Bastion is one of the best games of 2011, regardless of its indie status. So it comes as no surprise when you hear that it was showered with praise and awards in different categories.
The End of the World
The world of Bastion has been destroyed, and you start the game on the remaining floating debris. As you go through the game, the great narrator will tell you the tale of its destruction. It is left to the player’s imagination to visualize its downfall, the world before the cataclysm being completely unknown to him. This adds a different feel to the storyline of the game. Your image of the world before the cataclysm is formed from the stories of the old man combined with the impressions you experience as you explore its remains.
The game plays as an isometric hack-and-slash. But the combat is very dynamic. There are 14 weapons in the game and you can carry two at a time, with each weapon having multiple upgrades. Playing around with different combinations of weapons is really fun, and it adds replay value to the game. As you go through different zones, you collect crystals to power the Bastion, a device/island that was created for this exact scenario. The Bastion is your only hope to undo the cataclysm and return everything to the way it was. And collecting crystals also allows you to improve the Bastion by adding new buildings to it, like the forge or library, and upgrading them.
Bastion is truly great in the way it creates an experience through combining gameplay and storyline perfectly. The line is blurred between the two as you go through the game. The goal of rebuilding a lost idyllic world, in a post apocalyptic mayhem can be something the player can relate to. The nostalgia of the way it was combined with repulsion with the way it is can be a very powerful driving factor. Add the guilt that this could have all been avoided and you have a truly emotional experience.
Without spoiling the game, all I can say is buy Bastion and play it. It is a cheap indie game, that will not take a lot of your time, and if nothing else you can play it for its gameplay. It has received a lot of praise from critics and gamers alike, and it has won several Indie Game of the Year awards, which it truly deserved.
Oh, and I forgot to mention the music:
It’s not something never seen before, but the excellent execution of the story and game mechanics make Bastion a very original game.
Bastion will hook you, if not with its story, than with its hack-and-slash gameplay.
A well received game, by both critics and gamers alike, and considering the fact that it is a title made by a small independent developer it is pretty popular in the mainstream too.
Great gameplay, amazing music and excellent story delivery.
GOTY awards won: 92
Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences – Downloadable Title of the Year
Paste Magazine – Game of the Year
Boston Herald – Best Game of 2011
Spike VGAs – Best Downloadable Game, Best Original Score, Best Song
Inside Gaming Awards – Best Downloadable Game, Best Indie Game, Best Original Score
IGN.com – Best XBLA Game
VentureBeat – Best Indie Games of 2011
Giant Bomb – Best Music, Best Debut Game, Best Downloadable Game,
TotalBiscuit – #1 Game of 2011
UGO – Best Downloadable Game of the Year
Yahoo – Best Downloadable Game
Game Informer – Best RPG Innovation (The Narrator)
Official Xbox Magazine – Best Music
GameSpot – Song of the Year
Team Xbox – XBLA Game of the Year
Quartertothree – Game of the Year
New York Videogame Critics Circle – Best Music, Best Indie Game
XBLA Fans – Best Audio, Best Visuals
Xbox 360 Achievements – Best Arcade Game
Boy’s Life Magazine – Best Downloadable Game
IndieDB – Worldly Award for Best Gameworld
Gamereactor UK – Digital GOTY, Music of the Year
HorribleNight – Best Downloadable Game, Best Soundtrack, Indie Developer of the Year
/v/GA Vidya Gaem Awards – Eargasm Award, Stylish Aesthetics Award, Most Interesting New IP
Reaction Time – Best Downloadable, Best Voice Acting, Best Soundtrack
TrendyGamers – Downloadable GOTY
Gamezebo.com – Best PC Game of 2011
XBLARatings – XBLA Game of the Year
Press X or Die – Game of the Year
Video Game Writers – Best Indie Game
GameCola.net – Most Innovative, Best Indie Game, Best Downloadable Game
Unwinnable.com – Best Surprise Indie Darling
Ripten – Best Downloadable Game, Biggest Surprise
Reviews on the Run – Best Downloadable Game
Capsule Computers – Best Downloadable Game
IndieGameReviewer.com – Best Indie Game of the Year
GamingUnion.net – Best New IP, Best Indie Game, Best Indie Developer
TIGSource – Top Indie Game of 2011 (by Community Vote)
RPGamer.com – RPG of the Year, Most Original Game, Best Downloadable Game
NeoGAF – Digital Distribution Game of the Year
gamrFeed – Best Downloadable Game, Best XBLA Game
The Game Effect – Best Indie Game, Best Original IP, Best Musical Score, Best Story
RPGFan – Best Downloadable RPG
TrueAchievements.com – Best XBLA Game
Media Kick – Readers Choice, Best Downloadable Game
Kotaku Australia – Readers Choice, Indie Downloadable GOTY
Level Save – Game of the Year Pick
nJoystic – Best Soundtrack
Press2Reset – Best Soundtrack, Best Song
The Sixth Axis – Best Downloadable Game
MiddleEast Gamers – Best Indie Game
The Cross and the Controller – Best Downloadable Game, Best Voice Acting
GamerCrash – Best Soundtrack
Gamercast – Top Downloadable Game
We Got This Covered – Best XBLA/PSN Game
Rotorob – Downloadable GOTY
Mash Those Buttons – Best Arcade Game of 2011
Warp Zoned – Best Music
RPG Site – Indie RPG of the Year, Surprise of the Year, Best Soundtrack in a 2011 RPG
Tom’s Hardware Turkey – Most Original Game, Best Narrative, Best Original Score