Dust: An Elysian Tail for the Nintendo Switch
What defines an amazing game? Fun? Quality? Thought-provoking story? Whatever you may think, I can tell you for sure that Dust: An Elysian Tail is amazing. The backgrounds are hand painted and look absolutely stunning. The character designs are vibrant, and the voice acting to go along with each character transcends the work of high budget game’s voice acting. (I’m looking at you, Square Enix) To top it off, Dust has an action-packed combat system which is very enjoyable. Dust: An Elysian Tail builds a castle for everything it does, with very little problems.
Dust starts off as an atypical “hero loses his memory and must find it again” story. This very quickly changes. Dust has a likable personality, which to me was very different from other amnesiac heroes. The story quickly picks up, and the plot doesn’t fail. Characters are charming and likable with voice acting that will leave you wondering why larger companies can’t be as good. (Maybe that’s just me.) The story is incredible in my eyes, and I hope you think the same.
The art of Dust is also amazing. The game’s hand-painted backgrounds are a joy to look at on handheld and TV mode. The detail is mind-boggling, the shading is gorgeous. As you play Dust, take some time and appreciate the background art. It almost makes buying the game worth it just for that aspect!
The combat of Dust is another perfect hit. It’s quick, it’s fun, but not totally mindless. As you progress through the game you’ll unlock new abilities that add to existing abilities such as the Dust Storm and the sidekick character Fidget’s attacks. The combat becomes a crazy, but beautiful thing later in the game. With parrying, different magic types, dashing, and new combos, the game can be complicated. There’s also the leveling up, and upgrading different aspects of the main character Dust. I recommend playing on Casual mode because the Normal setting will kick you in the behind. I don’t want to know what Hard mode is like…
Something about the game makes me think it’s perfect. Obviously, the game can’t be that perfect. It’s darn close, though! I enjoyed the voice acting. For example, there’s a character that’s supposed to be a child early on in the game. Most voice actors it seems want to emit a high pitched voice that makes the listener want to scream. Whoever the VO for this child character is has set an industry standard. The child did not sound annoying and did sound like a child.
The combat is super fluid and the best part is it’s fun. Dashing around, using magic, and beating up monsters is immensely satisfying. I sometimes would go to an area just to destroy any monster in my path. The animations for Dust’s attacks look super slick, which only make the battles more epic.
I liked the plot and characters in Dust, but I’ve already explained enough about it. I love it. The art in Dust is also stellar. Besides the backgrounds I talked about, I especially like character designs. It only helps to attach the player to the character with the voice acting!
There were very little things I disliked in Dust: An Elysian Tail. It’s a nearly perfect game! There were some characters I didn’t like. (I’m looking at you, Ginger) But other than that, Dust is nearly flawless. I do wish it had 2 player multiplayer. I feel like the game would benefit from having a friend to experience the story and gameplay without them watching. It’ll likely never happen, but I believe it would make the game better than it already is!
Dust: An Elysian Tail is one of the best games I’ve played. A gripping story and lovable characters. Fast paced combat with plenty of depth, on top of being fun. Beautiful art. Voice acting that rivals and transcends larger production voice acting. Dust is a game that everyone should play, especially with the Switch’s portability. It’s cheap, too!
Reviewed by Jack Bankhead on the Nintendo Switch. Game provided by Humble Hearts.