3D Dot Game Heroes (PS3)

By Moe Rantala

Published on Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Graphics: 8.00
Sound: 7.00
Gameplay: 8.00
Replays: 7.00
Gamelength: 5.00

3D Dot Game Heroes brings classic and nostalgic action back from the past, in a rather enjoyable way.

It’s fairly difficult to explain all the emotions one feels while playing 3D Dot Game Heroes. On one hand, the game does a marvelous job of bringing very Zelda-like action to the player, but it often falls short of that magic, that enjoyment that makes the Zelda series so powerful and intriguing. The characters themselves are rather unique and silly, and in general the atmosphere of the whole game is great.

One of the most unique things about the game itself is the fact that you can create your own character. I don’t just mean you mix and match from an assortment of parts. No, you put your character together, pixel by pixel. You then create various animations for things such as walking and attacking, and you go from there. Then you literally bring your character into the game, and play as him throughout. There are minigames, sidequests, and a whole plethora of secrets to discover within the game itself; however the pace of the game feels very rushed. Some of the sidequests will disappear after you complete a certain event, so unless you’re incredibly savvy or meticulous, or use a guide, you’ll most likely miss some the first time around. About 2-3 hours into the game, I had already cleared 3 dungeons and was on my way to the 4th. There are only 6 dungeons main dungeons (and of course a final one). The game is rather short by most standards, and this is perhaps one of its greatest problems. One last note on content, there are additional difficulty modes as well as a new game plus available once the game has been beaten, which does lend to some replay value.

The graphical representation of this game is pretty excellent. It’s not the standard top down view that one may be used to when playing a Zelda/Zelda-like game, and the way the field of view changes focus depending on whether you’re in the fore or background is pretty slick. The way the different environments are represented is also extremely well done, even though the terrain is all block pixels. Perhaps the most amazing thing graphically about this game is the water. The water looks absolutely fantastic, and some of the most enjoyable scenery in the game can be seen fairly early on. The overall atmosphere of the game is enhanced quite neatly by the music and sounds of the game, however it just seems a little lacking sometimes.

This is a genuinely good game, it’s enjoyable to play (although sometimes it can be a little frustrating), it’s presented in an extremely well done manner, and it will certainly remind you of some of your favorite childhood games, should you be old enough to have played them. The only real disappointment is how rushed the game can feel at times, and how short it is. However, it’s definitely worth a play, and I’d say it’s worth a buy just for the overall experience alone.

Overall Rating: 8.00

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