Overall Score: 95/100
Completely Worth It. If you have $20 (or 14 Euro’s) kicking around in your wallet, Pick this game up IMMEDIATELY.
Now the story starts with your character awakening on a floating rock in a bed. As you move around (granted you have your sound enabled, something I usually don’t play with on games) you will hear the disembodied voice of the narrator describing the hero’s adventure. It’s a weird way of doing a game I must say, but it really works with this game. I would try to describe the story for you but it really is well crafted and was very fun to play through. The narration really helps to make this game a masterpiece and a must play and really, the narration is what makes it epic as you progress.
Now if you’ve ever read some of the other reviews here, you will notice that I never comment on in game sounds or music. Most of the time I really just turn it off after I listen to the first bit (on hack and slash games mostly). I was almost about to do that on Bastion like I usually did but then I was not only intrigued by the narration style and voice (it gripped and held me the whole game) but the music is amazing.
I wondered why on Steam they had the Game and then the Game plus the soundtrack for sale. Now I know why. I got the soundtrack and must say there are songs on this set that I listen to ALL THE TIME when I’m NOT playing because they are that great.
I must have gotten a good 10 hours of play through just the one play through of this game and afterwards there is still a New Game+ (NG+) where you replay with all of your gear/upgrades and such.
There is 10 levels in this game. You won’t be able to get to 10 in one play through although you may be able to get most of the upgrades for weapons and such in one play through.
Now as far as quests go, the entire game is one long quest to restore the bastion. There are some side levels where you can get extra things for your weapons and extra skills but other than that not much extra on the side.
The bosses in this game are pretty fun. They give you some good fights and interesting mechanics to figure out and the achievement to destroy them with whatever weapon combination you choose to do it with.
Score: 95 / 100
Defaults and Customizability-
Now the default controls are really simple. You have the basic WASD, Shift to block, Space to dodge and your Mouse for your attacks. It’s simple and it works. There is 2 default schemes that it comes with as well as still being able to completely customize your scheme.
This can also be played with a Game Pad.
There is Health drops and Skill drops (if you don’t have them disabled via God Statues) as well as “Coin” drops that are used to purchase skills and upgrades for your weapons. If you’re using the default control scheme (Keyboard and Mouse) then using E will be HP Potion use and the Q will be your Secret skill Use.
One of the really great things in Bastion is the amount of weapons available and the fact that you can use two of them all the time. You can use any combo that suits your play style or even just suits the quest you’re on at the time. You can change this load out every mission if you want (granted you have weapons to switch between). There is a total of 11 weapons that you can use (after unlocking through the play through)
Each weapon also has 5 upgrade levels and each level has 2 ways you can use it. This allows you to choose your play style even more and makes it deeper on the character development level. Will you make your character hit harder or will you make him have more chance to critical strike his enemies? There is a lot of play within this system.
The Camera in this game is pretty decent, it’s a static above the character view and the developers did a good job on making it so that not much comes in the way of it when you’re killing all your enemies and grabbing your loot.
Score: 95 / 100
The Graphics in game are pretty good. It’s a mix between some 3D models for characters and such and 2D painted Graphics for the environments. It’s all beautifully done again makes for a great playing game. There’s always some things to look at and things that add something to the scene are always about.
The Bad and Annoying
The annoying part about this game is that it seems not a lot of people know about it or haven’t heard enough to play it. There isn’t many games that I tell people I know about that they HAVE to play. There’s games I say you could probably enjoy but I don’t know of many people that wouldn’t love this game. It has something for everyone, shooting, smashing, story, great music and great characters.