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.”
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“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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Smash!
( 10.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Bastion is another indie game which is put on a pedestal for its presentation, even though its presentation is not nearly as revolutionary as it advertises itself as being. Once again the actual narrative is very thin on content, and the voice over narration is what people refer to when they discuss its "amazing story". The actual content of the game consists of walking on linear cubic paths in a void while engaging in very bland and unengaging 3rd person combat. The monotone narrator talks through the whole game, giving a greater sense of setting to the game than there really is by describing lore about the floating hallway you're traveling even though there is zero visual evidence of any the levels you're occupying as being a real place in any way.

The narrator itself is novel but not very engaging. He speaks with little to no inflection, and it can be easy to not pay attention to anything he says since you're too busy killing enemies on the current floating hallway void. The narration is supposed to be a revolutionary advancement for video game story telling, but it doesn't seem like the voice over is very noteworthy when there is basically no variation in what the player does, and the whole level is a literal linear floating void. The plot itself is vague and immaterial, and doesn't seem to go anywhere.

I really did give the game a go, and wanted to see what it would present next for a short while. The painterly art style is nice enough, even though the ambigious levels meant that changing areas amounted to pallet swaps. The music is also very nice and might be the best part about the whole game. What really got me though was the bland and easy gameplay, and Bastion's answer to giving the player more. The idols are a very good idea, games such as The World Ends With You and Kid Icarus Uprising certainly show how controllable difficulty can be done. The first few idols add some expected increases in challenge to the enemies you fight, such as increased health, faster attacks, and more damage. None of this really makes the game any harder, and the idols that come later basically consist of sabotaging the player, by making enemies randomly not take damage, and even inflicting slow movement on the player for attacking. I admit that the game was pretty difficult with all of these modifiers turned on, but what an artificial and tedious form of difficulty it was. If the only answer the devs have to players who want more interesting combat is "play the game with one hand behind your back" then they shouldn't even bother.

I recommend for anyone curious about Bastion to play the demo first before purchasing. This definitely not a must buy, and you should decide for yourself whether Bastion's various presentation gimmicks are as worthy of the praise it has been given. Do note as you play that the combat you experience at the beginning is an accurate representation of the whole game, and the game will never add new mechanics or interactions with the world other than new weapons. If what you played in the demo is what you would like to do for 8-10 hours straight, then feel free to buy it.
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BattleAxeC
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Amazing game. Short, pretty funny but also dark in places, great visuals and gameplay - but of course the narration is the best thing about it. You feel a bit lonely without the old man telling stories of your daring escapades back in real life.

As a sidenote, very replayable. I haven't got bored after two playthroughs and there's still more to do.

10/10
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Roy Mustang
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Bastion

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A bastion (also named bulwark, derived from the Dutch name "bolwerk"), is an angular structure projecting outward from the curtain wall of an artillery fortification. The fully developed bastion consists of two faces and two flanks with fire from the flanks being able to protect the curtain wall and also the adjacent bastions.[1] It is one element in the style of fortification dominant from the mid 16th to mid 19th centuries. Bastion fortifications offered a greater degree of passive resistance and more scope for ranged defense in the age of gunpowder artillery compared with the medieval fortifications they replaced.
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A Cheese Danish
( 16.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Excellent game but can be frustrating at time. The 10 idols achievement is pretty difficult and completing the game twice was a bit boring BUT keeping all the weapon upgrades and blasting through the content was awesome.

The visuals, combat, story, and music all captured the essence of Bastion. I liked it.
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AWACS
( 19.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Kid sits down. He writes a review for Bastion, one of many. Maybe someone that survived can read it. Someone sharper than a brusher's pike.... Or maybe someone as curious as a squirt.


Bastion is an amazing singleplayer experience that provides an exceptional story and impressive artistic design, with simple, but effective combat mechanics, amplified by it's interesting soundtrack. It was released in 2012.

