From Dust reviews round-up, launch trailer and screens

Tuesday, 26th July 2011 17:08 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

The embargo on Eric Chahi’s From Dust has lifted, and a few staggered reviews have started popping up. Ubisoft has also seen fit to send us over a few new screenshots of the game, as well as its launch trailer – all are posted below.

The god sim, originally slated for release on PC day-and-date with the 360 version, will now land on the system in August. PSN users will get their chance later this year.

Here are the scores so far. As more go live, we’ll update this post accordingly:



  1. Fin

    Edge & EG 9, gonna have to pick this up!

    #1 3 years ago
  2. absolutezero

    A PC game of something thats in the XBL Summer of Arcade thing being delayed. Well I never expected this to happen at all.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Stephany Nunneley

    yeah I am getting a round up ready now

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Telepathic.Geometry

    WANT!!! I’ll pick this up on payday, along with Outland, Limbo and Deathspank. Yay!

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Peetry

    I’ve done a bit of terrain generation in my time but this looks great. I hope they’ll do a tech presentation at some point (and/or put out a paper).

    #5 3 years ago
  6. onlineatron

    Just finished Bastion (brilliant) so I’m ready for this.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. davidkenobi

    Thanks for the link :)

    #7 3 years ago
  8. The_Red

    Another new game. Another batch of great reviews for a truly little gem and another NEGATIVE low score review from Destructoid written by Mr Sterling…

    What’s their problem? First Bastion and now this.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. GrimRita

    hmmm a 9 from Eurogamer? Then it cant be that good. I’m still burnt by their Spore review!

    #9 3 years ago
  10. KrazyKraut

    Jim Sterling sucks…he hates Ubi, thats his problem.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. YoungZer0

    @8: Attention Whore Syndrome.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. marijnlems

    I hope DSB shows up so we can repeat last week’s “Jim Sterling is an obvious troll / Jim Sterling is a true original” – discussion.

    Still, a bit more of a spread here than with Bastion.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Erthazus

    @8, just because it is a little innovative gem does not make it a GOOD GAME.

    He have his own opinion and not biased with 9/10 and etc.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    Anyway judging by reviews it has an awful camera and controls and it’s more like a toy… But not a god sim.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. DSB

    More like whiny gamer syndrome.

    “OH MY GOD THIS GUY DIDN’T GIVE IT 10/10 – HE SUCKS SO BAD” – Nevermind that he actually accounts for why it gets that score, which by the way, is shared by other reviewers as well.

    A game like this is bound to get courtesy scores for having a great concept by a few infatuated reviewers, but Populous 3 already did this, and apparently, did it better.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. KrazyKraut

    its not about giving a game 10/10, dsb. its more about, that his knowledge sucks..thats all (I just say Castlevania..). I mean FFXIII ist not a very good game, but he didnt even finish it. The customer reviews on Amazon are far better than his shit.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Crazyreyn

    Digital Spy, 5/5:

    #17 3 years ago
  18. YoungZer0

    @16: Agreed. His reviews are also so damn pretentious that i can’t read them without it sounding like some smart-ass-hipster voice in my head.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. DSB

    @16 Okay, do explain how that is. Because to me it seems like he describes the game in far more detail than Eurogamer do, in giving it a near perfect score, lacking of only 10%, in spite of the shortcomings mentioned by the reviewer, in the text itself.

    The Eurogamer guy is saying “This is a pretty game, and it has a fun concept – I’m going to read a lot into that, and give it a 9″. Whereas Jim Sterling actually goes point for point with the elements of the game, and how they tie into his experience of it. And those points read much like the pseudo-intellectual “genius” at KillScreenDaily.

    How both opinons can’t possibly be valid is beyond me, apart from a few gamers forcing a narrative in which there is this grumpy reviewer, who for lack of agreeing with everybody else, or vindication of their own overzealous excitement at a game they’ve probably not played yet, is just being a douche. Nevermind what the guy actually writes, or how it compares to the others.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Erthazus

    People are just butt hurted to see their favourite game that is not scoring 10/10 or 9/10.

    Jim Sterling is a very good reviewer that is not biased and have his own opinion. Thats it to it.

    He scored my favourite game of the year. Witcher 2 for like 6-7, but i won’t call him attention whore or a bitch because my game scored less then 9/10. I don’t care, i read his review and he mention bad points about the game in which i really don’t care much, but for some people they matter a lot.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. DSB

    Indeed. Gamers simply can’t stand to be challenged in any way. Which is ironic in itself.

    Tom Chick is pretty much my go-to guy for the honest opinion on games, and yet I disagree with maybe a third of his reviews, and he is the guy who slammed Deus Ex on Games Domain.

    I don’t think Jim Sterling is God’s gift to reviewing, I don’t read Destructoid, but reviewers with a bit of spine can only be a good thing.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. The_Red

    @13 I’m not saying the game should get 9/10 from everyone and it is perfect. All I’m saying is that it seems like Mr Sterling is the only one in the whole critic community to give negative reviews to otherwise praised games. From Assassin’s Creed 2 to Witcher 2 to Bastion and this. Why only him and why only good games (Specially one like this that got a freaking 9/10 from the EDGE!)?

