Let's Talk About How Short Transistor Is

Supergiant Games really hit on something special with their first game Bastion, but their follow up, Transistor, has been out for almost two weeks now. I've only gotten a chance to play through the game once, and it took me about six hours. I liked the game, I did, but I think we need to talk about the play time.

First off, I will say that the game has a fantastic soundtrack, great gameplay, and a terrific aesthetic. In no way does a weak story make a game bad, like I said I would personally consider Transistor just as good as Bastion in a lot of ways. But, frankly, the game is too short. I recently wrote a piece about this incorrect idea we seem to have that the more hours we can pump into a game, the better it is. So rest assured, I'm not saying that six hours isn't long enough.

What I am saying, though, is that six hours isn't long enough for Transistor. I was really enjoying the game, getting into the cool, sci-fi atmosphere that Supergiant Games built with this title, and after about five hours I felt like I was really getting the hang of the combat system and was really looking forward to unravelling the mysteries of this world.

Then the game presented me with the final confrontation and suddenly it was over. It might have been worse since I made an effort to play through the game in only two sittings, but it still felt like it was over too soon. I still had so many questions, and so much more I wanted to do. Sure, there's a "recurse" mode (basically a new game plus that lets you keep your unlocks and progress level), but that still meant I would only be playing through the same story and encounters again.

Story continued on page 2, with spoilers for Transistor and Bastion.

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Matt Overstreet is a writer and creator, who's been with the 8CN since the very beginning. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA and enjoys watching bad Nic Cage movies, playing too many video games, and reading silly books. You can follow him on twitter, if you are so inclined: @chilidog0.
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