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Ubisoft’s God Game Is A Breath Of Fresh Air

A tribe embarks on a perilous journey to recover the knowledge of an ancient civilization and explore uncharted territories. With the forces of Mother Nature working against them, the tribe requires aid from “the Breath,” a higher being with the ability to manipulate the earth and elements. Out of This World creator Eric Chahi successfully realizes his ambitious vision of allowing players to control a living, breathing world in From Dust. Fans of god games are in for a unique downloadable experience when staving off disasters while helping the tribe survive.

From Dust is less about building a civilization and more about controlling the environment to protect it, so if you are looking to create and customize villages, look elsewhere. As the Breath, you create paths for migration toward different totem poles by absorbing land, water, and lava, then strategically placing it to clear paths, redirect water or lava flow, or create bridges. Manipulating elements is as easy as moving an airy cursor over the desired matter, using the left trigger to absorb it, then using the right trigger to release. Leading five AI-controlled tribesmen to a totem causes them to automatically populate a village at that location, granting you special powers such as jellifying water, increasing matter absorption, or quickly dousing fires (all of which are mapped to the control pad).

The concept sounds simple, but later maps in From Dust put your puzzle-solving skills to the test. The difficulty surfaces as you attempt to populate all totems in an area against timed natural disasters like volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. Quickly figuring out the most efficient strategy to gain the powers to proceed toward each totem across wildly different environments – plus creating and maintaining a safe haven for tribesmen until the area is cleared – makes for addictive and frantic gameplay.

From Dust sometimes suffers from pathing problems that make leading AI tribesmen frustrating since players have no control over which direction they take. The villagers occasionally get stuck in geometry or take the least-efficient route despite your best environmental efforts, costing you precious time between timed natural disasters and leading to do-overs. These issues aren’t frequent enough to detract from the overall experience, but are annoying on the more challenging maps later in the game.

From Dust also offers challenge maps to complement the main campaign. The maps give players bite-sized timed tasks such as safely leading villagers across canals or dousing raging fires with water. While the challenges offer some light entertainment, you’ll likely sink the most time into playing deity in the main game. With a great variety of maps and tons of secrets to uncover, From Dust’s amorphous sandbox ensures a consistently entertaining journey.

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  • 8.00
    Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE Without any prior knowledge of this game one might assume it could be an agricultural simulator, however From Dust essentially is the answer to Joan Osborne’s only notable song “One of Us”. So what if God was one of us? If you have played one...
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  • 9.00
    What a gem this game is. Ubisoft has crafted a very special game here. This game is basically a God game, but instead of controlling people or cities, you control the environment. You pick up lumps of dirt, water and lava in order to craft beautiful worlds. The point of this game is to try to help a...
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  • 9.00
    From Dust is a game that emphasizes the power of nature and humanity's feeble attempts to control it. The player takes control of The Breath, a character-less demigod with limited control over the elements of nature, and the task at hand is to allow your tribesmen's safe passage throughout each...
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  • 9.00
    Anyone who is looking for a brand new Arcade game, your pleas have been answered. In fact if it wasn't for toy soldiers, this game might be the best game to ever be on xbox live. Relaxing, addictive, and a huge potential for replayability. The only con of this game is that it can get a little too...
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  • 8.00
    Score: 8/10 From Dust Xbox Live Arcade / PC/ PSN Developer : Ubisoft Montreal Publisher : Ubisoft Cost : 1200 MS Points Pros: Environmental physics that never get old to see An arcade title that trumps most retail titles in look Intriguing gameplay that keeps you on your toes Challenge maps to further...
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  • 9.00
    WARNING: This game is highly addictive. After playing the free trial for about 30 minutes I knew i wanted to buy this game. I'm a "spare-time" gamer so I had to wait until some things were finished before I sat down to spend some quality time with the game but later the same day I bought...
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