Now here's a curious thing: a game that purports to be a throwback to 2D fantasy adventures like Legend of Zelda and early Final Fantasy, but in 3D. With the power of voxels, Silicon Studios renders every character and landscape in their 3D Dot Game Heroes as pixelated as a vintage 80s title from your favorite system, but expanded outwards into three dimensions. In fact, it even plays very close to the pre-Ocarnia "Zelda" titles, featuring many similar items and a basic progression via temples/dungeons, but with a few modern twists.
Hearing that description, you'd be forgiven for thinking that "Heroes" is a hipster love song: a title meant to seduce those in love with nostalgia, crafted by people who don't know what it is that they're imitating. It is not. Nor is it a rip-off of "Zelda," as some charge, but more as Borges would claim a "translation" of its formula that twists said formula into an identity of its own. Breaking expectations, the 2D-but-3D aesthetic is not tacky. No, sometimes it is a breathtaking one that actually stuns, as in this opening transformation from 2D to 3D.