From the outset of 3D Dot Game Heroes, two things are made plainly clear: The game is an unabashed clone of The Legend of Zelda, and the developers at From Software never let the task of emulating a classic franchise get in the way of lighthearted fun.

Both revelations serve as double-edged swords, however, with the persistent Zelda imitation likely to inspire nostalgia and outrage in equal parts, and the game’s playful narrative keeping things light, but ultimately preventing players from forming any sort of emotional connection to the characters.

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