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Bastion - Game Review
I've been a gamer since the 90's so it's hard that a game grasps (and holds) my attention these days; Bastion came at a great surprise because it's been one of the most enjoyable video games I've played in years.
Bastion is the culmination of indie game development gone right. The visual style, soundtrack and game play of Bastion is truly epic and brings back old memories of action/adventure hack and slash goodness.
I've recently completed the game and would like to share my thoughts and review of the game.
The story, in Bastion, revolves around a kid that is working toward rebuilding the world (Bastion) after the great 'Calamity' which has wiped out nearly every living being.
Throughout the story, you are lead forward through a voice over that responds to your style of play (which adds a lot to the immersion in the game).
As time progresses, you help rebuild the Bastion but learn more about how the Calamity came to be along with meeting up with others that have survived (which join your society and help piece together to story).
The overall story is simple but it's extremely effective. I found myself more involved throughout the game as I got closer to completing the Bastion and finding out what had happened to the world.
As I've mentioned, Bastion is a hack and slash action/adventure game that gives you plenty of options to change close and long range weapons from giant hammers to shotguns. Each of the weapons provide you with new special abilities and you are given the option to upgrade your character as the game progresses through upgrades.
The game is well balanced; earlier levels are easy enough to get through and once you understand how to proficiently use your websites, you're well off. In time, the game provides a challenge and can be very difficult at times but you never feel as if it were impossible.
I absolutely love the approach to the game play; the art style really pulls you in and the characters are identifiable. The biggest item to mention is the way the world "springs up" around you as you progress - the ground comes up as you journey at adds a lot of exploration elements and visually appealing scenes.
The Fun Factor
Bastion is extremely enjoyable. I've always been a HUGE fan of hack and slash action/adventure games from Spyro to Ratchet & Clank. The added extras of upgrading your character and weapons holds your attention and pushes you forward to "complete just ooone more level"; it's highly addictive.
Bastion game play and enjoy-ability really steps up when you are given new challenges. The game can get difficult but your own progression throughout the game gives you the gaming skills to battle your foes and keep the action fast paced.
Bastion is a fun game that anyone can enjoy. After completing the game, you may go back through with your old weapons and upgrades along with choosing different options for an alternative story which adds to the replayability.
Final Score: 7/10
Bastion proved to be one of the most enjoyable games I've played in many years. The game isn't very long but the replayability has definitely set in and I find myself going back through the story.
The art and soundtrack really add to the atmosphere of the game along with the fast paced, cartoon style flow.
Overall, I'd give Bastion a 7 out of 10. There are a few things that are annoying with the PC release because of controls and sometimes not being able to focus on the story while bogged own with enemies that distract you but in-all, it's an extremely wonderful game.
Bastion is currently available on Xbox Live and PC (for around $15).