Transistor came out this week1 and after hearing about it on Eight Bit, The Nexus’ gaming show, I decided to buy it and play it. I had no idea what I was getting into, but there are few things that made me take the leap.
- The cover art image is beautiful. The girl, Red, in this art looks a lot different than when portrayed in game, but she is adorable here, and that is what the world fights for. The art is amazing elsewhere too.
- The music was simply enthralling. The reveal trailer shows off the headlining song for the game. This has been on loop for four days now.
- The gameplay, in the launch trailer, was pretty convincing. It was a mixture of real-time and turn-based combat.
And so, I took the plunge. I had some free time, so I beat the game the first time just seven hours after purchasing it (and I bought the album too). And then, I beat for a second and third time.
So here’s my critique.