Transistor is the next game from the creators of Bastion, SuperGaint Games. In this game you are going to play the role of Red, the next big singing act in this messed up world, who somehow lost her voice. The man would protects you steps in front of a sword, transistor, just before it plunges into you. His consciousness transfers into the blade, and that is where the story begins. You of course are set on a crash course with a group of individuals who decided to attack you and also try to take over the city, but something has gone wrong. People are disappearing, and the city seems to be falling apart. You might be the only one who can figure out what is going on.
The art style was amazing. The use of color, or absence in some scenes drew me in, and it was very difficult to stop playing this game as soon as I started. You are going to see a lot of city-scape, as you try to get through this city. You are going to find yourself being attacked by quite a handful of enemies, and they all have their different attacks. Speaking of attacks I really did enjoy the way that combat worked in this game. You were put into kind of a stop time mode where you could plan out your attacks, and it was very clear, artistically, how everything was going to go down. The most amazing thing I found about the art was that it had the same rich colors and atmosphere as Bastion, but was futuristic and basically in the opposite direction of Bastion, and yet it looked like the only way I could possibly ever want to play this game.
Now comes the part of SuperGiant Games that by itself is enough to by their games, and that is the music. I don't know how they do it, but they have now knocked it out of the park two straight times. The really awesome thing, for me personally, is that I got the soundtrack with the game during a sale, and I have not been disappointed. Now I will say this, there is one thing a bit weak in this game and that is the voice of your "protector" he was a bit whiny and a little over the top, but if that's the only issue in the game, that's pretty damn good.
The controls in the game are pretty straight forward. You are going to be using either WASD or the left click of the mouse to move. You will use Spacebar when your meter fills up to go into a time stop plan mode. In this mode you are going to use the right mouse button to perform the attacks, and 1-4 to select which attack to perform.
As stated before you are going to be playing the part of Red, a rising star in this city, but something changes, something that a group of people take it upon themselves to try to fix, or perfect. They try to control something that should never be controlled. Now of course you can imagine what happens, things get out of control and the world changes, and since you have what that group needs, the transistor (or as I like to call it, sword), you are going to be hunted down. Now at the same time you are probably going to be doing some hunting of your own. As you progress through the game you are going to find more options to add to your selections. You will have the ability to open up extra slots for options, and you can also use all the options you pick up for different things. If you want to know the story of each character who has been reduced to an option what you will have to do is add it as the main option, an assisting option, or a passive option. You are also going to have to keep in mind how much memory each option takes, you only have a limited amount, and even though you might have the perfect idea for a setup, you might not be able to pull it off. Now of course as you level up you can unlock more, so have no fear.
Speaking of leveling up there's also limiters that you can add into your game to increase the difficulty but also reward you with more experience so that you can level up faster. Sometimes its worth it and other times it is not. If you do get over your head you are going to lose an option each time your health reaches zero. Once all options are gone you will have to start over again. So choose wisely.
Alright so I'm just going to be blunt, you are going to want to have both this game and the soundtrack. I loved it from start to finish. Like I said, the male voice in the game isn't the best, but it can easily be forgotten, and you can be lost in the melodies, and action of the game. So if you haven't picked this game up yet, you are going to need to correct that immediately this game gets a 9.7 out of 10.