Dusk isn't shy about its inspirations, taking elements of Doom, Quake, Half-Life, Hexen, and Redneck Rampage and mashing them together into a bloody pulp. But as Norm discovered when he played an early version last year (opens in new tab), it's more than just a retro throwback, with dense, elaborate level design and modern environmental storytelling. Now you can try it out for yourself, because it's just launched on Steam Early Access.
The Early Access version throws you into the first two episodes of a three-episode campaign about killing cultists, as well as a beta version of the game's arena-style multiplayer (expect a few bugs). The two episodes are "practically finished", and the third one is nearly there—when it's ready the game will release properly.
The shooting is largely what you'd expect from a retro, '90s-inspired FPS, with quick strafing, bunny-hopping, and powerful guns. But it throws in its own ideas: you can do front flips off of jump pads, and if you mash R you'll start a stylish reload animation, despite the fact that you don't actually need to reload.
The final version of Dusk, which will be ready in the "next few months", will also contain an Endless mode, where you cut through wave after wave of enemies in a choice of three arenas. Steam reviews, for what it's worth, are very positive (opens in new tab), with players praising the slick movement and punchy weapons.
If you want a slice of the action, it's £15/$20 (opens in new tab).
Thanks, RPS (opens in new tab).