should know right from the outset that Dragon's Lair
3 isn't a PS2 or Xbox game. It's a DVD game that can
be played in any DVD player. You should also know
that this is the second Dragon's Lair 3 that I've
come up against, and I'm not even including Dragon's
new product is actually a hybrid between the original
Dragon's Lair laserdisc game created by Don Bluth
and Dragon's Lair 3D - an updated free-roaming console
adventure, but here's the rub: this DVD game IS
Dragon's Lair 3D, BUT it's played like
the original Dragon's Lair where you input directional
commands when the screen flashes. Huh? Wazzat? You
read that right. At times you will have to actually
move Dirk, but these instances are few and far between.
In a nutshell, they've taken footage of someone playing
Dragon's Lair 3D and turned it into an interactive
cartoon, much like the original Dragon's Lair. Interesting
idea. I'm not thrilled with the way Digitial Leisure
has promoted this product because you would be hard
pressed to tell that this was an interactive version
of DL3D. Digitial Leisure doesn't mention DL3D anywhere
in it's press material for this game and that's bothersome.
Some might say misleading too.
I don't know about you, but I really liked Dragon's
Lair 3D. It had potential and I know that most of
us at Platinum were waiting for a sequel. Dragon's
Lair 3 is like Dragon's Lair 3D for untalented dummies
who couldn't work their way through it because it
was a "real" game. This might appeal to
mom or dad who remember playing Dragon's Lair way
back when, but any self-respecting gamer should go
out of their way to play Dragon's Lair 3D instead
of this interactive redundancy.
being said, if you really, and I mean, REALLY, liked
the original Dragon's Lair and you just want more
of that kind of gameplay, then you'll probably get
a lot of entertainment value out of this game. It
features new weapons, items, monsters and a plethora
of new challenges and some familiar ones as well.
a visual standpoint the game looks really great, but
that's simply a testament to just how nice Dragon's
Lair 3D turned out. The control, if you want to call
it that, is decent but when played on the PS2, Xbox
or DVD remotes experiences a bit of lag - but that's
due to sometimes missing the infrared mark. You might
also experience trouble getting the timing of the
directional commands or sword attacks when things
heat up on screen. Thankfully the developers have
removed the canned death sequences of Dirk until you
actually lose all of your lives. This helps speed
the gameplay up slightly, but you will die often.
press release for the game states "Three new
Bonus Scenes, playable after defeating the Evil Wizard"
and that's true, but it's definitely not as exciting
when you're not actually playing the game. As far
as extras go, you can watch the "20 Years of
Dragon's Lair" feature that was also included
in Dragon's Lair 3D. It isn't much, but what the heck.
this game is not aimed at the hardcore gamer. It's
a novelty really, but one that can provide some entertainment
for those looking for an evening or two of entertainment.
If you haven't played the game this one is based on,
hunt down Dragon's Lair 3D and enjoy it the way it
was really meant to be played.