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Say hello to Primordial Chaos in the first big Hades update

I'm a big fan of Hades. You'd think an early access roguelike wouldn't be a great fit for the Bastion devs, but I should never have doubted Supergiant's ability to knit a story around whatever genre or development structure they please. Last night saw the release of the Chaos Update, and there's something else lurking among the balance tweaks, art changes and new room types.…

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Premature Evaluation: Hades

Large portions of my personality owe a great debt to Greek invention, from ABBA musicals and feta cheese to anal sex and fiscal irresponsibility. But for the past few thousand years the country’s chief cultural export has been its dramatic and complex mythology. A cross between Aesop’s Fables and Hollyoaks, Greek myth forms the basis of every story ever told. Scarface, King Lear, that episode…

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Malindy Hetfeld’s 5 best games of 2018

My 2018 in games had me dealing with failure in multiple ways. Designed to move further and further away from the fantasy of the all-powerful player ever looking for an appropriate challenge, these games teach to forgive and accept – forgiving someone a past hurt, accepting the lack of a perfect solution to a problem. From the satisfyingly familiar to a type of game I…

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Hades announced by Bastion & Pyre devs, already in early access

Supergiant Games, the makers of Bastion, Transistor, and Pyre tonight both announced and launched their next game. Hades is its name, and roguelikelike hack 'n' slash dungeon-crawling is its game. And as you'd expect from Supergiant, it's got a colourful illustrated style and a bit of a twang to its sound. It launched into early access alongside its announcement and, curiously, is currently exclusive to…

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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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Have You Played… Transistor?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. The mission statement of Supergiant, the developers behind Bastion, Pyre and Transistor [official site], is “to make games that spark your imagination like the games you played as a kid.” They’ve got a knack for doing just that.

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No scrubs: Pyre adds new difficulty mode

Pyre [official site], the sportsdunking new RPG from the studio behind Bastion and Transistor, has added a tough new difficulty mode in its 'True Nightwing' update. Unlocked after completing the main campaign, the new mode is "reminiscent of an 'Ironman' mode in other games" according to developers Supergiant Games. In short, it launches you right into the full experience with everything unlocked and no reloading…

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You’re not the hero of Pyre’s revolution, and that’s the point

How many times have you played as The Hero of the Revolution? Where you get to lead the charge against an evil government, backed by a rag-tag rebel group, as a rough, gruff outsider. You’re the one who drives the action, at the head of every important rebel action - it’s your guts and your guns that will win glory for the revolution. You’re the…

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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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Podcast: The Electronic Wireless Show talks Pyre,
Dream Daddy, and horror

What's that unsettling white noise coming from the other room? Oh no, it's the 10th episode of the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. This week, the gang are talking about horror in games (but not necessarily "horror games"). Adam and Brendan are terrified by the depths of Subnautica, which doesn't frighten Pip in the slightest. But we also like playing non-scary things. Brendan has…

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Supergiant slam dunk: Pyre released

Pyre [official site], the new party-based basketballing RPG from Bastion and Transistor developers Supergiant Games, is now out. Our boy Brendy set himself ablaze in his fervor to finish it and tell us all Wot He Thinks, which was evidently foolish. We'll find out his assessment after he's released from the burn ward so, for now, here's a reminder that Pyre is now out.

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Pyre sizzles in new trailer ahead of next week’s launch

Pyre [official site], the party-based RPG from the creators of Bastion and Transistor, is out next week, and there's a fiery new trailer out to celebrate the launch. You control a party of exiles trying to escape from a pretty purgatory by taking part in ancient competitions, called Rites, which are 3v3 real-time arena battles. You've got to extinguish the other team's pyre (hence the name) while keeping…

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Bastion devs lighting Pyre on July 25th

Supergiant Games, the makers of Bastion and Transistor, have announced they'll launch Pyre [official site] on July 25th. Their next game is a party-based RPG adventuring through purgatory in an ancient competition to escape. Ooh the colours of that place! I don't know why you'd want to leave somewhere so pretty but the journey involves a lot of three-on-three battles to extinguish the enemy's pyre…

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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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A Game And A Chat: Transistor

Transistor has hit these mean cyberpunk streets, and I've beaten it up, down, and sideways. Or just, you know, the normal way. I thought it was pretty good, but I also came away ever so slightly disappointed. The world was gorgeous, the story was nuanced in surprising ways, and the combat was better than it had any right to be, but all three came so…

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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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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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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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