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3D Dot Game Heroes (PS3)

Platform : PlayStation 3
4.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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  • Ultimate retro love letter - Seamlessly fusing new and old, the golden era of gaming is felt in every detail of this lovingly-crafted adventure. Eye-popping visuals capture the nostalgic charm of pixel graphics in cutting edge 3D. Simple, but deep action-adventure gameplay is a throwback to the 8-bit era. Veterans will find references and jokes that pay homage to the great games of yore.
  • Awe and adventure live again - Embark on the next generation of classic exploration and discovery in a grand story-based quest. A hero sets out to gain the power of the six sages and the six orbs that protected the kingdom of Dotnia, which now stands on the verge of destruction.
  • Customise your hero - When pixels are your building blocks, the possibilities are unlimited. Freely edit the look of your character, or design one completely from scratch, and then trade designs with friends via a compatible USB storage device. Your hero's blade is also upgradeable, letting you add length and width to create a sword that fills the whole screen!
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  • Platform:   PlayStation 3
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B0034G5R5A
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 13.4 x 1.6 cm ; 27 g
  • Release Date: 14 May 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,489 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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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!

Rendered in beautiful 3D pixels

Rendered in beautiful 3D pixels. View larger.
Battle classic 8-bit enemies

Battle classic 8-bit enemies. View larger.
Unique character creation for custom heroes

Unique character creation for custom heroes. View larger.
Fun heroic storyline in the style of classic adventure games

Fun heroic storyline in the style of classic adventure games. View larger.
3D Dot Game Heroes

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.


  • Rendered in beautiful 3D pixels, 3DDGH takes the unforgettable 8‐bit art gamers know and love and brings it intact into three dimensions. Every detail perfectly replicates classic styles with a modern flair.
  • 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, 3DDGH is a labor of love, with painstaking detail placed into every aspect of capturing the magic and wonder of gaming’s best IPs.

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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 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.
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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.
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In 2016 this game is going for a fair amount, about £35. It has never been released in downloadable form so far as I can tell or on another platform.

So is it worth picking up a 7 year old, but stylised as significantly before, game? Here's what you need to know:

It's unabashedly a Zelda clone, but the emphasis is far more on combat and exploration than puzzle solving, If you're not ready to take on more of a challenge gameplay-wise than Zelda or it's going to bother you too much that this is *ahem* heavily inspired by Nintendo's flagship fantasy series then don't bother with this game.

If you like the first Zelda game, which this feels the most like despite other elements not seen until later games being in there, then go for this. The art style is retro-themed without actully being retro and is pretty charming. The only thing I'm not sure of is the soft-focus blurring effects in the bacgroudn, meant to emulate a camera. It can be a little squinty.

The dialogue and story don't take themeselves too seriously and the gameplay is fair but challenging. Far from being a shallow knock-off or clone this is actully a deep adventure with many dungeons to explore and a playtime extening over 20 hours if you take the time to look around and do a few side quests.

When you finally beat a dungeon or boss you will feel a great sense of satisfaction at having overcome a challenge. With this game coming from Fromsoftware (of Dark Souls and Bloodborne fame) that's to be expected.

Bear in mind, if you're looking to 100% this game then there are timed events between dungeons that become unaccessible if you progress too far. This is a pain, so if you want 100% or particular items then make sure you use a walkthrough.
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