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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.
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  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: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  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. Mar 24, 2019
    10
    I can't say enough good things about this game. It really scratches that 90s FPS itch. It's fast paced, brutal, creepy, has great explorationI can't say enough good things about this game. It really scratches that 90s FPS itch. It's fast paced, brutal, creepy, has great exploration and secrets. It has everything you would want from a retro PC shooter. Great work! Expand
  3. Dec 18, 2018
    10
    What can I say that hasn't been said? It's true, DUSK is a brilliant loveletter to the 90s FPS games we all know and love, like Quake, Doom,What can I say that hasn't been said? It's true, DUSK is a brilliant loveletter to the 90s FPS games we all know and love, like Quake, Doom, Redneck Rampage, and Blood. However, Dusk also brings the best of these games while trading out the annoying aspects for complete and totally accessibility.

    DUSK feels good to play, moreso than even most AAA games of today. Movement is fluid and perfect, and very easy to control. The feedback from enemies, weapons, environment, and sound is both informative and fits perfectly.

    It'll take about 4-6 hours to complete the three episode campaign if your FPS skills are up to snuff, but the game has tons of options for replayability: Awards for completing levels in special ways, loadouts on unlocked levels, endless mode, and multiplayer. Modding support and coop coming in the future as well.

    The story, while not in-your-face or anything much like the games that inspired it, is both engaging and surprising. The music complimenting each level and dynamically changing with every big moment in the levels is top notch, and Andrew brings the bacon home, both with the heavy metal tracks, and the creepy atmospheric ones.

    For the price, you can't beat DUSK.
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  4. 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
  5. Dec 14, 2018
    9
    From what I see now, the game is a solid 9 / 10. Dusk keeps creating interesting shootouts throughout the levels, filled withFrom what I see now, the game is a solid 9 / 10. Dusk keeps creating interesting shootouts throughout the levels, filled with not-so-challenging but time-consuming secrets, which sometimes appear to be handy. The game freaks you out at first with all the jump scares, but, then again, you get used to them in an hour or so. The soundtrack is very nice (especially those ambient pieces), and the shooting mechanics are very tasty. Acquire this game if you want some old-school experience without strings attached (such as compatibility problems or performance issues). Expand
  6. 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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  7. Feb 15, 2019
    5
    Overrated game that is only reviewing well due to nostalgia. If you want to play good classic FPS, just play games like the Classic Doom,Overrated game that is only reviewing well due to nostalgia. If you want to play good classic FPS, just play games like the Classic Doom, Unreal or Quake. Expand

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