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: 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: 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.