Bastion on the PlayStation 4 runs at 60 FPS and depicts a stunning scenery to match the graphics. One can understand why this game has received so many awards, the 2D environment really sets the stage, and the overall gameplay although short packs a punch.
- DualShock 4
Required Disc Space:
- 1.1GB Minimum
Supported Video Output:
- Digital Download
Average Playing Time:
- 10.5 Hours
Bastion is an action role-playing video game which was produced by the developers Supergiant Games and later published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. This game was released on the PlayStation 4, PC, PS Vita, and finally the Xbox 360. This is the first game to be produced by Supergiant Games so expectations were high right from the get go.
There has been a catastrophe of epic proportion which has resulted in the city of Caelondia and all the surrounding areas to be broken apart, this even caused most of its inhabitants to simply crumble to ash. The surrounding areas were also affected resulting in the city and areas that surround it to be no more than floating pieces, in effect, creating many floating islands where the city has simply broken apart and is now floating in thin air.
You take on the role of a character known as Kid who wakes up on a floating island and sets off for Bastian, a place well known to travel in times of hardship. As Kid travels the only survivor he meets along the way is an elderly gentleman known as Rucks, this elderly gent instructs Kid to collect all the crystalline Cores which originally powered the city of Caelondia. In Bastian there is also a "device" as it is known that along with using the crystalline Cores can be yielded to enable Kid to travel further distantly enabling him to interact with more characters. The "device" can also be used in order to build structures or landmasses, which again help Kid explore other new locations to aid him in his quest.
Kid faces many challenges and meets many different characters who aid him, some of which hinder his progress, and require the player to rekindle and solve the problems which are holding Kid back, for instance Zulf is responsible for damaging the Device. Eventually, Rucks gives Kid a choice. He can have the Bastion rewind time to before the Calamity happened in the hope of preventing it, or evacuate the survivors and move all of them to somewhere safe. What would you choose?
The game consists of about 8 to 10 hours’ worth of gameplay and the scenery was originally painted by Jen Zee, the art director who single handily painted almost ever asset in the game. The game is a single player game but they do allow the option to select different difficulty settings, you also have an array of weapons and also Secret Skill, the secret Skills need to be earned. There are very few puzzles associated with Bastian, according to the developers they did not want to slow the pace of the gameplay down by constantly stopping to perform puzzle solving missions. As you gain experience levels you will gain access to more options with can then be custom-tailored to what best suits your preferences within the game. There are numerous weapons in the game and all weapons can be upgraded or paired in a variety of ways to suit the player, in fact it seems as though it is encouraged. The same can be said for customizing the player preferences, you are not locked into a specific style or character, the character and its preferences can be changed whilst playing through the game, not restricting to one character facet or style. In order to customize the character you make certain choices in the Distillery, Arsenal, and Forge structures.
The Distillery contains brewed Spirits and these can enhance your abilities in a variety of ways by providing various bonuses. These bones will vary depending on the particular brewed spirit.
Arsenal allows you to choose from any two available weapons that are present, plus one Secret Skill. Some Secret Skills must be earned as mentioned earlier in this review, and require you to have a particular weapon equipped to be able to obtain them.
The graphics shown in Bastian are simply breathtaking, one can understand why this game has received so many awards, the 2D environment really sets the stage, and the attention to detail is sharp and rendered at 60 FPS of the next generation consoles, the sound quality is also superb, something which it is well renowned for.
Overall, Bastian is a solid title which has endless scopes of fun for the users who like this style of gameplay interactions, this title is well recommended, especially on the PS4 or PC where superior graphics and 60 FPS adds to the overall experience and quality of gameplay.