Becoming a God: Taking a look at From Dust
Hello and welcome back to WrmH0l3! Today we will be taking a look at Ubisoft’s From Dust, a video game concepted by Eric Chahi, the creator of Another World. SPOILER ALERT: Some game play and story concepts will be revealed
From Dust is a God style game, simply meaning you control all events and outcomes of the game as if you were a god yourself. However, in this game it isn’t a select deity or person controlling things, nature takes the helm in this game.
The ancient tribes of humanity for generations have had a oneness with nature, being able to traverse its harshest environments and growing with it over the ages. As time progresses, Nature tries to take back what is hers and snuff out the lingering flames of humanity. You must guide your people as The Breath through these dark times and into the light of survival.
The Breath is these tribes last hope in uncovering their past and learning to once again handle and live as one with nature in their adventure to survive. The player takes up the role as The Breath, leading your people across the treacherous seas, protecting their villages from raging volcanoes and traversing Nature’s attempts to take back what is hers.
Being the omnipotent God of the tribe, you are gifted with the abilities of altering the environment to help your people flourish. The Breath can gather several materials such as water and soil to create a livable area for the tribe to populate. Minecraft players should enjoy the familiar sense of manipulating their environment to further development. However, a tribe can only begin populating by praying to one of the Ancient’s totems.
The Ancients watched as Man fell over the ages, and with them their knowledge of nature and how to live with it. To preserve their teachings, they left behind totems and knowledge for the men of new generations to use and learn from. These are what The Breath must guide it’s people to throughout the environments you traverse.
Totems are used as a ritualistic ground to revive the vegetation that once grew across the land and to found villages. The estranged tribesmen gather in groups around each totem and pray to The Ancients for their blessings to bring back the vegetation.
Vegetation plays a huge role in From Dust, it ensures that the tribes can found their villages and survive on their own at times. It also attracts the first animals to settle and live aside man. The first animals came to be in lands where they could not survive and therefore perished. The Breath works to spread the palms and vegetation that grow from villages to bring the animals back for mankind.
While you are busy helping your people, Nature is raring to strike back and claim her land once again. She sends vicious tsunamis, raising volcanoes, dropping torrential downpours and much more to wipe out your tribes. You must guide your people to knowledge stones, mysterious artifacts left behind by the ancients, in order for them to learn the abilities of taming the elements. This knowledge is transcribed on a kite for the tribe to use to defend their village.
Nature proves to be a worth foe as floods constantly break down bridges you create and wash away your villagers. Although frustrating, like having a sandcastle you built kicked over, makes for high energy game play especially when your put against the clock watching a volcano erupt off the coast.
Along side helping tribes thrive in the unforgiving nature, From Dust also has challenges throughout the game to complete that reveal more of the tribes past and history. These challenges are a race against the clock through several environments to test your skills as a god. The game also has online leader boards for these challenges so you can compete with friends and others around the world.
This game is truly a unique experience that I would recommend anyone picking up and playing. It has real time elements that make each play a different experience. Having some similarities with Age of Empires in the building and defending of your people and with Minecraft in the manipulation of your environment to get ahead made this game all the more fun! From Dust is available on PS3 for $14.99, Xbox 360 for $14.99 and PC via Steam for $14.99
Remember gamers…. Keep Calm and Guide the Tribe