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Consider this your official notice to get pumped for Transistor s imminent release. Even if you didn t play Bastion, every little bit we ve seen of Supergiant Games sophomore effort so far has looked excellent recognizably from the same studio, but different enough to carry its own surprises. The recently released launch trailer gives us few new details about the game, and it's looking better than ever.



With its red-haired singer heroine and her talking sword companion (voiced by Bastion s narrator Logan Cunningham), Transistor always gave off a futuristic noir vibe. This newest trailer leans in that direction even more, setting up the plot with a mysterious crime, and four problems, bad guys that we can assume you ll take on throughout the game.



The gameplay footage also shows off the game s Turn mechanic, which stops combat and transforms it into a semi-turn-based game. According Cassandra s hand-on time with the game at PAX East, it s one of the main differentiators between Transistor and Bastion.



Transistor launches on Steam May 20, and we'll have a review posted then.
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From the makers of Bastion is pretty much all I need to know before I buy Transistor, Supergiant Games sophomore effort. The sci-fi themed role-playing game is coming out May 20, and starting today you can pre-order it from Steam or Supergiants website. Even better, we now know that the game s promising soundtrack will drop on the same day. Drop, because that s what I m told albums do.

Transistor s protagonist, Red, is a singer who comes across a powerful, sentient sword. Supergiant leaned into the singer part and created a bunch of original music for the game more than 60 minutes, to be exact. If you ve played Bastion or watched the trailer for Transistor, you ll know why we re excited about it:



The album is by Supergiant s Audio director Darren Korb and the vocals you hear are courtesy of Ashley Barrett. If you buy it digitally, you ll get it in MP3 and FLAC formats. If you buy it from Supergiants website, you ll also get a physical compact disc, which has been fully remastered and comes with an all-new bonus track in addition to the existing 22 tracks.

The game alone will cost you $20, while the game and soundtrack will cost $30.
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Are you ready for some Doter? That's just one of the questions posed by Rucks, the narrator from Bastion. He's an old-timey sort of fella, and ain't got no truck with these kids' short-As. If you'd like your wizard killing narrated by his smooth, folksy tones, you can now grab the recently released Bastion Announcer Pack for Doter Dota 2.



As with other announcement packs, it replaces the voice of both the announcer and the mega-kill announcer with the Bastion's elderly guardian. You can see (and hear) the full round-up of his proclamations over at the Dota 2 wiki. He's got some pretty sharp words for anybody caught cussing.



The pack is currently available at 3.24 for the next 20 hours. After that, it'll default to the regular price of 6.49. It follows a series of other external game announcement packs, including Half-Life 2's Dr. Kleiner, Portal's GLaDOS, and - oddly enough - the extremely British AI from Defense Grid. In the future, a Stanley Parable narrator pack is also planned.



In addition to commentating on Dota's forests of fantasy, Rucks' voice actor Logan Cunningham is also working on Transistor, the next game from Bastion developers Supergiant Games. You can read Cass's preview of that game here.
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Transistor, the new action RPG from Bastion devs Supergiant Games, got a brand-new reveal trailer at last night’s Sony E3 press conference. Lost in a sci-fi cityscape and lugging a +1 Sword of Logan Cunningham, protagonist Red sings her way through piles of robot enemies.





The new trailer doesn’t show a lot of new gameplay above its PAX East footage. There are glimpses of some wild enemy design that prove Supergiant isn’t going to be rehashing any of its old Bastion assets. The pausable combat and stylish environments look great, but we didn’t see any information about the possible multiplayer elements hinted at by Supergiant’s Greg Kasavin earlier this year.



For a better look at Transistor, check out Cassandra Khaw’s hands-on preview of the game from PAX East.



For the latest from E3, check out our complete coverage.
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Bastion creators Supergiant recently revealed their next game, Transistor. In it, protagonist Red finds a giant USB stick, and promptly destroys a legion of robots while trying to figure out where their input port is located. I can sympathise. You never get the bloody things the right way round first try.



Oh wait, it's actually a whopping great big sword - the eponymous Transistor - acting as both Red's weapon against the robotic onslaught, and the means with which Supergiant can pipe the smooth tones of Logan Cunningham directly into our ears. You can see and hear that it in action in this 15 minute PAX East game demo, courtesy of YouTuber Total Biscuit.







You can also see that same footage, this time with Total Biscuit interviewing Supergiant's Greg Kasavin. Kasivin details Transistor's planned combat, which expands from Bastion's real-time ARPG nature with a new strategic planning mode. Here you use action points to plan movement and attacks, which can be quickly executed, letting you pull off complicated plans without relying on twitch keyboard skills.



