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Pyre Review: Remember the Nightwings

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Available On: PC, PlayStation 4

If you hear about RPGs and Sports games, you may recall the RPG-like campaign stories injected into otherwise traditional sports, such as The Journey mode in FIFA 17, or the new Longshot mode in upcoming Madden NFL 18.

Pyre, beloved indie studio Supergiant games’ third title, does the opposite. Sports-like gameplay is integral to escaping the intriguing fantasy world that you and your diverse band of outcasts are trapped within. The results are an innovative sports-as-combat battlefield that meshes well with Supergiants’ heavy focus on story-telling, art design, and music, though Pyre ultimately falls short of their previous efforts.
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Supergiant Games Announces Pyre Release Date

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One of my most anticipated games of the year finally has a release date. Pyre will launch July 25 for PC and PlayStation 4 for $19.99. You can pre-order to get 10% off.

Pyre is an RPG that takes place in a Purgatory-like world called the Downside. Your party of exiles will strive to return to their world by competing in Rites, which resemble 3v3 sports matches. The goal is to extinguish your opponent’s signal flame while protecting your own. You can equip your chosen teammates with Talismans and Masteries.

Pyre features a branching story. Even if you lose a match there is no Game Over screen. The result of each Rite will form different paths and stories. Supergiant Games claims that no two stories will be exactly alike, creating a more personal narrative.

Two-player local multiplayer will also be included with the Versus Mode. Versus Mode lets you choose from over 20 characters in the single player campaign to compete against each other in a Rite match (you can also play versus the CPU). This will be the first time Supergiant Games have included a multiplayer option in a game.

Pyre is the third game from indie developer Supergiant Games. Supergiant Games exploded onto the scene with 2011’s Bastion and roared back with 2014’s Transistor. Both games featured emotional stories, phenomenal voice acting, great art, fun combat, and stellar soundtracks.

Supergiant Games’ audio director and composer Darren Korb returns for Pyre with over 90 minutes of music. The soundtrack will be available through Steam and on the official website.

Pyre launches July 25 for PC (Steam) and PlayStation 4.

 

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New Release: Transistor

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From the makers of the much-beloved game Bastion comes Transistor, a new action-RPG with a female protagonist.

Transistor takes place in the gorgeously rendered sci-fi city of Cloudbank. Red, a voiceless musician, is making her way through the abandoned city with a talking sword named Transistor as her only companion.

Along the way they take on robotic enemies, and gradually more is revealed about what has happened to the city and to Red. So far reviews are praising the game’s complex combat system, which combines turn-based and real-time combat. Red’s attacks can be combined with different abilities, giving players lots of options for how they approach the enemy.

The game has also been lauded for its atmospheric setting and gorgeous art.

Transistor is available on PC and PS4. It’s rated T for violence and mild language.

See what reviewers say…

Gamespot – 8

IGN – 9

Polygon – 8.5