Remember when shooters were about, you know, shooting? Remember when they didn’t really have plots, or multiplayer, or DLC, or highly lucrative promotional deals with one console manufacturer over another for no other reason than money in the bank? No, me neither, but apparently they existed during a period called "the 1990s".
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It’s that era developer David Szymanski is looking to recapture with his part Doom, part Quake like FPS Dusk. Based on the trailer he’s released, I’d say he’s doing pretty damn good job of it, too.
Dusk is set in an American backwater filled with lumberjacks seemingly out for your blood and a whole host of other beasties looking to take you down. Why? It doesn’t matter, remember. This is about running and flipping and shooting, not prepping a game for a Hollywood spin-off.
“In three distinct campaign episodes hand-crafted from straight outta the 90’s, players battle through an onslaught of mystical backwater cultists, possessed militants and even darker forces and attempt to discover just what lurks beneath the earth,” offered the game’s publisher New Blood in a handy press release. Oh crap. That sounds a little bit like a plot, doesn’t it? Nevermind.
“Featuring a vast arsenal of badass weaponry including saw blades, dual-wielded shotguns from 1887 and an incredibly necessary grenade launcher, Dusk is unapologetic retro action from start to finish.”
Aside from the main campaign mode, Dusk will also come with an Endless Survival Mode as well as a head-to-head online arena where you can battle friends one on one. Oh wait, that sounds like multiplayer too, doesn’t it? Dammit.
Anyway, even if it features a little more meat than your average 90s FPS, it certainly sets out to capture the same spirit. Just don’t get too excited just yet - Dusk isn’t due out until 2017. Until then, maybe play the original Doom or something?