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5.0 out of 5 stars HOMAGE? RIP OFF? A STEP BACKWARDS OR A RETRO INSPIRED GEM?
3D Dot Game Heroes has raised a lot of questions and speculation from the gaming community. Can something this close to classic action RPG's like Zelda and its ilk really stand up in its own right amongst today's modern gaming fare, or is it just a rip off with no place in the modern world? Read on to find out more:

THE GOOD:
- The game instantly instils...
Published on 17 May 2010 by Haunted Nostril

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3.0 out of 5 stars Old game play, strange tastes
Maybe I wasn't the right kind of person for this kind of game, I never really grew up with games like Zelda so I couldn't see much of the charm behind this game. For what it's worth, creating a 3d sprite character was fun and the combat mechanics were somewhat challenging (again, never played zelda).
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5.0 out of 5 stars HOMAGE? RIP OFF? A STEP BACKWARDS OR A RETRO INSPIRED GEM?, 17 May 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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3D Dot Game Heroes has raised a lot of questions and speculation from the gaming community. Can something this close to classic action RPG's like Zelda and its ilk really stand up in its own right amongst today's modern gaming fare, or is it just a rip off with no place in the modern world? Read on to find out more:

THE GOOD:
- The game instantly instils that childhood, Sunday afternoon, gaming feel. It's pretty much the complete crystallisation of youthful videogame pursuits. Not many things give you that `butterflies in your stomach' retro feeling (although many things purport to) but this is instant cheesy grin material.
- The music follows suit with purely digital bleeps and beeps that'll send you reeling back to those heady days of retro video gaming. However not only are these analogue sounding ditties functional in bringing back those old flavours they're tightly written and often catchy as the flu.
- Although the graphics are minimalistic in their approach there are some really neat effects and everything runs so smoothly that looking at it on a big high-def screen is akin to revelation. The often Lego block looking environments and denizens of Dotnia are anything but boring and are literally stuffed with character proving that the likes of the unreal engine, although impressive, are less than necessary to provide an atmospheric and beautiful experience, and it's there in that answer to why these classic games stick in our mind so much lies: What the game leaves out the imagination makes up for if the mechanics are in place.
- The character builder is easy to use and an absolutely perfect tool for bringing your personality into the game world. I recently got through playing Golden Axe Warrior on the Megadrive Collection and as such my warrior is a cool little blocky rendition of Death Adder! Sweet!
- The land and dungeons are a total blast to explore, very well designed, and with tons of nods to From Software's recent gem Demon's Souls and blast-from-the-past fan service the NPC's are a lot of fun to interact with.
- Side quests are abundant and fun to seek out and complete. However blink and you'll miss them - if you just burn through from dungeon to dungeon you're missing out on a lot of content and exploration that make this game such a winner in my eyes.
- Getting hold of a boomerang, bow and arrow or a bunch of bombs for the first time may not provide the most original weapon set on offer but is still as exciting and filled with possibilities as it was back in the day.
- I've touched upon this in my other points but the humour on offer, and not just for the game aficionados amongst us, is often clever and will provide you with more than a few sly smirks, and by not taking itself too seriously 3DDGH is on to a winner again.
- The whole presentation from the loading screens to the font used within sticks close to its homage and roots and as such is a convincing little time traveller.
- No giant blue spiky hair and annoying kid characters with reams of anime story cliché literally dripping cheese from their gob's straight to your tired speakers. This might bite a few people's botties but I am so thankful for it I could weep. No pretension, no `innovative' new battle system, no emo haired angst fuelled nightmares: I couldn't be happier.

THE NOT SO GOOD:
- It's as old school as you could wish for (or pray never to see again) with very little progression from the games of the 80's - so for those people and reviewers who think the next FPS with a few new weapons is the ultimate step in innovation I can only say stay away from this one. For me this is not a bad point at all but people must be aware of what they're letting themselves in for.
- No big blue spiky hair or anime fuelled storyline - sorry for anyone who loves that stuff, again this is proper olds school: find the treasure, find the princess and kill the bad guy - end of story.
- Character progression is near nonexistent - if this is a big deal to you I still say play the game and you may still just be charmed by the games overall character.

CONCLUSION:
A charming, smooth and action packed adventure that'll hook you deep and pull you in more than a lot of recent offerings, if you let it. A lot of people may see this as a step backwards but for me it's a step back that proved refreshing and endearing. As you can probably tell I love this game and for the price I just hope a lot more people find comfort in the delightfully retro world of Dotnia.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming adventure game for retro gamers and kids alike!, 14 May 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: 3D Dot Game Heroes (PS3) (Video Game)
3D Dot Heroes is an old-school adventure for the PS3 that owes much to the games of old such as Zelda (NES) and Golden Axe Warrior (Master system). It plays just like the classics with a young hero setting out on a quest to find six magical orbs that are used to seal away an evil demon, the story is pretty cliché by today's standards, but it helps give it that overall retro feeling.

