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Transistor

D+PAD
7 July 2014
  • Conclusion: Possibly my favourite detail is the news-stands, where the player can “leave comments” on newspaper articles – the only way in which the protagonist can speak. If this had been expanded a little more, if the game had perhaps offered a little more depth more quickly (rather than a chapter of story in three parts every experience level or two), it would have been very good indeed.
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Transistor Review

PlayDevil
3 July 2014
  • Summary: " Transistor " is one of the most special games I've played this year. During the entirety of my playtime -the six hours it took to beat it, and the further six I spent on a second playthrough immediately after my first - I applauded its respect for the player, the incredibly crafted world, that gripping noir storyline and most of all, its talkative nature. It's a game that constantly exceeded my expectations, and that alone is worth singing about.
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Cryptic story hinders cyberpunk RPG.

Common Sense Media
29 May 2014
  • Summary: Parents need to know that Transistor is an action role-playing game viewed from a raised, three-quarter perspective. The player's character frequently engages in combat with her sword, but, except for a single battle against a human late in the game, she only fights robots. Narrative sequences depict humans being fatally stabbed -- though it's without any blood or gore -- and players will run across the occasional dead body lying in the street.
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Transistor

High-Def Digest
27 May 2014
  • Summary: Supergiant Games, back after a triumphant debut with 'Bastion,' has a thing about remixing the old and the expected. After twisting some RPG tropes into a delightful little tale in 'Bastion,' it now falls on 'Transistor' to evaluate those twists and emerge even newer, even fresher. Again a third-person, isometric RPG, now in the shoes of beloved singer and performer Red, players are tasked with overcoming the Process, an infection overtaking her future-punk town called...
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Transistor

Game Over Online
22 May 2014
  • Excerpt: Supergiant made a name for themselves with the incredible Bastion. It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly three years since that was released, because it seems like only yesterday that I was listening to the Tom Waits-esque narrator talk about the on-screen action in a way that was impressive then and more impressive now since no games have copied it.
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Transistor Review

Cheat Code Central
20 May 2014

Weird And Wonderful Discovery

Game Informer
20 May 2014
  • Conclusion: Concept: Explore a world being overtaken by conformity while wielding a weapon of growing power Graphics: Warm, watercolor-esque environments bring a soft edge to a the high-tech setting Sound: A creative and original soundtrack melds jazz, electronica, and voice to great emotional effect Playability: Grasping the complexity of the game’s upgrade system takes a lot of time, but thankfully the game difficulty gives you the leeway to master the complexity Entertainment:...
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Transistor Review

GameSpot
20 May 2014
  • Excerpt: A dead man. A weapon. A dress, torn and discarded on the ground. A voice says, "What a night. You're still in one piece; that's all that matters." Transistor begins with remarkable confidence, throwing you right into the life of nightclub singer Red at what might be her lowest point. There's no immediate explanation for who she is, or what this world is, or what happened the night before, and all this mystery only makes your journey more captivating.
  • Pros: Fascinating and unconventional narrative that exudes confidence, Empowering combat system that fuses real-time and turn-based action, Visuals, music, and writing combine to create some terrific moments
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Transistor

IGN
20 May 2014
  • Conclusion: Transistor’s the kind of game that made me immediately jump back in to take on New Game Plus. I wanted to continue exploring the excellent combat in new, more challenging scenarios. I wanted to double back on the areas that I’d missed the first time through, and try to fill in the gaps of the fantastic story.
  • Pros: Beautiful world, Incredible music, Deep combat, Original story
  • Cons: Visuals obscure combat
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Expert Review

RPGFan
20 May 2014
  • Conclusion: Art better to be observed rather than to be played.
  • Pros: A gorgeous dreamlike world and amazing soundtrack.
  • Cons: Repetitive and underwhelming combat mixed with an incoherent plot begging to be taken seriously.
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