Transistor PC Review: Simply breathtaking

This game is created by the same makers as Bastion, which is one of my favorite games ever. Upon loading, Transistor is visually appealing, and Logan Cunningham (Rucks in Bastion) makes a reappearance which is exciting. Controls are fluid, music is amazing — I’m very excited to play through this game!

First Impressions

After playing for about an hour, I must say that I think all the expectations I have had for this game are met. Unlike Bastion, which was more of a go-get-em game, Transistor really makes you think and analyze your tactics in battle, especially with the new “time stop” system where you can plan out your actions (each move you make will cost part of your “energy bar”). There are plentiful save points, and a nice level-up system to improve your skillset. The game is mysterious so far, and I think it really fits into the mood. However, some people might dislike how the story isn’t really clear, and you’re just following the path without much reason until (supposedly) later on in the game when things will be made more clear.

My only qualms with the gameplay itself are the somewhat repetitive nature of the fights (although each fight calls for new tactics), and the somewhat tricky level-up system which seems a bit arbitrary. The upgrades arn’t clearly defined as to what exactly they do. Overall, some parts of the game feel like I’m not sure what’s going on or what I’m supposed to do to upgrade the Transistor with, but that just adds to the mysterious nature of the game at the beginning.

Progress report: Deeper into the Game

Having come across the first “boss” now, I really think that I can speak for all people when I say–wow. The way in which the “characters” speak is amazing. The fight had me on my toes, really making me consider the best way to defeat it without losing too much health. I was blown away at how the screen colors changed and blurred as I started to lose more and more health.

Verdict

If you have any doubts on buying this game, your doubts should be dispelled–this game is worthy of your $20; a beautiful second game released by Supergiant Games.

Top 10 Fixes for Transistor PC Crashes, Flickering, Lagging, Black Screen, Freezing, Not Saving

It’s May 20, which means the long-awaited release of Transistor is upon us. The game released for PC today to millions of fans eager to play, as the game has been lauded for its fun game play, excellent graphics, and intriguing story. In Transistor, the female lead, Red, finds herself hunted down by a robot army trying to kill her. She comes in possession of a sentient sword with overwhelming power that the robot army is after. As great as the game is, every new game has a few issues that need to be worked out. Here are some frequent troubleshooting problems:

Top 10 Fixes for Transistor PC Game Crashes, Flickering, Lagging, Black Screen, Freezing, Not Saving

1) The game won’t start

Try running it in XP Compatibility Mode. This seems to start the game up.

2) The game flickers a lot and won’t run smoothly

Are you running it in Windowed mode? Windowed mode will cause flickering and lagging.

3) The game has been lagging pretty bad, and sometimes it makes it difficult to play

Since the game is brand new, lagging is going to be an issue for a brief period of time. They are working on it currently though, so it should be running fine soon. Also, the large number of people playing at the same time could be causing it. In good practice, you should check your Internet connection and restart your router, because that can sometimes be the issue.

4) My PC crashes whenever I try to start the game

Try to uninstall the game and then re-install it. Sometimes the problem is as simple as this, and it should load fine after re-installation.

5) The game goes black screen and I can’t see anything

This is during a video part of the game. Try lowering your video/graphics settings. You aren’t missing any action, but it is important for the plot.

6) The game will go black screen in between levels and video screens

This is another simple fix. Try hitting the Alt-Tab combination on your keyboard to exit the game’s screen, and then hit Alt-Tab again to get back in. The problem will be fixed soon, but this is a quick fix.

7) The game keeps skipping the intro video

Actually, Transistor drops you right into the action. There is no intro video, so don’t worry that the game is skipping.

8) The game freezes every 5 to 10 minutes

This problem is very similar to the previous one, it’s just freezing instead of going black. Alt-Tab out and back in to temporarily fix the problem.

9) The game isn’t saving my setting adjustments

This is another problem that will be fixed soon, but for now just go to your Configurations and set them before playing.

10) The resolution is in the bottom corner of my screen

Go to local files and find x64 or x86 folder, Locate the Transistor exe, right click and select Properties. Find Compatibility tab and disable the display scaling on high settings and run the change as an administrator. Problem solved!

To make the troubleshooting more comprehensive and helpful, everyone should feel welcomed to enter their own questions and solutions!

This Week in Gaming: Anticipated Releases from May 18 to May 24, 2014

Here are all the games being released this week, broken down according to the Platforms, Release Date and Genre for each game as well as a brief description for anticipated releases.

