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  • Summary: Immerse yourself in a hand-painted world on a search for your true identity. As the mysterious warrior Dust, you must master the ancient Blade of Ahrah to battle dozens of enemies with an intuitive combat system, take on a variety of quests, discover powerful upgrades throughout the massive,Immerse yourself in a hand-painted world on a search for your true identity. As the mysterious warrior Dust, you must master the ancient Blade of Ahrah to battle dozens of enemies with an intuitive combat system, take on a variety of quests, discover powerful upgrades throughout the massive, open world, and uncover the story of an ancient civilization on the brink of extinction as you fight to uncover your own past. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 49 out of 59
  2. Negative: 0 out of 59
  1. Aug 21, 2012
    100
    It's a great, 2D experience that harkens back to the popular Metroidvania sub-genre of adventures games, but manages to blaze its own path and stand out as a wholly unique experience. There's certainly little like it on XBLA, and I highly suggest picking it up.
  2. Aug 15, 2012
    90
    A refreshing experience, one that reminds us of why people make games-and why we, in turn, play them. Combining quaint, charming elements with highly executed gameplay, Dust would be an impressive adventure even without the fascinating story behind its development.
  3. Sep 6, 2012
    90
    One of the best Live Arcade of 2012. A gorgeous, lengthy Metroidvania like adventure, with a lot of contents, incredible graphics, an addictive combat system and brilliant level design.
  4. Aug 13, 2012
    85
    Sure, the RPG elements could have been stronger, and the boss battles are a bit of a letdown, but if those are the worst things about your game, you're in pretty good shape. An Elysian Tail is a rare example of artisanal game craft. Conventional wisdom says that can't happen anymore, but Dust proves otherwise.
  5. Sep 23, 2012
    80
    You'll get bored before the end, but Dust's fantastic characters, brilliant combat, engaging platforming and beautiful visuals will keep you smiling for the majority. [Issue#89,p.89]
  6. Aug 19, 2012
    80
    The game is a cohesive and stunning effort that keeps you coming back for more.
  7. Aug 24, 2012
    60
    Visually stunning, with roughly 12 hours of gameplay, Dust remains quite spectacular, especially knowing it's the work of only two people. But after a charming start, one doesn't take long to witness a gigantic shortcoming: there's no challenge whatsoever and the heroes don't benefit from any sort of evolution over the course of the adventure. The game design thus becomes void, when all you need to do is to press four buttons continuously to finish the game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Aug 30, 2012
    10
    It is one of those games that captivates you from the moment you see it. Dust: An Elysian Tail to my opinion, is the best game to come out onIt is one of those games that captivates you from the moment you see it. Dust: An Elysian Tail to my opinion, is the best game to come out on Xbox Live Arcade to date. RPG, platform, action, a combat system that is not boring, otherworldly visuals. In short, by 1200MSP can play a game that easily surpasses many physical games that have flooded the market these days. Expand
  2. Oct 22, 2014
    10
    Dust: An Elysian Tail is an underrated masterpiece of a game! This game has of the best graphics I have seen in a 2-d hack and slash. As wellDust: An Elysian Tail is an underrated masterpiece of a game! This game has of the best graphics I have seen in a 2-d hack and slash. As well as a storyline that moves at a near perfect pace. It's a metroidvania style game with it's multiple routes, secrets and treasure this is on game you can't ignore. Expand
  3. Sep 9, 2012
    10
    You just can`t miss out on this game, it has a great story with a surprising twist that will blow your mind.
    And the combat animations are
    You just can`t miss out on this game, it has a great story with a surprising twist that will blow your mind.
    And the combat animations are amazing. You will ogle at the art style and graphical and you will immersive yourself fully after the first 5 min of the game. A side note the demo is not the same as the full game.
    I recommend buying this only if you like what the demo showed. By far one of the best Arcade games on XBOX right now. Get it!
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  4. Aug 19, 2012
    10
    Game of The Year 2012!!!! I must say a few days ago I had not heard of this game but after a good review on destructoid I gave it a shot andGame of The Year 2012!!!! I must say a few days ago I had not heard of this game but after a good review on destructoid I gave it a shot and exceeded all my expectations. My favourite video game ever was castlevania dawn of sorrow but Dust just took the cake. On top of being made by just one guy the combat is incredibly refined yet challenging for a side scrolling action RPG. The only con to this game is the furries but after a few hours the stories Eastern charm grips you and easily rivals a Hayao Miyazaki anime.

    Also All the critics who hated on the music are idiots because with true surround sound it sounds amazing!

    This is the sleeper hit of video games this year and possibly ever!
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  5. Sep 7, 2012
    9
    Dust: An Elysian Tail è una di quelle gemme indipendenti che attendono solo di essere scoperte e di essere portate alla ribalta delDust: An Elysian Tail è una di quelle gemme indipendenti che attendono solo di essere scoperte e di essere portate alla ribalta del grande pubblico perchè abbiano la possibilità di ottenere la visibilità ed il successo che meritano.
    Per il titolo in questione la storia è stata proprio questa: doveva infatti essere rilasciato nella sezione di Xbox Live dedicata ai giochi indipendenti, ma è stato intelligentemente
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  6. Jun 1, 2013
    9
    Solid, fun game through and through. If you're a fan of SoTN and metroid-vania style games, you'll love it. Combat is fun and varied (thoughSolid, fun game through and through. If you're a fan of SoTN and metroid-vania style games, you'll love it. Combat is fun and varied (though at times, it can get a bit hectic). Story is solid (especially for a 15 dollar game in this genre). Solid voice acting, -especially- solid at 15 bucks. RPG elements are standard, but well implemented. The only reason I didn't give it a 10 is because personally, I reserve that for games that are revolutionary while not revolutionary, this game is a great personification of the metroid-vania style of gaming.

    Even if the "box art" turns you off (all the characters are animal people), don't let that dissuade you it doesn't detract anything from the game.
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  7. May 24, 2013
    4
    i think this game was cute and fun period bad voice acting and the lack of more interesting and varied combat, sending it to the averagei think this game was cute and fun period bad voice acting and the lack of more interesting and varied combat, sending it to the average corner. its what we can call a weekend pick although it last much longer. Expand

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