Posted: December 19
Crisp, detailed artwork. From the clouds rolling over the map, to the in-game items, everything is thoughtfully crafted and coherent. A single aesthetic for the entire game scales from little elements to full-fledged splash pages.
The music does well to pair with the artwork. There's no let down. As much mood is created visually, there is equally fine musical pieces that create the sensations of adventure and tension in all the right places.
There's a major "cool" factor with the audio in general. The gruff but smoothly delivered voice-over fits the writing styles comfortable brevity. I never felt tired of sitting through narration. It was quick, to the point, but stylized to keep the entertainment flowing. The tunes mix atmosphere and raw, bluesy-western sounding guitar. Like our hero was born "cool" right out of the womb.
How easy it would've been to fudge these artistic choices and end up with something cheesy. Bastion is coherent on all fronts visual and auditory.
As for the mechanics and gameplay? I think they play second fiddle. Passable by all means - nothing seemed to be lacking, unresponsive, imbalanced, etc. But this game, in my opinion, is primarily a sight and sound to behold by the senses.
Eat it up!