Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3DESRB:
Platform: Nintendo DS , DSI
Ever wonder what the prehistoric world would be like if dinosaurs went around beating on each other like WWE wrestlers? If so then Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D is the game for you. In Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D you get to live out some dinosaur fantasies where some of your dino favourites go head to head in a “Combat of Giants.”
This is by far the nicest 3D game I have yet to see on the 3DS. Ubisoft took full advantage of the 3D screen to produce a beautiful looking game. The dinosaurs themselves look exactly as you would believe they would look. There is a nice variety of dinos through the game and all have a nice clean look. The actual worlds that you play in are immersive and well designed. From lush jungles to barren deserts, to a raging volcano, the worlds look bright and the use of the 3D screen adds a real depth to the world around you. The look and feel of the games is not lost too much if you turn off the 3D on the main screen. The touch screen is mainly used for simple menus and status. The game also doesn't rely on the touch aspect very much playing well with the standard controls.
The sound work is well done if not interesting. The sound effects and music are nothing but what you would expect from a dinosaur fighting game. Great roars and stomps on top of epic powerful music. But on top of all this, especially in the fight sequences, there is an overlay of cheesy effects. The most prominent is a coin “cha ching” sound when you land a hit on your opponent. It gives the game a kind of kiddy fight feel to it, which I believe Ubisoft was going for.
The gameplay is quite straight forward — you choose a type of dinosaur from: hunter, predator, charger or defender. After choosing your type you then choose a specific species of dinosaur that you want to play from around six different choices depending on the dinosaur type.
After you have made your selection you are off to play through level 1 of 5. Each level consists of a linear path with various objects like rocks and tree stumps that you can knock over for pickups and along the path will be four encounters to deal with. Each of the five levels is centred around one of the dinosaur types where you will fight three generic dinosaurs and a special one at the end. The final dinosaur you battle looks a lot more beefed up and has quit a few more spikes protruding from its body. The final dinosaur battle is split up into three different stages, however, it doesn’t’ really seem like there is any difference between these three stages.
Throughout the levels there are power-ups and special bones that you can collect to unlock extra content in the bonus area. The various power ups are equipment that will aid you in your travels, with a total of three available for each dino, which will enhance their offensive and defensive skills. Unfortunately, this is pretty much the whole gameplay experience where you end up repeating the whole process 20 more times before you end up battling against one more final boss. The lack of variety in the gameplay is a huge negative and a gamer can only be expected to play the same type of mission for so long.
The gameplay is definitely more for a dinosaur fanatic to see how some of the monsters of the dinosaur kingdom battle it out against each other. An added extra for the dinosaur fans are fun facts that offer information on the different dinosaurs in the game.
This game would appeal to its target audience of 10+ more so than a more mature player. Overall this is the nicest, cleanest 3D game I have yet to see on the 3DS. I can’t wait to see more titles from Ubisoft as it appears that they have utilized the 3D screen to its fullest. Unfortunately for its lack of gameplay variety and the simplistic controls, I do not recommend it for more mature gamers.