Mua How To Train Your Dragon

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Right off the bat with How khổng lồ Train Your Dragon 2 on PS3, the flight controls manage to impress. Riding on dragonbaông xã is incredibly smooth, the action balancing the precision you’d need for enjoyable flight but not forgetting the weight và anatomy of the creatures you’re riding. Turning & pitching your Long are reliable, and you can even dive sầu lớn build up quichồng downward tốc độ for a thrilling controlled drop. It comes pretty naturally as well, the player able to lớn easily learn the limits of their dragon so they can properly begin a direction change lớn avoid collisions.

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Unfortunately, these tight flying controls are wasted on this shallow title.

 

After the game’s tutorial lets you out of the training zone, the game does start off promising. The isl& of Berk where the rồng riders live sầu is huge and you are miễn phí lớn fly about it as you please. The enormous mountains dominating it pierce the clouds & are full of caves và ledges, the ground below jagged và naturally forming areas that you can weave sầu your dragons through as you explore this huge expansive sầu environment. However, as you begin to play, you realize that Berk is all there is. This location will contain the total of all activities in the game, be they missions or the optional objectives. The optional objectives actually help make exploring Berk a task that doesn’t dry up too quickly, with things like lighting torches, breaking ice, and hunting down golden dragons scattered throughout. Each dragon also has a mix of 50 tokens khổng lồ find around the island, and surprisingly they’re hidden quite well despite the amount they had lớn hide. There are also Stoick’s Challenges that traông chồng activities both mundane and special, allowing the player khổng lồ receive sầu recognition for finding secrets as well as just doing something simple lượt thích falling off your dragon a bunch of times. There are very few actual rewards for exploration though, the dragons having special unlockable skills if you manage khổng lồ find all of their personalized tokens và some secret characters for doing the right tasks, but the others are there just for the sake of doing them so it’s hard lớn get too invested in their completion.

 

The actual missions are where How khổng lồ Train Your Dragon 2 is a huge letdown. When you begin, the game pitches the first few missions as training, ultimately a tournament taking place where you & the other dragon riders compete in a sequence of events that actually don’t wholly line up with your training. The four training mission types consist of flying through rings in a set path, flying through as many rings as possible, picking up sheep và dropping them in their appropriately colored pens, & a gallery shooting game with viking cutouts you need lớn blast with your dragon’s fire breath. The two ring flying missions are pretty straightforward tests of your ability to lớn control your dragon, with the only consideration besides your direction really being if you want khổng lồ hold X lớn fly faster or not. The sheep dropping mission is a timed challenge where you scoop up sheep và drop them in the right colored pens, và the viking shooting gallery actually seems wholly disconnected from the rest of the game as you maneuver an aiming reticle lớn shoot down the targets, the challenge there being that you can only fire so many fireballs at these easy targets before your rồng needs to lớn recharge. The viking shooting game has no connection to lớn the tournaments, where you và every character you aren’t playing as will compete in a few races, a sheep dropping race, và a wholly different target shooting game where you fly about and shoot the targets that uses a completely different control scheme than the shooting gallery.


There’s no real difference between the playable dragons before you’ve sầu unlocked their special powers if you bother to vị that at all, although it is nice to see the visual variety & have sầu the characters say something different. Lines get repeated fairly often as you fly your dragon, but it is rather charming và sweet to lớn see just how much the characters love sầu their mounts. If you land on a viewpoint, the rider will often dote on their Long, Astrid saying “Best friends for life, right?”, the usually bristly Snoutlout showing love his own way by saying just how much better his rồng is than everyone else, và the chubby Fishlegs doling out the surprisingly good line (*2*) to lớn his little rồng. This at least makes switching dragons a bit more interesting, but it can’t shake off the monotony of the tasks. The main missions types are all repeated in a fairly predictable pattern before another tournament takes place, the only real differences lớn be found being the locations they take place in. Berk is a huge isl& with a lot of space, but it’s mostly got grass, mountains, & water to work with, a fact you become painfully aware as it still somehow has to retread ground.

 

The constant repetition in mission thiết kế could almost be stomached as well if not for the complicating factor of how long everything takes. Tournaments are a set of five events baông chồng to lớn back, and while you don’t have lớn actually win any even khổng lồ unlock the next ones, a single event in the tournament can take six minutes or more, these events often being races that have sầu laps that only takes around a minute or so to lớn complete. The races are definitely not dynamic enough to lớn support such an absurd length, with most racers pretty much guaranteed lớn sit comfortably in their placings once the early portion is sorted out. Thankfully, it isn’t just about flying well here, as you can attack your fellow Long riders or piông xã up items from special rings lớn impede them or protect yourself, but these all depover pretty heavily on proximity. You can’t launch a fireball or chiến thắng at a racer unless they’re not only on your screen, but fairly cthảm bại to you. The flying ring paths wind and twist fairly often making it hard to lớn have sầu a bead on anyone save the moments of early clustered flying, and if you miss too many rings in a row your Long just slows down khổng lồ punish you, meaning you can’t try lớn cut ahead to lớn take a shortcut or bean the enemy before getting baông chồng on path. These races can often boil down khổng lồ just flying along unopposed at the front or sitting too far in the baông chồng khổng lồ trang điểm significant ground.

