• Publisher: Atlus
  • Release Date: May 11, 2010
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  • Summary: A long, long time ago, the Dark King Onyx brought an age of darkness upon Dotnia Kingdom. Only by the bravery of a hero with a legendary sword was Onyx sealed in an orb, restoring peace to the world. But Fuelle, a powerful Dark Bishop, has stolen the orb, and with it, peace. DotniaA long, long time ago, the Dark King Onyx brought an age of darkness upon Dotnia Kingdom. Only by the bravery of a hero with a legendary sword was Onyx sealed in an orb, restoring peace to the world. But Fuelle, a powerful Dark Bishop, has stolen the orb, and with it, peace. Dotnia requires a hero once more! Can you live up to the legend? 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. Customize 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. [Atlus USA] Expand
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  1. Positive: 47 out of 66
  2. Negative: 0 out of 66
  1. Definitely a love letter to old-school gaming fans.
  2. 3D Dot Game Heroes is challenging, but it's nowhere near as difficult as Demon's Souls - but it really doesn't need to be. The overall experience is relaxed and humorous, and the retro concept stays amusing for the whole ride.
  3. 85
    3D Dot Game Heroes was clearly inspired by the good, old Zelda games and does it in a way that would make Miyamoto proud. The game is challenging and has enough variety to stay entertaining until the very end.
  4. A true gem for those who feel nostalgia of the old times.
  5. Ultimately 3D Dot Game Heroes does exactly what it sets out to do. It's a nostalgic look back at the classic Zelda games sprinkled with some commentary on gaming history, and a great example of retro gaming done right, even if it does keep the flaws along with the goodness.
  6. 3D Dot Game Heroes is a wonderfully presented game, with a clever concept that is well-executed throughout.
  7. There are a ton of in-jokes, sure. But when you've heard them all before, it feels less like a tribute and more of a "we ran out of interesting things to say for ourselves", and when you haven't heard them you won't get them anyway.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Dec 5, 2010
    10
    Excellent game that brings back memories from the past, zelda, final fantasy, those low bit games we liked so much. 10/10 flawless epicExcellent game that brings back memories from the past, zelda, final fantasy, those low bit games we liked so much. 10/10 flawless epic looking forward to some more blast from the past like this one Expand
  2. Mar 5, 2012
    10
    This game is simply amazing and, as stated on the backcover, indeed is a loveletter to retro gaming! It offers a long storymode, reallyThis game is simply amazing and, as stated on the backcover, indeed is a loveletter to retro gaming! It offers a long storymode, really challenging boss battles and alot of humour! People who love the old Zelda games like A Link To The Past will love this one! Expand
  3. Nov 20, 2014
    9
    Clone? Parody? Homage?

    All those three and a little more in this marvelous little adventure gem. For those of us who grew up with the
    Clone? Parody? Homage?

    All those three and a little more in this marvelous little adventure gem.

    For those of us who grew up with the nes and snes zelda games this is a obligatory item to have,
    im sure some gamers miss the pixel or artificial synthetic quality of early console aesthetic, what 3d Dot Game Heroes does perfectly is updating the artstyles of early games like dragonquest or zelda into a newer generation system (ps3) and does it perfectly, adding amazing gameplay in the mix.

    So yes, plays a LOT like link to the past, and thats GOOD! Controls are very good but you gotta practice a while for diagonal hits. (a combination of up+left, down+left, etc etc)

    Recommended for those who want amazing visuals without loosing the essence of what a videogame is for real retro fans!
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  4. May 11, 2012
    7
    A great throwback to the classic Zelda and Final Fantasy games, it has a nice visual style but after extended play it gets a bit boring.A great throwback to the classic Zelda and Final Fantasy games, it has a nice visual style but after extended play it gets a bit boring. Would've been better as a downloadable title. Expand
  5. Sep 25, 2012
    7
    This game is a true throw back to old school gaming. If you ever wan't to see a game like the original Zelda, this is as close as you'llThis game is a true throw back to old school gaming. If you ever wan't to see a game like the original Zelda, this is as close as you'll probably get. The graphics look beautiful, it looks like someone took a bunch of cubes and stuck them together. This game is also really fun. Expand
  6. Jan 12, 2016
    6
    Even with very strong references from retro Zelda, the game, the dungeons and environments felt very similar and other than some good humourEven with very strong references from retro Zelda, the game, the dungeons and environments felt very similar and other than some good humour here and there did not tell / deliver a particularly unique experience. I am a very big Zelda fan and picked up this title with great enthusiasm, however, this dwindled about 1/3 through the game. Graphics - great but I did not appreciate the blur effects, Sound - about 5 minutes in my wife removed her headphones and never put them back on while watching, Gameplay - very respectful of older 2D adventure games such as Zelda (pretty much the same) Expand
  7. Aug 3, 2018
    5
    I'm not a big fan of Zelda games, but the uniqueness of the art style drew me in.

    Once you get over the art style and crazy long swords,
    I'm not a big fan of Zelda games, but the uniqueness of the art style drew me in.

    Once you get over the art style and crazy long swords, it's just a by-the-books Zelda game with From Software and Dragon Quest references.

    The story is a parody of classic Zelda games and generic JRPGs. The bad part about it is that it's not that funny. It's just occasionally slightly silly. It's like it was written by a teenager with the sole goal of imitating Japanese games, and that teenager doesn't have the greatest sense of humor. Don't expect any laugh-out-loud moments, but you'll get a few chuckles here and there.

    The gameplay is typical NES/SNES Zelda, although with a few quirks/bugs. So that's good for Zelda fans, but the common bugs I experienced was my sword not working after moving to a new screen or the sword occasionally going directly into the ground, and not hitting the enemy when it was right in front of me.

    Exploration of the world is just like classic Zelda games. You'll find a lot to like here if you like exploring the map and finding secrets. There's plenty of them to find.

    And refreshingly, there's no quest log or marker. You actually have to talk to people and remember what they say to progress in the many side quests. As for your main objective, the closest thing you get is a blinking icon over the temple/dungeon you're supposed to be going through at the moment. I like when games do things like this because an automated objective arrows and quest markers in other games just make them seem like slightly-more-complex rat mazes rather than immersive worlds.

    The dungeons are typical for Zelda, but are slightly more complex and annoying than "A Link to the Past." They get progressively more annoying as you complete them

    So this is a game for people who love NES/SNES Zelda games, aren't big on story, and who like the art style. I'm glad to have it in my collection, but it's likely something I'll never play again.
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