Dungeon Hunter 3 Review
- Gorgeous locations and character designs.
- Four classes with a choice of focusing on two different upgrade 'paths'.
- Lots of content to unlock and rewards for returning players.
- Freemium 'upgrades' completely sidestep the natural progression of dungeon crawlers; reduces it to glorified twin-stick gameplay.
- In-game currency ignores level requirements.
- Confusing control scheme; inconsistent weapon use and unresponsive buttons.
Dungeon Hunter 3 takes a series that has some depth and skims from the top, providing players with a thin sheen of a game (albeit one with many levels to unlock); a boon to budget gamers willing to pay their way through grinding.
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As a life-long gamer, sometimes it's hard to separate expectations of what a game should be from what a game can be. Allow me to clarify: Just because I expect a game to work a certain way, doesn't mean it should or indeed that it's the best way. With that said, despite still having many positive aspects, Dungeon Hunter 3 by Gameloft is a dangerous example of how many could come to see 'gaming'.
iOS gamers will remember Dungeon Hunter as one of the premier Dungeon-Crawling Action-RPGs for the platform. Unfortunately the latest entry in the series has broken this chain, removing 'Dungeon-Crawling' and arguably 'RPG' from the proceedings to leave players with a gorgeously rendered fantasy twin-stick action title.
To explain the game's current iteration, one has to explain how the game operates under its 'free to play' banner. Players are free to create two characters from a pool of four different classes (more slots can be eventually unlocked), sharing experience, gold and in-game currency between them all. The upshot of this is the opportunity to earn free experience and gold for trying out new things, but the heavy downside is that 'levels' and 'gold' are merely barriers for unlocking new items rather than the usual vehicle for customizing your character.
Unfortunately the 'freemium' model of gameplay has been merged with Dungeon Hunter 3, removing the usual item drops and customized character development (through skills or talents) for items and a limited handful of skills that are made available and must be purchased and upgraded separately. Worst of all, items also take time to upgrade - merely earning the cash required to pimp out your gear isn't good enough and items you may need to clear the next arena are left unchanged until a set period of time has expired.
These artificial barriers exist only for one reason - to tempt you to dip in to the store to purchase gems or coins to jump the queue. It's entirely possible to not open your wallet, but you'll have to pay with your own spare time in lieu.
I may sound like I'm speaking as though it's all doom and gloom, but you'd be completely wrong - what makes the freemium model such a sting is just how incredible Dungeon Hunter 3 feels as an action title. It's genuinely hard to compare the quality of detail to presentation and the sheer volume of unlockable arenas to anything else in the genre. Sure, there are obvious problems such as sticky controls and inconsistencies for using certain weapons, but it's still head and shoulders ahead of what's available.
As such, Dungeon Hunter 3 is, if nothing else, a budget gamer's Christmas wish - it's not a true Action-RPG, but for a game that asks for nothing it rewards you with plenty of monster-mashing fun. However, its frustrating and obvious wallet-grabbing moves can become tiresome, especially when giving in adds no depth to the shallow gameplay offered.
DescriptionEvil has once again flooded over the sacred land of Gothicus. Face your destiny and enter the endless waltz of battle, victory and glory. 16 massive arenas are waiting for you now. Hero, this is your time to conquer!
The benchmark action/RPG series on the App Store is back in a third FREE installment, and it’s even more legendary than ever!
EXPERIENCE THE DUNGEON HUNTER LEGEND FOR FREE
- Rediscover the thrilling hack n’ slash gameplay that made the franchise so popular. Epic real-time fights will provide you with your daily dose of fun!
- Hack your way through 16 different arenas, each of which can be challenged at 4 different levels of difficulty to provide optimal replay value.
- Choose any arena you’d like to revisit at any time and improve your best score! Or enter our daily challenge to see if you can beat our high score and earn great rewards for your achievements.
TONS OF OPTIONS FOR YOUR PROGRESS AND EVOLUTION
- Deep character customization: choose from 4 new classes – Warlord, Astromancer, Trickster or Shaman – and for the first time in Dungeon Hunter you can even choose the gender of your hero.
- Over 1,000 items to unlock over time or buy them right from the start if you can’t wait. Will you become the most powerful hero?
- Gain experience points with each completed arena and unlock new skills and new fairy attacks as you level up.
UNPRECEDENTED VISUAL APPEAL
- Visit 4 fantastic worlds set within a dark fantasy universe. Gothicus will never cease to amaze you!
- The graphics take full advantage of your device with refined textures, advanced shaders, beautiful lighting effects and super-fluid animations.
- Astounding visual effects like motion blur, real-time distortion, dynamic particles and more make your special attacks stunning to see in the heat of battle.