Spread across three distinct campaign episodes, DUSK is a brutal retro-inspired shooter from David Szymanski and New Blood Interactive and it's now on Linux. Note: Key provided by publisher.
DUSK might be one the biggest highlights of this year for me already, a shooter that is exactly how you would expect it to be with action that just doesn't stop with no useless padding. There is of course secrets to find, for those who like to chase that 100% but they're not required.
What gets me about DUSK is the atmosphere, which is a lot thicker than I thought it would be. There has been multiple times it made me jump, as you don't really expect a lot of what's coming. There is a plot, which you can mostly ignore because the game really is about killing everything that stands in your way with various weapons.
In addition to the blood-soaked campaign there's also an Endless Survival Mode as well as arena multiplayer to truly get that classic shooter fix.
Simply calling DUSK a retro-inspired shooter doesn't really do it justice. Sure, it takes inspiration from the classics like Quake, Doom, Heretic and more but it's truly a finely crafted game. It completely blows a lot of current shooters out of the water in terms of overall fun.
For those curious, I tested it on my low-end Intel notebook as well as my desktop and in both cases it worked beautifully. The Linux version really does run very nicely.
I also very much appreciate a good joke gif like the one they included in the release announcement:
Finally, it has a fantastic soundtrack with plenty of heavy drops that fits the mood perfectly, carefully created by Andrew Hulshult to really give it that authentic experience.