3D Dot Game Heroes (PS3)

Well looky this. Another PS3 game. My PS3 must think it’s Christmas or something. Little does it know I’m euthenising it come Boxing Day. Ho ho ho! Not really.

If you’ve ever seen anything about 3D Dot Game Heroes, you’ll have noticed it bears more than a passing resemblance to Zelda. Albeit in fancy 3D block pixel form, anyway. Surely it doesn’t play like Zelda though? That would be a bit brazen.

Oh. It plays like Zelda too, and not just a bit: EVERYTHING is Zelda. The sound effects. The music. The plot. The baddies. The overworld. The dungeons. The weapons. Sure, some of the save features are a bit different, and of course the graphical style isn’t quite Zelda (although there have been many different styles in the Zelda series so it could just be another one…), but it’s Zelda in everything but name.

I even nearly called my hero “Link”.

It’s not just a clone of Zelda either. It even references Zelda directly in dialogue. The king gives you a sword, telling you it’s dangerous to go alone. A man in a cave says “it’s a secret to everybody!”, and so on. Brazen. Brazen!

There’s non-Zelda humour too, like in another cave where all the From Software (the game’s developers) folks hang out. There are also numerous references to Demon’s Souls, and how hard it is.

Of course, I’ve actually been playing it as well. I’ve got two pieces of Triforce^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^HOrb of Light (or whatever), and am near the dungeon where the third is hiding. It’s been great so far, if a little easy.