Graphically this is one of the nicest looking games out there, everything in the game world, from people and monsters down to the trees and items are made up of little cubes. When you destroy and object or monster it breaks into the individual cubes and they scatter around the screen bouncing off of walls and other objects. The water effects are also great, glistening in the sunlight and rippling in the wind while still keeping to the graphical style. The dungeons look especially nice with their reflective floors and moody gold lighting scheme. The only issue that some may have is that the depth of field effects can be a little hard to cope with at first, I found that playing for about 50 minutes then taking a break for 5-10 minutes relives any eye strain.

Control-wise they are absolutely perfect. The game is extremely responsive and it's very easy to simply pick up and play without have to read through hours of tutorials (like some recent big name RPGs that I won't be talking about here =P). The game map can be quickly accessed with the push of a single button which displays instantly without any loading time, making navigation through some of the larger dungeons that much easier. Sub-items are used with the circle button, and can be quickly scrolled through using the L2 and R2 buttons. The items that appear on this quick scrolling menu can even be changed to enable even faster scrolling during intense boss fights or tricky puzzle sections.

*Minor game content spoiler*

There are a number of referential, and in some places hilarious self deprecating, jokes about other similar games and the developers, From Software, themselves. At one point the player comes upon a hidden cave called "From Cave" in which a number of items from the hit game Demon's Souls can be found. Several selectable characters from other From Software game can also be selected, such as White Glint from "Armoured Core For Answer" and "Rikimaru" from the Tenchu series.

*End content spoiler*

There are several extras that add just that little bit more to an already amazing experience. Players can take Snapshots in game and set them as their PS3 wallpaper, or even put them on a USB and set them as a desktop wallpaper (these snaps can also be viewed in game through the pause menu or at the title screen). Information on all the monsters in the game can be collected and viewed in an amusing bestiary (again, also available through the pause menu) and special loading screen art, which often parodies other games such as Megaman and Castlevania can also be seen in an extensive gallery (found in the usual place =D). Other options include camera angles, the ability to turn off the "Grid" texture effect and toggle the button guide displayed at the bottom right of the screen (for those forgetful gamers). Key of these extras is the ability to create your own characters using an easy to master editor function. In this, a player can draw out a character cube-by-cube in a small environment, which can be easily copied and flipped to create different poses (this is especially helpful when creating a walk cycle). There is currently a section up on the Official website called the "Hall of Heroes" where players can even download other users characters to play with. Any of character created here can be used in the main story at any time, as when a saved game is loaded the option to change the current character is displayed.

This is an excellent game for retro gamers and anyone looking for a good old fashioned light-hearted and extremely charming adventure game. I would also like to point out that this is an excellent game for kids! There are a lot of games out there that I honestly wouldn't want my son/daughter to play, either because their extremely violent (in situations where the violence really isn't necessary and doesn't add to the narrative of the game) or because they're way TOO kiddy to the point of being insulting and mind numbing. This is an excellent game for gamer parents looking for a good way to introduce their kids to the same kind of games they grew up with, or even for regular parents trying to find an innocent game for their children to play. Just a quick warning though, there are one or two slightly adult jokes, but these will pretty much go over most peoples heads and aren't really anything to worry about...

Chances are if your only interested in games like Gears of War or God of War, 3D Dot Heroes isn't for you, everyone else however I suggest you give it a go!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like a rusty yet o so comfortable blade, 12 Jun. 2010
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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3D Dot Game Heroes is great twist on the zelda's of old. It takes the old 8 bit zelda formula and mixes it up with it's blocky 3D graphics and some miner gameplay twists. This game will take you between 20 and 40 hours depending on whether you rush through or take your time to do al the sidequests. All in all I would say it's a great game for people who liked the original zelda. It's funny and the gameplay is well balanced even though the screenshots of the giant swords would make you think otherwise. In the end it's all a matter of taste. I think if you like the idea you will like the game and it will be money well spent.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legend of Zelda comes to the PS3!, 10 Jun. 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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Remember the good ol days of 8-Bit gaming? Times when you'd embark on a quest to save a Kingdom? Remember square roomed dungeons filled to the brim with blocks, locked doors and monsters? Remember? The Legend Of Zelda for the Nes? Any true gamer remembers those times well. (or at least played them on the GBA/Wii when they were re-released.)

