If it's crap ... We'll tell you
After the E3 presser I'll be honest, I wasn't really expecting to get a boatload of enjoyment out of my Xbox 360 this year. But I have to say, that XBLA has been turning out some extremely top notch entertainment recently. Though perhaps you disagree? Maybe Trenched was too grounded in reality. Perhaps Warhammer 40k Kill Team didn't have violence on a large enough scale for your taste. It's possible (though extremely unlikely) that Bastion wasn't epic enough for the likes of you. Well if that's true, then From Dust should be able to slake your lust for awe-inspiring power.
I miss my feces flinging giant monkey. His name was Poopocalapyse and he was a good ape.
Now I've never been the biggest fan of god games. Black and White was amusing, but after a while spanking the giant monkey and throwing villagers around kind of lost its charm. Populous was fun, but once again, after I got done raining down destruction and fire onto the screaming residents of my world... meh. But there is one title that's always had a top ten place in my heart and that, my friends, was Actraiser. Actraiser took the god game formula and injected a solid side scrolling fighting mechanic on top of the road building, town improvement, etc, etc. That was really all I needed. While there were definitely times in Black and White and Populous where the player was tasked with combating some form of enemy, nothing really matched the experience of manifesting your godly ass in the mortal realm and opening a can.
So with that in mind, I should be feeling a bit tepid about the release of From Dust. Well, I'm happy to say that it's actually quite the opposite. I am planning on playing the ever loving bejeezus out of this one for one reason and one reason alone: Eric Chahi. Who is Eric Chahi? Well, I'm glad you asked. Mr. Chahi is the director of From Dust, but he also happens to be the director of another little title that you may have heard of, Another World. Or as we know it here in the US... Out of This World.
Out of This World was one of the first times I could remember playing a game with my jaw on the ground from beginning to end. I know that some of you probably never got a chance to see this one, so allow me to explain what had me so up in arms. When Out of This World was released, most games had animated character sprites with a fair level of detail but FMV was extremely rare and difficult to produce. Out of This World got around the issue by using large, flat colored shapes with very little detail that moved like real people. The effect, at the time, was staggering. Add to that a touching story of survival told entirely without words and Out of This World was one of those rare games that pushed all the boundaries of the medium and succeeded brilliantly.
With that in mind, I'll give anything Eric Chahi makes a shot. Now, he hasn't made a game in over ten years, but that kind of cred doesn't just dry up overnight. But enough about me. What do you guys think? Will you be picking up From Dust? If so, will you be a good god? Or will you join me and put an end to this destructive conflict? Together we can dump hot lava balls onto everything! The Emperor has forseen it!
I don't know what's going on here in the least, but whatever it is, it looks pretty fun.