Bastion is recieved high praise for it's story, which is told through a narrator. This form of storytelling was a new form of interactive media. In Bastion, a man narrates the actions of the protagonist, while also engaging the players in the lore of the world. This dialogue is vast, and there is a lot of narration throughout the game, which reveals the world to the players in an interesting and unique way. The interactivity can be seen when players simply play the game, which makes the game stand out. For example, if you flawlessly continue through a level, or if you defeat an enemy with a new weapon you found, or if you fell off a new level, you would get a unique piece of dialogue, adding to the theme of the game. There are hundreds of these conditional dialogue pieces, and even players that make mistakes can hear some unique dialogue as well, intensifying the bond between gameplay and narrative. Through this kind of narrative, players can learn about the world just by playing the game. Another example is the shrine. When you activate a god's shrine, it gives a short, but enticing, bit of dialogue that reveals a little bit more of the god to you. There's even a lot of text to go through, and lots of interesting descriptions to read about items that you find or use, and you are guaranteed to hear many different things by the time the game is complete. Another example of this narrative interactivity is even seen when picking weapons, as the narrator will make comments about the choice of weapons you have. Like if you pick a mortar and pike, or a mortar and carbine. Even the soundtrack is part of the story, as some music within the game actually is relevent to the game. On top of that, the soundtrack is quite good. The player also gets a little bit of choice through the story, as they can choose any weapon they have unlocked, activate any god to increase the difficulty, and there is an interesting moment where the player decides something. It's a post-apocalyptic world that feels like an adventure, yet there are moments where the player may learn about the sadder things in the world, as the game firmly grasps emotion, something that many games fail to do.

Bastion isn't a complex game. It has relatively simple controls, however, this doesn't mean the game is boring, by any stretch, as there are a good selection of different weapons, and players get the option to make the game more difficult. Players can also use 'drinks', which are passive effects that the player can choose to make them even stronger. Weapons are handed to the player as the game progresses, widening the level of choice players get as they move towards the end of the game, and players can also select upgrades for their weapons, and can choose which upgrades they want. For example, a player may opt for damage, or they may opt for more range. The combat itself is relatively enjoyable. Players can roll, use a shield to block and counterattack, use range or melee attacks, and pick from a variety of special abilities, and, as mentioned before, the game's difficulty can be increased for more fun, possibly making the game faster paced. The game is very easy to get into, which makes it a great choice for casual players, or people who don't have much time to begin with, as they won't have to deal with an unforgiving learning curve.

Bastion also has a very unique artistic style. It's a 2.5D game with great looking style throughout the entire game. There isn't a moment in the game that feels like it doesn't carry the theme of the rest of the game, and visually, it's easy to see that as players stroll through the menus, look at the loading screen, and explore the levels. Instead of the standard 3D world that you just walk around, Bastion's world is floating. Though there isn't really any platforming, it's a unique way to define current nature of the world, as it does become part of the game and the story. The top notch artwork complements the graphical style of the game, and at the same time, the game is not at all intensive to run. There aren't any super hardcore textures, and there aren't any hardcore lighting effects, as the game's graphic style makes it for it by being unique. This means that even 'non-gaming' PCs ( or Macs ) and Linux based systems can run this easily.




Personally, I believe Bastion to be a very solid title. It's not a triple A title, it's actually an indie game, and yet it's still recognized internationally to be a great title, despite being as small as it is. It's the kind of game that you have to try, even if you don't think you'll like it, and for good reason. Bastion is a great experience, and though you won't be getting hundreds of hours out of this title, every hour will be worth it, and worth a little bit more.
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Scala
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Well visually nice game, well drawn.. and fresh look at things with that narration. But too much is too much. I had a feeling designers were not sure what to do with this game after half. Story gets just worse and worse after half of the game and also the same with ending. Weapon choice is bad in game.. + ultra strong weapon right before end. What's the point of that? Game felt very very repetitive... Unfortunately can't suggest :(

