|System: PS3||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Silicon Studio||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Atlus||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: May 11, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The gameplay in 3D Dot Game Heroes is amazingly nostalgic, and it's easy to become enamored with it instantly if you have fond memories of playing old 8-bit games. However, the game also takes great lengths through its dialogue to remind you of old games. There are little references to plenty of classics from gaming's "Golden Age" including titles like The Legend of Zelda ("It's dangerous to go alone" is one of the first lines you'll read in the game), the early Mario games, Dragon Age, and even the original Metal Gear. These little in-jokes will be lost on players that never experienced these titles, and I can't help but feel that younger players might be a little bit turned off by all the reference-based dialogue. Still, if you consider yourself among the "old school" set, there are plenty of funny moments in the dialogue that you'll certainly appreciate.
Technically, this game isn't very advanced, but its presentation really helps players get into that "retro" mindset. The visuals are all pixel-based, but since they are rendered in 3D, the game's world comes off looking a bit like Legoland. However, the pixel-based characters and universe have an amazing amount of charm, and the "cute" factor is definitely at work here.
The music in the game follows a similar template. Though not technically impressive, the 8-bit-sounding chiptunes are incredibly catchy and instantly nostalgic. The music in the game is one of its best features, and through the score is extremely simplistic, you'll find yourself humming along to the tunes in 3D Dot Game Heroes long after you have turned off the system.
3D Dot Game Heroes is one of those rare titles that succeeds by not adding anything new to the gaming world. When you pick this title up, you'll definitely have some déjà-vu, and it's hard not to feel like you've played this title before. Still, even though the formula is almost exactly like The Legend of Zelda, and the game doesn't have much story or dialogue beyond reference jokes, 3D Dot Game Heroes is a lot of fun, and shouldn't be missed by retro gaming fans. Though the adventure might not be long, at $40, this is one title that you don't have to invest a lot of time or money into, but you'll end up getting a lot out of it.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor