From Dust Review Round-Up

TIME :2022-07-03

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From Dust is a god game simulator which puts players in the role of an omniscient, omnipotent deity who takes care of his or her worshippers. Much like Populous, you must control the elements while resisting natural forces that threaten your people. The game's release has been welcomed by most critics, who call it a success and have little to lament.

10

ve3d.ign.com review
I'm not a fan of DLCs, but for a game like From Dust and the type of content just mentioned, I'd be all for DLCs and lots of them. It just works for a game like this. From Dust is a cruel mistress, but if future expansions are released, you'll definitely want her to hurt you some more.
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10

digitalspy.com review
From Dust is a fantastic game and another reason to embrace digital downloads. Ubisoft has captured humankind's insignificance and futility in the face of the elements and created a game that addresses ecological equilibrium in a fun and exciting way. From the tiniest trickle of water to the largest tidal wave, or the smallest grain of sand to the biggest mountain top, every element combines to make From Dust one of the most beautiful and compelling games available on Xbox Live Arcade.
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9.6

gametrailers.com review
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9.3

mondoxbox.com review
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9.1

gamerevolution.com review
From Dust might not inspire you to play through the campaign multiple times, and it probably won't blow you away like the games in this year's blockbuster holiday season. Regardless, From Dust's gameplay provides a compelling, serene, emotional connection with the game's world. Controlling fate like a god to move mountains and adjust the coarse of rivers is powerful. From Dust is the kind of game you could spend hours with, creating a world you can be happy with, that fosters growth in your little band of tribesmen, and is as visually stunning as it is functional.
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9.1

gameshark.com review
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9.0

next-gen.biz review
The payoff is a god game that’s genuinely worthy of the genre’s name: a prolonged and intricate rumination on the punishing forces of nature that makes you feel the duty – and the joys – that great power brings with it. From Dust’s not magnificent because of its breezy intricacy and rugged grasp of geology. It’s magnificent because it’s designed with a playful deity in mind. It’s built for a god who knows that to succeed is human, 
but to err – and to be creatively led astray time after time – is truly divine.
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9.0

eurogamer.net review
From Dust is a big idea in a small package, and it's begging to be expanded, as Ubisoft has hinted it might be. Pray that it is.
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8.5

ign.com review
From Dust is memorable, beautiful and unique, something that stays in your mind long after you’ve moved on to something else. It’s a game that’s as fascinating to watch as it is to play, a thought-provoking spin on the power fantasies of the traditional god game. Sometimes it takes the challenge too far, and superfluous mechanics occasionally overcomplicate a simple and elegantly limited formula, but From Dust is nonetheless an extraordinary achievement. This is already the best Summer of Arcade yet.
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8.5

worthplaying.com review
All in all, Ubisoft seems to have another winner with From Dust. If you have a choice between the console or PC version, the PC version will likely have a slight edge due to the control options, but either way, this is a game that is well worth the price of admission (1,200 Microsoft points or $14.99).
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8.0

metro.co.uk review
Achingly beautiful god sim that struggles at times over structure and difficultly curve, but never in terms of spectacle or vision.
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8.0

gamereactor.dk review
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7.8

nowgamer.com review
For the most part, From Dust works, but there is often the feeling of being a caretaker rather than a god. Emptying pools of water or trying to create paths for tribesman who can’t find one themselves makes the experience of being an earth-shattering deity feel quite trying. But when From Dust’s organic, tactile puzzling makes you feel like creator rather than custodian – when you’re truly moving the earth rather than just tending to it – From Dust’s sandbox reveals a puzzler that’s at once unique and empowering.
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7.5

gamespot.com review
The churning sea, the flowing lava, and the burgeoning forests create a vivid sense of life that is amplified by the light percussion, ambient music, and lively animal vocalizations. While the gameplay may be uneven and finicky at times, it's definitely worth taking up the manipulator's mantle in From Dust.
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7.0

videogamer.com review
It's easy to appreciate From Dust, but harder to enjoy it. Regardless of this fact, it's an important game - bold, innovative and different - and well worth checking out during the summer drought.
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5.5

destructoid.com review
From Dust has a level of charm to it, that cannot be denied. It's different, it's impressively designed, and a player could become addicted simply to watching magma roll down a hill. When the time comes to make an actual videogame of these gorgeous physics and unique ideas, however, From Dust falters with a considerable measure of inelegance.
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