Tran­sis­tor

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TekSavvy Insider - - Contents - BY DANIEL AN­DER­SON

De­vel­oper: Su­per­giant Games Pub­lisher: Su­per­giant Games Genre: Ac­tion RPG For­mat(s): PS4, Win­dows

Tran­sis­tor is the story of Red. When we first meet her, she’s kneel­ing over a corpse which has been bi­sected by a gi­ant sword; then a voice whis­pers out of the weapon, call­ing to her, beg­ging her to take up arms and flee the city as quickly as pos­si­ble.

That’s the en­tire set up to the game, with the rest of the story re­vealed in brief, gor­geously an­i­mated cut scenes and through var­i­ous in­ter­ac­tions with the world. Nar­ra­tive de­tails are sparse but a tale of re­venge and re­morse slowly builds up, send­ing the player on a vi­o­lent quest against a count­less en­e­mies and a new threat in the ro­botic Process.

Count­less touches com­bine to make Tran­sis­tor in­cred­i­bly mem­o­rable – like the abil­ity to stand and hum a tune while look­ing out over the city. It would seem pre­ten­tious else­where, but here these op­tional mo­ments give you an in­sight into the voice that Red has lost and let you bask in the awe-in­spir­ing art.

While it may be lack­ing in hand-hold­ing, or even ba­sic tu­to­ri­als, Tran­sis­tor is a supremely con­fi­dent sec­ond re­lease from Su­per­giant Games, giv­ing play­ers a spare nar­ra­tive and un­usual me­chan­ics and as­sum­ing that they’ll just get on board. And some­how the self-aware tone and bizarre el­e­ments in the world all come to­gether to cre­ate a game that’s more than the sum of its parts and des­tined to go down as one of the best in­die ti­tles of the year to date.

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