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- Pit returns in an all new adventure only for the Nintendo 3DS
- Collect special AR cards(6 AR Cards) to interact with characters from the game using the 3D cameras and AR software on the system
- Difficulty slider allows players of a range of skill levels to enjoy the Kid Icarus experience
- Blast your way through missions in the air and go hand to hand against Medusa's minions on the ground
- 1 player storyline campaign or up to 6 players in Multiplayer (local and Internet play options are available)
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Medusa has been resurrected and is gathering the underworld forces of darkness to fulfill her ambition. You play as an angel named Pit who is bestowed the power of flight from Palutena, the Goddess of Light. Repel the Medusa's underworld army with your choice of an array of weapons like: Blades, Claws, Bow, Cannon, Mace, Staff and others that you will discover along your journey. Multiplayer mode allows for competitive gameplay locally or over a wireless Internet connection. Its time for Medusa to meet the power of light and only you can guide Pit to victory!The game comes packed with a black stand for use with your 3DS console.
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I got Kid Icarus Uprising as the first game for my 3DS. I was worried with all the negative reviews on the controls, but I decided that I wanted to test the graphics for the 3DS and Kid Icarus seemed the game to do it. I was not disappointed. The graphics were marvelous in both 2D and 3D, the music wasn't as memorable but fairly good nonetheless. The game also has surprising story length considering it was a real-time action game and the bonus content, treasure hunts, idols and rewards are extremely varied and satisfying. Before each level, players are allowed to sacrifice hearts ("it's like money, it makes the world go round")to increase the difficulty of the stage which allows for better weapons and power-ups to be obtained, although if you die some hearts are lost forever, but the difficulty is lowered. The level was split into basically land and air battles. Air battles are easy to control Pit as you aim and fire at enemies while avoiding attack, although I have yet to master the air dodge. On land, things get more difficult because you have to be wary of attack from all directions and the slightly unwieldy controls may prevent you from dodging and surviving effectively. One annoyance in Story Mode was the dialogue. It often came at moments where you were trying to avoid being finished and either they would say something funny but you were killed due to the distraction, or the dialogue contained key information and you would miss it doing your best to stay alive. Still, Story Mode is a great way to pass the time and gain weapons and powers to use in multiplayer.
The online multiplayer is fun and works fairly well, with only a few lags in the six player mayhem. There were two playing modes: a three-on-tree Dark versus Light where teams do there best to stay alive (dying, especially with a valuable weapon, drains the overall team health) and defend their angel while attacking the other teams angel, or a Free-for-All brawl with six players battling out to see who can kill the most of their opponents while dying the least.
The controls were not that hard to utilize well enough, although if you play the game for an hour or so without the stand given with the game(resting on a table for functionality), your hands may get tired.
Overall, its a good game with great story and neat multiplayer features. Graphics are great, music is fair, unlockables are well worth the effort, the multiplayer works well, and the controls are manageable, if a bit tiring to use.
The story of this game is full of plot twists and will keep throwing at you unexpected twists and turns keeping you constantly engaged in the story. The characters are memorable primarily due to many of them having unexpected and well done personalities that cause some frankly hilarious dialogue to take place. The dialogue and voice acting in this game are frankly amazing.
There are two parts to the controls: air battle and land battle. The air battle controls are respectable due to it being on rails at that point. The land battle controls are fairly good most of the time though it has a tendency to break down in intense battle situations. It would have helped in land battle situations if you could adjust the camera sensitivity and were not required to flick the touch screen to move the camera, resulting in some aiming issues. It would have been better if you could make small movements on the touchscreen to fully flip around, more like Metroid Prime Hunters. Another issue is that Physical and Ranged moves are controlled by the same button and just determined by distance. I would have preferred if they were separate buttons.
In general the story, characters, and dialogue are really good while the controls are decent enough for most of the game, however you can run into issues in multiplayer.
1st off, the game is beautiful visually and audibly. The art style is charming, both 3D models and 2D character sprites. The voice work is quirky and great, albeit alittle cheesy at times. The soundtrack is arguably some of the best ever featured in a Nintendo game.
The graphics, in visual effects and 3D effects are currently the best on the 3DS. Its the 1st game of my 9 3DS game collection where I exclusively play in 3D. I don't even 2D 1% of the time. Character models, although vibrant in animation and charm, kind of turn me off when I see their hands. Animated facial movements are a given these days, but what I really appreciate is hand/finger movement. Block-hands are way too outdated.
Controls of the game seem to be a hot button regarding this game. Some love it, some like it, and some just flat out hate hit. In my opinion I love the controls, and don't think they're in the least bit difficult to use. While there are a ton of ways to customize the controls, its the default controls that are the best way to go that offer faster, more accurate input than can ever be done by button. The controls are pretty much what you'd expect out of a 1st-person shooter on the old-NDS. Most notably Metroid Prime Hunters. Of course people who never used their 3DS to actually play an action or FPS game, would naturally not enjoy these controls. Kid Icarus is NOT for casual gamers. It is for hardcore enthusiast, and a welcomed addition to Nintendo's long history of way-too-easy games.
The amount of content and stuff to do in the game is immense, and the trophy/treasure side-quest part of the game encourages playthroughs. Adjusting the difficulty alters levels and enemies to behave more aggressively, and also grants you access to previously locked rooms, or alternate story-sequences. The fact that playing higher difficulties costs you to risk your game's currency, brings an urgency to the game thats very welcomed in a handheld. Weapons also play a big part of the game as they radically change your playstyle, van be fused to create other weapons, and what you earn, buy, or make can be used is multiplayer. and this paragraph barely scratches the surface of in-game content as you may invest you time to weapon crafting, treasure hunting, idol collecting, or collecting some of the 400+ Kid Icarus AR cards that are to be available in the world the comming weeks/months.
Multiplayer is shallow, but brutally fun. Particularly the online multiplayer. only 2 modes, team battle and typical free for all, with practically little-to-stats. Multiplayer can be a little chaotic almost all-times. Playing nearby friends allow you to fill gaps in with bots, assuring you that you can always play this mode even without internet, or others to play with. Weapons and powers you collect in solo-mode can be used in this mode. This almost makes online completely one-sided at times.
Anyways, I used way too much space for this review. Bottom line is Kid Icarus is the most fun, beautiful, feature-rich game I have played on the 3DS. Perhaps because the game and gameplay is so fresh to me, I'm more satisfied with this title compared to other games like Mario Kart or Ocarina of Time which I've played abillion times.