• Publisher: CCP
  • Release Date: May 14, 2013
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31
  1. May 30, 2013
    58
    Its wonky mechanics, weak graphics, and microtransaction fueled grind make it numbing to play long enough to explore its depth, and its persistent elements are completely lost on anyone who doesn't already have a foot down in the EVE universe.
  2. Jun 9, 2013
    60
    Dust 514 is a better idea than it is a shooter, but its progression system has just enough depth to keep you engaged.
  3. May 24, 2013
    50
    Eve Online is now 10 years old. Dust 514 may also have a decade of evolution ahead of it, so I hope this is far from the last word on what has started out as a distinctly average and rather buggy shooter. It could well be a game with a bright future, but right now it's saddled with a very dull debut.
  4. Jun 6, 2013
    67
    Is it a little rough around the edges right now? You bet. But with a virtually non-existent entry cost and some solid foundation to back it up, Dust 514 is worth checking out.
  5. Jun 26, 2013
    69
    Shoddy shooting disappoints despite satisfyingly deep customisation options. [Aug 2013, p.73]
  6. May 24, 2013
    60
    CCP has a history of making their games better over time. But if you’re playing in the hopes that DUST 514 eventually delivers on the promise of a completely player-controlled galactic struggle, it’s likely to be a long wait--one tinged with equal parts frustration and fun.
  7. Jun 9, 2013
    60
    DUST 514 is free-to-play and it's got some potential, but definitely fails to deliver.
  8. May 19, 2013
    76
    There is a great foundation to start playing from, but we think the community and the content updates will determine the future of this game. One way or another, it's very fun, and what's most important being free-to-play, well balanced between players who pay and players who don't.
  9. Jun 7, 2013
    40
    With Dust, CCP promised something that had never even been attempted before, and it delivered. Dust takes place in Eve. The setting is the same, the currency is the same, and the corporations can hold players from both universes. It’s just not enough. Because without Eve, there’s no point to Dust, a bland free-to-play FPS that can’t even capture the continent-spanning scale of PlanetSide 2, despite having a whole galaxy to play with.
  10. Jul 28, 2013
    50
    Feels like it is in desperate need of a decade of evolution, to move out of the shadow of its peers. [Issue#137, p.114]
  11. Jun 3, 2013
    91
    This is a game that has serious potential to grow into something amazing, while being fresh and fun enough right at this moment.
  12. May 19, 2013
    60
    It reaches high and attempts to accomplish something not many games have even tried to this day, which should be commended. But right now, it needs a few more major updates before it gets there. With a hefty amount of microtransactions that border on offensive, there is a very ambitious, competitive game underneath the sloppy veneer.
  13. Jun 3, 2013
    60
    Dust 514 is a mediocre FPS, aimed only to log-time fans of EVE Online.
  14. May 31, 2013
    50
    We suspect that the F2P nature of Dust 514 will not be enough to make PlayStation network casual gamers and Eve Online die hard fans the best buddies of this game.
  15. May 28, 2013
    40
    A very poor first person shooter buoyed up by the promise of things to come, and an impressively ambitious attempt at a cross-format connected universe.
  16. May 23, 2013
    44
    So much potential turned into so much dull shooting. Instead of an experience that’s been richly integrated into EVE Online, we’re left with a me-too shooter that’s eager to take and unwilling to give, doing very little to justify its own existence. It may be technically free, but it isn’t worth even a minute of your time.
  17. It says a lot about Dust 514's quality when shooting through menu screens is more fun than shooting guns. [Aug 2013, p.88]
  18. Jul 23, 2013
    51
    Sub-standard gameplay. [Issue#233, p.78]
  19. 50
    With all of its issues, and in its current state, DUST 514 is a title that has lofty ambitions, but also far too many problems and contingencies to deal with right now. Only the hardcore EVE enthusiasts need apply.
  20. Jul 5, 2013
    70
    As a multiplayer shooter, this would be merely below average. But as part of the consistent online universe that is EVE it delivers an interesting twist, that made me look beyond the parts that hold Dust back.
  21. Dust 514 is ropier than a Japanese adult movie marathon. Movement is clunky, combat feels archaic, and this war takes place on worlds so drab they look like a rip off of Futurama’s Neutral Planet. This is yet another paid DLC bear trap. [September 2013, p80]
  22. Jun 4, 2013
    80
    A very solid online shooter with some good ideas, offering enormous possibilities of equipment customization and complex, rewarding gameplay. The important thing is that thick wallet makes the encounters easier but does not determine their outcome – and that’s the Holy Grail of free-to-play games. [CD-Action 07/2013, p.66]
  23. 90
    DUST 514 is easily the most in-depth FPS game out there and with an admission fee of $0.00 there is no reason at all for you not to check out what could be your go-to FPS for the next 5-10 years.
  24. 70
    If you want a free and enjoyable MMO with focus on shooting, then CCP Games delivers. Just do not expect Dust 514 to be a walk in the park, this is a complex MMO that isn't holding your hand. If you can live with this and the few bugs still in the game, it is worth a download for all shooter fanatics.
  25. Jun 21, 2013
    60
    DUST 514 is a continual project for the developer and even though it hasn’t had the strongest of launches it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on.
  26. Jun 7, 2013
    70
    If you're willing to really delve into all the facets of Dust 514, and a few technical issues, there's a satisfying shooter with some stakes for you and your corporation mates to be found. If you'd rather not get that invested, then Dust 514 might not be for you.
  27. Thankfully, navigating through the poorly designed menus is not the only thing Dust 514 has to offer. You can also shoot each other in a body region of choice on poorly designed multiplayer maps. Even with 31 other player joining the fray, you will have a hard time finding even a single adversary. [June 2013, p.86]
  28. May 31, 2013
    72
    It’s only when I fought with a corporation that I truly feel like a part of the Dust 514 narrative. I fear that many players may never even get that far due to how overwhelming the menu-heavy interface can seem.
  29. Jun 28, 2013
    50
    You’d think with it being a free-to-play game, it would be easy to forgive Dust 514 for not fulfilling all of its potential or sticking to its big promises. Putting aside the dull backdrops, dusty palette and glitch riddled gameplay, the biggest disappointment lies with the cross platform functionality between it and EVE Online.
  30. Jun 14, 2013
    72
    The shooting is tight, the experience exciting, and the interplay between games a joy to behold. There are definitely a few months of refinement ahead, but Eve Online players can enjoy another facet to their universe and PS3 loyalists can enjoy a great shooter for nothing.
  31. Jun 3, 2013
    90
    DUST 514 is a ground-breaking, innovative game which takes the concepts and principles of EVE Online and applies them to a multiplayer first-person shooter. Gameplay is fantastic and focuses on teamwork as well as carefully building your character to fit your own style of play. The promise of free add-ons and updates assures players that the game can only grow and become better, just as EVE Online has.
User Score
6.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 207 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 101
  2. Negative: 36 out of 101
  1. May 14, 2013
    10
    So much promise in this game. The large scope and massive immersion into the game is really rewarding. Looking forward to the game mechanics getting better. Great start to a FREE game! I also agree that if you enjoyed MAG, you will love this game. Full Review »
  2. May 14, 2013
    7
    The game as a whole is great fun. Find a corp, run with a squad, this is where Dust 514 shines. Decisions and battles actually matter in this game.

