Bastion is among the best downloadable games of the year. If you haven’t already played it on Xbox Live Arcade or PC, or you just want to play it again, you can do so right in your browser, of all places.
Provided you use Google Chrome and your computer meets the system requirements (1.7GHz dual core processor, 2GB RAM, 512MB graphics card) you’ll be able to grab the game from the Chrome Web Store and start playing it almost immediately. You’ll need to preload 40MB in files but are then free to play it just as if it were the PC version, complete with some additions (like No-Sweat mode) coming to other versions soon.
We’ve seen other games be made playable in a browser, but in many cases those games are streamed to your computer. This seems to look every bit as good as the regular PC version, complete with the 1080p artwork and killer soundtrack you’d get to enjoy by playing it in a more traditional fashion, and it seems to run perfectly.
A trial is available should you simply want to see the technology in action, or you can purchase the game for $14.99 and play it in its entirety. One caveat is it doesn’t support controllers at the moment, as the PC version does, so you’ll have no choice but to use a mouse-and-keyboard setup for the time being.
The aforementioned No-Sweat mode is among the new components of the Stranger’s Dream DLC that’s coming soon. Supergiant Games had said it didn’t plan to extend the game with DLC, but it has changed its mind and “decided to put a little something together for the holidays as a show of thanks to our fans.”
The DLC consists of a new Who Knows Where sequence that is “bigger and more challenging than the others.” It will only be accessible after you’ve completed the game once but will provide some backstory on Rucks and historical information on Caelondia.
There will also be two new ways to play the game. The first of these is No-Sweat mode, where you’re free to play through without having to worry about running out of lives. (This is already available in the Chrome version.) The other, Score Attack mode, requires you to have beat the game once before; in it you have all Spirits and Idols unlocked from the start and your performance in each level (which are now replayable) is rated. These scores can be shared on a new leaderboard in the XBLA and Steam version, as can your performance in the Stranger’s Dream Who Knows Where.
Owners of the game on Steam will receive the DLC free of charge as an automatic update. Those who own non-Steam PC versions should be getting it at some point (Supergiant is working with the various vendors to distribute it), and it’ll be out for the Chrome version “in the coming weeks.”
Due to Microsoft policies, Supergiant can’t offer the DLC for free on Xbox 360. So to minimize that unpleasantness, it’ll be released for the lowest price it can — 80 Microsoft Points ($1) — on December 14.
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