Well at least music was nice.
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Kyleoyte
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Product received for free
Raining outside, you just wanna be cozy, and smell the fragrance of coffee? Play this game narration really pulls it together.
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MarkT
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Boring, ultra repetative, and more of a story-concept than an actual story. The seeds of a good game might be here, but this isn't it. Wish i could get the hours i spent playing it back.
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aaronchaotix
( 11.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Very rarely have I played a game with such artistry and insight into the mind of a player.
There's nothing I can say other than: skipping this game is a disservice to you, and to the artistic field of electronic entertainment.
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Matydos
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
A indie game classic. This gem struck me with it's humour, gameplay and surprisingly deep story and lore. Definitely a must-have game.
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The Kid
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
A superb game with an amazing soundtrack and extraordinary artwork. Great characters and unique plot and weapons. If only the game were longer, took me about 8 hours to finish. Great game and I recommend it to anyone who likes a good RPG. Keep up the good work Supergiant Games! I give this game a well-deserved 10/10!
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gilly
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
PROS:
-Beautiful narration
-Nice scenery
-Good combat system

CONS:
-I found it hard to really get into the game
-Enemies/tasks pretty repetitive

OVERALL SCORE:
6/10
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gette
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
bastion
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Lyano
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
https://www.twitch.tv/thelyano/v/64349548
That Experience throughout the game. Couldn't believe it's 5 years old yet!
A Rare Masterpiece - difficult aswell if you like to.
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hahnfilms
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Bastion was a fun 2.5D shoot em up in the beginning, but after a couple hours it gets dull and repetitive. The gameplay and enemies are all the same throughout roughly 6-8 hours. Not too mention the boring narration that does not effectively tell a cohesive story.
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MapleNoob
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
"full controller support" not detecting my gamepad. name of my controller: xeox gamepad
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dismal20xx
( 32.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Epic game....
Solid 10/10
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Upinzani (Sch1sm)
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
I fell off of a lot of edges.
The railroad brought me down time and time again.
I was thwarted by man and wildlife alike.

Sweet, sweet, light post-apocalyptic feeling ARPG. Restoration, betrayal, and genocide. Narrator was fantastic. Art was fantastic. Soundtrack was solidly diverse. Combat is given some weird complaints, but I found it perfectly fine. Someone explain why capslock doesn't let me hit shift to defend (on Mac, at least). Other than that, even kb/m wasn't that bad until I had to play this weird game of hop scotch in a late area and failed to direct myself well. All those lost health pots.

These hours were not wasted.
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princex
( 26.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Really fun game with a great story, excellent soundtrack, and fun gameplay. I've probably played through it about 5 times with the scoring mode and the new game+
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Pan Paka Pan~
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Gameplay is pretty meh to be completely honest. It's a standard topdown isometric action/adventure dealio.
Now the narrator, that's the real selling point.
Smooth, deep-voiced narrator/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
My oh my this game. I remember hearing about it years ago and I have never forgotten its name ever since. Finally got a chance to get it and play it, love it ever since!!!

The game itself is amazing and well done, from the amazing narrative voice actor basically saying your every action, to the visuals and gameplay (skills, weapons and the Bastion itself). Its defiantly worth getting this game there is defiantly nothing else like it (nothing i know anyway) it’s very unique and extremely enjoyable. It’s a story, action, rpg, 2.5D bundle of awesome. Very enjoyable and rather difficult in some places.

Well deserved 9/10!!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
If you don't want to read you can watch the video review which basically says the same.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7owdm5BJ4Y

Bastion is a hack n' slash role playing game, however this game as some really interesting aspects that contrast from other games inside the same genre.

You play as "The Kid" someone that just woke up in the middle of a catastrophe that neither the player nor the character know anything about, however we can count on the strong presence of the Narrator to enlighten us during our adventure.

I want my first point on this review to be exactly about the Narrator, something that really standed out from any game I've ever played. We are used to games which story develops over time with strong interactions between characters, or with the environment however in Bastion, every interaction is very subtle, and that's where the Narrator comes in, as someone telling and unfolding a story and interacting as much with the main character as with the player himself which is awesome. And the developers really hit gold here, since first of all the voice fits perfectly on the western theme that surrounds the game, and at the same time the voice acting is also amazing, since you can feel every emotion which helps create a certain empathy with this being, and that's something fundamental in this story.

