From the depths of this summer drought in video games is a glimmer of hope in the form of online distributed titles. Each year, Microsoft has a Summer of Arcade event where a selection of Xbox Live Arcade games are released, poised as some of the best titles that’ll be released that year. Past entries include ‘Splosion Man, Shadow Complex, Braid, Limbo, and Castle Crashers. All of these games proved to be fun, unique games that you wouldn’t find in retail. This year’s Summer of Arcade is being kicked off with Bastion.
Bastion is a action RPG by developer Supergiant Games. You play as the Kid as you try to rebuild your world that has been torn into pieces and infested with creatures. Gameplay is exciting as you shoot, slash and dodge your way around enemies on a beautifully artistic battlefield. As you play, a narrator talks about your quest in a smooth baritone voice. This may seem miniscule but this really gives the game character.
Pictures say a thousand words and that saying was never more true than with Bastion. The graphics in this game are stunning. Beautiful, vibrant colors come off the screen and pleasure your eyes with its popping visuals and interesting art design. It has an anime style, which works to the games advantage as battles can get hectic and this art choice allows everything to be visible and detailed at the same time.
Levels in the game are short but varied and chock full of items to find, interesting and diverse enemies to fight and locals to see. Combat is even more varied as you pick two weapons to carry and a shield from a collection of weapons you find and upgrade. Different load outs are abound. There are even idols that’ll make the game harder with the reward of more experience. This game is a treat with many things to do and tricks up its sleeve. Check it out so you don’t miss out.
Each week, I’ll recommend a game for you all to play. These aren’t reviews so much as they are suggestions, as I won’t weigh pros and cons of the game. Most of these choices will be new games released that week but some will be games that were previously released and fell by the way side. On occasion, I’ll recommend older retro titles because sometimes you need to retreat to move forward! I’ll do this segment every Friday so feel free to let me know what titles you’d like to see be my Recommendation of the Week.