Enemies will have specific weaknesses to target in strategic mode. In the video, you can see the Young Lady robot type has, like many of us, a weakness to backstabs. But the same enemy teleports away with each hit, leaving a shadow copy that also opens fire. "This is a game in which you start with the ultimate weapon right at the very beginning," Kasavin says. As a result, enemies are designed to keep you thinking through the sword's abilities, and constantly switching between real-time and planning modes.



Transistor is out Early 2014. Platforms are still to be announced.
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Supergiant - that's the developers of the fantastic Bastion, and not some sort of king of the giants - have announced their next game. It's called Transistor, it looks fab, and Logan Cunningham (the voice of Rucks) is back "in a vocal capacity". Well, I'm sure he makes a mean omelette, but that's the part of him we wanted - so grand. Read on for more details, plus the exciting reveal trailer.







As you can see, Transistor's isometric combat looks pretty similar to Bastion's, so fans of whacking gasfellas with a giant hammer should be well catered for. This game's set in a new world, with a new protagonist: a currently unnamed woman wielding a massive sword. However, it's a massive sword with a shady past - aren't they always? Here's the lowdown, from that Supergiant post:



"In Transistor, players assume the role of a young woman who gains control of a powerful weapon after a mysterious group of assailants nearly kills her with it. Now she must fight from street to street against forces that will stop at nothing to recover the weapon. During the course of the adventure, players will piece together the Transistor’s mysteries as they pursue its former owners." I bet the sword used to be a dagger, or something.



Transistor will be playable at PAX East in Boston this week, if you happen to be going, so we'll see and hear more of the game very soon.
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The Humble Bundle has evolved. No, not into a Wartortle - the charitable pay-what-you-want initiative is set to get humbler and bundlier and even more regular with the announcement of The Humble Weekly Sale, which will offer a new game for your consideration every Tuesday. The first deal goes live now, with the wonderful Bastion. As ever you can pay what you want for a DRM-free copy of the game (on Windows, Mac and Linux), though a donation of $1 or more will also get you a Steam key. If you beat the average you'll get extra digital content; spend $25 or more and you'll get physical merch thrown in too, including an actual Bastion bandana. Just the thing for when you wake up in a world of floating islands, with Logan Cunningham narrating everything you do.



Here's the full list of additional gubbins. Pay over the average to unlock:



Bastion Digital Soundtrack (MP3/FLAC)

Exclusive Bastion Digital Art Pack, featuring never-before-seen artwork

Bastion Sheet Music

Bastion iPhone/Android Ringtones



While $25 or more will also get you:



Bastion Original Soundtrack CD

A real Bastion bandana

A Bastion postcard

A postcard for Supergiant’s newly-announced next game, Transistor!



As usual, you can choose how much of your money you want to give to the devs or to charity - the charities in this case being the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child's Play.



Oh and here's what Bastion looks like, in case you've forgotten somehow:



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This week's best deals  ►  Borderlands 2, Saints Row: The Third, and more

Amazon has 10% off Borderlands 2 - it's not a lot, but it did just release - and a more substantial 40% off The Walking Dead. Meanwhile, Saints Row: The Third is 66% off on Steam and free to play this weekend, the Tribes: Ascend Starter Pack is only $7.49 at GameStop, and Green Man Gaming continues to give out 25% off vouchers (it matches Amazon's Borderlands 2 deal, too).





10% off Borderlands 2 at Amazon - $53.99

40% off The Walking Dead at Amazon - $14.99

75% off Tribes: Ascend Starter Pack at GameStop - $7.49

66% off Killing Floor Bundle on Steam - $10.19

66% off Saints Row: The Third on Steam - $13.59

75% off Bastion at GameFly - $3.75

25% off a PC download at Green Man Gaming with voucher code: GMG20-27J4Z-8NXHO







Steam  ►  Saints Row: The Third, Red Orchestra 2, Killing Floor

Saints Row: The Third is 66% off and free to play this weekend. Killing Floor and Red Orchestra 2 also get the double-six treatment, and Sniper Elite V2 is 50% off.





66% off Saints Row: The Third - $13.59

66% off Killing Floor Bundle - $10.19

66% off Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad - GOTY - $6.79

50% off Sniper Elite V2 - $24.99

75% off Kung Fu Strike - The Warrior's Rise - $2.49

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Amazon  ►  Borderlands 2, The Walking Dead

Amazon was a little disappointing last week, but this week it has 10% off the just-released Borderlands 2 and 40% off The Walking Dead. The other sales have carried over from previous weeks, and some have been around for ages. Someone at Amazon really wants you to play Mount & Blade.





