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Dustborn is a road-trip adventure set in America 2030 where all information has been lost. You and your misfit friends must cross this divided world to deliver a package from California to Nova Scotia. It's unusual not only because of the setting but how you use persuasive language (as well as more direct means) to make your way in the world.

You play Pax an ex-con and con artist, and Anomal who has superhuman powers fuelled by disinformation. You recruit and manage a band of outcasts with weird powers and unique personal stories. They won't always work together or agree, but it's up to you to manage your headstrong crew through your words and actions. Your conversations and decisions lead to a branching narrative.

As you progress you discover that in this world, words have real power. You take on enemies not only with physical combat but also with shouts. In conversations, you can also use your voice to manipulate people and talk your way out of hairy situations. Eventually, you are able to craft new words with different powers to create something of a lingual arsenal.

"It's a game about hope, love, friendship, robots — and the power of words." Along the way, you traverse an America irrevocably changed by civil war, mass migration, and global warming. Exploration is punctuated with encounters where your words have power. Fighting with weaponised verbiage, your conversations can manipulate people with the power of disinformation. As you progress you can find and craft new words to wield a lingual arsenal against enemies...and friends.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Dustborn 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure, Battle, Communication and Narrative game with Fighting elements. This is a single-player game.

 
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Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Strong Violence, Strong Language.

In the US, ESRB state: As players follow the narrative, they can interact with characters, solve puzzles, and engage in melee-style combat against enemies (e.g., thugs, and robots). Players use a bat and character abilities (e.g., taunt, push, shout) to defeat enemies. Battles are highlighted by impact sounds, cries of pain, and slow-motion effects. Cutscene depict additional acts of violence: characters shooting each other; a man getting disintegrated; a character stabbed (off-screen). The game depicts a victim with a bloody bullet-hole wound and a character with a blood-stained arm. The dialogue contains references to drugs (e.g., “Those are opium poppies”; “You've been selling drugs”; “Illegal production of illicit drugs”). The words “f**k” and “sh*t” are heard in the game.

Skill Level

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The linguistic side of the gameplay, along with the more mature narrative themes, means that players need to be able to interpret what's going on.

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Dustborn

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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC, PS5 and Xbox X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Battle, Communication, Narrative and Fighting

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person and Dice

Developer: Red Thread Games (@RedThreadGames)


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