Since we're talking about voices and sounds let's jump to the soundtrack, which after the Narrator is the best aspect of the game, since it manages to develop and transform according to the story which is phenomenal. You'll understand what i mean since it's quite rare to hear a soundtrack which contain tracks with lyrics, and even though I think that including something like that is risky since it could break the atmosphere of the game, it does exactly the opposite and traps you even more on this brilliant story.

Now onto the gameplay, this is up to you to decide if it is a good thing or not according to your standards but to me it felt like the combat and exploration is something secondary. Don't get me wrong, the combat is fun and this aspect of the game is very well developed with a big array of weaponry, abilities and upgrades. The developers even managed to make this part of the game more interesting with the fact that all the way to the last part of the game you unlock a new mechanic, however it didn't feel as good as the plot, which was what really kept me going.

The visuals are very interesting, the 2D visuals with the isometric camera really fitted into the style, nevertheless some models seemed quite odd, as an example the main character which on some drawings shows up as someone quite slim, when you look at the model you see someone quite bulky which doesn't make much sense. Same goes for Rucks which the model doesn't look that good either.

Something that also bugged me was the fact that you're being told a story and all of a sudden the game gives you the option to make a couple decisions on the final stage and to me it felt out of place, I think you should be either given more choices to make or none at all. Although i think I'll play this game again someday I can't justify playing the main storyline for 5 hours again just to make a diferent decision at the end and see an alternate ending, but if I had more choices throughout the game I could justify a second playthrough immediately after the first one.

Nonetheless I consider this game to be a master piece, the story is interesting, the length feels just right and the western/badass vibe throughout the game is an amazing experience.


+ Great story;
+ Fun mechanics;
+ Amazing Atmosphere;

- Some models are just ugly;
- Lack of more decisions.

92% cool game!

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Recommended
35.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
10/10 great game
has really awesome gameplay, story, characters, weapons (few are bad), soundtrack and narrative

and buy coincidence the main character (the kid) has a lot of similarites with me

-alone
-suffered
-crying in his sleep
-doesn't have much people in his life
-doing everything alone (except that he's doing everything good)
-not liked by alot

10/10 biggest coincidence ever
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
SO much fun. Really unique design - in most places the level creates itself as you walk. Innovative and very visually satisfying. Can only carry two weapons at a time, but it works for the mechanics here, because you can choose which ones are best for the level/enemies you're up against. Soundtrack is great - songs stuck in my head for hours but I don't mind :) The best part of this game though has to be that narrator giving a play by play of everything you do. Especially near the beginning you'll be laughing out loud. What a great time!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Bastion is a hack’n’slay-kind of game, with some rpg elements like upgrading weapons and very light leveling.

It takes place in Caelondia, a city devastated and broken into pieces by a catastrophy called the Calamity. You play as the Kid, trying to fix your world, meeting other survivors and fighting the creatures now inhabiting the other floating parts of the city.
Why I like this game:
  • The Story is great, as is the narration
  • The graphics are marvelous
  • The soundtrack by Darren Korb is just fantastic, emphasizing the atmosphere.
  • You can upgrade your weapons with stuff you find in the city and its surroundings
  • Try to master all weapons on the proving grounds
  • Have I mentioned, that the music is great? Well, it is.
I found the controls to be a bit tricky, but otherwise I really enjoyed playing.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
TL;DR: Buy it. Play it.

I've owned this game for years. I don't know when or where I got it, but it's just been sitting in the abyss that is my unplayed Steam library. I finally got around to playing it and absolutely loved it. The graphics and soundtrack are perfect. The way the story is told is really awesome and fairly unique.

