Bastion Review

By on July 19, 2011

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First Impressions
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The 2nd half of 2011 is looking to be a pretty crowded time for video game releases. The release list is huge and is filled with lots of compelling titles which makes it extremely hard to choose which ones to buy. If there is one title that should not be missed as part of this year’s release lineup it’s definitely Bastion.

Bastion is a downloadable action-RPG created by a small development studio called Supergiantgames. The game has a lot of hype behind it especially coming out of E3 2011. The art style is attractive, the gameplay felt fun, and the dynamic narrator in the background really gives the game its unique flavor. But just how did the final product turn out? Well to say the least, Bastion is definitely one of the greatest and most unique downloadable titles to hit this year’s calendar.

Bastion is set in a world which recently experienced a catastrophic event referred to as the “Calamity”. The Calamity wiped out most of the people in the world and left its areas scattered in ruins. You control one of the survivors of the Calamity referred to simply as the kid who suddenly wakes up at the start of the game. The kid immediately heads to a place called the Bastion which is where people have agreed to go in case anything went wrong. You arrive and much to your dismay the Bastion is nearly nonexistent.

The kid however meets an old man who says that the Bastion can be rebuilt by finding certain pieces that can bring it back to how it was before the Calamity. The old man also explains that if they work together they just might be able to do something about this whole situation caused by the Calamity. The kid hence embarks on a journey to find these pieces in order to rebuild the Bastion and hopefully find a solution to this mess.

The thing you will notice immediately when picking up Bastion is the narrator in the background describing the events as they happen throughout the game. This is not just a series of static dialog that simply explains the story and the background events of the game.  Rather the narrator actually comments on nearly everything the kid is doing. The narrator thus acts as your guide, commentator, and story driver. There were early worries regarding the narrator in that people were concerned that he would start getting annoying after a while of playing.

However since the narrator is dynamic and nearly 3000-4000 lines of narration were recorded for the game the narrator is nearly never repetitive. Unless you are really nitpicky the narrator in fact hugely enhances the experience of playing Bastion.

Bastion’s gameplay is similar to other action-RPG titles such as Zenonia, Diablo, and Baldur’s Gate. You have a top down view of your character (the kid) and you play through different areas in order to complete the objectives required. The game’s main central location which you will always return to after completing an area is the Bastion. The Bastion changes and develops as you start rebuilding it. It’s pretty amazing to see how slowly but surely this place is fixing up and how the true potential behind it is getting uncovered bit by bit.

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The Scorecard
The game has the right combination of depth and difficulty along with a heavily customizable experience
The art style of the game is gorgeous; colors and sprites give the game a lively feel.
Bastion has one of my favorite video game soundtracks and the narrator makes it all that better.
Bastion packs in more content in a downloadable game than many full priced retail games. There are multiple endings to complete, a new game plus mode, and tons of challenges specific to the different weapons in the game.
The game always provides you with a set of new content as you progress. That alongside a great story, fantastic gameplay, and amazing soundtrack will definitely provide a fun exciting playthrough.
Simply put Bastion is one of the best downloadable games available and is definitely one of the greatest and most unique experiences I have ever come across.


A young zergling from Bahrain dreaming of one day magically morphing into an ultralisk. 20 years old, 2nd year of university, and a lover of all types of games specially RPGs and RTSs.

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  • karar

    looks great! cant wait to get my hands on it when it releases for PC

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