It’s not everyday that you get the opportunity to play as a voiceless operatic singer whose best friend and narrator is a living, speaking, slightly unwieldy sword capable of rewriting the world around you.
Transistor is this such opportunity.
The game unfolds in the picturesque city of Cloudbank, you are a female singer named ‘Red’, forced to battle your way through a malignant force called the “Process” which seems to be able to alter the world around it and you’re wrapped up in this mess all because of that grand sword you’re dragging along behind you.
Set on an isometric 3D map that is fixed around the city, Red makes her way back to the only place she remembers and tries to work from that memory. Transistor isn’t a straight forward fighting game either. It takes both time and effort to properly master the combination between real time and ‘stopped’ fighting skills.
On the one hand you’ve got the fast paced, heart pounding fun that sees you cutting down the strange androids in droves while keeping them off your tail. On the other, you’ve got the power to halt the fighting and plan your moves carefully, giving a more tactical edge to the otherwise speedy combat system.
Aside from the glorious soundtrack and smooth as silk gameplay, Transistor really catches your eye, straight off the bat, with its own fantastic art style. It uses the bright, harsh background and scenery as a clear contrast to the foes you face, making everything stand out just that little bit more on the screen.
If you don’t love it for the gameplay and heartbreaking story, I can almost guarantee you’ll fall in love with its music instead.
Platform(s): PC, PS4, Linux, Mac
Genres: Action, Strategy, RPG
Release date: 05/20/2014
Publisher: Supergiant Games
Developer: Supergiant Games
- IGN’s ‘Best of 2014’ Best Graphics – Art