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A Fantastic Game,
This review is from: Cave Story 3D - Nintendo 3DS (Video Game)The Good:
+Simple and addictive gameplay
+Actually quite a lengthy quest
+The graphical update is good
+Provides a very balanced challenge
-There are already several other versions of the game readily available for cheap and it's hard to justify the purchase of this one just for 3D and revamped graphics alone
Cave Story is easily one of the finest achievements in Indie Gaming. Beginning as a freeware game developed by a single person, Cave Story eventually went on to be a cult success and seeing actual releases. There was the freeware game, a PSP version, one released on DSiWare and Wii Ware and there's also a version on Steam Available. With so many places to find the actual game itself, one has to wonder if the 3DS version is really worth the purchase. And in some ways it's nice. But then again... it's hard to justify the forty dollar price tag. But more on that later. If you haven't played Cave Story, it is a game worth experiencing. It's solid fun and the adventure actually last a while.
You play as a character who pretty much just wakes up in a cave. You don't really know how you got there or anything like that. But as you begin exploring you'll soon find a gun to help you in your travels. It's not long before you stumble into a village where rabbit like creatures keep finding themselves taken by a strange doctor. And it's up to you to get to the bottom of it. There's actually a lot of story to Cave Story. Nothing too big or surprising, but it's a charming game nonetheless.
Cave Story most certainly follows the feel of the Metroid series in some ways. You'll begin with just a pea shooter, but you'll find other items such as fireballs and missiles and much more. New tools will also allow you to progress further. The game is actually quite big and there's a lot to explore. And just like in some of the Metroid games you've no doubt played you'll find health capsules to increase your health, expand on your missiles and fight strange bosses as you unravel the tale. All of these corridors are crawling with baddies. It can feel a little overwhelming at times, but the way Cave Story works out is pretty excellent. The story is paced well, but even better is how the gameplay holds up. As you battle enemies will drop items that will increase the power of your weapon up to three levels. Take too much damage and your weapon drops a level. It's a nice balance. One that'll make you want to kill enemies once you find yourself in a tough spot. It's simple and rewarding.
Cave Story isn't the easiest game out there. In fact, it can be very difficult. While recognizing enemy patterns is key, a lot of them hit hard and a lot of them may take a try or two. Likewise, it isn't always quite so obvious where to go next all the time (although the game is always providing you with hints). But this is all what makes Cave Story so much fun. The feeling of exploration and the accomplishment you get from diving further into the game itself. There are times when it can be difficult to stop playing.
As for the 3D itself, it's not so bad. The new graphics are not bad in the slightest and it retains quite a bit of charm. The only thing that's a little hard to swallow is the asking price of the game itself. Especially when there are so many other versions available. With the freeware version still floating around (though you'll need to apply a patch), PSP, DSiWare, Wii Ware and Steam (all of which are cheaper alternatives) one has to wonder if the 3D and vamped up graphics alone are reason enough to buy Cave Story 3D. This is especially true if you've already got one of those other versions of Cave Story out there as it is. The 3D isn't terribly done by any means. On the other hand, Cave Story was designed to be a 2D side scroller to begin with. That makes it hard for the 3D to really enhance the experience. And that can make the forty dollar price tag seem steep.
This, in no way, makes Cave Story a bad game. It is easily one of the most competently designed games you'll ever play. And it's an all around fun experience. 3D or not, if you're a fan of some the finer moments of the 8-bit and 16-bit era you have to play Cave Story--regardless of which release you decide to get your hands on.