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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.