Xbox LIVE 'Games with Gold' free game for 05/01 - 05/15/14: Dust: An Elysian Tail
Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 4:36AM
Marc Kusnierz in Deals, Games with Gold, Indie, Microsoft (Technology Company), News, Single-player Games (Concept), Video Games, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE (XBL), Xbox LIVE Arcade (XBLA), Xbox LIVE Marketplace (XBLM)

The newest free game as part of Xbox LIVE's 'Games with Gold' promotion, Dust: An Elysian Tail, is one of the best freebies to date and one of the best XBLA games of all time. If you don't remember Dust: AET, well, it's a game mostly crafted by one person, Dean Dodrill, and originally an Xbox LIVE Indie Game, created with the now-dead XNA Game Studio; however, after winning Dream.Build.Play 2009, the game received a contract that would get it published on Xbox LIVE Arcade and the rest is history. (When looking at the XBLIG marketplace, especially now, it's hard to imagine Dust: AET was, at one point, just another XBLIG.)

As far as the game goes, Dust: AET is an absolutely gorgeous metroidvania-esque game with fantastic gameplay and a surprisingly great story that is rather adult and filled with great voice acting throughout. I remember, when the game first came out, a lot of people were giving it the cold shoulder because it's a "furry" game; if you don't play Dust: AET because it's populated by furries and not humans, well, I just feel sorry for you; actually, I feel nothing for you because only you are preventing yourself from enjoying one of the best games of the last few years for an incredibly stupid reason. Quick question: do you like Disney's Robin Hood? (Of course you do!) Well, um, that's a furry movie (as are many Disney movies if you think about it)!

Dust: An Elysian Tail [XBLA] - ($14.99 ---> FREE)

And remember, the Xbox LIVE 'Games with Gold' promotion is only open to Gold members (thus the name), so if you're rocking a Silver (Free) account, you're shit out of luck.

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