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The other events aren’t without their issues. The sheep dropping game in regular missions is simple but easy enough. You just grab a colored sheep và take it to the right pen and try lớn vày as many as you can in a small span of time. The tournaments though turn the sheep sự kiện into lớn an event with a precise flight plan. You cannot just fly about grabbing sheep and cashing them in for points, you have to lớn vì what is essentially a race on a planned trachồng but without laps or placement mattering. There is one place to redeem the sheep at the over of that lap and in your goal to lớn get lớn 10 first, earning only 1 point per sheep and 3 if you manage to catch the occasionally spawning black sheep. If you do grab the blaông chồng sheep the moment it spawns, the average you still need to vì to finish is 4 regular sheep và 2 blaông chồng ones, meaning 6 laps that make this another six minute sự kiện where so much of it is downtime of unopposed flight. You can try khổng lồ get other people to lớn drop sheep at least, but you have khổng lồ vì chưng the right attachồng, as you won’t even chiến bại your sheep if you crash inlớn a wall và fall off your dragon. Luckily, respawns are fairly instant in all modes, và while it takes a bit to lớn learn how khổng lồ be aggressive when you first start doing rồng races, once you’ve got it down you’re pretty much guaranteed khổng lồ always trounce the computer-controlled players unless they attaông chồng from off-screen.


 

As you no doubt gleaned by now, there doesn’t seem to lớn really be a story to lớn How lớn Train Your Dragon 2 besides this sequence of training events and tournaments. Wrapping up all the missions just means they stop giving them to lớn you, which at that point is a relief since they would inevitably be the same thing done to death. There is an incredible laông chồng of imagination on display here, the game too focused on flight challenges that chiến bại their difficulty after the first time doing them và just become an exercise in completion. While Berk’s side objectives make exploration more interesting, a lot of them are technically just flying inkhổng lồ an object or shooting it with fire as you stumble across it. The controls are here lớn make this an exciting game about flying around on the bachồng of dragons, but there’s just nothing that really puts them to lớn the demo or provides an interesting outlet for their use. Fireball shots even loông chồng on so that aiming them isn’t able khổng lồ bring an extra element to lớn the affair. Stuck on Long baông chồng & stuchồng on Berk, you’re left with missions that mimic the repetitive grind of real training but don’t have sầu any payoff save the hollow victories in events that drag on way too long.

THE VERDICT: How to lớn Train Your Dragon 2 has surprisingly excellent flight controls but nothing interesting khổng lồ do with them. Most every training mission just transplants the same few designs onto new parts of Berk before culminating in a tournament where every event is way too long for how little is going on in them. The island of Berk is a huge environment with tons of optional tasks to complete while flying around, but the whole game grows stale far too quickly as it heaps more nearly identical content onlớn the player that loses its luster before it even really starts repeating. Boring versions of the “races through rings” formula make up the bulk of the experience, with the few missions deviating from that kiến thiết still too shallow to lớn stvà as more than a tolerable reprieve sầu from them. The few rewards for good performance present in the game are mostly about investing absurd amounts of time in dull tasks, begging the question why anyone would devote time lớn getting them at all.

 

And so, I give sầu How lớn Train Your Dragon 2 for PlayStation 3…

A TERRIBLE rating. The most enjoyable thing to vị in this title is just khổng lồ fly around in a game that nailed rồng flight pretty well. Everything else added lớn this experience only served lớn waste that simple, accessible control design. Almost nothing in it encourages the player lớn be stylish with their maneuvers or rewards expert flying, especially since so much of the missions funnel you through rings. It’s admittedly a problem found in many games focused purely on flight as the driving mechanic, but most games at least make the ring challenges considerably harder over time. How to lớn Train Your Dragon 2 doesn’t want khổng lồ lose the kids playing it, making it too permissive sầu but still testing the limits of their attention span as they have sầu to push through arbitrarily long repeating tasks. A fun control system needs proper direction as it can only survive on its own for a small bit, và the things given to the player to lớn occupy them fail khổng lồ implement them in an engaging manner.


 

How to lớn Train Your Dragon 2’s structure really lets the whole experience down. If it had even just been a straight adaptation of the movie’s plot it would have sầu likely been on a better path, but instead it appears all the design time went inkhổng lồ making Berk this huge environment you can fly around but barely any thought went inlớn what you can vì chưng with your dragons around Berk.

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While the film it’s based on deviated heavily from title’s promise of training dragons, How khổng lồ Train Your Dragon 2 on PS3 focuses on it far too much despite that it’s immediately clear these dragons are capable & competent from the get-go. It would have sầu been better lớn retire these dragons early rather than run them inlớn the ground with the needless & repetitious training regimen this game lays out for you và them.

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