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Bastion


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Official Mac Game Release:

Bastion

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In a surprising turn of events, Supergiant Games has ported their immaculate action-RPG Bastion to Mac. It is available now on the App Store and will be available as a SteamPlay release on May 2nd. The price is $14.99 in the US App Store, and the game is rated E10+ for fantasy violence and animated blood. IGN gave it a 9.0, Game Informer gave it a 9.25, GamePro gave it a perfect 5/5, and Edge gave it a 9. It also won downloadable GOTY, Indie of the year, indie RPG of the year, best soundtrack of 2011, most original game, best story, XBLA game of the year, and Best Debut and Best Downloadable from the Game Developers Choice Awards. It also won several awards at the prestigious Independent Games Festival.

Read on for more info
Here is the launch trailer:


According to Supergiant Games, 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 rich choices around character customization as well as a deep story and gameworld you can lose yourself in."

On the story, they say that in the game, you play as "a young man (The Kid) who wakes up to find his world shattered to pieces in a surreal catastrophe called the Calamity. You head for a place called the Bastion, where your people were supposed to go in case anything ever went wrong. But all you find there is an old man… who believes he can fix everything that’s happened, but he needs your help. You then seek out the materials necessary to complete the Bastion and realize its true power. This story unfolds through the use of real-time narration, so you will be piecing together the mysteries of the gameworld every step of the way, as the narrator conveys the greater meaning behind your every action."
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Bastion's narrator says that a "proper story’s supposed to start at the beginning. Ain’t so simple with this one.”

I, personally, feel that this is a game that should not be missed. I loved this game so much that I played New Game+ 6 times even though there are only four endings. One of the most interesting parts of this game is the customization - when you level up, instead of just getting stronger, you gain customization options for your weapons, special abilities, and general stats. Do you want to be a long-range assassin or a close-range destroyer?
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The Kid using an old Scrap Musket.

Bastion lets you shape The Kid into however you want him to be. There is also a Sigils system (think Skulls from Halo) that allow you to gain more XP and Fragments. (the game's currency) All the art in the game was also hand-painted, and the art doesn't disappoint (see below)
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Bastion has beautiful (hand-painted!!) art.

In the Mac release, the game also runs in full 1080p, and the controls are fully customizable, both on mouse/keyboard and on a gamepad. It is also DRM-free! In the Steam version, there are cloud saves, (considering this is a 10-12 hour RPG, you might need them) leaderboards for various aspects of the game, and achievements. It also includes all of the DLC, including "The Stranger's Dream", and the Score Attack and No Sweat modes.

According to the system requirements, you need 512 VRAM to play this. (sorry Intel GMA users) You also need a gigabyte of hard drive space.

It's available on the Mac App Store HERE, and will be available on Steam at THIS LINK.

As the narrator says, "The world here is a precarious place. Better watch your step."


14 Comments

Seriously, guys, get this. It's amazing.
looks interesting ... but don't have $14.99 :(
Looks too much like Diablo and Torchlight (and a hundred others.)  I'll pass.
Yeah. This is really an fucking awesome game. has nothing to do with diablo or torchlight. It's an awesome indie game. Great music, great story and a great gameplay.

It's really nice to see it aviable native for mac

clocknova, on 27 April 2012 - 01:53 AM, said:

Looks too much like Diablo and Torchlight (and a hundred others.)  I'll pass.
You'll miss out on something. Bastion is not your run of the mill ARPG.
Does anybody tried that yet? I've got almost all text missing, description have Lorem Ipsum, and so on..

julus, on 27 April 2012 - 03:09 PM, said:

Does anybody tried that yet? I've got almost all text missing, description have Lorem Ipsum, and so on..

Tried what?

KGameLover1, on 28 April 2012 - 03:16 PM, said:

Tried what?

The Game, what else? :)
this looks like very much including the graphics a game i used to play a lot online called dofus, check it out and see the similarities
it's on 60% sale on steam today!
yea, silly not to buy it now, and the devs have replied on the forum about some bugs and the patch is now on it
how do i download here first time help please!!!!

sharks1999, on 02 May 2012 - 11:51 PM, said:

how do i download here first time help please!!!!
If you think this is a pirate site providing full games, you are wrong. In the article you have links, where you can buy this game.
does any one else have really bad frame rate issues while playing this? It starts out perfectly smooth and steady but ends up being a flip book. I turned everything down as low as I possibly could and the problems are still there. I have a 25'' iMac from about 5 years ago. It feels like a memory leak issue, just slowly gets worse over time.

Yes its old but if I can play skyrim on med at about 30fps I should be able to play this.