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Drakengard 3 - PlayStation 3

by Square Enix
PlayStation 3
Mature
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews) 5 answered questions 61 / 100

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  • This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Drakengard series
  • Discover how it all began with Drakengard 3, the prequel to the Drakengard series
  • High-octane, hack-and-slash ground combat, Drakengard 3 pits players against hordes of enemies and monsters alike
  • Features aerial battle stages in which players can fight with the help of Mikhail, the dragon companion

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  • ASIN: B00J6DLPLK
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches ; 2.7 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: May 20, 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,940 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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A prequel to the original Drakengard, Drakengard 3 transports players to a medieval world where six sisters wield special magical abilities as the "Intoners. "These sisters have brought peace to the earth with their power to manipulate magic through song. Harmony is disrupted, however, when the eldest sister, Zero, attempts to murder her younger sisters with the help of her dragon companion, Mikhail. As the story progresses, players find themselves in a battle to unravel the mystery of Zero and learn her true intentions. The world is ruled by Intoners, sisters whose songs unleash vast powers. One day, the eldest sister Zero appears with her dragon Mikhail in tow, in order to kill her 5 sisters. Why did Zero appear before her sisters? Why does she travel with a dragonkin? What exactly is an Intoner? Darkness is upon the horizon.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
(There is a 'Too Long; Didn't Read', or 'TD;LR', section towards the bottom if you just want the quickie version)
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Hmmm... I wish I could give it a 4-star review. Maybe even a 3. I mean, it's 5. FOR ME. I definitely love it. But it is pretty divisive. Just like Nier, or the first two Drakengard games that all precede this in the series.

The game doesn't give off a great 1st impression no matter what though; that much is universal. It looks like a vast improvement over Nier and Deadly Premonition - both games are technically this one's predecessor, as the developer here (Access Games) acquired the studio responsible for Nier/Drakengard 1 + 2 (Cavia), so the development team was a combination of members from both (infamously ugly) games. This is still pretty ugly. It's also a bit of a mess. This plays like a Unreal 3-powered game... from 2006, from a studio who never used it before, and it's gonna get on your nerves when you HAVE to watch a cutscene of a door close behind you or a seal magically disappear so you can move into the next room. It's masking LOAD TIMES, because they're not good engineers and haven't figured out how to stream game data further down in the level, lol. There's all sorts of problems here, unfortunately, and the art direction is bland. The character + creature designs are easily the highlight though, and they are pretty cool. The "high detail" variants in cutscenes look phenomenal too. Animation, VFX, all that stuff looks great, but the overall impression is pretty mediocre. But that's not even what may put you off.

No. What may put you off is the story. Because you're playing a psychopath, who's pretty unjustly murdering people who don't SEEM like they deserve it. It's not even a grey area.
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Type of Game Featuring Dark Nature May 21, 2014
Drakengard 3 protagonist is an intoner name Zero. She is direct, cruel, and fearful with a major goal to kill her intoner sisters. The game is highly sexual through language and cutscenes. Do "not" expect Drakengard 3 to be a beautiful fairy tale of a colorful world because it is a dark twisted humor.

The Game:
1. Excessive Blood & Gore (Can turn off blood splatter in settings)
2. Strong verbal and sexual language
3. English voice acting is well done
4. Outdated Graphics
5. Linear Gameplay (Do not expect to explore secret passages)
6. High Quality Hack, Slash and Dash functionality
7. Dragon controls are mediocre
8. Optimization issues (Lags in big fights or excessive explosions and could use AA)
9. Loading time to move forward in gameplay can ruin the momentum.
10. Creative Storyline, yet, simple plot.

**** WHAT HELPS A LOT ****

Read the background story to comprehend the dark nature of this game because diving right into gameplay can turn off a lot of new players due to a wicked opening scene and first gameplay experience.

------- Other Reviews ----------

Most early reviews of the game are poor because of failing to understand the background story except for Destructoid's review. The game dark nature throw off to many reviewers are the thought of "good guy / gal" socialization or perception without one thought being completely opposite. Zero brings out the opposite personality (dark); meanwhile, her Dragon is the exact opposite (light).
I would give this game "5 Stars" but the gameplay optimizations and censoring both visual and audio cut scenes sugar coats Drakengard 3 dark nature.
Despite what I said, look past Drakengard 3 flaws to enjoy a great game that explores the impossible personality and thoughts!
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good humor with terrible graphics and frame rate May 23, 2014
By Calintz
Reviewing this game is challenging given that it is both refreshing and disappointing in so many ways. To start off, the game boasts one of the more creative casts of characters I've seen in an RPG/Action game. The main character Zero is very endearing in her own antagonistic way. The crude humor abounds this game, dick jokes are everywhere. If you are easily offended by almost frat-like sexual conversations and innuendos then you should turn away right now because this game has them in spades. With that said, if you are part of the limited audience who will enjoy this kind of humor, then you are in luck! Drakengard 3 will be a riot for you. When it comes to my opinion on the humor, I felt that at first it was a really nice way to introduce me into the world of Drakengard; after the 20 hour mark or so the humor became stale and overplayed. However, the dialogue remained one of the best aspects of this game up until the end. To be frank, once you drop about 20 hours into the game you start to realize just how little outside of creative dialogue this game really has to offer. It's really quite an anemic experience when you start to compare it to other games in it's genre such as God of War, Bayonetta, and Devil May Cry. Sure, Drakengard 3 maybe much longer than those games, but it provides so little substance that the game feels like it's all quantity with little quality. Like filling up on junk food, it may fill you up, but it will give you nothing of sustenance. Overall Drakengard 3 is a "fair" game that gets combat, humor, and dialogue right most of the time, while miserably failing to provide innovative game play or even an acceptable aesthetic experience.

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The graphics are some of the worst I have seen on playstation 3.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Overall a fun game if you like hack and slash RPG's like Devil May...
Pros:
- Good music.
- Good story.
- Interesting characters.
- Good controls / gameplay mechanics. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Jerry T.
2.0 out of 5 stars Amazing premise ruined by copied and pasted God of War ...
Amazing premise ruined by copied and pasted God of War mechanics. Add in some buggy camera work and it quickly devolved into an annoying hack n slash. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Loki Akai
2.0 out of 5 stars This is a bad game. There are a few good ideas here ...
This is a bad game. There are a few good ideas here and there and while the story has a hook with about as much tact and grace as a sledgehammer, I am nonetheless on said hook. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Link
5.0 out of 5 stars Meh
10/10 its alright.
Published 1 month ago by Wrds
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great game! One could expect no less from Hiroaki Kotake!
Published 1 month ago by Lorenzo Malucchi
4.0 out of 5 stars a Mindlessly Fun H&S Game
this is the first time i got into the Drakengard series , but i played Nier to its fullest so i have a good idea about the developers of this franchise . Read more
Published 1 month ago by DEATHWISH1988
5.0 out of 5 stars So far, so great!
I haven't beaten this game yet, but so far I love it! I love games that have beautiful graphics, a great storyline, and a strong female lead. Read more
Published 1 month ago by NicolseJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
That's a awesome hack and slash, but the graphics give us a desire of something new.
Published 1 month ago by André
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it, this is one of those game's GEM
I love it, this is one of those game's GEM ! that you can enjoy about story, DRAMA totally. And seinen plot. I really love this game
Published 2 months ago by Gabriela
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good game I love it
Published 2 months ago by majed
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