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Transistor Review

Electric Angel

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HIGH Imagining Red unleashing a furious battle cry as she fires six Sparks to finish off the Spine.

LOW Being spawned right on top of an invisible enemy.

WTF The final boss's voice is a dead ringer for Bob Newhart

Bastion's narrator speaks of next role in Transistor

Transistor (Supergiant Games) Screenshot

Few booths were as busy at PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) East 2013 as that of Supergiant Games. Over the last two years, the Bastion creators have become indie superstars. Despite the circus, I found a few minutes to speak with Logan Cunningham, the voice of old man Rucks from Bastion, on how it feels to reprise his narrative role trapped inside of the eponymous weapon in Bastion's next venture: Transistor.

Scenario and story in Bastion

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Bastion is a game with marvelous art, a wonderful soundtrack, and solid mechanics, but it was not sold to the public on the strength of these aspects. Rather, it was sold on its storytelling system, in which a narrator responds to what the main character (called only the Kid) is doing. In the game, however, the narrator actually does relatively little of this, and Bastion's plot is thinly realized, offering little insight into its characters and their motivations.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 57: The Games of Our Summer Vacation

The crew reunites and wastes no time getting back to doing what they do best: angering the Internet with a brutal dismantling of Bastion. Plus: Sexism in Ms. 'Splosion Man, the failures of L.A. Noire, the joys of Ghost Recon 3DS, and the magnificence of Lost Odyssey. We also debut our new movie segment, and if you like surprises, well, hold onto your wigs and keys, folks. Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, and Tim "Fresh Beatz" Spaeth.

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Bastion Review

The Kid Rages for a While

Bastion Screenshot

HIGH Starting New Game+ and plowing through everything.

LOW The almost-but-not-quite quality of the story.

WTF The eleventh-hour appearance of a jump function.

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