From Dust [Download]

by Ubisoft
Platform : Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
DRM: None
2.6 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews
Metascore: 76 / 100
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From Dust is the latest original game concept by Eric Chahi, creator of the cult classic, Another World.

Immerse yourself in a world as exotically beautiful as it is dangerous! You control the destiny of a primitive tribe against the backdrop of a world in constant evolution - a universe where mighty Nature reclaims what is hers; and your mastery of the elements is your people's only chance of survival...

  • Groundbreaking Technology - Play in the sandbox of one of the most advanced real-time nature simulations, where everything you see and interact with evolves dynamically, offering a constantly renewed experience.
  • Unique Art Direction - Discover a large variety of environments: Tropical islands, volcanic landscapes, deserts and so much more…
  • Rich Story Mode - Explore 13 breathtaking territories of emergent gameplay. Master the natural forces at play on a mysterious archipelago and help a primitive tribe to recover the lost powers of their ancestors.
  • Confront Mighty Nature - Protect your tribe against Nature’s most devastating attacks. You’ll be face with tsunamis, wildfires, earthquakes, volcanoes, torrential rains…
  • Master Godlike Powers - Control the forces of nature to sculpt the world in your image. Hold back lava, stop raging waters, empty lakes, grow forests, and raise mountains!

System Requirements
 Minimum Specifications:Recommended Specifications:
OS:Windows XP Service Pack 3 / Windows Vista Service Pack 2 / Windows 7 Service Pack 1
Processor:1.8 GHz Intel Core2 Duo or 2.3 GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2Intel Core i7 920 2.66 Ghz or AMD Phenom II X4 3.00 Ghz
RAM:1.5 GB  Windows XP / 2 GB Windows Vista - Windows 73 GB DDR3
Hard Drive:4 GB 
Video Card:256 MB DirectX 9.0-compliant card with Shader Model 3.0 or higher512 MB / GeForce 9 or ATI Radeon HD 4000 series
Additional Info:DirectX 9.0 c
Supported Video Cards at Time of Release:ATI RADEON HD 3000 / 4000 / 5000 / 6000 series. NVIDIA GeForce 8800 / 9 / 100 / 200 / 300 / 400 / 500 series. Laptop versions of these cards may work but are NOT supported. These chipsets are the only ones that will run this game. Crossfire or SLI-equipped systems may run the game but are not supported. It is recommended to use a single card while playing From Dust.

High speed internet access and creation of a Ubisoft account are required to access this video game and online features and to play online. You must be at least 13 to create a Ubisoft account without parental consent. Ubisoft may cancel access to one or more specific online features upon a 30-day prior notice published at fromdustgame.com.


Product Details

Platform for Display: PC Download
  • Downloading: Currently, this item is available only to customers located in the United States.
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  • ASIN: B005H40K7W
  • Release Date: August 17, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,935 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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I used to LOVE playing the Populous games back in the day so when I saw this I picked it up right away. However beyond the ability to move earth and water around that is where the comparison to Populous ends. But even that shouldn't be enough to prevent you from buying this game. However, and I think others have said this, the controls on the PC version compared to the console version are a bit clunky. The main thing I noticed is that as you approach the edge of the screen it scrolls rather quickly away from the area you were pointing at which can be frustrating or make some levels almost impossible to complete. For example, lets say you have a limited amount of time in order to clear a path for the tribe, this can become tricky or nearly impossible because of the controls because of the scrolling problem.

PROs:

Graphics are nice
Music and Sound effects bring you into the game (the sound of waves crashing against your villages or volcanoes erupting)

CONs:

Near linear path to success with little or no way to "think outside the box" in some maps
Controls on the PC version are clunky
Obscene DRM (required internet connection to play)
No true "sandbox" feel to the game, more of a puzzle game than a "God Sim"

All in all I give this game a 3 Star because I like the concept and it was enjoyable up to a point but to give it more they would have to add a lot more features into the game. Such as the ability to edit maps or give you a literal sandbox map where you could manipulate the landscape to your hearts content.
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EDIT: For what it's worth, UbiSoft has recently disclosed that they plan to patch the DRM out of the game within the next two weeks. However, it's worth noting that this is also a terrible port, riddled with graphical problems and user-interface issues; when playing with a mouse, the cursor has a prohibitively small deadzone. This, I believe, is because they simply mapped the mouse onto a virtual analog stick, making it difficult to "center" and keep the camera still. This is just one problem of many that I believe could have been fixed if they simply put the effort into it.

I have requested a refund from Steam. Everyone who's bought the game should strongly consider doing the same from their respective download services, and only buy PC games that conform to the accepted user-interface standards that come with porting to the PC platform. I certainly know I will from now on.

ORIGINAL REVIEW: This game has a draconian and unnecessary DRM scheme, which requires a login every time you play. This means I can't play if my internet connection cuts out, or if I'm traveling anywhere without a WiFi connection. For a singleplayer game, this is unacceptable.

This implementation is ostensibly to deter pirates, but this game is already being pirated (if you know where to look). This DRM isn't the case for all UbiSoft games, but I encourage all customers to pay attention to the DRM in the games you're interested in, and to not buy any of them if they require a login for singleplayer like this one.
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Well I pre-purchased the game quite a while back on steam. At first I was iffy, but then at the beginning of August ubisoft said it wouldn't need internet after you activate the game ( was a lie D: ) I'm about 5/10 on this game simply because of a few issues. The game needs an initial internet connection which sometimes I do not have. ( although most of the times I do.... ) I have not had any graphical or gameplay issues like some others have stated. Aparently Ubisoft has a patch in the works to fix the internet issue, but I mean ... why even launch a game when it's like that. Ended up getting my money back for the game due to a couple of local Canadian laws ( act 17 of the sales act here in b.c. ). It was decent, but I mean... not really worth it.

Pros:

- Good graphics
- gameplay is good.
- Fairly fun if you can get over initial downsides.

cons:
- Internet thing.
- Control Scheme ( I ended up using a x-box controller for this one. Otherwise it's unbearable )
- lack of control in graphic options, sound etc.
- Essentially a console port.
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I have always been a fan of games like Simcity, Populous and other games that let you build and manage things. I really like this game, but its a little different so if you're expecting a simulation or a "God" game, then this isn't really it. I would say this is more like a puzzle game. It's a matter of figuring out the best way to accomplish the goal. This isn't to say that there's neccessarily one way, but I did notice that doing things in a certain order made finishing a given level or challenge a lot smoother.

The Game has a "story mode" which you should think of as an extended tutorial. The levels are fun, engaging and often challenging and it teaches you what the things do and gives you practice. Once you're done with that, there's 30 challenges you can do that are unlocked progressively as you've worked through the story mode. The challenges range from pretty easy to really frustrating. To be honest, I sort of got bored with the challenges. Not only did they often feel repetative but they just weren't as fun as the story mode. I thought the challenges would be like the story but not as linear but that wasn't the case at all. You learn all these powers in story mode and then you are very limited in terms of what you are allowed to use in any given challenge. Anyway, here were my thoughts.

Pros:
1. Nice graphics. The gravity is the thing here. Everything settles to its natural state. Water and lava flow, earth settles and that's where the challenge lies. Figuring out how to make things flow in a way that works for you. Sometimes making things flow a certain way seems advantageous but then it opens up unintended consequences and if you're not careful you could end up over your head.

2. Cool music. Seems very aboriginal.

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