The creators of Bastion return and boy oh boy, Transistor is a funny one to explain. In layman’s terms, it’s a Sci-Fi action RPG based in a beautiful, futuristic city. If you were to describe it in a more complex way however, well you’d run out of syllables. My journey in Transistor started with me not having a clue what was going on. The game is deliberately vague as you enter, despite the constant narration that accompanies you. But I was to discover that there is beauty in confusion…
You play as Red, whose voice has been stolen by some high ranking public figures known as the Camerata. The story’s narrator serves as a guide to the mute Red. What you are left with is a beautiful to look at, but eerie feeling experience. Perhaps beautiful is an understatement. The game’s appearance is simply stunning, running at 1080p. It’s not just visually it holds up either. Along the way you engage in combat against a visual kaleidoscope of enemies. And as you’d expect, this is not just button mashing territory. This is strategic combat. And the combat is excellent. The whole experience is. And that’s where I’ll leave you.
It seems crazy that you are reading this when instead you could be experiencing it. Dive into the beauty now – whether it be the colours, the music, the narration, the feel of it. Transistor is a special journey that has made this reviewer truly lost for words. And honestly, I can’t think of a more fitting description of Transistor than that.
Piecing together the Transistor’s mysteries will leave you breathless.
Punk rating: 9/10