Dust: An Elysian Tail Review (XBLA Summer of Arcade)

Posted by Christophor Rick (TheSuperGuido), Aug 27, 2012 19:00

Dust: An Elysian Tail, no that’s not a typo in tail, sees you taking on the role of Dust, an Dust an elysian tailenigmatic young warrior chosen to carry the Sword of Ahrah. Of course, you’ve got no memory of who you really are but know that there is something you need to accomplish. What that is, is revealed to you as you progress through the game, so we won’t spoil it here.

The main action of the game takes place in a side-scrolling platform-based world of magnificently drawn characters and environments. The visuals are truly awe-inspiring to behold and many times I just let cut scenes run to admire the art of the characters and world. At its heart though, Dust: An Elysian Tail is an action game in the hack and slash realm with RPG elements for things like leveling up, crafting, etc.

As Dust, who lost is original name along with his memory, you travel through Elysia to fight off hordes of monsters, collect hoards of gold and items and eventually break what appears to be a curse on the land. Starting out you’re able to do two major moves, a regular attack and a Dust Storm, which allows you to whirl the blade and do massive amount of hits with less damage per hit. This mechanic lets you get some massive hit combos with one achievement seeing you reach a 1000 hit combo (it’s not that difficult with the proper amount and type of enemies actually). The problem is that using the Dust Storm can fatigue Dust and eventually he will hit himself. So using it wisely is vital. Along with that there are other advanced moves which are simple button combinations like X,X,Y,Y or Down left stick plus A. Accompanying you on your journey is Fidget, a nimbat, who also has a projectile weapon. While that isn’t all that powerful, when coupled with the Dust Storm it can do massive damage.

Dust gameplay, no really!

The hit chain, combo meter, also offers up bonus XP. So defeating a horde of enemies and ending the combat with a high hit chain reaps good amounts of extra XP allowing you to level up quicker. When you do you obtain a skill gem that can go into a lot as a power up. The options are health, attack, defense and Fidget (amount of damage of projectiles). Each time you put a gem into Fidget, you get another level of gems for the other skills. So in essence, you must level Fidget up to reach your maximum potential in the other skills. If you’re not into all of that, you can turn on the Auto Level-Up feature which will manage all of that for you. That’s already on in the Casual difficulty level but not in the other two difficulties, normal and hard.

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Our Rating for Dust: An Elysian Tail Review (XBLA Summer of Arcade)
6.0 Replay
I don’t know that there’s a lot of replayability aside from the challenge arenas and playing on a higher difficulty level.
9.5 Graphics
Stunning visuals all around. A very well drawn world and set of characters. Gameplay graphics are equally good.
9.5 Sound
Remaining on par with the graphics means that the sound and voice work was also extremely well done and worth every second of listening.
9.0 Gameplay
There’s a lot on offer in Dust: An Elysian Tail and that makes for a truly good gameplay experience. Sure there’s a bit of button mashing, but it’s an action RPG after all.
0.0 Multiplayer/Online Content
9.0 Overall
A game packed with stunning art, excellent sound, interesting story and great gameplay. Extremely well done.

Rating: 5.0, votes: 2

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