Game Review - Kid Icarus Uprising on Nintendo 3DS

Written by IcarusCantFly on September 21, 2014 @ 1:54 pm

(Relatively spoiler free - hooray!)

This game has a great plot with amusing dialogue and developed characters. It also has a brilliant online system even though there are only two modes.

The graphics are pretty and the controls aren't too difficult to use once you get used to them (and customizable if you find them difficult). The stand is helpful, as on higher intensities you'll probably be gripping the 3DS and hammering some buttons. However, it is perfectly possible to play through the game without, as I have done myself (I bought a pre-owned copy which had no stand), even on the higher intensities.

You'll find yourself enjoying the banter between the characters even if you don’t expect to. And if you don’t, later in the game you have the option to turn it off. The game doesn't even have a fourth wall, even in the How to Play videos Pit and Palutena reference the previous games in the series (acknowledging their existence as video game characters), as well as Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which Pit featured in.

The weapons available to use are endless. There are nine weapon classes, loads of weapons in each class and every weapon has different stats and abilities. Weapons can be bought with hearts (the in-game currency), fused together to create a new weapon with abilities from both previous weapons, and converted to hearts to buy new weapons. Weapons can also be converted into weapon gems which are traded over StreetPass. These have similar functions to regular weapons.
The difficulty is adjustable - so don't feel put off if you're not used to the controls (when I started I set the intensity no higher than 3, but by chapter six I was playing at intensity 6 and higher). Don't get put off if it feels too easy either, as you can crank up the intensity (which will grant higher value weapons and powers, as well as more hearts).

The voice acting is really impressive, as normally English dubbed voice acting leaves something to be desired. However, this is not the case. Anthony Del Rio is great as Pit and Dark Pit, and although Viridi, voiced by Hynden Walch (Princess Bubblegum - Adventure Time, Starfire - Teen Titans), can be a little shrill at times it isn't too bothersome overall.

The music is very rich even if some can be slightly repetitive.

The end of the story is not the end of the game. When I completed the story, the menu told me I was only about 70% finished. In each chapter there are hidden things which you can go back and find to gain new weapons and powers. Not too mention the "Treasure Hunt" section where meeting certain requirements will grant you new features. There are also collectable in-game figurine-like "Idols". There is even a AR system which uses the AR cards to make characters battle each other. All of this gives the game a really high replay value.

If you believe that you will spend a couple of days playing this game before you run out of features, you'll find that you're wrong. This game is definitely worth playing.

Overall Rating: 9

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Game Information

Platform
Nintendo 3DS
Developer(s)
Project Sora
Publisher(s)
Nintendo
Genre(s)
Action-Adventure
NA Release Date
March 23, 2012
MVGL User Score
8.0
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