Transistor ($4.99) is easily one of the best games of the year for me, a wonderfully-realized world and a very entertaining battle system that come together almost seamlessly. Some balked at the original $9.99 price (which I found more than justified), but even that reason is now moot as the game has dropped to $4.99 in its first sale ever. If you want my detailed review of the game, jump over here and take a look, but I’ll give you the short version if you don’t feel like reading a couple thousand words. Transistor let’s you enjoy a very original world that oozes with detail and, funnily enough, realism as Cloudbank feels like it could be a real place at some point in the future. Its narrative unfolds in a very clever way and the voice-over is fantastic, so if narrative is your thing, Transistor will definitely scratch that itch.
The combat is a clever blend of turn-based and real time, with a quick planning phase preceding the real-time slashing, bombing, and hacking. Transistor has many different battle abilities that in their combinations offer plenty of customization and replayability. And, to be honest, the soundtrack alone is more than worth the $4.99 price as it’s easily among the best game soundtracks I’ve heard (I actually have it on one of my Spotify playlist). All in all, this game is fantastic, and if the price was what was holding you back, I suggest you take advantage of this sale and add it to your collection. The game’s universal, but it will take about 2 gigs on your device, so keep that in mind. Seriously though, if action-rpgs are your cup of tea, don’t miss out on this one. And if the price on this story still shows as $9.99, ignore it, the game’s on sale but I don’t know for how much longer.