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  • Summary: Bastion is an original action role-playing game featuring a reactive narrator who marks your every move, lush hand-painted 2D artwork, and tight responsive gameplay that rewards playing with finesse. The game is designed to be simple to pick up and start playing, while offering a lot of richBastion is an original action role-playing game featuring a reactive narrator who marks your every move, lush hand-painted 2D artwork, and tight responsive gameplay that rewards playing with finesse. The game is designed to be simple to pick up and start playing, while offering a lot of rich choices around character customization as well as a deep story and gameworld you can lose yourself in. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 95
    The Switch release plays just as smoothly as any modern game. No frame drops are present and it works beautifully in handheld mode. While there is no new content with this release, it still feels right at home on the Switch. If you’ve played Bastion in the past or if you’ve missed out on the previous releases, I wholeheartedly recommend Bastion for anyone looking for a fantastic action RPG.
  2. 90
    Simply put, Bastion is an indie masterwork. It fits right at home on the Nintendo Switch, being exactly the type of game suitable for mobile play. The gameplay’s simplistic nature makes it an easy game to hop in and out of on the go. And the optional challenges highlight the game’s thrilling and addictive combat, making it easy to come back to over and over again. My only regret is that I didn’t acknowledge this game sooner. Any gripes I might have towards Bastion seem nitpicky at this point. Seven years ago, Supergiant Games delivered a solid action RPG title. Now, it gets another chance to bask in the sun thanks to the Nintendo Switch.
  3. Sep 11, 2018
    90
    Bastion is an unforgettable and enjoyable piece of software that stands as a strong example of how games can also be perceived as art. A charismatic narrator, beautiful visuals, intense action gameplay and heavy character customization make this a fairytale that you’ll want to dive into again and again, and while the isometric view sometimes gets in the way of the gameplay, the other aspects of Bastion more than make up for this slight misstep. We’d highly recommend you give Bastion a try if you haven’t played it elsewhere already; though this Switch port brings nothing new to the table, Bastion is a memorable modern classic that is an absolute must-play.
  4. Oct 23, 2018
    90
    Bastion is a thrilling action RPG. Supergiant Games' fans will love it, but it's definitely for those who want a story with incredible music, fascinating characters and incredible gameplay.
  5. Dec 4, 2018
    90
    Bastion is an involving and accessible adventure that brings its original successful formula back into play, this time on the Nintendo Switch. With a marvelous art style, an intuitive gameplay and a very appealing narration technique, Bastion is without a doubt a game that everyone should try.
  6. Jan 14, 2019
    90
    It’s great to finally see Supergiant Games bring some of their great work over to a Nintendo platform and Bastion easily ranks among the best. From its eye-catching presentation to the mysterious story to the challenging but satisfying combat Bastion is an emotionally fascinating journey from start to finish and one well worth venturing.
  7. Oct 6, 2018
    80
    Its artistic style and the gameplay are still Bastion's two bastions for Nintendo Switch. In spite of not having additions, the portability of Switch fits perfectly. The story and its narration, as well as that progressive difficulty, make of Bastion a wonderful timeless title.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. Sep 13, 2018
    10
    Bastion has an exceptionally beautiful story that will stick with you, and a fantastic narrative that will carry you through that story fromBastion has an exceptionally beautiful story that will stick with you, and a fantastic narrative that will carry you through that story from beginning to end. Along with the near godly soundtrack and the plethora of challenges ahead of you, this game is sure to be unforgettable.

    However I must give this game a 10 for this reason. While Bastion practically basks in the spotlight of one of the best indie games ever made, it also paved the road for two other games I would consider to be even more phenomenal, the other two masterpieces by Supergiant Games, Transistor and Pyre. Without Bastions success these games may have never been made, and that alone makes Bastion a legendary title.
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  2. May 31, 2021
    10
    For those who already played the game - the Switch port is great. Runs smoothly, and the game still looks amazing & beautiful.

    For those
    For those who already played the game - the Switch port is great. Runs smoothly, and the game still looks amazing & beautiful.

