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Dust: An Elysian Tale dev had to scrap third of the game

Dust: An Elysian Tail, one of the few highlights of this year's Summer of Arcade, actually had to cut a major chunk of its story to make release. Speaking with Gamasutra, Dust co-writer Alex Kain says they had to cut a third of the game. Creator Dean Dodrill's original vision for Dust had "a...

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PSA: Dust: An Elysian Tail soundtrack is now available

While most of Xbox Live Arcade game Dust: An Elysian Tail is the result of one man's hard graft, Dean Dodrill did outsource its music to the brilliantly named HyperDuck SoundWorks. Today the Northern Irish trio made the soundtrack available for download, with all 37 tracks purchasable for £5...

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These Western-developed JRPGs deserve your time

In my drawer is an unopened copy of Muramasa: The Demon Blade. Having really enjoyed it at E3, I made a point to pick up a copy for myself, then proceed to completely forget about it following a trip to Japan. It's still there, waiting for me to finally start clearing out my backlog. I thought of...

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Dust: An Elysian Tail review - A classic formula revisited

Every so often, a game comes along that reminds me why I play games. They aren't always perfect, but they're memorable experiences and that's what really matters. Dust: An Elysian Tail is one of those games. It certainly has its flaws, but when you get past all that you're left with a beautiful,...

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Dust: An Elysian Tail launch trailer told

This year's XBLA Summer of Arcade has been a mixed bag (putting it politely), but there are highlights, like this week's Dust: An Elysian Tail. Here's the launch trailer for a game that we'd quickly describe as Tales of Metroidvania....

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XBLA Summer of Arcade 2012 detailed, Tony Hawk kickflips it off on July 18

XBLA's Summer of Arcade 2012 begins on July 18 with the HD-ified rebirth of Tony Hawk Pro Skater for 1200 MS Points ($15). The following week, Iron Galaxy's Angry Birds meets Boom Blox Kinect flinger Wreckateer arrives for 800 MS Points ($10), with Deadlight, Hybrid, and Dust: An Elysian Tail...

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Summer of Arcade: Deadlight, Wreckateer, Tony Hawk HD, Dust: An Elysian Tale and Hybrid

During pre-show coverage of Microsoft's E3 press conference, Microsoft Studios head Phil Spencer revealed the lineup of this year's Summer of Arcade promotion. The first game he talked about was Hyrbid, 5th Cell's jetpack-driven multiplayer shooter. This was followed by a brief vignette of...

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Dust: An Elysian Tale bounding to XBLA in 2012

Despite the relative silence on Dust: An Elysian Tail since it won 2009's "Dream-Build-Play" competition, one man has been playing it daily for years now. That exclusive audience is the game's developer, Dean Dodrill, who says the game will finally be released at some point in 2012. Nay, he...

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Snap Judgment: XNA Dream-Build-Play 2009 finalists

While nearly all of my demo appointments at PAX required me to absorb information about new games at blinding speed, the XNA Dream-Build-Play Finalists booth demo tasked me with getting a feel for six games in just under an hour. It would be difficult for me to develop any kind of deep analyses on...

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2009 Dream-Build-Play winners announced, Dust takes top honor

It must be nice winning $40,000! We imagine Dust: An Elysian Tail developer Dean Dodrill will be drinking his fair share of shirley temples this weekend with all those extra duckets, after winning first place in this year's XNA Developer Dream-Build-Play competition. As you can see in the gallery...

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