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4 weeks ago

The Humble WB Games Classics Bundle has a lot of super-biff for cheap

Today's Humble Bundle - probably the PC gaming deal of the day - contains a lot of grimdark Bat-biffery, and a few surprises on the side. Seven games for (up to) $12, mostly comics-themed, but with some underappreciated stuff in there. Plus, the incongruously bright Bastion and the wildly weird and happy Scribblenauts Unlimited, all capped off with the complete edition of Batman: Arkham Knight…

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1 year ago

Feature: The holy sport of Pyreball

Pyre review

A purgatorial fantasy sport is not the direction I expected Supergiant Games, creators of Bastion and Transistor, to go with their next game. Then again, expectations seem increasingly useless when it comes to a studio such as this. Pyre [official site] is set in a world where literacy is banned and punishable by exile – banishment to a dangerous land called the Downside, cut off…

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3 years ago

Pyre: Bastion Devs Announce New RPG For 2017

Supergiant Games, the folks behind Bastion and Transistor, today announced their third game - Pyre [official site]. They call it a "party-based RPG", telling a story about a group of exiles trying to complete tasks that might just let them be absolved and return home. Pyre is due in 2017 and SuperGiant don't have too much to say about it right now, but have a…

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5 years ago

Feature: Electric Lady

Transistor review

Transistor is a phenomenal thing in places. Just tremendous. Sometimes overwhelming in its cleverness and subtlety. It had me on the verge of tears from both laughter and a creeping, ever-constricting stranglehold on my heart, and a talking sword (given life by the sultry tones of Bastion narrator Logan Cunningham) was responsible for most of it. This is a very different story from Bastion, arguably…

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You May Play: Transistor’s Out Next Month

Transistor, Supergiant's second game and follow-up to the chatty Cathy that was Bastion, is almost upon us. I don't mean that in a stalkery murderous way, but in a release datey way. The strategic sci-fi RPG has already tickled Nathan to the point of hyperventilation, and the rest of us can join in the wheezing and gasping on May 20th. Can someone get Nathan a…

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Lemma Follows In The Footsteps Of Bastion, Mirror’s Edge

As a semi-longtime games journo (and hobbyist coal miner), I've seen my fair share of diamonds in the rough. Some eventually go the distance and gleam like a million smiling suns, while others... well, they don't fare so well. And yet, even after losing countless hopefuls (and also canaries), I'm not ready to give up hope on promising upstarts like Lemma. The rune-encrusted run-leaper has…

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Talk Swordy To Me: 18 Mins Of Supergiant’s Transistor

Oh goodness gracious me oh my oh tickle me red and green and black and gold and all the colors of the cyberpunk noir rainbow, Bastion developer Supergiant's Transistor is looking magnificent. Sure, at first glance it doesn't seem to have fallen far from the narration-prone, hack-'n'-slash-heavy tree, but there's no denying that this place feels just as uniquely alluring as Bastion's pastel paradise. Plus,…

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6 years ago

Supergiant’s Transistor Will (Sorta) Have Multiplayer

Bastion was absolutely marvelous, and Transistor - aka, Bastion 2: Cyberpunk Boogaloo - very much looks to be following in its pathway summoning footsteps. But while surface-level similarities (a Logan-Cunningham-voiced narrator-type, bleak yet beautiful environments, a silent main character, isometric perspective, etc) might suggest a familiar experience, Supergiant definitely isn't sticking to Bastion's straight-and-narrow. Case in point: Transistor isn't entirely a solo affair. As part of a…

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Beyond Bastion: Supergiant Feels It Can Do ‘Anything’

When I say "Supergiant," what do you think of? No, no, after an image of a particularly muscular giant wearing a cape. OK, no, but before the word loses all meaning and deconstructs into "Superg Iant," which... what? Yes, correct, you think of Bastion. And that's perfectly fair. After all, it is, so far, the only game that's found the magically materializing path out of…

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Humble Indie Bundle V Is A Corker

There's a new Humble Bundle, wouldn't you believe it. And blimey, it's a good-un. I'm not in charge of deciding what's best, but this looks to me like one of the best bundles I've ever seen. Just look at this list: Amnesia, Limbo, Sword & Sworcery, Bastion, and Psychonauts. Seriously. And it has an absolutely brilliant video to promote it.

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7 years ago

The Wailing Wall: Bastion’s Music Live

The headline doesn't refer to an extravagant orchestral rendition that you'd have to pay money to see, but rather a short video containing two of Bastion's most glorious audio treats. I'll never find these songs as powerful as I did when they first drifted in, just as the structure of the world and the melancholy of the situation slotted into place around my gun-toting kid,…

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Holy Sale: Warner Steam Bundle Is A Bit Good

Edit: We're reading below that lots of regions outside the UK are being charged a really very much larger sum. Which sucks. Valve will always insist prices are decided by publishers, so yell at Warner. There's also confusion over the inclusion of Arkham City and War In The North - to be absolutely clear, the Warner Complete Pack definitely currently includes those games, whether by…

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Bastion To Get “The Stranger’s Dream” DLC

Supergiant are apparently fully aware that when talking about Bastion over the summer, they say they designed the original game to be complete, and therefore not really requiring of DLC. Needless to say, that stance has changed a little, as they explain: "HOWEVER! In the weeks following the release of the game, we decided to put a little something together for the holidays as a…

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You’re Kid-ding: Bastion In Your Browser

OK, Google's Chrome browser just officially became scary/magnificent. It's been able to run a few games - like Plants vs Zombies - in a browser window for a while now, but the excellent Bastion has just been added, marking a serious step up in what's technologically possible. The game starts playing in less than a minute of clicking the button to add it, it looks…

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Dorkly: Squiggly Piece Rotates Right

Well this is unquestionably glorious. Did you play Bastion? Of course you did. You wouldn't be so epically silly as to ignore our insistence that you do, nor to have failed to buy it last week when it cost about 7p. So since you did, you'll be familiar with the wonderful voice of the narrator, and his real-time commentary on the action. But, wondered Dorkly,…

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Byte vs Brick: Week Ending Nov 4

Every single damn week, I can't remember if it's called 'Byte vs Brick' or 'Brick vs Byte.' My failing memory terrifies me. Though my girlfriend is vaguely appreciative of it, as it allows her to tell me the same anecdotes repeatedly with me having no clue I've heard them before. At least, she claims she's my girlfriend; I can't rightly recall if that's the case…

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Making Me Steamy: Bastion Half Price

Beautiful, beautiful hack and slash dungeon-crawler (if a shattered archipelago of floating islands in the sky can be said to be a dungeon) Bastion is now half-price on the Steam digital computer game distribution pipe. I would use this opportunity to direct you to John's review, where he implores you to buy the game. But you don't need to believe his big lying face, because…

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Feature: Writing With The Kid

Be Heartening: A Bastion Interview

Artful dungeon-crawler Bastion charmed us with its strange world, solid combat mechanics, and elegant narration. John loved it. It even inspired Alec to a big old cleverthink. I decided to have a chat with Greg Kasavin, creative director and writer on the project, to find out a bit more about how Bastion came to be, and what the future holds.

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