DUST 514 throws you into the thick of the war for New Eden, allowing you to fight for whichever faction you desire. What’s more, you can join or create organised bands of mercenary troops – known as corporations – to grow your reputation and carve out a name for yourself as one of the galaxy’s major players. It’s a nice touch, and a great incentive to build your skills, play strategically and look for long-term rewards. What could be better than rising from a solo rookie renegade to being commander of one of the universe’s most famous and feared battalions?
As a mercenary soldier from one of the four main races, you begin your military career as an Arbiter, an Enforcer, an Artificer or a Sentinel. Each character class has its own set of strengths and weaknesses, all of which can be trained, tweaked and tailored as you progress. One of the best things about DUST 514 is the fact that almost every detail of your character can be customised, and the bespoke nature of the experience is evident from the outset.
You’re free to choose everything from your merc’s race, name and gender to his or her abilities, equipment and vehicle preferences. Most upgrades or enhancements must be bought using skill points earned in battle, and when you’re ready to cash in your credits, the range of wild weaponry and special skills available is jaw-droppingly huge.
One thing to remember is that you’re not the only hired gun with a hunger for huge rewards. Every other combatant on every battlefield across New Eden is seeking the same end – wealth, power and prestige… and only the truly dedicated have a hope of achieving it.