“Dust: An Elysian Tail” — Nothing to Sneeze At

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By: Matt Alexander

DISCLAIMER: I just got a PS4, so this game is new to me

Have you ever wanted to lose yourself in an amnesia-fueled fever dream of talking swords and anthropomorphized animals only to wake up and realize it was all a dream with a convenient save function that allows you to revisit? Well look no further than “Dust: An Elysian Tail”.

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Play as Dust (his actual name), a cat dude who wakes up and suddenly finds a talking flying sword, Ahrah (its actual name), as well as a flying cat girl who was looking for said blade, Fidget (what she does + her actual name). It is a classic “Metroidvania” game, which, according to expert linguists, is not a real word, but rather a portmanteau of “Metroid” and “Castlevania”. The gameplay is more action-adventure with upgrade elements; you are encouraged to chain combos together, and the controls are easy to learn.

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The story is super serial and involves the rise and fall of civilization and the ravages of war, plus a little mysticism and a nod to Aristotle’s theory of friendship. However, most of the game is directed towards a younger audience. There are tons of side quests for the completionists, and 4 difficulty modes which range from button-mashing to soul-crushing, so you can tailor the game to your preference.

Crisp visuals (with hand painted everything!) and sharp voice acting set the standard for game quality. That along with high replayability and an emotionally engaging story make the glamorous “Dust: An Elysian Tail” a huge success.

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9/10 Bro Fists

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