Dustforce Review
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Dustforce Box Art
System: Xbox 360, PS3*, PC
Dev: Hitbox Team, QLOC
Pub: Capcom
Release: February 4, 2014
Players: 1-8
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Fantasy Violence

Though, some may not be satisfied watching or checking an online ranking to determine true skill. For them, Dustforce offers players the opportunity to see whose mop-fu is best in online action. Two multiplayer modes are available, called King of the Hill and Survival. Between two and eight players face off, attempting to take control of a select platform for a certain amount of time or force players into spike hazards. While both modes triumph force, finesse is key as well. An agile player can avoid hazards or build up their attack gauge by cleaning surfaces, or dirtying them if they're the Dustwraith, Leafsprite, Trashking or Slimeboss.

Dustforce Screenshot

It's a thinking man's platformer, to be sure. Be it in the single player or multiplayer levels, a good player knows how to take advantage of his surroundings and play to character strengths. There's a beauty in this, and replays become about more than just getting an SS grade in both Completion and Finesse. It becomes about getting the most out of every character in every situation.

The one lament is that Dustforce isn't a part of the cross-buy promotion. It offers cross-save and cross-play compatibility, meaning you can share one save file with both systems and be facing handheld and console opponents when online. Yet, someone must double dip if they actually want both versions, and that seems like such a shame.


Still, it's hard to hold that against Dustforce. Especially since the console release is quite sublime. The controls are perfect, offering no faltering moments. The multiplayer allows players online to come together for matches, regardless of platform. Everything is perfect and tight, and people can savor the experience however they'd like. That, combined with the promise of three DLC packs, makes this version of Dustforce the best.

Jenni Lada
Contributing Writer
Date: February 7, 2014

A stylish and modern presentation makes Dustforce beautiful, but keeps your focus on the cleaning.
Dustforce offers three control scheme options and adjustable sensitivity to make every player's experience perfect.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The chiptunes are lovely and soothing, but offer nothing too memorable.
Play Value
You will come back to Dustforce, be it to master a level or just savor the experience.
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Play through over 50 levels with four different playable characters
  • Cross-play and cross-save compatibility between the PS3 and Vita versions.
  • Enjoy online multiplayer with up to eight friends in King of the Hill and Survival matches.
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  • Three packs of free DLC are en route.

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