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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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Dec 11, 2018
    100
    DUSK is a devilishly good game. It will frustrate you, yes, but that’s the point. The game wants you to claw at victory and feel as though you’ve actually accomplished something when you obtain it.
  2. Dec 14, 2018
    92
    It’s the closest you’ll get to that feeling of shooters from yesteryear, and you’d do yourself a disservice as a shooter fan by missing it. Buy Dusk. Beat Dusk. Then ramp up the difficulty or dive into the Endless mode or multiplayer to get your fill. It’s been too long, my friend. Far too long.
  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 18, 2018
    90
    Full of memorable moments, fast-paced action, moody set pieces and surprising narrative twists and turns - Dusk may look like a long-lost gem from 1998, when it’s actually one of 2018’s best.
  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. Feb 1, 2018
    80
    Dusk's core gameplay is just what you'd expect: a zippy shoot and strafe loop with minimal story and lots of little secrets to find. Lots of games have tried this before, but Dusk realizes that the appeal of those early 90s shooters was largely in the level design and environmental details. They made the worlds seem more real than you might imagine, given their primitive processing. Although it isn't quite yet a complete package (additional chapters are coming later), Dusk comes eerily close to feeling like an undiscovered sibling of the classic shooters.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Dec 11, 2018
    10
    DUSK takes the best conventions and clichés of 90s shooters and perfects them for a new century. This game serves as a sort of YingDUSK takes the best conventions and clichés of 90s shooters and perfects them for a new century. This game serves as a sort of Ying counterpart to the Yang of Superhot. While the latter title captured the simple perfection of an under-par shooter run, DUSK captures the wild frenzy of a less disciplined encounter. Modern players may be bewildered by the aesthetic, but the fluidity of the game-play, open-ended level design and the pure thrill of each encounter make this worth a look for younger gamers in addition to those looking for a nostalgia fix. All told DUSK just feels "right." Expand
  2. Dec 31, 2018
    10
    Classic old school action. Excellent level design. Engaging elements of interaction with the environment. Some nice horror moments that accentClassic old school action. Excellent level design. Engaging elements of interaction with the environment. Some nice horror moments that accent the action in a perfect fashion. Absolutely killer gun play. A soundtrack that can keep pace with what you need, be that a blaring metal track, or unnerving ambiance. DUSK has absolutely everything you want and more. And never once during its span does it forget that games are about having fun. Expand
  3. Jan 26, 2019
    10
    This game is amazing and 100% deserves the Overwhelmingly Positive status it currently enjoys on Steam. The gameplay is fluid, fast, and fun,This game is amazing and 100% deserves the Overwhelmingly Positive status it currently enjoys on Steam. The gameplay is fluid, fast, and fun, the weapons are varied and none are irrelevant, the monsters are creepy and the overall atmosphere of the game is super dark. I cut my teeth on Doom in the early 90s when I was 13 years old and it left a permanent mark on my brain. This game tickled all the right nostalgia centers while bringing a few new tricks all its own.

    And can we talk about the sound design for this game?? First of all, Andrew Hulshult deserves the Nobel Prize for the music he did for Dusk. No lie, there were several times during the game where I got chills from either the rising sense of dread or rising sense of hell yeah that the music was making me feel. Beyond that, enemies and environments make disturbing noises that will keep you leaning forward in your seat and the guns sound great when they're doing their thing.

    My one nitpick about this game is that most of the bosses are kind of meh. They're not awful or anything, just average. And average things can kind of stick out in a game that rocks as hard as this one.

    TLDR, Dusk is a fun as hell love letter to 90s FPS and the music is GOD TIER
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  4. Dec 14, 2018
    9
    From what I see now, the game is a solid 9 / 10. Dusk keeps creating interesting shootouts throughout the levels, filled withFrom what I see now, the game is a solid 9 / 10. Dusk keeps creating interesting shootouts throughout the levels, filled with not-so-challenging but time-consuming secrets, which sometimes appear to be handy. The game freaks you out at first with all the jump scares, but, then again, you get used to them in an hour or so. The soundtrack is very nice (especially those ambient pieces), and the shooting mechanics are very tasty. Acquire this game if you want some old-school experience without strings attached (such as compatibility problems or performance issues). Expand
  5. Jan 4, 2019
    9
    I've picked dusk once it became available on steam is final version (non early access) and before I even start talking about It, I must say itI've picked dusk once it became available on steam is final version (non early access) and before I even start talking about It, I must say it became one of my all time favorite indie shooters. Its not flawless, its not innovative but its a traditional shooter faithful to what all old gamers loved about classic shooters in PS2-Ps1 era.
    The game story is Lovecraftian, its mostly narrated through us seeing how the world shapes as we travel between locations, the episode 1 fairly introduces the player to the Dusk world and what is happening and what has happened and it progresses onward to explain more about story. Story is nothing special or complicated but it ends up with interesting surprises toward the midway and end of campaign.
    the best thing about Dusk is how responsive the controls are and how fluid the gunplay is! it feels good to literally surf around the map and kill waves and waves of enemies, once you have finished the game, i highly recommend play it on highest difficulties to enjoy some blood pumping action. Weapons are good, sometimes its annoying that you dont get to find some of the weapons at some parts of games, and absence of Weapon wheel is also kinda annoying, I get the game tries to be what old games were like but some aspects are just very dated and straight up annoying, I hope at least they add weapon wheel for upcoming Switch Port becuz switching weapons on controller through console is just pure wasting time, specially in higher difficulty levels where the room for error is very small. There are tones of enemies, new enemies are introduced as you pregress into the game.

    First chapter takes place in a Resident Evil 4 type of setting, pretty cool with some horror aspects, Chapter 2 starts as a very typical military shooter and by far is the weakest chapter but midway to end it starts to introduce some otherworldly transitions that are amazing and add a huge variety to the campaign and lastly episode 3 is by far the best and each level is so distinctive and designed very well and the end game boss is so satisfying and cool :D
    the combat is chapter 2 is a little bit boring compare to 1 and 3 because the military presence is too much and there arent enough melee battles, you mostly spend your time staying as far as possible and killing enemies, where as in chapter 1 and 3 was more varried because you were encouraged to attack enemies close up.
    Some levels are little bit too tights and some levels are a bit too wide for no reason, its good variety but platforming sections, such as wall climbing, or passing through traps for hidden items are straight up annoying!
    but overall the game is so responsive in its shooting and it has amazing range of levels with wide variety to almost cover anything you have in mind that ultimately outweighs all the bad things about this game.

    I highly recommend everyone this game !
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  6. Jan 11, 2019
    7
    Задумка разработчиков сделать ретро шутер с новыми фишками кажется вполне каноничной, однако есть один нюанс - двигло. Игра написана на юнити,Задумка разработчиков сделать ретро шутер с новыми фишками кажется вполне каноничной, однако есть один нюанс - двигло. Игра написана на юнити, из чего вытекает множество различных багов, которые разработчик так и не пофиксил. Например, классический глитч с проходом через стены из-за прицела, направленного максимально вверх. Есть механика кувырков, которая работает через задницу после первого прокручивания камеры. И таких багов действительно очень много, что прямо-таки бросается в глаза. А так, это очередной хороший представитель инди, точно достойный для вашего ознакомления. Expand
  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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