CD-ActionJun 4, 2013A 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]
Jun 3, 2013DUST 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.
May 19, 2013There 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.
Awards & Rankings
Mixed or average reviews- based on 223 Ratings
May 14, 2013So much promise in this game. The large scope and massive immersion into the game is really rewarding. Looking forward to the game mechanicsSo 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 »
May 14, 2013The 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 thisThe 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.
Team Work Focused
Real consequences for actions
Controls… Full Review »
May 16, 2013Simply 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 MMOSimply 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.
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.
-It is free.
-The Tranquility server.
-The potential is boundless.
-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.… Full Review »