It's not a very long game (I think it took me about 4 hours to finish it). Towards the end of the game I started to feel like it was a bit repetitive, but never once did I want to stop playing. The game is an absolute must-play and is a truly wonderful experience.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
One of the best games I've ever played. The hack and slash gameplay is awesome. There's a variety of weapons to use and I love it! The story, art, music, and gameplay are all over 9,000. I've listened to the music of this game even when not playing the game. Supergiant games is amazing. I'm really looking forward to the release of their next game, Pyre, in 2017. You should definitely get this game if you haven't had the chance of playing it yet. I'm super picky about the games I play and I loved this one. Get it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Hmmm.. Bastion is one of my favorite game. Beautiful graphics(designed by Amir Rao), intresting surreal story and plot(wrtitten by Greg Kasavin), quite casual gameplay, fantastic narration(spoken by Jen Zee) and wonderful soundtrack(composed by Darren Korb). I give 95% from my heart!!! I love this game. :3 (:
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
10/10

Would just rage for a while again.
Would fall off the edge again.
Would stop and just listen to the music again.
Would hear "Mother, I'm here" again, and cry. And keep walking. And keep crying while walking.

Would loop time again. And again. And again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
A indie game classic. This gem struck me with it's humour, gameplay and surprisingly deep story and lore. Definitely a must-have game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
...It's just a beautiful package for the senses


+ Art style
+ Sound design
+ Combat variation

- Rather short (took me 6 hours)
- Can feel slightly repetitive

The game is beautiful, maybe one of the best looking games I've played. It's graphical beauty is matched by the sound design, it's some of the best voice talent/soundtrack I've heard in a game. It's just a beautiful package for the senses but it also plays pretty well with a varied combat system, allowing you to play as you want.

It took me a little while to get into the story but I became curious about the origins of the event in the game, so much so I found it difficult to put the controller down. It's length is a little meagre but offers replayability through a 'new game plus' mode in which your levels, exp and equipment carry over which allows you to play it differently and also a different ending.

If you're into action RPGs, you should give it a go.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Journey through a strange land where some dude with a great voice narrates everything you do while some kickass music plays in the background.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Great game, enough said, great narrative and music system, the moving is great and really feels like put there for mastering. 10/10
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Recommended
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Kid sits down. He writes a review for Bastion, one of many. Maybe someone that survived can read it. Someone sharper than a brusher's pike.... Or maybe someone as curious as a squirt.


Bastion is an amazing singleplayer experience that provides an exceptional story and impressive artistic design, with simple, but effective combat mechanics, amplified by it's interesting soundtrack. It was released in 2012.

Bastion is recieved high praise for it's story, which is told through a narrator. This form of storytelling was a new form of interactive media. In Bastion, a man narrates the actions of the protagonist, while also engaging the players in the lore of the world. This dialogue is vast, and there is a lot of narration throughout the game, which reveals the world to the players in an interesting and unique way. The interactivity can be seen when players simply play the game, which makes the game stand out. For example, if you flawlessly continue through a level, or if you defeat an enemy with a new weapon you found, or if you fell off a new level, you would get a unique piece of dialogue, adding to the theme of the game. There are hundreds of these conditional dialogue pieces, and even players that make mistakes can hear some unique dialogue as well, intensifying the bond between gameplay and narrative. Through this kind of narrative, players can learn about the world just by playing the game. Another example is the shrine. When you activate a god's shrine, it gives a short, but enticing, bit of dialogue that reveals a little bit more of the god to you. There's even a lot of text to go through, and lots of interesting descriptions to read about items that you find or use, and you are guaranteed to hear many different things by the time the game is complete. Another example of this narrative interactivity is even seen when picking weapons, as the narrator will make comments about the choice of weapons you have. Like if you pick a mortar and pike, or a mortar and carbine. Even the soundtrack is part of the story, as some music within the game actually is relevent to the game. On top of that, the soundtrack is quite good. The player also gets a little bit of choice through the story, as they can choose any weapon they have unlocked, activate any god to increase the difficulty, and there is an interesting moment where the player decides something. It's a post-apocalyptic world that feels like an adventure, yet there are moments where the player may learn about the sadder things in the world, as the game firmly grasps emotion, something that many games fail to do.

