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PlayStation 3GamingTrend (2010)
Once you’ve unlocked the various minigames, you can play them against an AI or a friend. You can also, of course, square off against your friends or the AI in the dragon fighting tournament modes as well. Unlocking and customizing dragons is a great deal of fun, but the repetitive nature of the tasks to obtain and utilize your dragons may turn off younger players. At the end of the day though, there is just very little in the way of content to keep players busy. When you compare this title against other more recent DreamWorks tie-in titles like Kung Fu Panda, Shrek the Third, and Bee Movie, this is certainly among the latter than the former in terms of quality. From my perspective, this title fails to find its audience – it doesn’t deliver enough content for the older kids, and the frustration factor is too high for younger kids. I’d say you could catch this one when Toys R’ Us runs their next 2-for-1 sale, but I’d be hard pressed to recommend it at full retail price.
PlayStation 3GamingXP (Apr 19, 2010)
„Drachenzähmen leicht gemacht“ erfüllt viele Klischees, die man von Filmumsetzungen kennt. Zu wenig Neues, wenig Abwechslung und kaum Wiederspielwert. Doch was kümmert dies alles, wenn die Story von Hicks und seinen Freunden so gut erzählt und in solch einer bunten verspielten Welt statt findet? Wer den Film mochte, der wird auch das Spiel mögen. Wer nicht auf Wikinger steht und keine Drachen mag, der wird sich dieses Spiel sowieso nicht kaufen. Allen anderen sei geraten, erst den Film anzusehen und wenn man dann noch nicht genug hat, dann kann man gerne zuhause weiter Drachen zähmen. Wir versprechen, es ist ganz leicht gemacht!
WiiImpulse Gamer (Apr, 2010)
In conclusion, I would of preferred to see more interaction between your character and the dragons while you explore the world (ala Drakan) which would not give the game a Pokémon feel to it. The game does attempt to merge a variety of different gaming genres together which some work and some don't. More particularly, some of the mini-games which were a little lacklustre. The combat, albeit simplistic works and overall, if you're a younger gamer, there are far worse titles around than this. Just remember that this game is not made for adults and you'll be fine, 6 for adults and 7 for kids!
How to Train Your Dragon is a pretty good game if you enjoyed the movie and want to continue the experience. However, the glaring story inconsistency and the repetitive gameplay may limit the appeal to youngsters. Just make sure NOT to let anyone play this one before they watch the movie, as it will definitely ruin the movie for them.
PlayStation 3Cheat Code Central (2010)
How to Train Your Dragon is ambitious for a movie game, but it's a little too ambitious for its own good. It combines lots of different types of gameplay that could have been successful on their own, but as a whole, the game just feels fractured, tedious, and not enjoyable. The arcade mode is a highlight, but it doesn't justify buying the whole game.
PlayStation 3Game Chronicles (Mar 23, 2010)
Too shallow for teens or adults, too overwhelming for kids, and too mind-numbingly repetitive for everyone, How to Train Your Dragon sets the bar pretty average for the rest of the movie license line-up coming this year. The game definitely has its moments, but you have to jump through infinite hoops to experience them, and I’m guessing this game will be forgotten long before the film leaves theaters.
WiiGamingXP (Apr 14, 2010)
Zusammenfassend kann man sagen, dass „Drachenzähmen leicht gemacht“ ein nettes Spiel für zwischendurch ist. Der Titel serviert Ihnen ein Beat‘em-Up mit einem Hauch von Adventure-Feeling. Die Quests und Trainingseinheiten sind am Anfang ganz unterhaltsam, werden aber schnell langweilig. Für Fans des Films, die gerne selbst einen Drachen aufziehen möchten, kann der Titel durchaus ein Hit sein, aber alles in allem ist der Preis von rund 50 Euro für diesen Titel doch ein wenig zu hoch.
