When I picked 3D Dot Game Heroes for WeView I did have a few people tell me it wouldn’t get much response. Apparently it’s close to impossible to find on the high street, and according to one Tweet basically not on sale at all in Ireland. Fortunately it would seem a few of you managed to battle the forces of low stock-levels to get a copy of the game at some point, and then ultimately decided to write down your opinions on the game.
Those opinions were… well a little one-sided to say the least. I don’t mean that in a negative way, it just seems that everyone decided to pile praise on to Silicon Studio’s title.
It’s not the fact that it received pretty much universal praise, it was the level of praise that pervaded your opinions. For example rept0n called it “Pretty much perfect in every single aspect.” which is fairly high praise by itself, but they continued to say, “The developers took the best parts of these games gone by and brewed them into this nostalgia trip that still looks beautiful, sounds beautiful, plays beautiful.”[drop]By no means was rept0n alone though, Jumping Monks said they “absolutely adore this game, the soundtrack is spot on, graphically I thought it was stunning,” and in a view that apparently comes from the late 90s, tactical20 “thought it was wicked”. I’m sure no-one says wicked any more, although I’ve just realised I don’t know what the “kids” do say any more. Clearly I’m losing touch.
So this is getting a little dull isn’t it? Everyone praising the game to such a high level is becoming a little predictable right? Well there’s always one, and the time that one is Tuffcub. I probably could have guessed that before I even wrote the original article if I’m honest. Apparently he “Hated it,” before saying that it “Deserves to be thrown in to the pits of hell with Zelda and Final Fantasies 1-6.” Unfortunately he forgot to add a rating on the scale we use, meaning that dissent counts for naught.
There is the one issue with the game though, and it’s one that Omac_brother summed up nicely. “I loved this game,” he starts, before getting to the point, “but I’ve never been quite sure if I loved it because of the nostalgia it bought back of playing through the old school dungeon trawlers, (Zelda, etc) or I loved it as a game in its own right.” That’s a wonderful point, and similar to the point that Tuffcub indicated. If you didn’t love the titles that 3DDGH is drawing from then you’ll probably find it tricky to find any real love for this.
Finally, I want to highlight one other criticism. This isn’t nearly as damning as Tuffcub’s opinion of the game, but KeRaSh raises a valid point about the game. “It kind of annoyed me.” Uh oh. “This game tries to be a homage to classics like Zelda but in the end it fails to live up to the high standards of those games.” Whilst most others don’t seem to agree with that point, it may well be an issue for some.
So, on that low note it’s time to turn to the verdict. Thirteen of you took part and remembered to add a verdict to your opinion. Of those thirteen one rated the game as Bargain Bin It, whilst the rest of you settled on Buy It. If you love games like Zelda it seems like it’s worth a buy then, although if you don’t then probably listen to Tuffcub.