Dust: An Elysian Tail

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Dust awakens one day in a forest and meets his two helpful companions for the first time: Ahran, a speaking sword and Ahran's guardian Fidget, who is reminiscent of a flying-fox-fairy. Like all good video game protagonists, Dust has amnesia and has to travel through the world and find out what is going on and how his past plays into all. The story is told in animated cut-scenes and all persons are based on animals, e.g. Dust reminds of a fox.

Dust: An Elysian Tail is a Metroidvania game; it is set in interconnected, side-scrolling areas which can be freely explored. During the course of the game, the protagonist learns new abilities which allow him to reach new parts of the world. The focus is less on platforming, but on fighting the numerous enemies with Ahran and various special attacks. Fidget is used for ranged special attacks. It is important to have uninterrupted hit series because they bring big experience boost. When reaching a certain amount, Dust levels up and can improve either Fidget or his life energy, defense and attack. However, character development is not completely free because the highest stat is only allowed to be four points higher than the lowest.

Upgrades like new clothes have to be crafted with materials and plans which are found in the game world or slain enemies. After finding them once, materials can also be bought from merchants. Other side-activities are rescuing guest characters from other games (by finding both the key and cage) for a life energy boost, solving side-quests (usually finding items/characters or killing monsters) and an area where Dust has to kill all enemies in a limited amount of time.

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Dust: An Elysian Tail Windows Fidget is Dust's first friend and comes along for the game to help with story and game mechanics.
Dust: An Elysian Tail Windows When there is a controller then the user interface is a bit different and the player must cycle through the tabs with LB and RB.
Dust: An Elysian Tail Windows Dust spins his sword for a powerful attack
Dust: An Elysian Tail Windows For some reason this small herd of deer comes running by as you play, but they are just decoration.

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GameZebo Windows May 30, 2013 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Multiplayer.it PlayStation 4 Oct 17, 2014 9 out of 10 90
RPGFan Windows Jun 02, 2013 90 out of 100 90
4Players.de Xbox 360 Aug 27, 2012 88 out of 100 88
3D Juegos Windows May 24, 2013 8.6 out of 10 86
PC Games (Germany) Windows Jul, 2013 85 out of 100 85
Hardcore Gamer Magazine Windows May 24, 2013 4 out of 5 80
GameStar (Germany) Windows Jun 05, 2013 79 out of 100 79
PC Gamer Windows Jul 07, 2013 79 out of 100 79
Push Square PlayStation 4 Oct 12, 2014 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70

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