Hasbro Family Game Night 3
|a game by||Electronic Arts|
|Platforms:||XBox 360, Playstation 3|
|Editor Rating:||6/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||10.0/10 - 2 votes|
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|See also:||Relaxing Games, Hasbro Games|
The toys and board games giant continues its tradition of bringing real-life games to the virtual realm with Hasbro Family Game Night 3. This version of the game comes with five board classics that are sure to keep the family together any night of the week — as long as the rivalries don’t get too intense!
The question of why would anyone prefer a video game adaptation rather than playing the board game counterpart of each of these titles remains present, especially when the games lack any sort of charm. Unfortunately, this is one game night that most players would likely want to skip.
Plenty to Choose From
Having board games and other sorts of real-life competitions brought to a video game is not a novel concept. Things like Sony’s Buzz and Monopoly have enjoyed some success with more casual-minded players who might want to introduce their whole families into their hobbies.
On paper, Hasbro Family Game Night 3 sounds like a blast. The package includes five classic Hasbro games that anyone should be familiar with: The Game of Life, Twister, Cluedo, Mouse Trap, and Yahtzee in its “Hands Down” variation.
You read that right: the developers of this video game for some reason thought that anyone would want to play Twister on their TV screens. The overall result is a mismatch of good and terrible ideas that never quite clicks.
The game allows players to choose any of the games to play either locally or online. In my experience, it’s always better to play these games locally — the online gameplay can be a bit too hectic, not to mention the usual server issues and disconnections souring the experience.
Mr. Potato Head will be our guide once again in each of the games. His dialogues and animations are easily the best parts of the game, which is not saying much, since some games barely feature any animations at all.
Not Made Equal
It goes without saying, but each game presents a unique gaming experience that varies drastically in quality. The games with more “traditional” gameplay, like Cluedo and The Game of Life, are the more enjoyable ones of the bunch. It also shows that the developers spent more time working on these titles, as evidenced by the minigames present in The Game of Life.
However, the more complex board games, like Twister, are nearly unplayable. While the game is compatible with the PlayStation Move controllers, the experience still manages to be lackluster. If you play Hasbro Family Game Night 3, stick to the traditional board games, and stay as far away as humanly possible from Twister.
Hasbro Family Game Night 3 might be the weakest entry in the virtual board games collection, but it still offers some moderate enjoyment for the whole family.
- Good variety of classic and novelty games
- Some fun minigames
- Mr. Potato Head is the star of the show
- Awful controls in Twister
- Games can be a bit tedious
- No real incentive for replaying the games