    Pros:
    Persistence
    Team Work Focused
    Real consequences for actions

    Cons:
    Controls
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  3. May 16, 2013
    4
    Simply put, DUST 514 tries to run before it can walk.

    CCP needed to play-test and refine the FPS mechanics before adding any of the MMO
    elements into this game. It is now released, and the game feels like it runs at a peak of 15FPS. Meanwhile, the controls are maddening, and you feel like you're fighting the controller more than you are fighting the enemy. Add to it, a buggy, laggy, match interface, and extemely annoying map bugs, and you'll find yourself wanting to break your PS3, since there is no Disc to snap in half.

    Currently DUST is pretty bad at what it is trying to accomplish, and CCP has failed to correctly identify and produce that which FPS gamers enjoy about their genre of choice. Most importantly, regardless of things like balance, and P2W arguments, the game fails entirely at being a decent FPS game, and this is the foundation on which everything else in the game rests on.

    Conclusions:
    I personally want DUST to succeed, but as it stands, DUST doesn't even deliver on the most basic elements of FPS gameplay. Maddening controls, clunky interface, poor optimization, and broken mechanics, all serve to frustrate and work against any experienced FPS gamer. These players are very unlikely to stay, and these seem to be the target market for CCP, considering their push to release on a console.

    Positives:
    -It is free.
    -The Tranquility server.
    -The potential is boundless.

    Negatives:
    -Horrible, rage inducing, controls
    -Poor optimization, 15FPS is not acceptable in a modern shooter.
    -Uninspired maps, each cluttered with bugs.
    -Cut and paste CoD game modes.
    -Linear, and uninspired skill progression.
    -The free player grind.
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