Bastion Updated Hands-On Preview: Boss Stomping

We discover Bastion's teeth as we play a new level in the upcoming action role-playing game.

Supergiant Games' upcoming Bastion reminds us of the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. On the surface, the game has a winning charm, but look closer and you'll find some big teeth that will take your head off--which is something we actually like about it. We came to this realization after spending some time with the game at a recent Warner Bros. Interactive pre-E3 press event at which a new level was playable.

The new level was from roughly halfway through the upcoming action role-playing game and offered a more advanced challenge than the tutorial we had previously played. The environment was a swamp-like area populated by killer plants, tall reeds, new enemies, and a challenging boss who's in a sour mood. The action unfolded with the same cool evolution of the world around you; the level pieces itself together as you explore. As before, the ever-present narrator was on hand to offer dynamic running commentary on the action. This time out, it's pretty crucial that you pay attention to what he has to say. Being from much later in the game, the level was much more challenging than the tutorial, which made what the narrator had to say vital for survival.

Besides the omnipresent useful tips, the game provides you with a spear. This new weapon is handy for dealing with the enemies you'll encounter, which take the form of airborne critters that swoop in and plants that fire spores at you. Other foes, such as a jumpy armored frog thing, require you to maneuver to get around their armor. The biggest hassle was the aforementioned boss, which griefs you for a fair chunk of the level. The wormlike enemy shoots out of the ground to have a chomp on you, forcing you to get very good at timed dodges. While it's initially invulnerable to your attacks, the tables turn once you find the spear. The boss fight isn't easy, but it's doable once you become a ninja at the timed dodges--and you will.

Behold: anime-style action RPG Bastion.

Though the level's difficulty was a kick in the teeth compared to the tutorial, you'll have some control over that thanks to the shrine system. Over the course of your adventure, you'll come across shrines that will let you invoke various gods who will impact the game's difficulty, which we expect will be handy for some. That said, we like the fact that nothing in the level we played was impossibly difficult. Bastion seems like it's going to be a game that requires you to be a little paranoid and thoughtful to avoid horrible death, and that is fine by us. The only minor rough patch we noticed was navigation being a little tricky in one or two spots because it wasn't clear what to do next, although to be fair, we were playing the game in a noisy room and couldn't always catch what the narrator was saying.

Based on this latest slice, we're excited to try more of the game. We're pleased to see there's plenty of substance to complement Bastion's style. While the unique atmosphere and narration are cool, Bastion wouldn't be much without a rock-solid game as its foundation, and it's becoming clearer each time we play that Bastion has the goods. The game is slated to be available later this year on Xbox Live Arcade. Look for more on it later this month and from E3.

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Discussion

85 comments
Wensea10
Wensea10

the changing level layouts are a highlight

Quinzark
Quinzark

looking forward to playing this. the look of it is a nice break from all the brown realistic games that are going round.

chyng85
chyng85

I love its style~!:D

flastic
flastic

Really hope it doesn't become a "same-tea-different-cup" rpg. So I'm still trying to find out what make this one so unique.

ProjektInsanity
ProjektInsanity

Well, I guess I save some money since it's not on PS3. Shame though.

Steba93
Steba93

@AceShotFallen I agree, Greg was really good and it's good thing that such a good reviewer is part of making a game because he can definitely tell that this is going to be great game and not just some money milking sh*t packed in a game case like many games these days are

AceShotFallen
AceShotFallen

Greg was hands down the best reviewer ever. Miss him *tear*

adragen
adragen

Holy crap! It's Greg! That's awesome, haven't seen him on this site in years. Glad to see he's living his dream!

lowkey254
lowkey254

this game does look good. sony needs to dish out more money to developers.

game_eater
game_eater

Will it be available through steam?

KaiserKasey
KaiserKasey

Spread the love to PSN! This definitely looks like a great game that all gamers should enjoy, regardless of system.

calvinsora
calvinsora

Xbox Arcade always gets such cool games. Darn, I'm jealous :P

catsith
catsith

xbox gets so many good arcades. It puts ps3 to shame. I own a ps3 and i am not a fan of xbox btw. But i really want to play limbo, meat boy, that other black and white released not long that looks violent, i think xbox has alot more artistic art direction limited only by their budget. I only had the chance to play Braid and that game is just amazing in terms of its maturity. Art direction is something I emphasise on gaming, not graphics.

xmootoo95
xmootoo95

The adventure style kinda looks like Kingdom Hearts 2. I'm in, definitely.

Capt_Ventris
Capt_Ventris

Have been following the games progress on the WMHH. Cannot wait to play it!!

Dal25
Dal25

im so looking forward at this!

cprmauldin
cprmauldin

Looks interesting. I'm very interested in seeing more.

MPplaysGuitar
MPplaysGuitar

also i'm bummed that i can't get this on psn... i would love to play this game.

Llama345
Llama345

pretty neat. first i have heard of this game. I'll get it. And did you see that dude get chomped on by that bone dragon popping out of the grass haha!

MPplaysGuitar
MPplaysGuitar

woah... its been a while since we've seen Greg on gamesot.

lyncer777
lyncer777

@terafumos this is actually on X360 and PC...

terafumos
terafumos

Looks appealing. I hope we'll see a PC version, although that appears to be unlikely.

LoadedTuna
LoadedTuna

hell yeah more Bastion! and more Greg K!

HailHellfire
HailHellfire

i am definitely looking forward to this game coming out... the colors & art design is very alluring...

lokey013
lokey013

Totally diggin the artstyle =)

VXCOM
VXCOM

this game looks good~~xD..i mean great~

mmm0018
mmm0018

omg greg kasavin is gs veteran good to see him working on video games definetely want to get bastion

McGuirex3
McGuirex3

I sooooooooo-miss Greg Kasavin big-time!! Because he was one of if not, the best reviewers GS ever had!! Did I mention big-time lol!!!!!!!!!!, Happy gaming!!!!!!!!

Ovirew
Ovirew

looks better and better each time I see it. Looking forward to trying the demo if they have one on xbla.

Nosnitsttam
Nosnitsttam

seriously excited for this game. and the fact that they've been so forward with the games progress is a nice touch

Baraq
Baraq

Doesnt flip my switch. :-(

jettpack
jettpack

greg kasavin is the f*cking man