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  • Summary: From Dust is a Modern God Game where Nature is the Star.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 76
  2. Negative: 3 out of 76
  1. 100
    An incredible piece of tech and an even better piece of design, From Dust is a place to lose yourself in. [Oct 2011, p.104]
  2. Jul 26, 2011
    90
    From Dust is a great playground that constantly impresses with its jaw-dropping technology and dynamic environments. A must for anyone that craves more than just an action fix.
  3. Oct 17, 2011
    90
    If this can even be called a game, it's a highly unusual one. Instead of doing missions and killing enemies you construct landscapes and battle for control over the always unpredictable elements brought to life by impressive physics.
  4. 80
    From Dust's malleable world is intoxicating to wield power over, even if your control feels more like work than actual fun at times. Juggling resources and racing against the cycles of nature isn't for everyone. Though stages grow progressively harder, the game doesn't really have a climax to break up its even-keeled rhythm, making it less of a thundering ride and more of a blissfully Zen, workman-like process.
  5. Aug 3, 2011
    80
    Though the AI may not be the smartest, playing around with the elements is a lot of fun.
  6. Aug 14, 2011
    71
    From Dust feels not as a game, but as a humble experiment. It's almost like Ubisoft is testing the waters before diving in.
  7. Jul 26, 2011
    40
    From Dust needs a mouse, at the very least. It's hard enough to draw with a mouse - but most people can manage it to some extent. Painting mountains on the world with an Xbox Controller is utterly horrible. Worse still, the game suffers from the same sort of problems many RTS games do - scrolling around the game world isn't as intuitive as it should be.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. Jul 28, 2011
    10
    It's a great game pure and simple. It is a bit hard to control with the game pad but after the first few levels you get used to it and its notIt's a great game pure and simple. It is a bit hard to control with the game pad but after the first few levels you get used to it and its not a problem anymore. Its well worth the money.
    These poor user reviews are whinny BS. They are protesting DRM that doesn't apply to the game on Xbox, and a delay for the PC version. Grow up, seriously.
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  2. Jul 30, 2011
    10
    Brilliant execution. Amazing tech, addictive, gorgeous visuals and elemental simulations working hand in hand with game play. All I hope isBrilliant execution. Amazing tech, addictive, gorgeous visuals and elemental simulations working hand in hand with game play. All I hope is there is more DLC levels to come soon. Expand
  3. Sep 10, 2011
    10
    A brilliant game! Truly original and very accessible. The overall design of the game is gorgeous and there is some impressive technology atA brilliant game! Truly original and very accessible. The overall design of the game is gorgeous and there is some impressive technology at work to make the behaviour of fluids believable. I played it through to the end and wanted more. My only niggle is that a little more camera flexibility would have been welcome. Expand
  4. Apr 3, 2012
    8
    I quite enjoyed From Dust, and was my favorite PSN/XLA downloadable game of 2011. The gameplay is simplistic and addictive, with each newI quite enjoyed From Dust, and was my favorite PSN/XLA downloadable game of 2011. The gameplay is simplistic and addictive, with each new level granting access to new powers and abilities, which are met in turn with new problems and puzzles. It keeps the game fresh and enjoyable all the way until the end. The water and lava physics are impressive, and the graphics are on-par with other downloadable titles. The controls take a bit of getting used to, but the game is easily manageable with a controller after a couple of hours. A series of unlockable challenges add some replayability, however I keep coming back for the open-ended sandbox nature of the story levels after completion. Expand
  5. Jul 31, 2011
    8
    In From Dust the player is pitted against the extreme forces of nature in order to advance your tribes. This game is a breath of fresh airIn From Dust the player is pitted against the extreme forces of nature in order to advance your tribes. This game is a breath of fresh air with nice graphics and excellent ideas. Well worth 1200 MS points. Expand
  6. Jul 28, 2011
    8
    This is a great little game which sadly just lacks polish. The controls are a little sensitive when you first start using them, but it doesn'tThis is a great little game which sadly just lacks polish. The controls are a little sensitive when you first start using them, but it doesn't take too long before you're able to move around comfortably. The art style of the game is great and the sound is atmospheric. I did find myself wanting to be able to zoom around the large maps faster than I was able to, which at times meant that my villages fell victim to the elements because I was unable to get across the map in time to put out a fire.
    The story mode is a little slow to start as it gradually eases you into your powers, though in doing so ensures that you never feel lost as for what to do. Although it feels a little broken watching the same 10 second cutscene before the start of each mission, you forgive it due to it's eerie charm. I know it's a little thing, but being able to skip this would be another little refinement that would push this from a great game to a real gem. As I write this, I've only played through half the challenge mode, each challenge taking in the region of 2 minutes to do. Whilst some come painfully down to the last second or two, the puzzles are generally very well thought out. There's rarely the feeling of frustration whilst taking them on, and often the warm feeling of accomplishment when you figure out the solution.
    Overall, I would highly recommend this game. Despite it needing a little bit of work here and there, it is still very fun, very enjoyable and very unique.
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  7. Feb 2, 2014
    1
    I really neat idea, that suffers from imprecise control, horrible pathfinding and a difficulty curve that rolls in on itself to create aI really neat idea, that suffers from imprecise control, horrible pathfinding and a difficulty curve that rolls in on itself to create a hangman's noose. For a brief moment you feel like this might be a fun little world-altering game, and then the game chokes your controller in half with endless lava flows and eruptions. As a result, the only option left is to delete this terrible game in frustration and disgust. Expand

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