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Mugen Souls Z

  • Platform: PS3
  • Genre: Role-playing, Adventure
  • Release Date: May 20, 2014

Mugen Souls Z is a role-playing video game developed by Compile Heart and co-produced by GCREST as the second installment in the Mugen Souls series. It was released in Japan on April 25, 2013 for the and in Korea on October 16 2013 for Sony PlayStation 3. It is scheduled to release in the west on May 20, 2014 on the Playstation 3 as well the PlayStation Network. The game plays very similar to the previous title but with a lot of fixes and plays a lot faster. Though the original game was very hardcore and takes a long time to get the platinum trophy and is very difficult to learn, Mugen Souls Z adds in a lot more features for veterans of the previous game to take advantage of and shorten their time to power up and mechanics will not need to rely as much on luck.

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Transistor

  • Platform: PC, PS4
  • Genre: Action, Indie, RPG
  • Release Date: May 20, 2014

From the creators of Bastion, Transistor is a sci-fi themed action RPG that invites you to wield an extraordinary weapon of unknown origin as you fight through a stunning futuristic city. Transistor seamlessly integrates thoughtful strategic planning into a fast-paced action experience, melding responsive gameplay and rich atmospheric storytelling. During the course of the adventure, you will piece together the Transistor’s mysteries as you pursue its former owners.

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Wolfenstein: The New Order

  • Platform: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
  • Genre: Action
  • Release Date: May 20, 2014

Wolfenstein®: The New Order reignites the series that created the first-person shooter genre. Under development at Machine Games, a studio comprised of a seasoned group of developers recognized for their work creating story-driven games, Wolfenstein offers a deep game narrative packed with action, adventure and first-person combat.

Intense, cinematic and rendered in stunning detail with id® Software’s id Tech® 5 engine, Wolfenstein sends players across Europe on a personal mission to bring down the Nazi war machine. With the help of a small group of resistance fighters, infiltrate their most heavily guarded facilities, battle high-tech Nazi legions, and take control of super-weapons that have conquered the earth – and beyond.

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Drakengard 3

  • Platform: PS3
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  • Release Date: May 21, 2014

Drakengard 3 transports players to a medieval world where six goddess-like sisters known as “Intoners” have brought peace to the earth with their power to manipulate magic through song. Harmony is disrupted, however, when the eldest sister, Zero, attempts to murder her younger sisters with the help of her dragon companion, Mikhail. As the story progresses, players find themselves in a battle to unravel the mystery of Zero and learn her true intentions.

A prequel to the original Drakengard, Drakengard 3 features the series’ signature brand of action, pitting players against hordes of fiends and foes in remorseless hack-and-slash ground combat, and then sending them soaring for pitched aerial battles on the back of the dragon Mikhail.

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Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure

  • Platform: PC
  • Genre: Adventure, Indie
  • Release Date: May 22, 2014

Tex Murphy wakes up – disoriented and head pounding – on the fire escape outside his office atop the Ritz Hotel. Another typical morning for the last of the old-school detectives. Except it isn’t. What starts out as the worst hangover in history becomes a baffling nightmare: something – or someone – has erased Tex’s memory of the past seven years. Motivated by lost love, revenge and the world’s strongest coffee blend, Tex must retrace his own steps into a maze of unsolved murders, hidden agendas and lost technologies of Nikola Tesla. Only by solving the mysteries of his past can Tex hope to regain his memory in time to restore what’s been lost…and stop a terrifying future.

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Euro Truck Simulator 2 Special Edition

  • Platform: PC
  • Genre: Simulator
  • Release Date: May 23, 2014

The critically acclaimed Euro Truck Simulator 2 is back, featuring a vast amount of additional content including the ‘Go East’ expansion but also several exclusive paint jobs for your trucks.

Explore Europe, completing a variety of haulage contracts to increase your finances to begin your very own trucking company. You’ll invest in new trucks, hire truckers and even have the option to free drive around Europe.

Featuring several officially licensed truck manufactures including SCANIA and DAF, this special edition also includes the 1.9.22 patch which improves many textures and adjustments to AI behavior.

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Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return

  • Platform: 3DS
  • Genre: Puzzles
  • Release Date: May 23, 2014

Oz is in Trouble again thanks to the evil Jester! A new villain named Jester showed up on the scene and started kidnapping a lot of the legends of Oz! Scarecrow, Lion and the Tin Man were all captured by his flying monkeys, and now they’re being held with others against their will! Dorothy needs to recruit some new companions to help her make it to the Emerald City. With exciting new lands of Oz to explore, you can help Dorothy and become a Legend of Oz!

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Duels

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Genre: TCG
  • Release Date: May 23, 2014

Duel with characters from all four Yu-Gi-Oh! animated series in the newest Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network!

In Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Duels, players enter a Virtual Dueling System, an advanced program in which they battle against simulated Duelists in the animated series, from classic Yu-Gi-Oh! to Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL. Players can even unlock avatars from the animated series and take them online to battle other players in versus matches.