    Also, I haven’t even played FD and made the comment just based on what I’ve seen from the walkthrough and demos along with all the great scores from other sites.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. SplatteredHouse

    Agreed, DSB.
    When Jim Sterling’s reviewer hat is on, I think he gives games the time needed to reach an opinion, and then reasons and explains his view. But, for those who don’t bother to read the content, he’s one who gives the controversial scores the most often.
    It’s the text, not score that should always get the emphasis.

    “Mr Sterling is the only one in the whole critic community to give negative reviews to otherwise praised games.”

    Yes. Mr Sterling found a flaw in the otherwise praised game, and in order to better inform his readers of something to take in to consideration before downloading the game, he pointed that concern out. May even have accounted for it, as part of the game’s review score, and conclusion. Which is bad? Or, is that something that should be more the rule, than exception.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. swillo

    TheGamingLiberty – 9/10

    #24 3 years ago
  25. DSB

    @22 Well, first you’re saying that you don’t think the game should get a preset score, and then you use an Edge score to qualify why it would do well to place itself within a certain range. That doesn’t exactly square up.

    Why does he score the way he scores? My guess is subjectivity, which should be at the core of every review, but sadly and obviously isn’t when it comes to games, where far too many in the press usually either don’t dare or care to disagree.

    The only thing needed to validate a review is that you argue your case honestly. That’s obviously fulfilled in the case of his review, and seemingly with a lot more attention to detail, than in some of the more “politicially correct” ones.

    And how is being the only one (even if he had been) somehow bad? Obviously the man has his own opinion. I’d say disappearing into a flock of people vehemently agreeing with eachother, says a lot less for your own ability to judge material, while staying true to your own honest opinion.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. GrimRita

    I think many folk will be looking back at the D’rdoid review and thinking ‘crap, they were right’.

    Games are handed out 9s far too easily by the mainstream simply because of who the publisher is and money.

    The problem is, that the ‘bar has been raised’ so mediocre shit even scores a 9. Bad Company 2 is a fine example. IGN gave that pile of shit a 9 on all formats (PC 8.9) , which then means if BF3 is better, it needs to score a 10?. So is all that extra work being put in by DICE, just equal to 1 extra review point score? I think not!
    Reviews mean nothing at the end of the day, especially after the gamespot/kane and lynch affair!

    #26 3 years ago
  27. YoungZer0

    @26: Indeed most reviews hand out 7-9 out like candy, but if you’re like me, you don’t give two fucks about numbers. I can’t help but laugh about all the people who care about numbers. Read the damn review. If that’s too much for you, read the conclusion, usually at the end of every review.

    Unlike some people i actually read some reviews of Jim Sterling. I can’t help but dislike his writing style and i disagree on most things. Especially didn’t like his K&L2 Review.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. manamana

    Everything is based on opinions. You, as a gamer, can rely on that. Numbers are a way to make the opinions measurable. Real gamers know that already and don’t need to argue on score rankings. The scores should give you only a tendency, just read the whole reviews for more insight. For the reviewers its often only a matter of taste, just like your subjective opinion. You will learn which reviewer comes close to your likings. But you really all know that by now. Criticising scores is for fanboys – buy games for the sake of gaming!

    /sermon over and out

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Death Proxy

    New methods for getting known among critics
    Give low scores to good games
    No matter how famous you are. The only important thing is to become famous

    #29 3 years ago
  30. Gekidami

    I’d say that a game has to be completely broken to score under a 7 most of the time. Though reviewers seem to be a lot stricker than they were a few years ago, a good example of that is Halo Reach scoring lower than H3, when its a better game in pretty much every possible way. As GrimRita says, i think thats also a perfect example of a game getting over rated, and then the sequel getting reviewed more fairly.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. GrimRita

    Indeed. BC2 was full of lame bugs that were never mentioned in the review and then you look at other games, where the bugs DO get mentioned (Stardocks last release a fine example) and it totally destroys the game.

    Publishers, especially EA are so focused on the metacritic score that they will do just about anything to ensure their games get 8+, even though they may not deserve it.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. onlineatron

    Can’t stand people berating Jim for his opinion. He’s entitled to it, he’s played the game and didn’t enjoy it as much as others, what’s the problem?

    I think Jim’s tastes are fully situated in gameplay, whilst other’s are more about the experience. I can see someone not liking Bastion if their looking for something new gameplay wise. The combat and metagame is solid, but nothing above other dungeon crawlers. What made Bastion great for me was how everything came together holistically. At it’s peak the game made me emotional. That’s what I look for in a game, something that can affect me on an emotional level. Jim seems to want pure, fun, gameplay. That’s his prerogative, deal with it.

    I’m excited for From Dust.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. Toby Lee -

    And Eurogamer Sweden: 9/10

    #33 3 years ago

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