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Games like Pac-Man World 3 underscore the necessity of nurturing solid characters when it comes to giving long-running franchises staying power. With few novel twists on basic platformer elements and passable visuals, Pac-Man World 3’s only shot at investing Pac-Man with the charm of a Ratchet or a Clank rests with its story. It disappoints severely on that count, however, with a story befitting a throwaway cartoon character, not a veteran game hero. Even a hint of respectability in the treatment of Pac-Man as a worthy protagonist would’ve helped lessened the burden of mediocrity, and though the game still may have surprised no one, it might have managed to entertain at least a reasonable number of longtime Pac-Man fans.
Every platforming challenge is camera related. It's sad, because there is a lot of untapped potential in Pac-Man World 3. Along with a small version of the original Pac-Man, genuinely creative and entertaining level design and some nice character abilities are wasted by a spastic, seizure-inducing camera too severe to ignore. Those who can work around the problems will have some enjoyable moments, and with just an adequate camera, Pac-Man World 3 would be a pleasant surprise for everyone. Instead, it falls into mediocrity, worthy only to those blessed with patience and a good supply of Tylenol.
Overall, this game has plenty of content but simply not enough quality to be recommended, even to kids. The technical ambition is overcome by nonsensical design and a general lack of creativity. For your Pac-Man fix, both Pac-Pix and Pac 'n Roll are better options on the DS. As for 3D platformers, Super Mario 64 DS is still the only one worth playing.
Unfortunately, I can't recommend Pac-Man World 3 for the DS, especially if you have the option to play it on any other system. While I commend Human Soft for packing in as much content as they could, the single-frame stills from the console and PSP movies are no substitute for the actual movie, and the total lack of voices, especially considering the amount of humorous Pac-Man and Orson banter, is just too detrimental to the overal presentation and gameplay experience. I supposed if you don't know what you are missing you can still enjoy this game on the DS, but I would encourage you to play Pac-Pix and Pac'n Roll first. Both are far superior Pac-Man games and some of the best original DS titles going. It only goes to prove that the DS should be home to original games and not hacked up ports.
There is simply no reason to grab a copy of Pac-Man World 3 for DS when there are not only better 3D adventure games on the system already (can we say Mario?), and two far better Pac-Man games as well, with Pac-Pix and Pac-N-Roll. Don’t settle for a poor Cube-to-DS port when you could have two great original designs for the Pac-Man franchise. In fact, if you are looking to fill the arcade void, go grab Pac-Man World 2 for Cube, and make sure to get a copy with Pac-Man Vs included as well. No matter how you look at it, Pac-Man World 3 for Nintendo DS is simply a poor choice. Pac-Fans can do far better.
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