From Dust Review
From Dust Box Art
System: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Dev: Ubisoft Montpellier
Pub: Ubisoft
Release: July 27, 2011
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Mild Violence

It also sounds as good as it looks with soothing ambient tracks in the background and music that was no doubt inspired by tribal tunes from North and South America and West Africa. It all fits in nicely. It also helps that From Dust uses Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, which actually aids in locating troubled villages or sources of water or fire occasionally.

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In addition to the 13 main missions, there is also a Challenge Mode that features 30 levels that players can tackle if they're feeling particularly inspired. Each level features its own set of rules and limitations, such as only being able to use one element, and will pit players against the clock in a race to save the tribe from annihilation. It's a fairly straightforward way to approach a mode like this for a game in this genre, but it's sure to provide hours of replayability. Having already taken a glance at the leaderboards, it's clear that this mode will be sure to attract completionist and competitor alike.

This sort of game is pretty common on the PC, but there hasn't been a console game like From Dust in quite some time. That's part of what makes it unique. It's a game that's pretty, controls well, and offers enough of a challenge to keep most players occupied for a while at a fraction of the cost of a full retail release title. The only real problems are a few minor A.I. issues that can easily be overlooked and a camera that can feel clunky once in a while. It offers believable gameplay (aside from the "Breath of God" bit), easy to learn gameplay mechanics, and loads of replayability via Challenge Mode.

By Patriel Manning
CCC Contributing Writer

I can't say enough about the graphics. They're simultaneously beautiful and menacing.
Controls are easy enough to master though the camera is a bit clunky.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music and sound effects are great and fit the atmosphere perfectly.
Play Value
Aside from the story mode, there's enough to keep players interested for a while.
Overall Rating - Good
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:

  • Ground-Breaking Technology - Play in the sandbox of one of the most advanced real-time nature simulations, where everything you see and interact with evolves dynamically, offering a constantly renewed experience.
  • Unique Art Direction - Discover a large variety of environments: Tropical islands, volcanic landscapes, deserts, and so much more.
  • Rich Story Mode - Explore 13 breathtaking territories of emergent gameplay. Master the natural forces at play on a mysterious archipelago and help a primitive tribe to recover the lost powers of their ancestors.
  • Confront Mighty Nature - Protect your tribe against Nature's most devastating attacks. Face down tsunamis, wildfires, earthquakes, volcanoes, and torrential rains.
  • Master Godlike Powers - Control the forces of nature to sculpt the world in your image. Hold back lava, stop raging waters, empty lakes, grow forests, and raise mountains!
  • Live Up to the Challenge - Race against the clock on 30 additional maps in Challenge Mode. Each scenario is a puzzle-like challenge where time is of the essence.
  • Online Leaderboards - Compare your Challenge Mode scores with the community on worldwide leaderboards.

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