developer: Supergiant Games
publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Game mode: single player
After Electronic Arts shut down an internal studio from Los Angeles, several of its employees, including Amir Rao and Gavin Simon, decided to start their own company – at Supergiant Games, the video game industry giants started creating games based on their own ideas. Bastion is their first independent production, inspired by classic action-RPGs such as Diablo and Torchlight. Bastion has been published by Warner Bros.
The plot revolves around the apocalypse, referred to as The Calamity. One day the main protagonist – a boy named Kidd – wakes up and to his terror he finds out that he, his bed, and part of his room are drifting amongst the remains of the world, in which he used to live. The young lad embarks on a journey to find other survivors and provide them with shelter.
As befits an action-RPG, on his, journey the main protagonist has to beat many obstacles. The shattered world crawls with various monsters he has to face. Of course, Kidd can use an arsenal featuring diverse weapons, both in close and in ranged combat. The game is also full of simple logical puzzles, diverse quests, and character development mechanics.
In comparison to similar games, the PC, PS4 and etc. release of Bastion stands out because of its method of delivering the story – the actions of the main protagonist are described in real time by the narrator. It was an intention of the developers to make a player feel as if they were a part of the legend himself.
The PC, PS4 and etc. release of Bastion features high-quality visuals. The fairy-tale-like and colorful world can be observed from the top-down perspective, typical for cRPG games from the first decade of 21st century. Colorful, hand-painted sceneries are subject to dynamic transformations with Kidd's every move.
Bastion for PC, PS4 and etc. has been recognized with many prestigious awards including the PAX 2010’s Most Innovative Project.
Microsoft Xbox 360
Uses: Xbox Live
PC / Windows
Recommended: Core 2 Duo 1.7 GHz, 2 GB RAM, graphic card 512 MB (GeForce 8800 GT or better), 1.6 GB HDD, Windows XP/Vista/7