Bastion isn't a complex game. It has relatively simple controls, however, this doesn't mean the game is boring, by any stretch, as there are a good selection of different weapons, and players get the option to make the game more difficult. Players can also use 'drinks', which are passive effects that the player can choose to make them even stronger. Weapons are handed to the player as the game progresses, widening the level of choice players get as they move towards the end of the game, and players can also select upgrades for their weapons, and can choose which upgrades they want. For example, a player may opt for damage, or they may opt for more range. The combat itself is relatively enjoyable. Players can roll, use a shield to block and counterattack, use range or melee attacks, and pick from a variety of special abilities, and, as mentioned before, the game's difficulty can be increased for more fun, possibly making the game faster paced. The game is very easy to get into, which makes it a great choice for casual players, or people who don't have much time to begin with, as they won't have to deal with an unforgiving learning curve.

Bastion also has a very unique artistic style. It's a 2.5D game with great looking style throughout the entire game. There isn't a moment in the game that feels like it doesn't carry the theme of the rest of the game, and visually, it's easy to see that as players stroll through the menus, look at the loading screen, and explore the levels. Instead of the standard 3D world that you just walk around, Bastion's world is floating. Though there isn't really any platforming, it's a unique way to define current nature of the world, as it does become part of the game and the story. The top notch artwork complements the graphical style of the game, and at the same time, the game is not at all intensive to run. There aren't any super hardcore textures, and there aren't any hardcore lighting effects, as the game's graphic style makes it for it by being unique. This means that even 'non-gaming' PCs ( or Macs ) and Linux based systems can run this easily.




Personally, I believe Bastion to be a very solid title. It's not a triple A title, it's actually an indie game, and yet it's still recognized internationally to be a great title, despite being as small as it is. It's the kind of game that you have to try, even if you don't think you'll like it, and for good reason. Bastion is a great experience, and though you won't be getting hundreds of hours out of this title, every hour will be worth it, and worth a little bit more.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
I fell off of a lot of edges.
The railroad brought me down time and time again.
I was thwarted by man and wildlife alike.

Sweet, sweet, light post-apocalyptic feeling ARPG. Restoration, betrayal, and genocide. Narrator was fantastic. Art was fantastic. Soundtrack was solidly diverse. Combat is given some weird complaints, but I found it perfectly fine. Someone explain why capslock doesn't let me hit shift to defend (on Mac, at least). Other than that, even kb/m wasn't that bad until I had to play this weird game of hop scotch in a late area and failed to direct myself well. All those lost health pots.

These hours were not wasted.
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Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
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A Modern Classic
If there was Five Indie games that everyone should play, bastion would be among those games. The game offers are kickass soundtrack among lots of replayability, with great combat system and variety of different weapons (that you can upgrade and customize) there is plenty to do, whatever its unlocking everything or setting higher records on weapon challenges. Narrator is also pretty badass

Positives
  • Strong Rock/Western Soundtrack that brings unique feel to the game
  • Epic Narrator
  • Lot of replay value
  • Multiple Weapon choices to fit different playstyles
  • Smooth controls and gameplay, it feels very responsive and no complaints there

    Negatives

  • Bit lackluster story
  • I wish the maingame was bit longer
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
I nearly cried at the end of it.
You did it, Kid.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
Honestly everyhitn about this game is amazing.
Pros:
-beautiful enviornments
-intersting story
-satisfying combat
-great variety of weapons and other ways to change up your combat style
-amazing soundtrack (build that wall is probably one of the best)
Cons:
-when u get a new weapon you have to use it until you find another arsenal(they usually place one later in the level so it's no big deal)
-2 endings based on one choice so you have to play it twice


Basically this is one of my favorite games and you should definetly give it a try
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
This game just brings out the farming spirit in you(If that makes any sense) and it does it in just perfectly. The story was good too, but I just focused on the gameplay hehehe. It's worth it and if you haven't tried it, you must cause its one of those games thats just rewarding.
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