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- Rendered in beautiful 3D pixels, 3DDGH takes the unforgettable 8‐bit art gamers know and love and brings it intact into three dimensions.
- Using a powerful character creation tool, players can design and animate their custom hero. Combinations are endless!
- Modeled after some of the most popular games of all‐time with painstaking detail.
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From the makers of the award‐winning Demon’s Souls comes the ultimate retro gaming experience: 3D Dot Game Heroes. An homage to the all‐time classic action/adventure and RPGs, 3DDGH delivers incredibly satisfying old‐school gameplay, beautiful visuals, and endless inside jokes, winks, and nudges for people who grew up in the golden age of gaming!
From the makers of the award winning Demon’s Souls comes the ultimate retro gaming experience: 3D Dot Game Heroes. An homage to the all time classic action/adventure and RPGs, 3DDGH delivers incredibly satisfying old school gameplay, beautiful visuals, and endless inside jokes, winks, and nudges for people who grew up in the golden age of gaming!
Control a hero on a quest to rid the Dotnia Kingdom of a dark plague caused by the forces of evil in order to restore peace to the land. Legend tells of an evil king known as the Dark King Onyx who brought tragedy and darkness to the kingdom by stealing six magical orbs. However a hero rose up against the Dark King and with his legendary sword and the power of the orbs, he sealed the Dark King Onyx away within another orb. Though the forces of evil rose again as the Dark Bishop Fuelle stole the orb and threw the Kingdom of Dotnia into a state of chaos once more.
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The game starts on a spectacular note. The hilarious story pokes fun at itself, telling us the king of the land has decreed Dotnia, a classical SNES 2-D Kingdom, needs to upgrade to 3-D to attract tourists. Now there's an evil bishop who is foolishly going to release the ancient evil Ganonlike menace and it's up to you to go collect the orbs of the sages, locked away in dungeons, to save the day.
Again, it's totally derivative of the classic adventure games. However, there's so much reverence for the source material, combined with a tremendous amount of gut-busting humor, that it's all amazing. English is purposefully marred (collect a life enhancing "heart" and a box comes on screen "LIFE UP GET" C'mon, that's hilarious), references to famous gaffs in classic games ("I am error"), and lots of tongue in cheek jokes from the game designers themselves (come across a dead body "He's dead" scribbled on the wall "My run command failed..."). It's amazingly well done, and enjoyably from start to finish. It is to Zelda what Spaceballs is to Star Wars, a loving parody. Yet, it's also a loving salute. There are numerous nods to classics like Final Fantasy, Mega Man, Fire Emblem, Bionic Commando, even Demon's Souls (which was made by the same company). It's all quite grand.
The game's art direction is fantastic. Every thing is made up "dots" which basically makes everything look like a classic 8-bit NES game come to life in 3-D. The lens effect enhances everything in the game. The draw distance is small and anything far away blurs, which makes the whole thing look as if we're looking at children's toys come to life in their own diorama world. It's quite spectacular. The lighting effects are awesome too. Enemies explode with light and shower the scene with their individual pixel pieces. It's awesome. The music is also great, with 8-bit synthesizers taking the show, harkening back to the awesome 8-bit anthems of Mega Man and Zelda.
The gameplay is exactly like A Link to the Past. If you've played that, then you know exactly what to expect. You go to a series of dungeons spread across an overworld, getting access to newer areas previously blocked as you acquire new gadgets. The big bosses of gaming yesteryear are present and a blast. 3D Dot's gameplay succeeds hugely because it so lovingly and blatantly copies it from some of the past's very best gaming offerings. It's great.
Also worth mentioning is a feature that allows you to build your own hero to play as in the game. You make him in a series of poses, and then can play him or her in your game. There are dozens of heroes included with the game, and if you have the time, artistic ability, and patience, there are limitless possibilities as to what your hero will look like. It's really cool and adds tons of customization to the game. You can even download other people's creations on Atlus' website, put them on a USB drive, and put them onto your system and play as them. I've seen numerous creative ideas, from recreations of all iterations of Link's history, to an 8-bit Master Chief, to a half-eaten taco, to recreations of Mega Man, to all sorts of original creations. It's really neat.
Is 3D Dot Game Heroes for you? Well, it really depends. If you grew up playing the NES, SNES, Genesis, Saturn, and other consoles of yesteryear, you'll absolutely adore what 3D Dot Game Heroes has to offer. It copies the best elements of the best action adventure games of the past, while still coming across as the most unique, fresh idea in video games in years. It really is an amazing little gem. A sense of humor is required to play this game, and that is a great thing. Buy it, adore it, and get lost in the glory of video games history.
This game, to some, appeared a rip-off of the original Zelda. Early on, it became apparent this is more of a tribute/parody than anything else. The concept works. To anyone who has played and enjoyed the aforementioned game, this game obviously did exactly what it tries to do.
The story of this game has a very stereotypical approach, talking about an ancient (albeit 2D) hero vanquishing a dark threat using obscure magic. In a twist, years go by and the King decides to turn the land 3D to bring back tourism. From here, the players become the hero of their choice (often even design) in the quest to defeat an evil who wants to unleash the original ancient threat. The dialog, events, and such feel just like they were lifted from an RPG of the past, with one difference: it is set up to be as ridiculous as possible. This game doesn't take itself seriously, and it pays off. This is one of the funniest games I have played.
You swing a sword in circles and shield attacks. Later on, you can unlock a boomerang, bombs, and other tools, but for the most part gameplay is exactly what the last sentence says. This idea worked in the eighties, and it works now. It is fun, and often even challenging, something many games just don't provide in this day and age.
Most of the world is made up of small blocks. This achieves both the pixelated, past look as well as being able to fit right in with modern titles. Other things (water, lava, etc.) have a much more swirly, liquid look. Together these elements make a beautiful game.
This game is great, but not for people who have never touched a retro Zelda. The same things many people had issues with are still there. There is no autosave, the retro-esque music can get repetitive (although they did include a options menu to turn it down- kudos to the developers), and if you don't go to the right place at the right time, you will lose side quests, items, and more that you can't achieve without starting a new game.
If you love retro games, especially Zelda, this is the game for you. It meets every expectation and even surpasses it in some ways thanks to 20 years of advancing technology. If you've never played it, however, you may want to go with something else. However, here on Amazon it is a cheap way to get a fun, challenging 40+ hours of gameplay. I would strongly suggest it.
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