Dustwind – Xbox One Review

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Developed and published Dustwind Studios. Dustwind is a post-apocalyptic tactical strategy game. There are so many video games out there now that are set in a post-apocalyptic world. Will this be just another copy and paste of all the rest or will there be some surprises up its sleeve. Let’s find out in the Dustwind Xbox One Review.

Dustwind – Played One Played Them All

Now years ago whenever there was a release of a tactical strategy game. I always got excited to play it but lately there just seems to be so many of them knocking about. Is there really any more room for these types of games anymore. Well, let’s find out if Dustwind falls into the category of just another mediocre RTS game.

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That’s gonna hurt in the morning.


In Dustwind you take on the role of a nameless heroine. You were beaten to the brink of death but rise up with revenge on the brain. It follows all the other tactical strategy games that have come before it. Especially the original Fallout. It is almost the exact same game. There are so many similarities that you would think it would be a good thing. Now I know games like to take inspiration from some of the classics but it is hard to tell these two apart.

Now I’m not saying that is a bad thing. Fallout was and still is an absolutely brilliant game and paved the way for so many games in the same genre. But if you’ve played Fallout then you’ve played Dustwind. To be honest I never really struggle with these types of games but I found Dustwind really hard to get into.

You kill and loot like all the rest but for me, it was the controls that were just a complete pain. If you are not familiar with any kind of tactical strategy game then you will definitely not like this. I just think that the controls are way too complicated when they shouldn’t be. For instance, there is the use of the right analog stick to aim at your enemies. There shouldn’t be any need to use the right stick in these types of games. Apart from that, the rest is pretty self-explanatory. You move from location to location, leveling up, finding better gear, and finding allies to help you on your quest.

One thing I will give to Dustwind is the ability to play multiplayer. It’s quite rare that to find these kinds of games to come with multiplayer. They always seemed to be solo. With five different modes to try out I’m sure there is something for everyone.

This new Lemmings game is weird.

Graphics and Audio

The graphics are actually really good. Very detailed and look great X/S enhanced. I know I keep saying it but it just looks like Fallout but with better graphics. I can’t seem to recall any issues with the performance as everything ran really smoothly.

The audio in Dustwind is actually really good with some great voiceover work and narrative. Everything sounds as it should do in a real-time strategy game. The sounds of people dying and getting their limbs and heads blown off is something that will never get old. Once again I found nothing wrong. The voiceovers were in sync and actually fun to listen to.

If it bleeds we can kill it.


After spending over 20 hours on Dustwind I still barely touched the surface of what this game has to offer. There is plenty of content for players to keep going back to. That’s not including the multiplayer that you can play. The main reason why I love these types of games is that they have plenty to offer. It can be very hard to get bored. I mean who doesn’t love blowing people’s heads off right? I have a feeling that there are many more hours to go for me to complete it and if 100% completion is your thing. Hate to think how many hours you can invest in.

Final Thought

My final thought is that even while writing up this Dustwind Xbox One review I had the urge to go back and just do one more mission. But we all know one more mission just isn’t one more mission. There may be some faults for players but I found the game really enjoyable and great to pass the day with. If there were some more original ideas that went into it then maybe it would have been better. But I just can’t shift the fact that it is so like Fallout that it seems hard to see past that. Therefore I am going to give Dustwind on Xbox One the Thumb Culture Silver Award.

Disclaimer: A code was received in order to write this review.

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