3D Dot Game Heroes: More Zelda than Zelda?

I picked up this game primarily because, well, it looked like a hilarious parody of Zelda. And if a game is able to make fun of itself well enough to extract laughter out of me, well, that’s just icing on the cake. And so, I figured I would this game would be a shoo-in for me to love.

So imagine my surprise when I wake up to find 3D Dot Game Heroes failing to captivate my interest. I quickly grew frustrated by the sheer difficulty of the game—not quite as difficult as the original game or perhaps Mega Man 9, but still up there! I quickly got bored tracking down the extremely flimsy plot while trekking from one dungeon to another. I quickly grew to dislike the shallow, one-sentence NPCs who populated the games various towns. In fact, I almost talked myself into ejecting the Blu-ray disc out of the PS3, putting it back in its case, and then leaving it on the shelf forever.

But then I discovered something that I had missed the entire time.

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Demons Souls3122d ago

It's certainly more of a Zelda game than those crappy DS Zelda games.

kingdavid3122d ago

I admit I do like it more than the ds zelda games but phantom hourglass and spirit tracks arent "crappy", just flawed.

eagle213121d ago (Edited 3121d ago )

A homage is homage but let's not get carried away. 77 on metacritic didn't outscore the DS Zelda's sorry. And don't scream "teh bias"... :)

zireno3121d ago

seriously, a score is what you are basing your opinion on?? I have almost all of the zelda games, and it is my favorite franchise. but you have to give credit where credit is due, and 3d dot game heroes is easily a better zelda than the DS games. And when you can play this game as link (with the creation tools) you can't deny the greatness of it. If you haven't played it you really should, and if you have and still think the DS games are better...well... that's that.

eagle213121d ago

Do you hear yourself? You can even play as Link? This game is not The Legend of Zelda and eurogamer gave it a 6/10. And I have to agree. ;)

Like I said, a homage is a homage..but let's not get carried

nycredude3121d ago


Did you play the game? Or are you just a Zelda fanboy who reads a review and agrees with it even though it's lower than the average review out?

zireno3121d ago

Yes i did hear myself, and yes you CAN play as link and as a true zelda fan I can recognize when a game is better than other. If you are the kind of gamer that bases his opinions on reviews instead of experience from playing the game well... all I can do is feel bad for you. At least give the game a try. I know it's a homage, but it's so beautifully executed that it FEELS LIKE a true zelda (being that it's obviously based on a link to the past).

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Cheeseknight283121d ago

Little overboard to call the DS games "crappy" IMO, but I will say that I enjoyed 3D Dot a LOT more than I expected to. I finished it much faster than any game I've bought recently. For instance, I bought Red Dead about a week ago and I've only played it twice. Just been so busy, and not had the urge to boot it up.

To anyone on the fence about 3D Dot, I highly recommend it. It's just a lot of fun for anyone who has a soft spot for the old days. I won't say that it's better than Link to the Past, but it's certainly a damn fun game.

kingdavid3121d ago (Edited 3121d ago )

Fk this gen is full of meatheads.

The "metacritic" generation. What happened to judging games on your own terms?

Everyone thinks they are armchair experts because they have access to metacritic.

zireno3121d ago

I really don't know what's wrong with this so-called "gamers" when they base their opinions on a f***ing score. It's ok if you think a game is crap based on your experience playing the game, but to take a score from [insert your favorite site] and using it to prove a point is just sad.

dizzleK3121d ago (Edited 3121d ago )

there are certain games like this that are what they are and either you like what you see or you don't. do you really need to wait for meta to decide whether or not you'll enjoy something like super mario? it is what it is. some games sell themselves and this is one of them.

ElementX3121d ago

With games costing $60 these days I'm not going to take any chances of blowing my money on a bad game. I find metacritic useful to get a general idea of a game and it's flaws and good points.

eagle213121d ago

I bet you think all gamers think a 77 is bad?? I didn't say a 77 was BAD. But it damn sure isn't awesome so go cry about it. I damn sure don't trust when fanboy blinders give games points for just being average. A 77 is enjoyable but as a true Zelda fan, I would rather play Zelda than this. Now if this was actually made by Nintendo and scored a 77, you guys would say FLOP. But anyway, enjoy this homage....

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Ahmay3121d ago (Edited 3121d ago )

if you talk to one of the ladies.
in the castle at the beginning she says..

"i bought this demon's game, wanna trade, its too hard."

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thePatriot3122d ago

3 d dot game heroes sits on my desk unplayed Why God why???

kingdavid3122d ago

I have to admit, its a pretty awesome game. Not what I was expecting!

Aphe3121d ago (Edited 3121d ago )

Um, no. It just rips off Zelda. It offers nothing new except the ability to make your own character in a Zelda clone.

The only reason I'll get it is to give me something to play until the real Zelda shows up.

zatrox3121d ago

Actually, the size of the world, all those little secrets, etc. Do make a great game. This was what I was saying the other day, it does accomplish somewhat being more Zelda than the new Zeldas. Well, even when IMO, the dungeons aren't all that great. I'd say it's more of an Old School action-RPG than a Zelda, thought. I must disagree than it's a Zelda clone because of that.

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PirateThom3121d ago

No, that's the thing, it is a blatant copy of Zelda, I doubt anyone would disagree with that. It knows its a blantant copy. It doesn't care, it's a homage and a very tasteful one at that. It does everything the 2D Zelda games do, from the vast overworld map to dungeons with bosses and secrets to a sword that is more power with full health and so on. And it works in the game's favour to wear its heart on its sleeve like this.

While Zelda is the obvious inspiration, there's references to other games in there, especially From Software's games (Demon's Souls and Armoured Core).

zatrox3121d ago (Edited 3121d ago )

Nah bro, the main inspiration of the game are Zelda mechanics. Not saying it's actually a Zelda "rip-off", because it does has the same mechanics as Zelda, but it also adds something else that really make it seem more of an old school Action RPG, think about YS.
It does rip offs some stuff from Zelda, but adds new stuff as well. I.E. The big sword, etc.
It does adds some new stuff, and when the game does plays somewhat like Zelda, the point here is than it does NOT try to hide it.
Dante's Inferno didn't had any refferences to GoW, while in 3DDGH there are waay too much jokes regarding Zelda.
"It's too dangerous to go alone, take this!"

Aphe3121d ago (Edited 3121d ago )

The thing is that while I can understand games that pay homage to titles in their games, I can't quite respect someone who totally rips off a game.

Let me take Dantes Inferno. Wasn't that a homage to God of War? No, it was a rip off of GOW.

I can appreciate a dev that kicks back some respect to a game in a homage in their title, but to make a game that totally rips off someones game is a bit much.

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Colonel-Killzone3121d ago

LOL this should be interesting to see.

PirateThom3121d ago

Honestly, I think it's the best Zelda game since Link to the Past, because I never really saw eye to eye with 3D Zelda games. I don't hate them, they don't bother me, just never enjoyed them that much.

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