So, just finished Transistor and here's my brief review of it. What do you think of the game?
This is the ps4 version by the way.
The game is absolutely gorgeous to look at. The artwork is really well done and the enemies/chars all look pretty unique too. The attacks and the combo's all have unique effects and animations also. I have no complaints at all graphically.
The main char Red has no voice, so all of the dialogue comes from the Transistor sword. The commentary is rather one sided for obvious reasons, but the voice actor did a great job with it. All the other VA was fine too. Nothing felt bad or out of place. The soundtrack of this game is amazing. I absolutely love the music in this game.
The gameplay is a mix of real time and turn based. You can essentially stop time and plan out your moves then Red will execute them. The system works quite well and the abilities have a nice synergy with each other if you use them that way. There is an extensive list of Functions which are essentially abilities that you gain access to. The can be used as primary, secondary, or passive. You can combine up to three abilities into one essentially. The passive stuff will give you buffs like regen hp etc. You can experiment quite a bit with this system too. The gameplay isn't perfect however. The landscape will sometimes get in the way and you won't know what you are doing. There is no camera control. The gorgeous landscapes will get in the way sometimes. The enemies are pretty unique and varied also. They work well in combination with each other. The game is around 6-7 hours long not including all the challenges and stuff. There is also a new game+.
The story is rather abstract. You will get them here and there through the use of your abilities; will unlock some biographies to help you piece together the story. You will know the basic premise, but anything beyond that is sprinkled throughout the game. There is a wealth of info. I don't dislike this approach, but I also am not fond of it either. There are still powerful moments in the game like the ending though. I think this approach works for this game however since it gives it a sense of mystery.
Final Score: 9/10