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  • Summary: Battle through an onslaught of mystical backwater cultists, possessed militants & even darker forces as you attempt to discover just what lurks beneath the Earth in this retro FPS inspired by the '90s legends.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Apr 4, 2019
    100
    Dusk is a mixture of everything good that the 1990s gave to action games. The fun returns in a form of a straightforward retro shooter, which is intense and dynamic like a ride in a sport car with manual gearbox. Great experience not only because of nostalgia. [Issue#293]
  2. Dec 10, 2018
    95
    This is shooter perfection and something fans of the classics need to experience. Maybe it doesn't redefine what is possible with video games, but it beats out basically every other shooter I've ever played. I know I'll be replaying this for years to come and I look forward to seeing what fans are capable of with mod tools.
  3. Sep 29, 2017
    90
    Dusk has the backwoods setting of Blood and Redneck Rampage, the forbidding atmosphere and murky palette of Quake, the tight, sharp action of Doom, and the subtle sense of place and interactivity of Duke Nukem 3D. Essentially, Dusk is a retro shooter fan’s dream come true.
  4. Dec 31, 2018
    90
    Possibly the best return to the FPS games of the early 90s, DUSK is an excellent homage to a genre and an era that manages to not only recapture but improve on what made those games great.
  5. Dec 12, 2018
    89
    A obsessively tuned, finely crafted shooter that more than recreates the speed and pure joy of '90s classics.
  6. Dec 26, 2018
    85
    The game offers incredible shooting sensations along with great OST and excellent atmosphere. We could have criticized the lack of scenario or the anecdotic multiplayer, but is it really important for this kind of game? We don’t think so…
  7. CD-Action
    Mar 25, 2019
    65
    Dusk does a decent job at recreating elements that were fun in Doom, Quake or Wolfenstein 3D, but as a whole it lacks a direction other than being a love letter to classic FPS games, a homage assembled out of components that do not always fit together well. [02/2019, p.42]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Mar 7, 2019
    10
    The first episode was pretty good. It took me a while to get into it, but I was quite excited by around the 5th level. From there, the gameThe first episode was pretty good. It took me a while to get into it, but I was quite excited by around the 5th level. From there, the game just continues to grow.

    This has some of the best level design in the genre, building on and in a lot of ways surpassing the old guard. DUSK is sublime. Though the low poly graphics are not the most amazing in the world, there are a few moments in various levels that made me pause because of the visuals.

    The weapons aren't the most exciting, but they are functional and feel nice. The game really has you switching between most of your arsenal throughout each of the levels, which keeps things exciting and varied.

    The music is excellent. The sound is excellent.

    There isn't too much of a story but I did find myself genuinely intrigued by things as the second and third acts unraveled before me. I was downright excited about the little tiny shreds of plot the game threw out at the end of the third (and final) act. The mood and scenery is top notch - while it starts as a romp through slightly uninteresting backwoods areas, things quickly escalate towards the end of the first act and throughout the second and third.

    All in all, DUSK is a phenomenal game and worth every bit of the praise it has received. It truly does bear the torch of the FPS games of yore, and hopefully it inspires plenty of new games in the same vein over the next few years.
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  2. Aug 7, 2019
    10
    Dusk the best fast paced old school shooter yet. the movement and gameplay are fantastic as is the horror element. The way the guns feel isDusk the best fast paced old school shooter yet. the movement and gameplay are fantastic as is the horror element. The way the guns feel is just so satisfying. As for the story there's pretty much nothing to it but then look at doom. the level design is amazing and there are even parts where you need to used the light of your guns to see. the soundtrack was composed by Andrew Hulshult and man did he do a good job. the graphics look kinda potato but David Szymanski has done a great job of making it seem seamless. if you're into first person shooters this is a must play. Oh and try not to **** yourself when you see a wendigo for the first time. Expand
  3. Dec 18, 2018
    10
    Great throwback to the 90's shooters with very well done gameplay upgrades to the current times. The level design is really good which most ofGreat throwback to the 90's shooters with very well done gameplay upgrades to the current times. The level design is really good which most of the modern shooters still are unable to get. It does so much with so little and that is where Dusk Shines!! Its a must play for anyone who even remotely likes the FPS genre. Expand
  4. Jan 26, 2019
    10
    This game is amazing and 100% deserves the Overwhelmingly Positive status it currently enjoys on Steam. The gameplay is fluid, fast, and fun,This game is amazing and 100% deserves the Overwhelmingly Positive status it currently enjoys on Steam. The gameplay is fluid, fast, and fun, the weapons are varied and none are irrelevant, the monsters are creepy and the overall atmosphere of the game is super dark. I cut my teeth on Doom in the early 90s when I was 13 years old and it left a permanent mark on my brain. This game tickled all the right nostalgia centers while bringing a few new tricks all its own.

