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Dragon s Lair 3D
|Many years have passed since the release of the original Dragon's Lair game (1983) that set a new standard in the interactive video games by combining laser disc technology with cartoon-style animation. This time, Dragonstone Software released an all-new game for the series in full 3D and in an action platform-style whilst it stays true to the design and storyline of the (older) arcade 2D game! We're finally in total control of Dirk! Dragon's Lair 3D: Return to the Lair was released only for the Microsoft Windows, the Microsoft Xbox, the Nintendo GameCube and the Sony PlayStation 2 platforms.
STORY / GAMEPLAY
You control Dirk the Daring, who is now on a new quest to rescue the fair Princess Daphne from the evil wizard, Mordroc. You will fight your way inside a castle, enchanted with treacherous monsters and obstacles. But be wary, as the Wizard will stop at nothing to protect his stolen prize. Advancing through the castle with the help of a magical amulet, Dirk must overcome a slew of challenges, from jumping over flaming pits and climbing ropes to flying across chasms and battling swarms of the wizard's Giddy Goons! These fast moving creatures leap and bound through the passages of the castle. With only short knives and no armor, the Giddy Goons are the weakest ones, but in groups they can be deadly. Dirk's main weapon is a sword that can also be turned into a fire sword and used in whirlwind attacks. During his adventure, Dirk will acquire a Crossbow. This weapon is good for long distance attacks. Any time during the game you can access the Inventory Screen. In this screen you can view the weapons and items that Dirk currently possesses. Select, equip and use items using the cursor pad keys. The screen will then close and Dirk will equip or use the item. Much like its predecessors, the gameplay offers unlimited lives here, so whether you fall into a deadly pit or killed by Giddy Goons, you'll just restart the area you currently play. Although the game has a nice scenario (and presentation), the controls are sometimes sluggish as the button layout is a bit tricky to master. The button layout is quite odd: you target with B, attack with A, jump with Y, and block with X (when using a Gamecube pad) and this doesn't work well, especially when you block hits or switch targets. But other than that, Dragon's Lair 3D is a good title and due to its legacy, it totally worth playing the game.
GRAPHICS / SOUND
The game features colorful graphics with fully cell-shaded, cartoonish characters that highly resemble the original Dragon's Lair. The animations are great (although Dirk is moving a bit sluggish) and there are several particle and lighting effects in each stage. The music fits perfectly to the game whilst the voice acting and sound effects are really good. Note that most of the voice acting is ripped directly from the original title!
|CPU: IBM "Gekko" PowerPC CPU at 486MHz
MEMORY: 43MB RAM total (of which 16MB DRAM used as buffer for DVD drive and audio)
GRAPHICS: ATI Technologies GPU 162MHz max 640x576 progressive scan, supporting multi-texturing, bump mapping, reflection mapping, 24-bit z-buffer, Bilinear, trilinear, and anisotropic texture filtering etc
SOUND: Custom chip running at 81MHz Macronix DSP, 64 channels of 16bit 48kHz, supporting Dolby Prologic II
|24bit RGB 16,7 million-color palette (16,7M on screen)
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