Frank Herbert's Dune is an action-adventure game by Cryo Interactive, released in 2001 for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 2. It was based on the TV miniseries of the same name, which in turn was based on the book of the same name.
Noteworthy is the fact that Cryo Interactive had previously made a game based on Dune, in 1992. That game, along with Westwood Studios’ own Dune game series, were visually inspired by David Lynch (of Eraserhead fame)’s 1984 film adaptation. And unlike the aforementioned games, most of which were liked among fans and players, this one is despised by both critics and players. In fact, it flopped so badly that it caused Cryo Interactive to fill for bankruptcy in 2002.
Why it Sucks
- Poor first impressions. The title screen misspelled Frank Herbert’s name as "Franck Herbert", and the menu interface feels awkward to use, especially on the PC port.
- Terrible controls. To make things worse, you can’t reconfigure them.
- Dumb and braindead AI.
- Awful and stiff camera.
- Riddled with bugs and glitches.
- The subtitles aren’t consistent with what the characters are saying. There are also times where they fail to keep up with the dialogue.
- Poor graphics, caused mainly by creepy character models, awkward animations and framerate slowdown issues.
- Sound design that is awful in every way possible, whether by emotionless voice acting, or poor sound effects.
- Extremely unfair difficulty. The lack of checkpoints or in-game saves don’t help matters.
- Poor grasp on the source material. Aside from taking too much liberties, the characters look NOTHING like their actors in the show.