Drakengard 3 continues to baffle even the most jaded of modern day Square Enix fans. For the last half decade, the company has not been one to take huge risks on strange games and will barely acknowledge anything in its line-up that isn’t a top of the line production.
And yet, this violent game is both unattractive and anything but safe. Somehow Square Enix is still releasing it to Western audiences anyway, and it even acknowledged the hardcore fans it has been neglecting with the localization announcement. This is not the Square Enix I’ve come to know, but rather the one I thought perished all those years ago.
Producer Takamasa Shiba, whose previous works with the company include the first two Drakengard games and Nier, has even stated that he created Drakengard 3 to recapture the older days when Square Enix knew how make a solid single player experience.
With that in mind, it’s hard to put a finger on Drakengard 3.
Neither previous game was especially good, but they were certainly unique and memorable. Nier was a charming little game with some genuinely enjoyable quirks, and add to that the fact that company who developed the one and only Deadly Premonition is making this game. None of these games are universally loved, but all are united by the fact that they have rabidly loyal fanbases and skyrocketing cult statuses.
The Japanese hack ‘n slash genre is also not really up to snuff these days either, so that’s a whole other can of worms in itself.
It goes without saying that Drakengard 3 is going to attract only a certain kind of gamer, one steeped in appreciation for games outside the current mold and one who is willing to overlook glaring flaws for the sake of a team’s overall vision. I promise this game will see a wide range of reactions.
I don’t know where I will fit in that scheme, but the original team painstakingly reunited to make this game. I’ll give anything a shot if it’s an obvious passion project like this.
Drakengard 3 will be an exclusive PlayStation Network release for the PlayStation 3, and it will be released some time next year.