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July 11, 2014

July Feature-Dust: An Elysian Tail

Humble Hearts

I’m a couple of days behind, but still hanging in there, and that’s what matters.

Humble HeartsToday I’m playing, Dust: An Elysian Tail by Humble Hearts. I don’t usually play platformers because they tend to be on the boring side for me, but Dust takes a couple of steps out of the box and turns a platformer wonderfully complex game.

Published by Microsoft Studios, Dust was originally released on Xbox Live Marketplace in 2012 and was released for Steam in 2013. I’m pretty sure it’s a sin to not play this in high-definition so remember that when you’re deciding which platform to play it on.

Everything about Dust is beautiful. The landscape, the story, even the fighting style is aesthetically pleasing. One of the best parts about Dust, is it doesn’t have to be linear if you don’t want it to be. There are optional side quests for you to go off and do. I love it when genres break out of their stereotypical mode.

The combat is something like a platformer meets arcade combat? I say that because it essentially turns into button mashing, but you have access to a combo library. The combo library seems to be a bit overwhelming, though, and seems like it would be better to mash for your life and hope for the best. This tactic might not work in hardcore mode, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to go in there and try it out.

Along with combos, you also get abilities. Abilities seem to just be something to take up the buttons that aren’t being used yet, but they have their purposes and are pretty important. To give the game even more complexity, collecting supplies and crafting is another neat little aspect to the game.

Humble HeartsI LOVE FIDGET. Seriously. I freakin love Fidget and I want one of my very own. How do I make that happen? Normally I hate annoying and cute…..who am I kidding? I love annoying and cute. Fidget is the best of both! I’m not saying that the game would suck if Fidget wasn’t a part of it, but the game might kind of suck if Fidget wasn’t a part of it.

If you’re thinking of trying out the platformer genre, Dust is a good place to start. It might be setting the bar pretty high, but make the other games work for it I always say. (I really don’t)


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