Posted: December 22
In a world filled with anthropomorphic animals, that also contains normal animals, you are Dust, a guy who is either supposed to be a cat, a fox, or a wolf (I really cant tell) who wakes up without any memory and ends up being the chosen one to save the world, using a sword enchanted with the soul of a wise sounding man called Ahrah, whos being guarded by Fidget, a flying fox/cat thing who might contain part of the soul of Navi from Ocarina of Time. Stuff happens and I can't really be bothered going over the plot here.
Gameplay-wise I think its the kind of game you would call 'God of War' like. You have a single button for your main attack but you can also include a second in combos. Whilst the combo attacks arent very numerous, the combat itself flows quite nicely and it's certainly feels satisfying; I especially liked Fidgets fire attack when using the 'Dust Storm'. Enemies do have some variation and different ones do respond differently to certain attacks; some need to be parried to be weakened, others might only get hit by Fidget's ranged attacks ect; I have no complaints with this part of the game. There is a level system where you can level up attack, HP, Defence, and Fidgets attack, although for me I just maxed out my attack first and that usually did it for me. The total level you can go up to in 1 stat is limited depending on how many levels you have gone up in total, and because of the level caps, you'll still get 3 stats maxed out before the cap is lifted even if you neglect one stat, like how I maxed out Attack, Defense and HP whilst leaving out Fidgets attack before the cap went. This means you're character will still end up pretty balanced for most of the game.
Now for the plot and story elements... I havent finished the game so I can't speak fully for this. I was surprised at the amount of side quests there are; it makes the game feel more like an open world, which always is a surprise for me when playing 2D games. The main plot feels a little predictable so far, for example, there is one part in a cutscene that practically tells you what Dust really is (I will say though that it ended up not being exactly
that straight forward). Its... interesting, but nothing special for me.
I tell you what is special though, the voice acting. Fidget has a voice that's akin to having sandpaper shoved in my ear. Her dialogue is kind of witty at times though so I don't mind her character particuarlly much. However the voice acting for the whole game was kind of summed up when I met this guy for a side quest who had what was quite possibly the worst Irish accent I have ever heard. The voicing and dialogue are probably my biggest complaints in the game, having me skip each dialogue screen as soon as I've read the caption.
However I think the game still gets a recommendation for me. The combat definitely feels good and there is plenty of depth with the variety of stat boosting items, crafting and side quests available. The art style is also fantastic, both for the characters and the environment. The story, while not really for me, I can see other people enjoying. My complaints about dialogue and voice aren't enough to completely taint the game for me. And also, anyone looking at this and thinking 'Omg what a furfag game' should probably think about whether their priorities are set straight.
In summary, not fantastic, but certainly enjoyable, especially when muted!