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  • Summary: Immerse yourself in a gorgeous hand-painted world on a search for your true identity. As the mysterious warrior, Dust, your action-packed journey will take you from peaceful glades to snowy mountaintops and beyond. At your disposal is the mythical Blade of Ahrah, capable of turning itsImmerse yourself in a gorgeous hand-painted world on a search for your true identity. As the mysterious warrior, Dust, your action-packed journey will take you from peaceful glades to snowy mountaintops and beyond. At your disposal is the mythical Blade of Ahrah, capable of turning its wielder into an unstoppable force of nature, and the blade's diminutive guardian, Fidget. Battle dozens of enemies at once with an easy-to-learn, difficult-to-master combat system, take on a variety of quests from friendly villagers, discover ancient secrets and powerful upgrades hidden 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. Expand
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  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Sep 19, 2013
    100
    Dust is energetic like a tornado. It has its artistic touch to it. This gem is like the best of the video games history, to shine upon the present days. [Issue#232]
  2. Jun 2, 2013
    90
    There's great gameplay, graphics, music, and heart here, and I have no reservations whatsoever in wholeheartedly recommending it to anyone that enjoys these kinds of games.
  3. May 28, 2013
    86
    An absolutely must-have for any PC user. This adventure is an eye-popping effort, with tons of frenetic battles, exploration and fun.
  4. May 27, 2013
    80
    The PC version is also an excellent port, offering a steady framerate, crisp visuals and well-established controls. If you missed out on this grand adventure when it was on the Xbox 360, here’s the perfect opportunity to fix that.
  5. Jun 4, 2013
    79
    It’s a bit rough around the edges but the smooth action, beautiful visual design and engrossing story made Dust a trip to Elysium for me.
  6. Jun 6, 2013
    79
    Quotation forthcoming.
  7. Jul 8, 2013
    79
    Highly entertaining, substantial and a visual treat but with a slight whiff of Gorgonzola in the story department.
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  1. Negative: 3 out of 114
  1. May 25, 2013
    10
    This game is everything you could want in an action rpg. Dust has an amazing art style with fluid, engaging combat. The music is fantastic andThis game is everything you could want in an action rpg. Dust has an amazing art style with fluid, engaging combat. The music is fantastic and the voice acting is some of the best I've ever heard.

    The story line is really fresh and makes you feel very sympathetic to it's characters. Not often am I impressed by a game this much. I would highly recommend this game. A game this polished, creative and entertaining to not be played would be a crime.
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  2. Feb 16, 2017
    10
    Dust: An Elysian Tail is a fantastyic beat'em all that draws inspiration from the great Muramasa. This game has everything that a player looksDust: An Elysian Tail is a fantastyic beat'em all that draws inspiration from the great Muramasa. This game has everything that a player looks for in a video game: poetry, wonder, quality gameplay, smart ideas and fantastic implementation, powerful sensations and great pleasure/satisfaction. I strongly recommend this game for the following reasons:

    Pros:
    + Both an enchanting and brutal environment/story.
    + A magnificient artistic direction.
    + A speedy and nervous gameplay.
    + Over 10 hours to finish the game.
    + A good soundtrack
    + A low price for the quality of the game. Seriously, there are some garbage games out there for $49+.

    Cons or Tips:
    + Start with higher difficulty if you want a serious challenge.
    + Combos could have been made more complex.
    + I loved the game so much that I didn't want to finish it. I didn't want the story to end... And that's a mark of an outstanding artwork.

    Verdict: A+
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  3. Jul 26, 2013
    10
    This was an Xbox Live Arcade Game? Really? This game is truly amazing. A wonderful piece. You can see the developer took his time and putThis was an Xbox Live Arcade Game? Really? This game is truly amazing. A wonderful piece. You can see the developer took his time and put effort into every detail. Sure it's only 2D Side Strolling but never once did I think "Oh this looks cheesy." Every time I went somewhere new it always started with a "Wow." or "Amazing..." This game is defiantly worth it's money. Another note is... this game instantly gets 2 bonus points for a PERFECT PORT to PC. This puts a lot of AAA game industries to shame.

    Story is fantastic. It's well told. It's not going to be something phenomenal but just how the pacing is done and how each part is teaching Dust a lesson as he gets his memories back and how it tells us a little bit of his past at the same time just keeps you going and wanting more. Although I don't know what to say about the ending but maybe a sequel for this amazing game?

    Characters here are memorable and I will never forget them. Some people will have problems with the characters being Furry but no one had a problem with StarFox now did they? So get over it. Dust and Fidget are an amazing duo and I couldn't help but laugh almost every time Fidget spoke. Her disregard for the fourth wall and the jokes with it just cracked me up. Dust's core character is really generic but his voice actor brings him to life and makes you feel the emotions he's going through It never once came to my mind that "Ew, Dust, is really generic." and I hope no one else feels the same. The sword Ahrah doesn't have a huge impact but you can defiantly see him as support role as well as main. He's trying to bring back Dust into someone better and reteach him his skills. That's enough to make me remember him.