PlayStation 3ZTGameDomain (2010)
How to Train Your Dragon is definitely a step backwards for Activision in terms of licensed games. It doesn't have the same level of polish and dedication that the previous offerings brought to the table. Still I respect the fact that the developers did something totally out of the ordinary for this game instead of the run-of-the-mill platformer we are usually spoon-fed. The game gets bonus points for being original but still lacks the level of polish a game based on such a gorgeous film deserves. If your young one has patience and is a veteran of caring for their virtual creations then this game may be right up their alley. For those that require more of a twitch experience, I don't recommend diving into this consuming experience.
WiiGameFocus (Apr 14, 2010)
How To Train Your Dragon on consoles seems to suffer from a bit of an identity crisis. It wants to dabble in everything, while managing to avoid executing anything particularly well. There’s too much button mashing and gameplay padding to really find anything that you’ll out and out love. My advice, grab the DS version and let the console versions of these sleeping dragons lay.
PlayStation 3Gamers' Temple, The (2010)
When I first started playing and realized this game was part adventure, part street fighter, I thought for sure they had found a winning formula. And even after an hour I was still pleasantly surprised at how well the game was holding my attention; something I wouldn't have bet on when it showed up on my doorstep. You can easily spend a good 20 minutes or so just customizing the look of your dragon, and that's before you ever get into upgrades and unlocking special attacks. The online mode lets you find and challenge other players to a round of fiery mayhem. That's about it though, which is unfortunate and kind of kills whatever replay value it might have been trying for. I can see the appeal lasting about as long as it takes the movie to be released on Blu-ray, but probably not much after that.
WiiGameZone (Mar 30, 2010)
The upgrade system is nearly as intricate as a typical Western role-playing game (at least, the more recent ones) and this might further reduce the game’s compatibility with younger, more casual demographics. Pretty as it is, it gets too bogged down in trying to be too many different things at once. It seems How to Train Your Dragon was an ambitious concept – perhaps too ambitious – that simply wasn’t able to fully commit to a specific audience or identity. Had the focus been on honing just one or two important gameplay elements, such as fighting and training, the overall experience might have been far more coherent and enjoyable.
WiiDa Gameboyz (2010)
I found that my time with How to Train Your Dragon was a mixed bag indeed. With so much going on it was really hard to gauge how much fun I really had as I went from one extreme to another. This game is not targeted towards me however, and as I put myself into the shoes of those the game is targeted at, the kids, I believe it would prove to have mixed results for them too. In the end fans of the movie may want to give this game a go, but all others may want to pass it by.
WiiGame Chronicles (Apr 01, 2010)
In conclusion, How To Train Your Dragon attempts to offer too much variety, but does little to fully develop any particular aspect. The adventure portions offer far too many monotonous fetch-quests and far too few adventure quests, the pet-simulation consists of little more than a feeding meter, and the fighting sequences can be mastered with very little skill. The problem is, the action is far too slow for the action crowd, and far too shallow for the RPG crowd, resulting in a title that seems unsure of its true purpose.
WiiAceGamez (Apr 19, 2010)
How To Train Your Dragon does some things very well, and when you’re actually engaging in the battle sections of the game, it can be enjoyable. That said, this takes up a mere 40% of the experience, the rest being the titular ‘Training’ and upkeep of your dragon, along with all of the other menial tasks to get involved with. For kids who enjoyed the film, this may become frustrating, not for a tough difficulty-this game is incredibly simple to master-but for the lack of connection to the movie. How To Train Your Dragon just doesn’t live up to the film it ties to, yet another licensed set to make its way to the bargain bin in your local game store.
WiiNintendoWorldReport (May 11, 2010)
In the end, How to Train Your Dragon is a middling effort from Activision. The dragon-raising aspects are well done and offer some depth to an otherwise shallow experience; however, the dragon fighting is very repetitive and the graphical and sound qualities are uneven. Still, young fans of the movie should enjoy going back to the dragon/Viking world to play with their favorite dragons.
WiiGamingExcellence (Apr 28, 2010)
When it comes down to it, if you're really, really interested in seeing a bit more of the world and character from the film, then you might have some enjoyment with this game, but just a little. But without some varied combat or something that doesn't feel like filler, it's hard to say that anyone else will enjoy it.
