Reviews and Problems with How to Train Your Dragon
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PS3 Review - 'How to Train Your Dragon'
20 May 2010
Summary: How to Train Your Dragon has you play as Hiccup, a Viking teenager who doesn't exactly fit in with his tribe's longstanding tradition of heroic dragon slayers. Hiccup's world is turned upside-down when he encounters a dragon that challenges him and his fellow Vikings to see the world from an entirely different point of view.
Excerpt: The island of Berk is your typical Viking community where daily activities include wrestling chickens and sheep, busting barrels, toppling rocks, and of course fighting dragons. Like the title states, you will learn how to train your dragon. The story opens up with the first annual Thor's Day Thursday dragon celebration tournament where one Viking will be crowned the ultimate Dragon Master!
Excerpt: Tons of licensed games come pouring out of development studios around this time of the year, and many of them are forgotten before they even drop. How to Train Your Dragon is probably doomed to such a fate, and what's worse is that it deserves it. The movie (based on Cressida Cowell's 2003 children's book) was recently released to glowing reviews, and lo and behold, the game adaptation beat it (by a hair) to public release. The worm has cleanly eluded this early bird.
Excerpt: As with most computer animated movies these days, How To Train Your Dragon is not without a small arsenal of video game compliments across the console multiverse. Luckily for Activision the movie plot left open a number of avenues to explore when making the video game counterpart, and having never seen the movie I think they made a decent choice.
Conclusion: How to Train You Dragon hurls itself to the top of the near endless heap of poor film-to-game adaptations. It is nothing more then an insult to expect gamers - or parents - to pay full price for what you get. Younger gamers will likely be confused with the poor menus and dragon leveling while being disappointed with what�s left. The game play is painful and would have greatly benefited from more platforming, story and just plain substance.
Pros: Customizing your Dragon
Cons: Horrible visuals, Game play is boring and tedious, Very little substance, No story
Conclusion: I know that I’m not the target audience for this game. I know it’s meant for kids, but How to Train Your Dragon is just so "bleh." You can make a fun game for kids, but this isn’t one of them. The fights are robotic and lack any impact, the third-person wandering is boring, and so on. It’s rare for a videogame to feel like a chore, but capturing 40 chickens and going through the same training missions again and again did it for me.