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    dkirschner's Bastion (PC)

    [June 21, 2012 02:33:42 AM]
    Bastion is a remarkable game. First of all, it's very pretty and the soundtrack is fantastic. Thanks to the most recent Humble Bundle, I have it too! Much has been said about the narration in the game, and I vouch it's every bit as awesome as you heard. The narrator is a character in the story and he tells it, paraphrasing what other people say and always commenting on what you, 'The Kid,' are doing. It's dynamic, which blew my mind. I thought he was going to stop with the dynamic narration, like that was only in the beginning, but it's the entire game and so so so well done. So you come upon a new gun -- "The Kid sees his old friends, the twin repeater pistols." I mean he narrates the story as you move along and narrates significant things that happen and that you see and even makes little remarks about things you do. So I started a New Game + after beating it and I was rolling through the beginning (literally rolling) and he commented "The Kid just rolls right on through." Stuff like that. It's really neat. I would recommend everyone play this game just to hear the narration and experience the presentation of the story. Luckily the rest of it is great too.

    Another unique thing this game does is handle its difficulty. You invoke different deities that grant enemies power/handicap you and it's your choice which ones to invoke when. There are 10 total (8 on the first play through) and they do things like make enemies hit harder or have more life, make them drop a grenade when you kill them, make them faster, etc. If the game's too easy (which is most certainly is without a few idols!) then pick a challenge. It's a freaking brilliant system, and to reward you for added difficulty, each idol you use grants you 5-10% bonus crystals and experience. One reason the difficulty system works so well is that when you level up, you get a spirit slot. You can add drinks that give you passive bonuses, 1 for each level. These include +15% damage reduction, +10 health, +100% shield counter damage, etc. The spirits and the idols sort of counterbalance one another. Like the more spirits you have, the more idols you'll be able to handle. And the more idols you use, the more experience you get, so the faster you can level and use more spirits.

    I finished the game at level 7. When I got my first idol, I was thinking "haha, you must be crazy, why would I make this harder on myself?" and then I saw the bonus and I tried it out, and it was actually really nice to play with the sped up enemies (which I did first). So every time I got an idol, I added it. I was up to 5 or 6 the first time I ran into trouble. I accidentally made it so I couldn't kill this one boss because I'd turned on the enemy health regeneration idol (in addition to +enemy damage, +enemy defense and all the rest), and I couldn't attack this boss fast enough. He just regenerated faster than I could damage him. That's the first time I took an idol off. Then I just kept with 5 or so because some of the enemies got a bit harder. There is an achievement for completing a 'Who Knows Where' level (which is like a dreamstate with lots of waves of enemies where you can train and get crystals and xp) with at least 1 idol. I figured I'd try it with 1 instead of 5 so I took all of them off. It was then that I realized how crazy easy the game is without idols and how crazy better at the game I was from playing with idols the entire way than if I'd not used them. Like I spent the entire game with enemies moving way faster, taking way more damage, hitting me harder, and dropping grenades. When I took all that stuff off it was just like 'lol wow, really?' It's like how you run faster if you're following someone just faster than you, or you do better at a task when you're told that other people perform at this higher level. Really really great way of handling difficulty! And then once you beat the game you can do a New Game + where you keep all your weapons and upgrades and spirits and idols, which allows you to try and use more idols and keep leveling up for more challenge.

    The fighting is pretty basic, feels fairly hack and slash with perhaps a bit more precision than usual since a lot of weapons involve careful aim and timing to pull off power shots. It's a fun system, and you can upgrade your weapons a lot with crystals. There are these weapon challenge areas where you can practice and beat times or scores and unlock some rewards, usually weapon upgrades or special attacks. Those were fun and I actually mastered all but 2.

    The only thing I didn't love about the game were the controls on the PC. I think a game pad would be better for moving about the map. The mouse was fine for attacking, but the WASD just lacked precision for rolling and moving around the map. I fell off the map plenty of times. But minor gripe.

    Wholeheartedly recommend Bastion.
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    dkirschner's Bastion (PC)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Thursday 14 June, 2012

    GameLog closed on: Thursday 21 June, 2012

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Loving the narration and art style, music also great. Fighting is fairly basic. Would be better with a gamepad. ----------- This game is brilliant, especially the narration/storytelling and how it manages difficulty.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstarstar

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