Thursday, 24 May 2018 21:30

REVIEW: Dusk (STEAM)

Written by Simon Hayward

DuskDusk is the old school game that that pays respect to all other old school games like Quake, Doom, Redneck Rampage and Rise of the Triads. With the no reload, no mercy attitude against wave after wave of unforgiving enemies. Developed by David Szymanski, Published by New Blood interactive and Produced by David Oshry who worked on the 2013 remake of Rise of the Triads.

Dusk with its Single player campaign offers very little in story, what is explained regarding the plot is that it takes place in and around the fictional Town of Dusk, Pennsylvania. It holds a supernatural treasure trove of evil as you take the role of a nameless treasure hunter in search of the treasure.

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To get these untold treasures you must shoot, slash and explode various things including possessed townsfolk, backwater cultist and
military personnel that came before you but failed. But who really needs a detailed story when you have dual lever action shotguns as your guide and some perfectly played metal as your theme music just like the good old classic FPS.

Included in Dusk is multiplayer, giving you and your friends a chance to bring back memories of old school FPS gibs and guns in a variety of deathmatch maps. Sadly, most servers online are mainly unpopulated, but that shouldn't stop you from starting your own server for the occasional LAN from time to time. I can see myself having some real fun with a full multiplayer server with some friends or even strangers.

Dusk brings back memories like the original dos loading screen and the simple approach to the main menu, just like the old school games of that era. I would even guess that it’s made on the Unity engine, and lately I’ve found myself playing more and more games running on the engine and I hope to see even more of Dusk.

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Only 2 campaigns are available at this time with a third in the works. I almost forgot to mention the arsenal of weapons at your disposal including your trusty lever action shotguns, crossbow, scythes, heavy machine gun, sniper rifle, nail gun and my personal favourite, the double barrel shotgun. With the vast, detailed levels, all weapons are needed to overcome the evil that awaits around every corner.

Overall Dusk creates a beautiful mish-mash of the retro-FPS that myself and many others grew up with. We didn't have much in the way of story driven games or even in much of graphics back in the day and it's great to go back to a much simpler time when the guns and gibs ruled.


Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: 10 Jan, 2018
  • Platform: Steam
  • Developer: David Szymanski
  • Publisher: New Blood Interactive
  • Genre: FPS, Multiplayer, Indie, Early Access
  • Price: US$20
  • URL: http://mkau.co/dusk