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Monday, July 29, 2002

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Dragon's Lair 3D Previewed
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

IGN PC recently attended a press event hosted by Ubi Soft that showed off the upcoming title Dragon's Lair 3D (DL 3D). Based off the original laserdisc title, DL 3D takes the game and brings it up to today's standards while maintaining the artwork and gameplay that made the original so popular.

While much of the preview is spent bringing players unfamiliar with the original title up to speed, it also goes in-depth into what can be found in the new title, including the improved animation and cast of characters:

As much as I was looking forward to seeing the game and playing it, I was a little apprehensive as to whether it could really be turned into a 3D platformer while still keeping the same special atmosphere and feel that the cinematic game possessed in spades. But my apprehensions were given the day off after seeing Dirk and his 150 smooth animations in motion. It looks really good. The environments in the game are all built in 3D. That means walls, tables, chairs, pillars, bookcases, etc... All of the characters like Dirk and our old friend Singe the dragon and any of the other 40 enemies are cell painted giving the game a really beautiful cartoony feel while still giving you the chance to run around in a viable volumetric space. Textures for the 3D world are done in bright colors with great style and flair.
Fans of the original will also be happy to hear that many of the sounds from the original will be transferred over, including Dirk's bevy of high-pitched screams, grunts, and groans. An improved musical score has also been added.

One of the new features introduced into DL 3D is the ability to utilize Dragon Essences. The Dragon's Eye will allow players to find hidden rooms and items, the Dragon's Scale will protect Dirk from fire, the Dragon's Spirit will restore health, and the Dragon's Wing will allow Dirk to fly, complete with ridiculous arm-flapping animations.

The rest of the preview covers the 3D aspect of DL 3D as well as the combat system. A slew of screenshots are also available.

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