- 4:01 pm - Tue, Mar 26, 2013
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PAX EAST HANDS-ON: TRANSISTOR
Supergiant Games, creators of Bastion, debuted their new game Transistor at PAX East. There were about 10-15 demo stations available and the line always seemed to wrap around the booth in excitement to get hands-on with Transistor. The playable 15-minute demo introduces you to the game’s storyline and mechanics reminiscent of Bastion and was definitely worth a wait in line.
The demo opens with a starlet and our heroine, Red, who is avoiding The Process which seems to be taking over a futuristic city. While wandering in the dark frightened and alone, she stumbles across a talking sword and snatches it.
This sword, Transistor, transforms her from the starlet into a badass hero ready for action as she boldly dashes through the city ready to take on The Process. As we wandered through the level, the Transistor blade was able to communicate with the dead and injured.
With their help, we were able to absorb their energy into the sword and gain new abilities. The combat is similar to Bastion's with an eagle eye view with some good old hack and slash action.
Transistor excels in the combat being more about strategy rather than just hack and slash action by being able to pause the game using trigger on the controller. This allows you to stop time and plan your battle route and next steps.
After the plan is complete, it is executed in real time. One must be careful because the trigger function is limited in use and it takes a lot of energy out of the sword so you can’t do as many powerful moves against enemies until it recharges.
The demo ends with a boss fight where the trigger mechanics are essential in order to survive. By the end of the demo, you and Red have learned the basics of battle and are ready to save more souls from The Process.
The beautiful art and narration style instantly absorbs you into the futuristic city similar to Bastion. I really enjoyed that there was a strong female protagonist leading the way with this saga.
She looks a lot like Lilith from Borderlands. I’m also excited for another adventure where it is narrated by a smooth, deep voice like Morgan Freeman. Who wouldn’t want Morgan Freeman to narrate their life?
Transistor is planned for release in 2014 on unknown platforms.
-Kaitlin “PwnLove” Stewart, Associate Editor