    And can we talk about the sound design for this game?? First of all, Andrew Hulshult deserves the Nobel Prize for the music he did for Dusk. No lie, there were several times during the game where I got chills from either the rising sense of dread or rising sense of hell yeah that the music was making me feel. Beyond that, enemies and environments make disturbing noises that will keep you leaning forward in your seat and the guns sound great when they're doing their thing.

    My one nitpick about this game is that most of the bosses are kind of meh. They're not awful or anything, just average. And average things can kind of stick out in a game that rocks as hard as this one.

    TLDR, Dusk is a fun as hell love letter to 90s FPS and the music is GOD TIER
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  5. Jan 4, 2019
    9
    I've picked dusk once it became available on steam is final version (non early access) and before I even start talking about It, I must say itI've picked dusk once it became available on steam is final version (non early access) and before I even start talking about It, I must say it became one of my all time favorite indie shooters. Its not flawless, its not innovative but its a traditional shooter faithful to what all old gamers loved about classic shooters in PS2-Ps1 era.
    The game story is Lovecraftian, its mostly narrated through us seeing how the world shapes as we travel between locations, the episode 1 fairly introduces the player to the Dusk world and what is happening and what has happened and it progresses onward to explain more about story. Story is nothing special or complicated but it ends up with interesting surprises toward the midway and end of campaign.
    the best thing about Dusk is how responsive the controls are and how fluid the gunplay is! it feels good to literally surf around the map and kill waves and waves of enemies, once you have finished the game, i highly recommend play it on highest difficulties to enjoy some blood pumping action. Weapons are good, sometimes its annoying that you dont get to find some of the weapons at some parts of games, and absence of Weapon wheel is also kinda annoying, I get the game tries to be what old games were like but some aspects are just very dated and straight up annoying, I hope at least they add weapon wheel for upcoming Switch Port becuz switching weapons on controller through console is just pure wasting time, specially in higher difficulty levels where the room for error is very small. There are tones of enemies, new enemies are introduced as you pregress into the game.

    First chapter takes place in a Resident Evil 4 type of setting, pretty cool with some horror aspects, Chapter 2 starts as a very typical military shooter and by far is the weakest chapter but midway to end it starts to introduce some otherworldly transitions that are amazing and add a huge variety to the campaign and lastly episode 3 is by far the best and each level is so distinctive and designed very well and the end game boss is so satisfying and cool :D
    the combat is chapter 2 is a little bit boring compare to 1 and 3 because the military presence is too much and there arent enough melee battles, you mostly spend your time staying as far as possible and killing enemies, where as in chapter 1 and 3 was more varried because you were encouraged to attack enemies close up.
    Some levels are little bit too tights and some levels are a bit too wide for no reason, its good variety but platforming sections, such as wall climbing, or passing through traps for hidden items are straight up annoying!
    but overall the game is so responsive in its shooting and it has amazing range of levels with wide variety to almost cover anything you have in mind that ultimately outweighs all the bad things about this game.

    I highly recommend everyone this game !
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  6. Dec 12, 2018
    7
    What are the critics smoking? Evolution of genre frozen in time? Ok lets see what we have:
    Game which feels like hd mod of Quake 1/Duke Nukem
    What are the critics smoking? Evolution of genre frozen in time? Ok lets see what we have:
    Game which feels like hd mod of Quake 1/Duke Nukem 3D. So nothing new/special. On one hand it has amazing atmosphere (which is made mostly by awesome sounds and creepy concept of cultists devilish goats scarecrows) on second - its plain ugly. Weapons looks well just awfull. Enemies too. Its fast and fluid like Quake 1 but how is it any better than well Quake 1? It isnt.
    Genre did evolve, we have story packed games with awesome graphics memorable protagonists (even blood had cool Caleb and Duke Nukem 3D - Duke Nukem :D, hell Wolfenstein had Blazkowitch) like Halo, Half Life, Call of Duty, Destiny, Bioshock, Metroid Prime, Wolfenstein, Doom etc. In terms of pure fps mayhem I can compare this to for example recent Shadow Warrior 1/2 or Doom - and Dusk is definitelly worse game than any of them.
    So is it a bad game? No. But without much trouble You can find as good mods to Quake 1 as Dusk is.
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  7. Jan 26, 2020
    0
    Unplayable borken garbage. I cannot even start this game, it will crash my computer no matter what I do. Crashed during that awful dos boxUnplayable borken garbage. I cannot even start this game, it will crash my computer no matter what I do. Crashed during that awful dos box screen and crashed also in the main menu. How they released a game that cannot be played is beyond me. All I was able to see was the awful and slow menu animations, if they are scamming people they are doing it the wrong way, thankfully I pirated this crap Expand

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