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Shrek the Third is a spn-off playstation2 game which loosely follows the plot of the film and the player follows Shrek, Fiona etc through various platform levels and in this reviewers opinion a very poor game.
We have 2 young boys (2 and 3) who loved playing Shrek2 on the PS2, so after completing that game we bought Shrek3 via a well known auction website expecting more interactive games. We received the game and to be honest it's been a huge letdown, Shrek2 was built around a set of different characters going around a level with each one using their skills to get to the end. So you used Shrek to pick things up, cat for climbing, ginger for throwing etc. The use of a multiplayer approach made the levels fun but also challenging for the younger players as they had to use the right character at the right time.
Shrek3 is a platform, beat em up with little variation and very few interactive challenges, indeed the characters are never together during any of the scenes. There is a lot of fighting and killing and very little plot beyond going from one level to the other, killing the baddies and then a door opens allowing the character to move to the next level. The game is appalingly simplistic in its programming and was a huge disappointment, added with the limited use of graphics and some terrible camera angles you got a game with limited playability.
My main disappointment is the fighting, it's way too much and seems to take over the entire game, this player found the constant fighting limited in its appeal but suspect the younger players probably enjoy endlessly beating up soldiers and witches.
The graphics were another let down, Shrek2 was colourful, changing and visually a bit of a riot of different shapes and colours but Shrek3 was a general pale white packground usually a castle or set of walls and the endless grey, white or pale blue suggested limited game writing. There was also very litle 360 movement, the events were largely linear and whilst the levels at first glance appeared detailed it soon became clear that the character controlled could only move into limited areas on each section.
All in all, a poor game, this 30 something finished the core of the game in a weekend and had little desire to go through all the levels again to find the hidden items to complete the tasks, a joy in Shrek2. Whilst not wanting to compare it too much with Shrek2 and perhaps judge it too lowly but it does feel like a slack piece of games writing and this player wished they'd spent less time on the endless sections between levels where the graphics are detailed and extensively and rather more on game play and interaction with the player.
I bought this for my nine year old but it is too childish even for him. At least my four year old is getting some use of it.
This is a role playing game where you swap characters and can be Shrek, Puss, Fiona and others depending on the area you are in. Different characters have different abilities. There is a bit of fighting but it is basically collecting different items, coins, mugs, wooden legs etc. by bashing a few boxes and opening a couple of doors.
The background scenery is very much like the films and the little ones will enjoy that but the camera view did get stuck behind areas at times and even I found it impossible to get through some doors due to the camera view being stuck behind a wall. That may be user error but three different players were all having the same problem.
If you are looking for a game to keep the under sixes amused then this will do the job but if you are looking for a challenge go elsewhere. As it was only £3 from Tesco I wouldn't say it was a waste of money but I will certainly read a few more reviews before I buy a Disney game again.
First off I must say that i've never been huge on kids movies, not since I was one anyway, and even then I was pretty fussy when it came to the works of Disney etc. So when I seen Shrek I went in with the opinion that I wasn't expecting much. Although it was well thought of from pretty much everyone I spoke to I thought it was incredibley corny and although it may have been a little intended that way I really couldn't see much appeal for adults in it at all. And so here comes the PS2 game of the thirsd Shrek movie.
The game itself looks pretty good but thats about as much good things as I can say about it, the gameplay is extremely tedious as although it's pretty simple, it's always the same, the action is pretty much nowhere to be seen as you'll find yourself repeating the same thing over and over with no variation to speak of.
Even though they managed to get the celebrity actors to do voiceovers they seem completely out of sync with the actual game and any major attempt at humour falls flat on it's face and comes across as wooden.
This game is basically aimed at kids and I guess in that respect they have done it right by keeping it simple which will make it easier for younger kids to play and the graphics are good enough to keep them entertained for a while. But for the actual gamer this is one to avoid.
This is an action adventure game clearly aimed at fans of the Shrek film trilogy. You will play as most of the characters from the film at some point, Fiona, Shrek and even Sleeping Beauty. Each character has their own special ability that will help you in completing the game.
The game is set in a beautiful background, mainly focusing on a fairytale backdrop that the films are so famous for. It's fun to spot the various fairytales hinted at during the game and exciting for children to be in their own fairytale. You will battle with pirates and witches amongst other things in a simple combat strategy - mainly just bashing a few buttons!
There are some mini games thrown in and again these will delight children, but they are extremely simple to play and won't challenge anyone aged over 11.
It's a simple game to play and kids will love it. Adults may find the humour lacking and the game not as indepth as they may like. But the young at heart and die hard shrek fans will enjoy adding this game to their collection.
Video game adaptations of big movies, particularly kid s movies, tend to get a lot of flak from more hardcore gamers and not without some justification. Not offering anything original in terms of gameplay is one thing but they re usually quite shoddily made and with little real connection to the movie they re supposed to be based on. Shrek The Third won t be winning any video game awards for innovation but it does at least look and sound like the film and is unlikely to disappoint anyone who simply wants to relive it from the comfort of their own joypad.