DUSK is ranked in the 98th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Critic Reviews

89 / 100
Dec 12, 2018

A obsessively tuned, finely crafted shooter that more than recreates the speed and pure joy of '90s classics.

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8.8 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2018

Fast-paced and violent action hits the ground running, but the intense horror atmosphere might turn off some

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Dec 10, 2018

Even while calling back to a previous era, Dusk adds on top of those legacies. This is retro first-person shooter perfection, the next evolution in a genre once frozen in time. Long may it reign once again.

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9.5 / 10.0
Dec 10, 2018

That really explains DUSK well. This is shooter perfection and something fans of the classics need to experience. Maybe it doesn't redefine what is possible with video games, but it beats out basically every other shooter I've ever played. I know I'll be replaying this for years to come and I look forward to seeing what fans are capable of with mod tools.

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Unscored
Dec 18, 2018

Honestly, this is purist FPS as good as it gets, just a constantly stunning game. Don’t miss this.

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Ken McKown
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2021

Dusk is the kind of game I could not help but smile while I was playing it. Every level was a treat to play and the accessibility options really open it up to so many people. The attention to detail in this port is also super appreciated. It really takes advantage of the hardware while not compromising the original concept. This is a game that every fan of shooters needs to play, and I cannot recommend it enough. Get your boomer shooter pants on (or off) and buy Dusk!

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9 / 10.0
Sep 29, 2017

Dusk has the backwoods setting of Blood and Redneck Rampage, the forbidding atmosphere and murky palette of Quake, the tight, sharp action of Doom, and the subtle sense of place and interactivity of Duke Nukem 3D. Essentially, Dusk is a retro shooter fan's dream come true.

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92 / 100
Dec 14, 2018

It’s the closest you’ll get to that feeling of shooters from yesteryear, and you’d do yourself a disservice as a shooter fan by missing it.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2021

Regardless of the few issues, though, Dusk is a pleasure to experience. It's optimized wonderfully for Switch, the sound design is exceptional, weapons and power-ups are unique and a joy to use, and there is a lot of variety between levels. In addition, the game has an Endless mode, complete with a stage inspired by Peach's Castle from Super Mario 64. And if you preordered the title, you get access to Dusk '82, an 8-bit demake prequel that's actually pretty neat. All in all, Dusk stands together with Doom and Quake as a formidable FPS.

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9 / 10
Oct 30, 2021

Dusk is one hell of an impressive piece of software and possibly the single best Unity port to Switch we've ever seen, sidestepping all the usual performance problems and delivering a brilliant experience of a brilliant game. We've tried to think of meaningful criticisms or negatives. Of course pad controls are never going to be as precise as mouse aim, but when the developers have tailored the analogue sticks to such a degree of precision, that would be churlish to ding them for. It's not as good a game as Quake, but almost nothing is. It's arguably a better port than Quake got, and that was itself excellent. There's a relatively limited arsenal of weapons - they're all great, but there's no iconic gun here, just your usual pistol, shotty, assault rifle, explosives, et al. Ultimately, Dusk is another absolute cracker in what's turned out to be a phenomenal month for Switch; a real horror show, and the highest of 9s.

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GameXplain
GameXplain
Top Critic
Loved
Oct 28, 2021
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5 / 5.0
Dec 11, 2018

If you want to relive the halcyon days of the FPS genre, a time when games strove to be unrealistic and challenging, you can't get any better than DUSK. Here's hoping for future episodes.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2021

DUSK is a bloody good time on Switch that perfectly evokes the spirit of the best 90’s shooters.

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TechRaptor
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Dec 15, 2018

DUSK is a thoroughly unapologetic retro-inspired shooter. It's got flaws, but its excellent combat and emphasis on exploration should see it rocket-jump to the top of every shooter fan's wish list.

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4.5 / 5.0
Dec 14, 2018

Dusk is easily one of the best pure-action FPSes to come along in years, mixing gunplay and exploration in equal measure.

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9 / 10.0
Dec 18, 2018

Full of memorable moments, fast-paced action, moody set pieces and surprising narrative twists and turns - Dusk may look like a long-lost gem from 1998, when it's actually one of 2018's best.

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10 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2021

With a story that is cheekily woven into the gameplay, rock solid action, air-tight controls to compliment an amazing gallery of enemies, level design, and weapons; Dusk has it all. The only problem with Dusk is the craven sensation felt when the game ends. There are few horror themed shooters that have the unbelievable rush that Dusk offers.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 26, 2021

Fast paced oldschool FPS with complex environments and even some new additions.

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9 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2021

DUSK's arrival on Switch has been a long time coming. But I'm honestly relieved that the creator took his time sanding down and sharpening every little corner of DUSK for its Switch debut. It feels like a game that was meant to be played on Nintendo's console and uses its retro inspirations to pump new life into this particular genre of games. If you ask me, it's the beginning of a new dawn.

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9.5 / 10.0
Jan 9, 2019

DUSK is the rare shooter that understands what made games like Blood, DOOM, and Quake so great, and stands beside them as one of the best shooters in years.

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