Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D sets gameplay back as far as the titular reptiles. A mindless series of running down a straight path and fighting fellow dinosaurs, there is little to nothing giving incentive for players to move forward.
The painful story sees the dinosaurs of the past losin there narrated harmony and peace when the four chieftans bite it and made-up dinosaur baddie Arakosaurus (or something like that) steps in and appoints 5 more fictional dinosaurs to replace the 5 chiefs. If that math seems wrong (4chiefs doesn't equal 5) then your not alone. But the story isn't important. Unfortunately, nothing else is either.
From here on you choose between four continents, divided between the four dinosaur types. Predators, Hunters, Defenders, and Chargers. Don't assume that means variety, as each terrible lizard controls the same as the other. You'll customize your beast with diffrent skins such as green stripes and pink flames. Dont get too excited, most of the customizaton is locked.
From there you proceed to play through five stages, killing off three real dinosaurs before going up against the fake lieutenant, who look like they were designed by an artist with a spike fetish. The stages are one long windy hallway with nothing interactive beyond piles of rocks to smash and logs to crush in the hope of collecting bones for unlockable customization options, a skeleton costume, or dinosaur facts. There are five for paths for each stages, and they are repeated on ll four continents to a fault. To be fair the enviornment does look nice, with cliffs showing of scenic vistas, lush jungles and fiery volcanoes. Although the "desert" stage looks shamefully similar to the home of a certain road runner and Wiley Coyote.
Lastly is the combat. Your dinosaurs teleport onto a narrow penninsula through magics I suppose where they face off. And I mean face off, as you stare at each, unable to move except dodging and attacking. Every dino is exactly the same.
The graphics actually show off the 3DS's 3D pretty nicely. It uses more layers of depth and perspective than some of the other launch titles. The gameplay, however, is boring and repetitive garbage though. Once more games that utilize depth come out this game will be a one, but for the time being it's a 4.
Compared to the one on the wii this is a step back for the series. I love the series do not get me wrong, and when i played the wii one i was in love with it because of the gameplay being way more like a fighter. But this? Except for pretty scenery this game is bad..just pure bad. You can literally mash the attack button and side step every other attack, nothing very new or innovative, the reason I am giving this a 2 instead of a 1 is because it is pretty graphics wise.