This game pure and simply is a homage to that era. A nostalgia-laden pixel quest across vast landscapes and mysterious dungeons to save Dotnia from a legendary evil.

3D Dot Game Heroes puts you in the place of your very own 3D Dot Hero, you can create your own heroes from scratch, should you ever wish to play as a Dalek in a fantasy world? You can do it. How about Bart Simpson? Or Tony Tony Chopper? An easy to use system that allows your imagination to run wild with your characters before you start your quest. Or maybe you just wish to be a generic soldier/prince? There are a nice amount of basic warriors for you too.

The game itself plays exactly like the classic Zelda titles. You go from screen to screen hacking and slashing at the 3D Dot Enemies with your sword. Sounds simple enough? It really is. However you can upgrade your sword by adding length and width to it until it fills the entire screen! Which makes killing those enemies even easier. However should you get hit by an enemy it will revert to the initial size.

Also in the game are the usual Zelda items, You WILL Bomb Walls, you WILL Hookshot across gaps, even the Boomerang and Bow are present. Although the main action of the game does come down to the sword and shield. Of course there are dozens of Swords in the game, each with its own unique length and width as well as some with special additions.

Dungeons are the standard Classic Zelda romp, rooms filled to the brim with nasties, block puzzles, keys and locked doors and of course. Powerful Bosses.

Also in the game is a witty throwback to some other classic titles in the shape of side-quests and villagers. There is a man named Dic, (Cid spelt backwards) A man trying to choose between two women as his bride to be (Dragon Quest V) and even references to a certain Demon's game being too hard (Demon Souls)

The game does take roughly about 15-20 hours through the first playthrough. Of course that is rushing the game without finding anything. Quite a bit more than most games these days are boasting. A New Game + has been added which is more or less a 'Hard' mode as well as a Legendary 'Spelunker' mode. A mode in which if you are hit once. Game over. Just to add that extra bit of challenge.

Also present is a Bestiary. In which you have to use the book as a weapon against enemies and bosses to record them. Not to mention addiction side quests

Pros:
- Classic Era gaming.
- Amazing Story and Gameplay
- Dozens of Sidequests
- Addicting Mini Games
- Challenging
- Create a Character
- A breath of fresh air on the PS3

Cons:
- Only appeals to gamers who have played the likes of Zelda
- Will be overlooked due to most current gamers never hearing of it or not playing the originals or it simply not having the same graphics as the likes of Modern Warfare, Uncharted or Fallout 3
- It's not quite as good as Zelda was

Overall:

It's a fun beautiful game that any true gamer can't be without. It's only downfall is that it's came out in a time when the gaming world is dominated by the First Person Shooter and Western RPGs and the simple fact that while it is a homage to Zelda. It's not quite as good.

Overall I give this game a 9/10 (92%) If you own a PS3 you MUST own this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive, 24 May 2011
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This game has been covered so all I will say is that;

Yes, it's awesome if you like retro gaming

No, it's not for you if all you like is blowing peoples heads of in a gritty battlefield while screaming down your microphone "Faaaaaaaaaaaagoooooooooot!"

And if your worried you've played this game before (*cough* Zelda *cough*), don't worry there is just enough new mechanics as well as some nods to gaming past to keep it fresh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3D Dot Game Heros, 9 Jan. 2014
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He knows the game is good because his friend has it , but it was the USA version and he was under the impression it was the European version , as his psn account is European and he wouldn't have been able to buy any dlc for the Usa version . I have ordered him a European version from play.com. other than that everything was great .
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3.0 out of 5 stars Old game play, strange tastes, 9 Mar. 2014
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Maybe I wasn't the right kind of person for this kind of game, I never really grew up with games like Zelda so I couldn't see much of the charm behind this game. For what it's worth, creating a 3d sprite character was fun and the combat mechanics were somewhat challenging (again, never played zelda).
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5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY A GOOD OLD SCHOOL ZELDA STYLE GAME, 4 Nov. 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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THIS GAME IS A MUST BUY IF YOU LIKE THE OLD STYLE HACK AND SLASH RPG GAMES!
ITS GOT A HUGE MAP AND MANY DUNGEONS. LIKE ALL THE REVIEWS IT ALWAYS GETS 8 OUT OF 10 OR MORE
SO BELIEVE THE HYPE AND BUY THIS GAME!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A loveletter to retro RPG's of the past, 10 Aug. 2013
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A great game that pays homage to some of the greatest RPG's ever made. A must for any PS3 owner!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3d dot game heroes, 13 Jun. 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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Great game for retro game lovers
Must have it
Fast shipping and handled.
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