    For those who haven't played it - it is a great game. But keep in mind it's different from other ARPGs around there. It's best to play with your headphones on and dive into the world and the story. You'll enjoy how the narrator is commenting on everything you do, even when you fall. You'll enjoy the incredible music. And you'll enjoy the story of a world that falls apart and someone tries to do something about it. It's short enough (around 8-10 hours to finish it) for you to be able to do that over several evenings and savour it properly. Because it's not a typical ARPG. It's something more. Something you need to experience at least once. And something you'll remember for a long while after you finish it.
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  3. Sep 15, 2019
    9
    I double dipped with this game. I played it about 6 years ago on PC and I had a positive recollection of this game. Also, I wanted to see theI double dipped with this game. I played it about 6 years ago on PC and I had a positive recollection of this game. Also, I wanted to see the second ending, so I bought Bastion for the second time and this time on the Switch.
    Bastion is (or rather was, since I finished it already) as great as I remembered it. Smooth gameplay with very nice soundtrack. It is a game that isn't very challenging UNLESS you use shrines to make things more difficult. I played it with five shrines and it was satisfying and sometimes challenging (I didn't want to struggle, so I raised the bar of difficulty just enough). It's a pleasure, to play such an indie, action, RPG game with platforming elements. There are so many things inside: weapon challenges, memories/in game achievements (which are worth achieving), a lot of upgrades and a satisfying combat system (I was always using bow and I paired it up with machete or with the Fang Repeater (Yup, I played with two ranged weapons at the same time)).
    It's rather a short game but it's worth the money.
    Game that does age well.
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  4. Dec 27, 2020
    7
    Even 9 years after it's release is it still good game Then you can play in public now , Art style and Narration is why you playing Combat isEven 9 years after it's release is it still good game Then you can play in public now , Art style and Narration is why you playing Combat is so one so , The characters and world is engaging So if there is a sale buy it Expand
  5. Jun 5, 2020
    7
    Un juego centrado en una historia bellamente contada gracias al narrador, con un estilo artístico muy particular y bello. Es muy buen juego,Un juego centrado en una historia bellamente contada gracias al narrador, con un estilo artístico muy particular y bello. Es muy buen juego, con gran cantidad de mecánicas conforme vas consiguiendo más armas, múltiples retos, etc.
    Aún así, los niveles resultan algo repetitivos jugablemente mas allá de la historia (no demasiado porque el juego tiene la duración justa para no hacerse pesado). La perspectiva puede generar algún problema también con el control, especialmente en algunas áreas muy concretas.
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  6. Apr 28, 2021
    6
    Bastion is an Action RPG, but unfortunately for me the action fell flat as well as the RPG elements. The main character walks at a painfullyBastion is an Action RPG, but unfortunately for me the action fell flat as well as the RPG elements. The main character walks at a painfully slow pace so you end up dodge rolling to move around faster, however due to the asymmetric vantage point I would occasionally fall off the edge of a level due to visual clutter. The overall art style is wonderful, but the levels all seemed very similar only with subtle differences in design, so this didn't entice me to want to venture back to them and explore. The overall world within the game of bastion felt tiny as small paths unfold before you as your player moves within a level. This made me feel trapped, and a bit claustrophobic. As to the visual clutter there just seemed like a lot of elements jammed onto a tiny field of play, and due to lack of textures could and often did make it difficult to navigate. Most people seem to like the narration, I am yet another exception as I found it to be distracting except where it was necessary to move the story/plot along. For those who don't know the game has the narrator follow you throughout your journey and comments on absolutely everything little thing you do, which if you're like me would come to find it tiresome at a certain point. As for audio the overall soundtrack is great and gave the game a solid boost. The combat mechanics felt slow and a bit clunky, so I didn’t find them very satisfying. As for progression it seems to fly by and your character levels up very quickly which felt a bit hollow or lacking in some way. It’s a fine line between leveling too fast to not fast enough where it feels like a grind, but there is absolutely no grind to be found here if that’s your thing. This game is developed by the same folks who made Hades; however, Bastion came first, and it shows. I found the game to be just okay but nothing I would recommend to others as it didn’t make any lasting impression on me. If you like action RPG’s with asymmetric views, try Cat Quest & Cat Quest 2. Both titles are similar, but I found cat quest to be way more enjoyable. Expand
  7. Jul 3, 2020
    2
    This game is so boring... Yes, it's charm and can be funny at the beginning, but when you play little longer you can discover that this gameThis game is so boring... Yes, it's charm and can be funny at the beginning, but when you play little longer you can discover that this game is really boring and not worth your time. Lovely graphics are not enough Expand

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