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  • Summary: Battle through an onslaught of mystical backwater cultists, possessed militants & even darker forces as you attempt to discover just what lurks beneath the Earth in this retro FPS inspired by the '90s legends.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Apr 4, 2019
    100
    Dusk is a mixture of everything good that the 1990s gave to action games. The fun returns in a form of a straightforward retro shooter, which is intense and dynamic like a ride in a sport car with manual gearbox. Great experience not only because of nostalgia. [Issue#293]
  2. Dec 10, 2018
    95
    This is shooter perfection and something fans of the classics need to experience. Maybe it doesn't redefine what is possible with video games, but it beats out basically every other shooter I've ever played. I know I'll be replaying this for years to come and I look forward to seeing what fans are capable of with mod tools.
  3. Sep 29, 2017
    90
    Dusk has the backwoods setting of Blood and Redneck Rampage, the forbidding atmosphere and murky palette of Quake, the tight, sharp action of Doom, and the subtle sense of place and interactivity of Duke Nukem 3D. Essentially, Dusk is a retro shooter fan’s dream come true.
  4. Dec 31, 2018
    90
    Possibly the best return to the FPS games of the early 90s, DUSK is an excellent homage to a genre and an era that manages to not only recapture but improve on what made those games great.
  5. Dec 12, 2018
    89
    A obsessively tuned, finely crafted shooter that more than recreates the speed and pure joy of '90s classics.
  6. Dec 26, 2018
    85
    The game offers incredible shooting sensations along with great OST and excellent atmosphere. We could have criticized the lack of scenario or the anecdotic multiplayer, but is it really important for this kind of game? We don’t think so…
  7. CD-Action
    Mar 25, 2019
    65
    Dusk does a decent job at recreating elements that were fun in Doom, Quake or Wolfenstein 3D, but as a whole it lacks a direction other than being a love letter to classic FPS games, a homage assembled out of components that do not always fit together well. [02/2019, p.42]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Mar 7, 2019
    10
    The first episode was pretty good. It took me a while to get into it, but I was quite excited by around the 5th level. From there, the gameThe first episode was pretty good. It took me a while to get into it, but I was quite excited by around the 5th level. From there, the game just continues to grow.

    This has some of the best level design in the genre, building on and in a lot of ways surpassing the old guard. DUSK is sublime. Though the low poly graphics are not the most amazing in the world, there are a few moments in various levels that made me pause because of the visuals.

    The weapons aren't the most exciting, but they are functional and feel nice. The game really has you switching between most of your arsenal throughout each of the levels, which keeps things exciting and varied.

    The music is excellent. The sound is excellent.

    There isn't too much of a story but I did find myself genuinely intrigued by things as the second and third acts unraveled before me. I was downright excited about the little tiny shreds of plot the game threw out at the end of the third (and final) act. The mood and scenery is top notch - while it starts as a romp through slightly uninteresting backwoods areas, things quickly escalate towards the end of the first act and throughout the second and third.

    All in all, DUSK is a phenomenal game and worth every bit of the praise it has received. It truly does bear the torch of the FPS games of yore, and hopefully it inspires plenty of new games in the same vein over the next few years.
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  2. Jan 7, 2019
    10
    I do love this game. It wasnt love at first site but it gave me everything ive missed for so long. Fantastic!
  3. Dec 14, 2018
    10
    The first person shooter has evolved massively over the laster 25 years. We've gone from simple key hunting and monster bashing to HollywoodThe first person shooter has evolved massively over the laster 25 years. We've gone from simple key hunting and monster bashing to Hollywood set pieces and storylines. Dusk is a reminder of a more simple time in FPS history.

    Dusk is a retro, 90's style FPS game which captures pretty much everything that defines a "retro shooter". Fast paced action, banging soundtrack and a certainly retro feel with regards to models and textures which only add to it's charm. I grew up with Doom, Quake and Half Life. This game makes me feel 15 again back when I was running Quake on a 266MHz Pentium 2 with a 2MB graphics card.

    The movement in Dusk is fluid and if you're used to strafe jumping and bunny hopping, you'll find yourself moving around maps at breakneck speed. Shooting feels impactful and every gun feels powerful and fun to use, blowing enemies into little chunks using the super shotgun never stops feeling satisfying. Enemies are varied and episodes change up what kind of monsters you'll be facing. The atmosphere and level design is superb, yes there is key hunting and exploring which may feel like it slows down the action, but this is how it was back in the 90's. Not every single second of gameplay was a sensory overload, it provided a welcome break in the fighting and let you get your breath back.

    The sound design and music are incredible. Andrew Hulshult's soundtrack provides both engaging atmospheric background noise and head banging metal for when the action kicks in. Enemies have their own distinct sounds and I guarantee that you will never forget your first encounter with the Wendigo in Episode 2!

    The inclusion of an endless mode adds to the replayability and there are plenty of well hidden secrets which will keep you coming back for more.

    For me, a 90's FPS veteran, Dusk is a dream game. It doesn't complicate life by throwing a thousand different mechanics at you. It runs at a silky smooth framerate and you'll find yourself flying around levels once you get into the groove of bunny hopping and strafe jumping.

    A solid 10/10 from me. I understand that it won't be every body's kind of game, it is after all a throwback to the more simple times in FPS history, but what a throwback it is!
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  4. Mar 24, 2019
    10
    I can't say enough good things about this game. It really scratches that 90s FPS itch. It's fast paced, brutal, creepy, has great explorationI can't say enough good things about this game. It really scratches that 90s FPS itch. It's fast paced, brutal, creepy, has great exploration and secrets. It has everything you would want from a retro PC shooter. Great work! Expand
  5. Dec 16, 2018
    9
    Why are you even reading this? Go buy it.

    ...or keep reading for more infos. Appearantly, some users do not understand what a "faithful"
    Why are you even reading this? Go buy it.

    ...or keep reading for more infos.

    Appearantly, some users do not understand what a "faithful" throwback shooter implies. The goal is not to improve on the formula but to create a title that could have very well been released during the era it is aiming for. Dusk is looking to bring back the excitement of playing Quake 1 for the first time. With a fresh new IP but close to it's inspiration. In this regard, the game exceeds all expectations. Thus why reviews from critics have been so high. You need to judge a game for what it is. Pinning it against huge releases like Doom 2016 is just unfair as it dosent aim to get any close to a modern shooter. The goal is the complete opposite. This game pretty much is a nostalgia time machine. It quite literally kicked me back to my childhood. Good times.

    This game SHOULD be in your library if you are a retrogaming fan. Especially if you like early ID FPS titles. Only downsides I can give can be summarized in 2 points... wich are admitedly more nitpicking than actual huge issues.

    1) Lacks that ONE gun that makes you want to come back constantly. Most of the arsenal is fairly generic with the notable exception of dual sickles. Do not get me wrong, the weapons feels AWESOME to use. This game just needs it's "bfg". Or at the very least a weapon to distinguish itself from the crowd. Outside from those sickles you probably won't use much.

    2) Some enemies and the way they are used ingame sometime makes it harder than it should be. And not always for the right reasons. But hopefully these moments are quite rare. But youll know what I mean when it happens.
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  6. May 14, 2019
    8
    I'm usually a bit skeptical about games that are trying to speculate on nostalgic feelings of oldschool players, but this one turned out to be great.
  7. Feb 15, 2019
    5
    Overrated game that is only reviewing well due to nostalgia. If you want to play good classic FPS, just play games like the Classic Doom,Overrated game that is only reviewing well due to nostalgia. If you want to play good classic FPS, just play games like the Classic Doom, Unreal or Quake. Expand

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