This may be memory-soaked nostalgia talking, but 3D Dot Game Heroes
's visual style is an immediate attention-grabber. Everything is constructed of small 3D cubes. From a top-down perspective, the game could be easily mistaken for an 8-bit game (albeit a very pretty, HD 8-bit game... but the look is there), but then the perspective switches to an isometric view, completely changing the game's landscape. Trees, houses, even water reflections are crafted with blocky skill. Even animation comes off in simple, two-framed cycles. It's a complete nostalgia trip for older players, but has just enough graphical panache to get newer players interested.
You're even able to leave your own mark on the game by creating your own pixilated hero using the in-game character editor. Like the saying goes, if you can dream it, you can build it, though in a slightly reduced stature and detail. In our short demo, we were able to see everything from a traditional knight to a tank and even Domo-kun. The number of creations possible is, at first, a bit intimidating, but I can't wait to see what people come up with.