PlayStation 3GamingExcellence (Apr 28, 2010)
When it comes down to it, if you're really, really interested in seeing a bit more of the world and character from the film, then you might have some enjoyment with this game, but just a little. But without some varied combat or something that doesn't feel like filler, it's hard to say that anyone else will enjoy it.
PlayStation 3PSFocus (Apr 06, 2010)
Het is tijd voor de conclusie en uiteraard bespreken we ook nog even de visuele en auditieve kant van deze game. Grafisch ziet het er zoals verwacht uit. We bedoelen dan dat het een leuk kleurenpalet heeft en je direct merkt dat het zich richt op een jonger publiek. Ook dat het redelijk overeenkomt met de gelijknamige film en dat is uiteindelijk wat men wil bereiken bij een animatiefilm naar game adaptie. Auditief vonden we het echter niet heel bijzonder. De soundtrack viel ons niet op en bepaalde zinnen worden continu herhaald. Over de rest van de game zullen we maar niet de draak steken met jullie: het heeft zo zijn momenten, maar over het algemeen is deze game niet de volle pond waard.
PlayStation 3Extreme Gamer (Apr 26, 2010)
The big issue with game based on movie licenses is that there’s a big push to have the release coincide with the movie, which usually means the games are rushed. This game has a lot of potential and with another year of development could have been a great game for someone of any age. What we’re left with is a boring, stale, tedious shell of a game that simply won’t appeal to anyone. If you know someone that really loved this movie and wants to experience it in video game form, do not make the mistake of getting this game for them. Go out and get the DS game instead. We’ll have a review for that coming in the coming days.
PlayStation 3Worth Playing (May 20, 2010)
There's a good idea for a children's game somewhere in How to Train Your Dragon, and it can be spotted if one rummages through all the boring game modes, bad controls and embarrassing production values. It doesn't even work as a movie tie-in, since barely any content from the film is included and the overall presentation is lacking. The dragon customization is a nice feature, but every other aspect is so bad that How to Train Your Dragon doesn't come close to justifying its $50 price tag. If the kids loved DreamWorks' 3-D blockbuster, the wiser choice would be to take them to see it again and again. They'll probably have more fun watching the movie for the 10th time than they would while playing the game.
PlayStation 3XGN (Apr 06, 2010)
Zoals het uiterlijk van de game al doet vermoeden, is How To Train Your Dragon vooral bedoeld voor de jonge gamertjes die van de film genoten hebben. Ben je wat jaartjes ouder, dan zal het spel je weinig uitdaging bieden. De gevechten zijn eentonig, grafisch is het matig, en in zijn geheel is het niet echt interessant te noemen.
PlayStation 3IGN (Mar 31, 2010)
I know that I’m not the target audience for this game. I know it’s meant for kids, but How to Train Your Dragon is just so "bleh." You can make a fun game for kids, but this isn’t one of them. The fights are robotic and lack any impact, the third-person wandering is boring, and so on. It’s rare for a videogame to feel like a chore, but capturing 40 chickens and going through the same training missions again and again did it for me.
PlayStation 3Gamereactor (Sweden) (Mar 26, 2010)
Redan från början går spelet på rutin. Jag känner mig snabbt hemma, men blir lika snabbt uttråkad. Grafiken, animationerna och musiken fungerar, men inte mycket mer. Att träna sin drake är ett ganska slitsamt och långtråkigt jobb. Men jag är inte sju år och förförd av filmen. Vem är jag att skrika om att barnspel borde ha högre kvalitet? Oavsett vad jag skriver så kommer nöjda småkids landet runt sitta framför sina TV-apparater och leka med drakar.
PlayStation 3Game Revolution (Apr 19, 2010)
I recognize that I'm just some hoity-toity game reviewer sitting in my ivory tower constructed out of the best games of the past 20 years. I also recognize that there are a ton of gamers out there these days who go to the store and pick out a game from the shelf based purely on a recognizable IP or the back of the box. My message to those people is one of truth, justice, and thrift. Don't spend your money on How To Train Your Dragon, no matter how much you enjoyed the movie. You can easily do better than this terrible, movie-tie-in, mad grab for cash.