Review - Dust: An Elysian Tale
Microsoft has closed this year's summer of arcade with the action platformer RPG, Dust: An Elysium Tale. After spending three years in development, the game produced mostly by one man has finally made it into the hands of players, and they might not want to put it down until its done.
The beauty of Dust comes from its entirely hand drawn and animated creation. The combat is as smooth and flowing as Dust's garments flapping in the wind. His world and its environments are its hero's equal with their diversity and inhabitants, good or bad. Except for one late in the game, cutscenes have largely been passed over in favor of mostly static characters with moving mouths. If anything this is an opportunity to take a good look at the anthropomorphic cat people in Dust. There are a wide variety of characters to converse with so there will be plenty to look at.
With physically minimal conversations, it's up to the voices of Dust and everyone he speaks to to give anyone their personality. The cave dwellers have a certain southern charm, old people are old, kids are kids, and one of the town’s artist, Gianni, is a douchebag. Fidget, your kitty fairy sidekick, is the liveliest of the main characters. Dust can have passionate moments but for the most part he's pretty even keeled, and it doesn't make for good chemistry between the protagonists. Your sword talks as well but he doesn't add much to the conversation. The music in Dust is by and large peaceful, although it never rises to a point that will excite the player. Maybe alerted, but never genuinely excited.
In the vein of Metroid and Castlevania, Dust sends players into levels that demand exploration to fully experience the game. The kicker is that early in the game, parts of levels are designed so that in that moment they are unreachable. But when the player has learned the proper skills, the game will show them the world and all its sparkling, shimmering, splendor. That's because for all the exploration and killing of bad guys there is plenty of loot and treasure to find. In addition to leveling Dust and his stats, players will find blueprints and be able to craft stronger gear. If a player finds enough treasure keys they can also open cages to free Dust's friends, like Dishwasher: Dead Samurai and Super Meat Boy.
There are also quite a bit of quests, and that includes fetch quests. To alleviate some of the fetch quest frustration, players can sell an item to the shops which will stock it from there on, saving players from farming too much. Instead they're left to wonder along with Dust who he really is, and who he will become. The outline of Dust's story is quickly apparent after the first boss fight but there are some twists towards the end. There are also some moments of open conversation that could affect how things will go.
Combat is easy to pick up on your way to saving the world and discovering who Dust is.
Your own combat never becomes cumbersome as the complexity of fighting comes from the enemies and variety of ways they attack. It's up to you to learn how to use the abilities of Dust and Fidget to overcome the situation. The fights are enjoyably hectic but it’s easy to get lost in the moment, along with losing your life and your progress. If you die, Dust doesn't send you back to the last checkpoint with your gear and stats, it sends you back to your last saved game. It's old school like that and it adds to the challenge, giving you that extra motivation to not get lost in the crowd or try to just rush through an area. Between the fun combat and the old school challenge, Dust combines it to create one really good experience.
Dust is definitely a game worth coming back to, if only to make sure you've seen the world and found every secret Humble Hearts has hidden within it. The combat is clever, the game just looks good, and deserves to do more than collect virtual dust. Even if you don't do all the sidequests you're still looking at a good six to eight hours of satisfying action.
While it has weak points in its audio and the story is relatively by the numbers, Dust: An Elysium Tale is an otherwise solid XBLA title. Fans of Metroidvania style games will enjoy this and it balances the RPG and action well enough to entice people who aren't a fan of seeing the letters R, P, and G right next to each other. With summer coming to a close, Xbox 360 gamers have been given a nice way to end it.
7 - Good: 7s are very fun that has solid appeal. It has obvious issues that stick out, but can still be enjoyable by anyone.
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Hmm, well maybe at some point I'll give it a go, but I have a very low tolerance policy on annoying voices.
I had the same opinion of Fidget when I played the demo, but in the full game, she really grows on you. I've found myself laughing and some of the things she says.
Bought this Thursday and couldn't stop playing until I beat it. Fantastic game. Sad to say, but I was more hooked on this than I was on NSMB2.
Cat fairies? Now I've seen everything. If it's like Metroidvanias then I might be interested but.... I don't have a 360 so....
I played the demo, it looks fantastic, plays alright, but god damn that stupid flying cat thing, it's so annoying I just can't bring myself to buy the full game.
Same reason over here. That and the annoying script.
Oh well that's too bad, hopefully this game will mend that.
Most of the time i can, but it's because of my past around Furries and people who enjoy that thing which left me with a disconnect with that type of thing. I dont doubt the game is good or anything its just a bad past that leaves with some ill feelings.
Why do you say you won't be emotional attachment with the characters? Just because of how they look? You aren't able to look past there looks(Which upsets you for some reason) and enjoy them as characters?
If anything, that is one reason to download it: for just the shear respect that man deserves.
True, i will but im not going to have real emotional attachments to any characters, ill try it out of course but i may not get the full appreciation for it.
I really love this game. Still can't believe this game was done by just one man. Props to him, all the way.
Really? OK, but you'll be missing out if you pass it by for such a silly reason.
Its great from what I played so far, I felt the Protagonists have rather good chemistry and the voice acting is top notch, really gives the game charm.
Furries..........It hurts the brain. thats really the only thing turn me off from this game.
Out of all of the games that have come out this year this is easily my favourite so far although I haven't been able to pick up many of this year's awesome titles