    So this game is a 2D side stroller so it's visuals and graphics must be sub-par right? Wrong! It never once made me think they were poor or under developed. I thought they were amazing and really high end for a game like this. The enemies were detailed the backgrounds were amazing the character cut scenes were superb! Did I really pay 15 dollars for this game?

    Gameplay and controls are stellar! I mean it just feels, perfect. Everything responds quickly it moves smoothly it's just, fantastic. I can't really go into detail because, I can not really describe it. It's just amazing.

    Difficulty falls short or maybe I'm just skilled? I stuck it on Tough my first run through and found it anything but tough. Most of my deaths come from hazardous terrain. Never did I see any boss or monster challenging. Again though I think I am a great gamer as when my friend and my girlfriend played this on Tough they had difficulty with a lot of enemies. So I can't really say for sure if the game is too easy or too hard. I guess it just depends on how good of a player you are.

    Would I recommend this game? Hell yeah! GO BUY IT NOW DAMMIT! This is an absolute required game for everyone! I still can't believe I payed so little for this game. I would have easily paid 40 dollars for this!
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  4. Jul 25, 2013
    10
    ¿Qué acciones tomarías tú, si un día despertaras en un lugar extraño y sin recordar absolutamente nada sobre ti mismo y tu pasado?...

    Esto
    ¿Qué acciones tomarías tú, si un día despertaras en un lugar extraño y sin recordar absolutamente nada sobre ti mismo y tu pasado?...

    Esto es lo que nos propone Dust: An Elysian Tail, un juego donde se desenvuelve una historia no solamente original, sino verdaderamente atrapante y con varios giros en su desarrollo que no son para nada predecibles en realidad. Una historia en la cual te encuentras con varios personajes únicos y memorables, sobre todo los principales, de los cuales te hacen querer saber más sobre ellos.

    Si extrañas juegos al estilo de los clásicos "Castlevania" encontrarás varias similitudes a ello en "Dust", que cuenta con una jugabilidad sencilla pero completamente adictiva, niveles amplios y con elementos de RPG ya que nuestro personaje puede subir de nivel y portar objetos que lo ayuden a ser más fuerte. También existe el uso de ataques mágicos que llegan a ser bastante espectaculares

    Este juego cuenta con varios secretos y parodias por descubrir en los cuales llega a hacerse mención a otros juegos reconocidos de otras empresas.

    En cuanto a gráficos es impresionante ya que son totalmente coloridos, atractivos y con escenarios perfectamente diseñados, cada uno con su tema propio muy bien adaptado.

    La banda sonora es de las mejores que he escuchado en mucho tiempo, sencillamente perfecta, encajando con la atmósfera de forma muy exacta, permitiéndonos sumergirnos placenteramente en esta aventura épica. Es increíble la manera en que encaja de forma maravillosa en los momentos mas críticos y emotivos de la historia.

    Las actuaciones sobre las voces de los personajes es algo que cabe destacar también ya que los diálogos son interpretados increíblemente, convirtiendo el intercambio de dialogos entre personajes en algo muy apetecible y entretenido. Sobre todo en las escenas de éxtasis donde las actuaciones llegan a convertirse en algo muy bello.

    En resúmen: "Dust: An Elysian Tail" es un juego que no te puedes perder si eres amante de las aventuras fantásticas o simplemente buscas un buen juego que te haga olvidarte completamente de la vida cotidiana para llevar tu mente a lugares fantásticos y coloridos... sin necesidad de drogas.

    Mis felicitaciones a los desarrolladores.
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  5. Sep 21, 2013
    9
    I love Fidget! Er, this game can be better but it's already excellent enough. New things (skills, enemies, items, gameplay) keep coming fromI love Fidget! Er, this game can be better but it's already excellent enough. New things (skills, enemies, items, gameplay) keep coming from the first minute to the last so you won't easily get tired of it. The exploration is terrifically good fun. There are 12 friends (characters from other 8 awesome games) to be rescued in this game and the Bastion-style way to rescue the kid from Bastion most impressed me. And again, I love Fidget! Expand
  6. Jul 7, 2013
    9
    Wonderful indie fantasy game.

    I can't leave on my chair when I play this game. Lovely story, mood and easy but fantastic combo action.
    Wonderful indie fantasy game.

    I can't leave on my chair when I play this game.

    Lovely story, mood and easy but fantastic combo action.

    I am sure this can be one of best platform action up to recently. Recommend!
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  7. Jun 17, 2013
    2
    The first 40% of the game is fantastic and original; a very interesting story with an anthropomorphous art-style that seems to be well-worthThe first 40% of the game is fantastic and original; a very interesting story with an anthropomorphous art-style that seems to be well-worth the 14 euros. However, it then suddenly hits you over the head with a seemingly endless underground level that features large amounts of platforming and enemies that can only be beaten by parrying, whereas the first 40% was a fast-paced and flashy brawler. It suddenly expects you to have mastered techniques you never before needed, which indicates that the designers didn't really know what made their game fun and put their money on the wrong horse. Even the anthropomorphic stuff gradually disappear to make room for more platforming puzzles and combat all but disappeared from the game, aside from a few tedious encounters with shielded foes. Expand

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