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Dusk - Review


Dusk is a fast-paced first-person shooter that was developed by New Blood Interactive. It offers some challenging gameplay for those that are looking for that classic retro game experience while containing a Quake and Doom-like feel. Dusk also has a ton of secrets for you to find and collect. It shows us what a game should be made of to make it something worth playing as a whole.


Pros and Cons

Pros

- Fast-paced gameplay that is sure to test your skill

- Tons of collectibles to find throughout the levels

- Nice guns to use to take out enemies

- An awesome soundtrack that is perfect for eliminating demons

- Nice retro-like graphics that feel like a quake game


Cons

- Beginning every chapter, you lose all the weapons you collected throughout the previous mission


Story

The story for Dusk is left unclear but there are some insights into how it begins. It starts with Duskdude (yes that’s his name) whom, after some absence from home for an unknown period of time, The Cult invaded his hometown and sacrificed his family members. Duskdude then later wakes up in a cellar when a mysterious edgy voice sends some Leathernecks to kill him.


Duskdude is of course pissed and kills all three of them and then decides to go and avenge his family by killing more demons, cultists, and much more. He also hates these rat enemies that typically die in one hit but will still manage to get a hit or two off. I agree with him on this one as I hate them too, annoying little rats.


Gameplay

You will be fighting all sorts of demons on your adventures and the game will certainly give you a hard time. The challenge may be tough, but I myself found it fair. Make sure to save often because if you die, you have to reset the entire level again or go back to the last time you saved. Trust me, doing a large part of the level over again is not fun.


You will be going around each and every level collecting keys that will help unlock doors. However, Dusk is filled to the brim with collectibles, there are a ton of secrets that you can go out and find, like getting a gun earlier than usual or silver Chaos Emeralds.


There are a few neat weapons available to help take out enemies. I am talking about pistols, shotguns, an assault rifle, and every Quake/Doom fan's favorite weapon, the Super Shotgun. All of the weapons are very fun to use and each of them does have its own uses in certain situations that will help turn the tide of battle.

The only issue I have with the guns is that each time you start a new chapter, you lose all the weapons that you have collected. I understand that this may be to prevent completing the entire game early, but I just wish I was rewarded by keeping the guns I had with me when I collected them.


Soundtrack

The soundtrack is awesome, it has some really nice metal that is perfect for taking out demons and bring the chaos. My favorite song has to be the main menu theme as it sets the tone for what you can expect in the game as a whole.


Graphics and Performance

The graphics are very retro-like and that fits with the creepy atmosphere that Dusk has, it’s something I rather like. I tested the game on an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, AMD Ryzen 5 1500X Quad-Core Processor 3.50, with16 GB of RAM, experiencing a smooth experience with no problems.



Final Verdict

Dusk is a fantastic shooter that is well worth the money, it has some really fun gameplay that I myself enjoyed from start to finish. It offers everything that a game should have and that’s what makes it something worth trying out. I highly recommend this game to anyone who is a fan of shooters like Doom, Quake, or Serious Sam.


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