In between that fine line occupying homage and copyright infringement lies 3D Dot Game Heroes, From Software's PS3 RPG that evokes The Legend of Zelda as its template. Patrick Klepek has been scouring dungeons in the game's pixilated world, and here's what he thinks so far:
"Old school games fans, especially ones steeped in Zelda fandom, will find themselves overjoyed with 3D Dot Game Heroes. There are references, visual cues and jokes that will only make sense to people who found were once enamored with Link's original adventures. Overjoyed is probably an understatement, too. Even the music riffs on Shigeru Miyamoto's classic. 3D Dot Game Heroes plays like a self-aware, fourth wall-breaking remake of The Legend of Zelda that's laden with respect for Miyamoto's foundation from the moment it begins."
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