The game is constantly introducing new enemies, bosses, weapons, and abilities, right up until the very end of the game, which is great given the 10 hour campaign. I've seen triple A titles with less weapons and abilities than Bastion.
All in all, the game play constantly feels fresh, and It's absolutely great.
The game really doesn't have any replay value unless you want to try out the "New Game Plus" mode, or you want to run through with a harder difficulty by invoking the idols. New Game Plus allows you to collect the rest of the weapons, upgrades, achievements, or idols that you missed in the first run through, as you can't collect everything in just one play-through.
Unless you like collecting achievements, or you're a completionist, there really is no reason to keep playing after you beat the game. That being said, the game is so much fun that it really is worth playing even if you don't care about collecting all of the weapons, etc.
I have some mixed feelings about the story. Throughout most of the game, the story didn't interest me that much. It had some touching moments, and certain parts of the game actually made me cry because of how depressing it got at times. Once the third act begins, however, The story picks up IMMENSELY and became extremely interesting, and I found myself unable to stop playing the game because I just had to know what was going to happen next.
I played this game on Linux, on a machine that was very underpowered. It has a dual core 2.3 GHz CPU, 3 GB of RAM, and an old AMD Radeon GPU with 253 Mb of VRAM. I'm bringing this up because my machine barely meets the required specs, and only has half the VRAM needed to run the game, but I can run the game fine with almost no slowdown at 1280 x 1024 without any issue, so even on an older or underpowered machine, the game is still playable and fun.
Maybe I'm just a biased fan-girl, but I see almost no problems with this game. My biggest issue is that it's only about ten hours if you don't replay it, and my only other issue is that I hated playing with a game pad, which is almost a non-issue to me. Everything else about the game is just amazing to me, and I'd honestly recommend this to anybody, even if they've never played anything like this, or if they've never played a game at all. Every second of this game has been fun to me, and I hope I get a lot more out of this game, or some kind of modding community starts up for this game, because I absolutely loved it. Hell, I loved it
so much I got every single badge, background, emote, and even the foil badge for the game. This is in my top 3 games of all time, and might even be my favorite.
I'm new to rating games on a scale of 1 to 10, but I'd give this game a solid 8.5-9/10
(Originally posted on Steam on 1/9/16)