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Where to start? After reading so many comments from our EVE base, I am not sure saying something good is warranted. But ill start with the beginning.
For those not familiar with Dust514 here it is.
Dust514 is a console game exclusively on the Playstation 3. As for me I got Dust 514 as part of a bundle pack with my PS3 at christmas.
What is Dust 514, Well its a mix of mmorpg skilling and a first person shooter. It is placed in the EVE universe and follows many of the same precepts. Just like with EVE, losing a big item is costly.
Day 1: My first day I spent a good hour downloading Dust 514 as it is off the Playstation Network. It is about 6 gigabytes of memory on your system. After the download I clicked on the Dust 514 in my game menu on my PS3 and this is what I saw.
The introduction to the game was visually spectacular. This game has a very good introduction and as in EVE a pretty decent tutorial. By the way, I was impressed by CCP's intro to this game. My wife thought I was watching a movie.
My first character. As with EVE, many races and classes are the same as EVE. Galliente, Amarr, Caldari, Minmotar. I decided to make a Minmotar Brutor. Instead of ships as in EVE. You get what are called dropsuits. They are set up in the same way EVE ships are. Each style and tech holds so many types of slots. And the suits come in a large variety offering different roles as in EVE. There are many items in the market as in EVE. Starting out, most you cannot use. Many you cannot afford.I wouldnt recommend it anyways. That brings me up to the next area I wish to talk about.
Skill's!!! As in EVE, Dust514 follows the same format. You have to train a skill to use a particular item or upgrade. My recommendation for those new players! Use your starter suit's til they are gone! You get 50 of each type(scout,tactical/engineer,medic, assault ect: They are effective in combat and lets you get familiar with Dust's combat at a minimal cost. It also allows you to save ISK to buy important skills and dropsuits. As well as items, upgrades, enhancements.
Skills follow the same format as EVE. Except at the end of a battle you get a bonus of Skill points depending on how effective you are. There are boosters for skill points that allow you gain extra. Both passive and combat. I use the 7 day passive booster so even if im not playing I still gain SP,s.
Now to combat!
What can I say! CCP did a really good job on this. As in EVE,everything you go into combat with you can lose. Why I recommended going through your starter gear initially. Today I saw a corp in action. Had to fight against them. We lost the battle, but took out 3 tanks along the way. I would say it cost them alot more than it cost us. As for me, im a long way from having the skill to operate one. Let alone have bought some to use in battle.
Battle in Dust514 is strategic, tactical, and brutal. This part reminds me of EVE ohh so much! Skilled players have a advantage. But they still die as you do. Today I fought a Caldari player who had a handheld scatter launcher. Owe it hurt and couldnt escape if you were in the open.
The combat in Dust is incredible at moments. Always fun! As I said CCP made this part AWESOME!
I am glad I got a PS3 for christmas. Population for Dust514 is very good. I played continuously throughout the day on saturday. Never a waiting moment!
I have vent, so now just need a vent only corp!
Now to the review part.
Graphics: This shines heavily as its on a ps3. I give it a 10 out of 10 graphically.
Gameplay: This part I am giving a 8 out of 10. Just as in EVE, skilled players have a definite advantage, especially if they have the gear with that skill and proficient. But overall still worth it! As I know someday ill go into battle with a array of advanced weaponry, equipment and vehicles! Also choosing the right skillset can be a bit confusing for a new player. Just like EVE :-D
Population: 9-10, this title is still growing. Todays battle ques were continuously full. Even at the wee hours of the morn!
Overall rating 9 out of 10. This game is very good for a console system game. It reminds me of two older titles. One on console, one on PC. Its like playing Armored Core on steroids with a mix of Mechwarrior gearing. All set in the huge and dynamic EVE universe! For a game that is part mmo, and part FPS I am quite satisfied.
I recommend this game for any player who has a PS3. I will do my best to keep this updated. Am usually very busy! Hope you enjoyed!
P.S To my disgruntled fellow EVE players. Give CCP a chance. This game now is nothing like the beta testers talked about. Pretty streamlined atm. Pretty darn fun too!