The Best Games Of 2011: Dust – An Elysian Tale

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Dust: An Elysian Tale

Full Title: Dust: An Elysian Tale
Developer: Humble Hearts
Publisher: TBA
Platforms: Xbox 360
Release Window: TBA 2011

Earlier this year I called Dust: An Elysian Tale “beautiful”; 6 month later I still stand by that statement. The announcement of Dust for Xbox Live Arcade came during the heat of E3 2010 so as expected it was quickly lost in the shuffle. Based on an upcoming feature film Elysian Tale, Dust is a side-scrolling action game which touts a unique hand-drawn art style. The debut trailer for the game (found below) ticked all the boxes for me and has me eager to go hands-on with the game for myself. For the full 411 check out this excerpt from the game’s official website;

Set in the beautiful yet mysterious world of Falana, this game chronicles protagonist Dust’s journey to liberate an oppressed village, and rediscover his past. He is aided by an ancient sword, Ahrah, and his helpful if unreserved sidekick, Fidget.

Meticulously hand-animated and painted, this episode of Elysian Tail welcomes exploration, platforming, and above all else, mastery of a fighting system that rewards skilled gamers.

Casual and younger players will appreciate options tailored to allow them to enjoy the narrative without frustration, while seasoned players will enjoy collection, a deep combo and experience system, and increasingly challenging encounters


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