10% off Borderlands 2 - $53.99

40% off The Walking Dead - $14.99

50% off Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X 2 - $9.99

50% off Deus Ex: Human Revolution - $14.99

60% off Mount & Blade - $6.03

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Green Man Gaming   ►  25% off voucher, Borderlands 2



Use the voucher code GMG20-27J4Z-8NXHO to receive 25% off a digital download by Tuesday September 25th at 4 a.m. PDT. By the way, Arma II: Combined Ops was recently added to GMG's catalog, so there's an idea. Plus, there's all the deals below:





10% off Borderlands 2 - $53.99

60% off Duke Nukem Forever - $7.99

60% off Mafia - $5.98

75% off Mafia II - $7.49

75% off Sid Meier's Civilization V - $7.49

60% off Borderlands - $7.99

60% off BioShock - $7.99

75% off BioShock 2 - $4.99

More GMG deals





Get Games  ►  Guild Wars 2, Sleeping Dogs

You can still get Sleeping Dogs for 25% off and Borderlands for 50% off. Guild Wars 2, however, is down from 25% to 15% off, and still only for European customers. Sad face.





15% off Guild Wars 2 - $46.75 (Europe only)

15% off Guild Wars 2: Digital Deluxe Edition - $63.75 (Europe only)

25% off Sleeping Dogs - $37.49

50% off Borderlands - $9.99

More deals from Get Games





GameStop   ►   Tribes: Ascend, Arma II

GameStop has 75% off the Tribes: Ascend Starter Pack. That's a pretty good deal - it includes all classes, permanent VIP status (50% XP bonus), 800 Gold, a 30 day XP booster, and some gear and perks. Compare that to $10 for 800 Gold (and nothing else) from Hi-Rez's store.





75% off Tribes: Ascend Starter Pack - $7.49

20% off ARMA II - $15.99

50% off Resident Evil 5 - $9.99

14% off War of the Roses - House of York Deluxe Edition - $29.99

20% off Sleeping Dogs - $39.99 (Cheaper above)

More GameStop deals





GOG  ►  Atari All-Stars

GOG is selling a selection of Atari games at 60% off this weekend. I would list them all here, but it turns out Atari published a lot of games.



GamersGate  ►  Same deals, different day



Some of last week's deals, like BioShock at 50% off, are gone, but those that remain look to be the same as always - mostly tons of Paradox games. Let me know if I missed anything crazy big.



GameFly   ►  Bastion 'n Batman

Bastion is a damn neat game, and it's currently only $3.75 at GameFly.



75% off Bastion - $3.75

75% off F.E.A.R. 3 - $4.99

20% off Batman: Arkham City GOTY - $23.99

75% off Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY - $4.99

50% off Resident Evil 5 - $9.99

More GameFly deals





Let us know in the comments if you find any more great deals!



Disclaimer: We offer no guarantees regarding the validity of these sales, their restrictions, or the quality of service provided by these distributors. We cannot vet every deal: we only list what we see advertised at the time of writing. Buy at your own risk!
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It took us a while to figure out what sort of panel we wanted to put on at PAX. We knew we wanted to do more than a live version of our podcast (we do that every week)! We settled on storytelling as a topic because it's a particularly interesting moment in gaming for stories and storytellers. BioWare released the first fully-voiced MMO, and it responded to fan feedback about Mass Effect 3. "Choice" as a concept is leaking into every genre it can. Story generators like DayZ are innovating with systems rather than scriptwriting. But wait—conventional storytellers like Telltale are finding novel ways of humanizing characters.



To solve all of these creative quagmires in a mere hour, we called in some developers:



Sean Vanaman - Creative Lead, The Walking Dead

Jake Solomon - Lead Designer, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Greg Kasavin - Creative Director, Supergiant Games

Markus "Notch" Persson - Creator, Minecraft, Founder of Mojang

Dean "Rocket" Hall - Creator, DayZ



http://youtu.be/Qkr_xYRG6bo



Watch the full hour conversation above. Thanks to everyone who came, and to our gallery of sages. Here are more photos from the panel, too.
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Join us live at PAX Prime in Seattle today for the PC Gamer Megapanel, featuring a discussion on "The Incredible, Uncertain Future of Storytelling" with the super-creative minds of Jake Solomon (XCOM: Enemy Unknown), Dean "Rocket" Hall (DayZ), Greg Kasavin (Bastion), Sean Vanaman (The Walking Dead), and Markus "Notch" Persson (Minecraft).



The panel starts at 2:30 pm PDT (4:30 CDT, 5:30 EDT, 9:30 GMT) - if you're at PAX, come see it at the Kraken Theater, but if not: don't worry! You can watch it all live on the official PAX livestream above.
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