June 2018 - DUSK
Loading up Dusk for the first time reveals a mock screen imitating an old desktop programme booting up, this is one of several touches that gives DUSK its nostalgic charm. As the main menu loads up, players are then presented with an assortment of interchangeable display settings ranging from crosshair customization to how saturated they want it all to look and just by looking at the boxy figure of a sack hooded redneck on screen it becomes clear that this is a return to form 90's FPS fashioned in the same vein as Quake, Doom and Half-Life that caters to die-hard fans of the genre.
Created by New Blood Interactive, Dusk is currently in Early Access and offers players two out of three episodes (containing 11 levels each) with episode three currently in the works:
In THREE distinct campaign episodes hand-crafted from straight outta the '90s, players battle through an onslaught of mystical backwater cultists, possessed militants and even darker forces and attempt to discover just what lurks beneath the Earth. Featuring a vast arsenal of badass weaponry including saw blades, dual-wielded shotguns from 1887 and an incredibly necessary grenade launcher, DUSK is unapologetic retro action from start to finish.
Describing DUSK as "Unapologetic retro action" is fitting, from the heavy metal soundtrack to the opening sequence which throws you straight into the fray without so much as a how do you do. Even Half-Life, a series famed for a lack of handholding had a (literal) on-rails tram system sequence to introduce players to its world. No time for that here, the world of Dusk is fast-paced, unrelenting and demands you find a way to kill your attackers and break out into the wider world or... well, die.
Gameplay never dulls in DUSK and as you might expect with a title paying homage to 90's FPS, there are devilish secret areas spread out across each map - encouraging interaction with the environment as much as possible. Everything is frantic in this world, your default speed is set to run with good reason, plentiful bullets ease ammo counting concerns and run all you want, an inescapable desire to hop around the map will take hold eventually. There's even the option to backflip and twirl your guns for an added flair to all the carnage you can cause.
Love the 90's? Retro style graphics? Pick up DUSK today!