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Dust: An Elysian Tail:
Waking up with no memory must be hard, but when a sword flies over to you and starts talking, you know things are only going to get weirder. This is how Dust: An Elysian Tail begins and while it does remain serious for a bit, if a little ironic, soon a companion will scream to just mash the buttons during the first encounter with any monsters.
Dust: An Elysian Tail is an action-adventure title and, at least in the beginning, is very approachable. I almost finished out the prologue without taking any damage. Of course I was actively trying to avoid being hit, but I want to say that I liked that. It is nice to be in a side-scrolling action-adventure title and not have to rely on my health bar to survive. Instead you can apply your skills and abilities to keep yourself safe whilst destroying your enemies.
Eventually the enemies will pose a greater challenge and become a threat, but the difficulty curve never seems extreme to me. Only bosses, poison, and some environmental traps make you really need to eat something to heal yourself. Of course you will also be leveling up and equipping useful gear, so the increased difficulty of any enemy can be managed. Just explore the world, kill enemies for experience, pick up materials for crafting, and complete quests for rewards.
The story of Dust: An Elysian Tail is still developing as I play, so it is hard for me to say much about it. Thus far though, I like it and it is showing itself to be a deep and serious title, though it does not always take itself seriously.
The graphics are excellent. The hand-painted world gives it a definite life and story-book feel. It is as though the fairy tale of a hero has been brought to life, and adds to the fantasy. One thing about the graphics, though, is that the facial animations during conversations look out of step to me, with mouths moving faster than they should for what is being said. It is a minor thing, but something I cannot help but see.
The soundtrack is definitely enjoyable and matches the storybook feel and action pretty well, depending on the track. Personally I do like it, but because of how it goes from one temperament to another I am not sure if I will just let it run through in the background. That is just a personal note and not a criticism. It also makes me really want to jump back into the game.
Is Dust: An Elysian Tail a title to get the bundle for? I believe so. For anyone getting this bundle I certainly recommend playing it, based on my experience thus far. I am glad it is among the base games though, because it is not impressing me enough to warrant being behind the average price, but it is still fun and worth getting. I am planning on completing it as soon as I get the chance.