Excerpt: Shrek is an animated movie that has managed to appeal to both kids and adults, which is a good thing as parents shouldn’t have to be bored when they watch a movie with their children. With the third movie now filling up cinema seats, a tie-in game was as much of a certainty as Shrek being green once again.
Conclusion: Overall, Shrek the Third is a really fun family
game. The gameplay is very simple and anybody
can pitch in simultaneously thanks to the
incredibly easy controls. Though the camera can
be problematic at times, the impressive
animation compensates for that. Most of the
excitement comes from the game's two-player
variants. While Shrek the Third is years from
reaching a Mario-party phenomenon, the game will
still keep kids entertained for awhile.
Excerpt: Shrek the Third is your typical movie licensed video game. It follows the story of the movie, features characters from the movie, looks kind of like the movie and is simple enough that even the movie's youngest fans could play through it. Sadly this means it's not a good game. Despite various puzzles (that really only count as puzzles for lack of a better word) and numerous playable characters, Shrek the Third is nothing more than a very basic button bashing beat-em-up.
Conclusion: From a video game perspective, Shrek The Third is another installment in a long line of lackluster games based on movie properties. Visually, the land of Far Far Away has a little pop on Xbox 360, but otherwise there’s little distinction between this version and those designed for last-generation consoles. The gameplay is old, tired, redundant, buggy, unimaginative, and frankly, boring. Not even new Achievement points were able to will me through to the end.
Pros: Actual voice actors used, Far Far Away land looks nice, Playable character variety
Cons: Horrific hack-n-slash gameplay, Fixed camera on a linear path, Graphical bugs, Simply put: boring
Excerpt: To coincide with the release of the DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek the Third arrives for the Xbox 360. Based on the movie, Shrek embarks on a brand new journey through a mystical, fairy tale world. Donkey, Fiona and Puss in Boots are back and better than ever and in hi-definition. As I followed the development of this game I wondered if it would take advantage of Xbox 360 hardware and deliver a family based game unlike anything we have ever seen before.
Summary: Shrek The Third will take players on an all-new adventure filled with fun and exciting new challenges, never-before-seen characters and environments, plus the same humor we've come to love from Shrek and the gang.
Excerpt: Following the events of the film, Shrek the Third puts you in the shoes of Shrek, Donkey, Puss-in-Boots, and others as they try to find Arthur and get him to be king. Taking cues from, and also satiring, the myths of both Arthur and the fairy tale genre, Shrek the Third places you in the middle of a fairy tale coup d'etat (ask you parents, kids!) in the land of Far Far Away.
Pros: ups: Voice actors from the film chime in, Graphics are generally pleasant, there's some humor to be had here
Cons: downs: Animations are jumpy and strange, gliches abound, music is repetitive, game doesn't really know what it is, can't rotate camera, Minigames are dull,
Conclusion: the lower age range will likely be frustrated by the boss fights and some of the haphazard jumping challenges that are hobbled by awkward views where you’re never quite sure if you’re going to hit the next platform. (‘Dad can you do this part for me?”) The higher age range should have no problems perfecting their combat skills with two button combos and the occasional fairy dust-powered special move. Otherwise, you can simple hammer on the X-button.
Excerpt: The second I unwrapped the package that Shrek the Third came in, I told myself to go into the game expecting the typical licensed video game experience. I could assume there would be an engine similar to those found in critically acclaimed games of the same genres. I could assume that the game wouldn’t be very deep, and that I could breeze through it pretty quickly. I could expect to see a lot of licensed characters and likenesses.