Joystiq’s Richard Mitchell Issues a Top-Tier Transistor Review

It has plenty of singular style and obviously, it's very enjoyable as well.

It has plenty of singular style and obviously, it’s very enjoyable as well.


It was one of the more anticipated digital releases of the year, and those who appreciate original indie offerings were champing at the bit.

So, does Transistor live up to expectations? Developer Supergiant Games – the team that produced the widely acclaimed Bastion – had a lot of pressure on them to ante up.

Well, we’ve been reading reviews ever since they started hitting the ‘Net earlier today, and the majority of scores are very high. It’s great that the game is getting the recognition it clearly deserves, but we found ourselves drawn to Joystiq’s stellar write-up.

Critic Richard Mitchell pens a review that speaks to the ambition of the designers, and while he clearly appreciates the effort and praises the highlights, he takes the entire package into account before judging. That’s critical.

The gameplay works great but toward the end, it gets a little repetitive.

The gameplay works great but toward the end, it gets a little repetitive.

Why We Like It:

— The critic effectively compares the initial impact against the end result. In other words, he makes it plain that while the game makes a fantastic first impression, things sort of unravel a bit toward the end. It also makes us think that some of the very high scores were awarded by reviewers who may not have completed the adventure.

Explanatory and descriptive. One would think that all critics in the field utilize such traits when writing a review, but…one would be wrong.

— It lauds the unique atmosphere and style, while remaining lukewarm on the story. This, along with other factors, gives the reader a complete view of the quest.

Well written, well done!

Read Richard Mitchell’s Transistor Review Now

4 thoughts on “Joystiq’s Richard Mitchell Issues a Top-Tier Transistor Review”

It’s a fantastic game, no doubt about it. I think this review puts a little too much emphasis on the story, and I didn’t feel it was quite as repetitive, even at the end.

Still, I understand the critic’s explanation and all in all, it’s a solid review.

GOTTA play this. I’ve been waiting on it all year and I can’t believe I haven’t downloaded it yet!

‘runs away to play’

Hope you’re enjoying it. It’s fantastic! 🙂

In all honesty, this might be my GotY so far. I’m not exaggerating, either…inFamous was sort of a letdown and I don’t care about Titanfall.

Wait, am I allowed to nominate the FFX/X-2 HD Remaster? 😉

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