Публикувани: 27 май
Dust: An Elysian Tail (actually this pun is never referenced in the game) is an action role-playing video game that takes place in the fictional world of Falana, inhabited by anthropomorphic animals (and ordinary animals alike).
The story is quite good, but most people who have ever read a book in their life can spot the plot twist from miles away.
I was especially impressed by the cut scenes, because this isn't an AAA game, but an indie game which was developed by one person who did nearly everything alone (with the exception of sound effects, music, and voice work).
In regard to game play Dust keeps it very simple. Even though the player learns new abilities through the course of the game, the basic attack pattern (hit the attack button four times) and a dodging motion (dash) is more than enough to defeat every enemy. I played the game on "tough" difficulty and invested my skill points primarily in damage. Thus, I was able to defeat every opponent (even in boss battles) by hitting it with the basic attack combo a few times. Projectiles and the dust storm are useful, but not mandatory. Another mechanic that supports such a simple play style is the counter mechanic which requires you to press the attack button in the right moment. Just press it all the time and you will counter everything (as long as you face in the right direction).
The game is rightfully labeled as a "metroidvania" game, which means (in my understanding of the term) that the player has to backtrack as soon as he earns a new ability in order to collect all the secrets. Due to the short length of the game this was never tiresome, but I wish I had read the map legend more closely and noticed that secrets are marked with a circle earlier.
Dust is an easy game of relatively short length that may not challenge the player, but then again doesn't frustrate him ever (even the "challenge" arenas aren't really challenging) and doesn't take forever to finish completely. By the way, when you have explored everything, finished every side quest, and collected every secret in the game, the save slot before the final battle will show a completion rate of 120% instead of 100%. That was a bit weird.