/10. Loved it.
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87 of 90 people (97%) 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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107 of 162 people (66%) found this review helpful
174 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Stupid OP character with a dumb transformation into a turret. Blizzard should nerf this character.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
The game didn't look like much from the videos and reviews I've seen, so I hesitated to buy it for a long time, even though everyone said it's awesome. Finally, I decided to get it, since it was only $4.

For the first 30-40 minuntes I thought it was meh, but then I got sucked in without even noticing. Played straight for five hours - loved it. The game has everything to keep a player interested (cool weapons, upgrades, dynamic gameplay), and the narrator makes the whole experience epic. You absolutely must try this game if you havent't done so yet.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Fell in love with this game instantly.A must buy.
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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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
For some reason, it took me 3 separate attempts over a few years to actually sit down and play this game all the way through. After finally finishing the game, I have to admit I'm not quite sure what held me back on my first 2 attempts because Bastion is a truly great game. It succeeds in nearly every way.

Probably the most noteworthy and distinct aspects are its narration and visuals, both of which players will notice almost immediately. The narration guides along not only the story, but the gameplay as well, which - when coupled with the source of the narration - provides a more intimate and closely-felt experience. Much of the game's worldbuilding and lore is also developed through the narrator, with his very human, down-to-earth, and often heartfelt voice acting. Characters and their backstories are also developed in this way, and the story being progressed in this manner turns out to be more intricate and poignant than it would seem at first. Worldbuilding also takes place quite literally as the world is built before your eyes as you move along an area. This decision to have the setting come to life as you go does wonders for the feel of the game; it's a design choice (and in a way, a mechanic) that is entirely unique and refreshing and elevates the aesthetics of the game to another level.

Also worth mentioning is Bastion's incredible soundtrack. Its varying tracks fit the moods of different moments and locations exceptionally well. The music of Bastion is instrumental (heh) in creating the right atmosphere as it complements the narration and aesthetics to make a truly powerful experience. One track in particular caught my attention the instant the female vocals rang out, and I almost stopped playing just to appreciate the chillingly beautiful song.

The actual gameplay of Bastion is probably actually its weakest point, and that's only because the rest of the game is on another level. The gameplay is actually quite good, with satisfying combat that holds more depth than it would initially seem. It's not amazing as Bastion's other aspects, and it doesn't really do anything new, but it works just fine for the game and still provides for a fun experience. There is also a fair amount of replayability, which is always a plus in my book.

With a gorgeous soundtrack and aesthetics, solid gameplay, and top-notch narration, Bastion easily deserves its spot in the hall of fame for indie games.

8.5/10
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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
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
why haven't you played Bastion yet?
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5 people found this review funny
Recommended
24.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
this game can be... intoxicating.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
If you'd like a Morgan Freeman voice over for everything you do, this is the game for you.
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