Publicado: 26 de mayo
I love everything that this game is about.
Right off the bat, the most admirable features of Dustforce are its depth and the multifaceted ways there are to complete each stage with a perfect rank. It's a speedrunner's dream. The basic moves are simple: run, jump, dash, attack. But check out what the most talented players can do with them.
There is a path laid out for you, and it's up to you to decide how
to traverse it. Mechanics like dashing at the end of a slope or boosting downward to increase momentum illustrate how the gameplay is meant to be experimented with, and it feels awesome.
While I consider those features to be most admirable, my personal favorite part of this game has to be the atmosphere. It is superbly displayed, I think. It's self-aware, but not "I-am-self-aware"-self-aware; there isn't an attempt at a story, there isn't any humor, there isn't even any characterization beyond some subtle win animations (without the internet, the only way we'd even know the names of the characters would be looking through the game's files). It's just the ever-so-video-gamey premise of acrobatic janitors sweepin' up and down the walls, and it's done well. The controls are easy to get used to, the animations are smooth, the environments are beautiful, and the music is soothing, composed by the awesome Lifeformed [lifeformed.bandcamp.com]
Also worth mentioning is the awesome community surrounding this game. The subreddit is a pretty active place, and with replays being attached to every rank on every leaderboard, the best way to learn how to get better is by watching and learning from others.
In short, if you like platformers, you should try it. If you like speedrun-able/"perfect run" type games, definitely try it. If you're a janitor, it just might change your life.