First Shot: 3D Dot Game Heroes
When I was in high school way back in the early days of the 'aughts, I owned a PlayStation. Owned, not played, you see, as my system usually sat collecting dust for various periods of time. Sure, I was busy with school and work and whatnot, but I was still playing games. It was around my freshman year of high school that I was introduced to Nesticle and ZSNES, emulators that allowed you to play old-school 8- and 16-bit games at home on your PC. Growing up as a rebellious teen, I didn't just game; I gamed like a badass. (Or so Metallica would like me to believe during my early days as a pirate) The many, many hours I spent playing the games of my youth (and actually completing them!) spurred heavy feelings of nostalgia because, even in the latter days of the 90s, they just don't make games like they used to.
Developer Silicon Studio not only re-created the feeling of playing an 8-bit generation game, they re-made that rush of excitement I used to feel playing a brand-new game when I was a kid. 3D Dot Game Heroes is a game so in love with its genre, the game makes winking allusions to other RPGs released during that time. I'm only a few hours into the game so far, but so far the game feels like an unofficial sequel to the original Legend of Zelda on the NES. For those who've played action RPGs in the past, gameplay presents nothing new or original, though the beauty of the game lies in its devotion to the genre, using detailed 2D, retro-inspired graphics in a 3D environment. The game starts you off in the 2D kingdom of Dotnia where the King, finding tourism to be at an all-time low, suddenly re-creates the game world in 3D. Shortly after, you're set off to collect golden orbs in order to save the princess. Again, nothing new, but if you miss simplicity in your console games, this is your type of game.
Be sure to check back at Crispy Gamer next week for a full recap of a nostalgia-laden trip through my 8 year old gaming mind....I mean, a review of 3D Dot Game Heroes.