Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions

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Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is ranked in the 92nd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 49 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

84

Top Critic Average

85%

Critics Recommend

Based on 49 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 2, 2014

With that said, don't take away too negative an impression of GW3:D. Though what it adds doesn't do much for me, what it brings from GW2 is simply brilliant, looks better than ever, and has never been on PC before – and everyone should try Pacifism mode at least once in their life. Parts of GW3:D are wonderful. But the most telling thing is that they're all contained in 2D rectangles.

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Gamestyle
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 4, 2014

It is the gaming equivalent of finding yourself heading to a hotel room after a wedding with the two best look bridesmaids on each arm. You know you are coming out of that experience with huge grin that isn't going to go away anytime soon.

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Scored Reviews

Destructoid
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Nov 23, 2014

Classic Mode's inclusion might just be a nod to the mindset of Lucid Games when developing Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions -- improve as much as possible while still staying true to the core of the franchise. That old game is still there, it's just unspeakably better now. It may have been past installments in the series that were billed as evolution, but Dimensions is where Geometry Wars truly evolved.

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Pure Xbox
10 / 10
10 / 10
Nov 28, 2014

With Geometry Wars 3, Lucid Games have taken the pure and unsullied Geometry Wars mix and added nothing but good things to it. No corners have been cut here and the game is almost a love-letter to everything that was great about the series in the first place.

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Arcade Sushi
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Dec 1, 2014

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions takes twin-stick point-hoarding action to a whole new dimension.

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Impulsegamer
4.6 / 5.0
4.6 / 5.0
Dec 2, 2014

Shaking up the formula somewhat whilst still ensuring that longtime fans and purists are catered for, Lucid Games have done the unfathomable and created a game that betters the already stellar efforts of Bizarre Creations. The gameplay additions work tremendously well and also serve to keep players on their toes by demanding that they change their tactics in accordance with the context of a particular stage.

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The Digital Fix
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 3, 2015

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is a near perfect game let down only by the demanding mission padding and a soundtrack that represents a slight step backwards from its predecessors. Its very DNA has been refined to amazing clarity, from the precise controls to the neon drenched artwork. Instantly accessible to new players, it quickly compels them to become experts in order to proceed along its asymptotic learning curve. An explosive orgy of light and sound that needs to be experienced to be believed.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 5, 2014

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is a fantastic return for the series that brought the twin-stick shooter to modern consoles. Damningly hard, visually and aurally distinctive, there are few games that can match it for both immersion and addictiveness.

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GamesRadar+
Dec 1, 2014

Aesthetically scintillating, but equally enthralling in its immense depth, Geometry Wars 3 is a sequel whose design insight is matched only by its endlessly creative sense of fun. Close to perfect.

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Push Square
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 25, 2014

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions marks a triumphant PlayStation debut for an already popular property – and a solid start for the resurrected Sierra label. Offering a wealth of content as well as endless replayability, this game is a real winner. While the introduction of 3D stages doesn't change the franchise's core formula as much as you may expect, it still manages to breathe new life into a solid starting point – and even minor presentation and difficulty niggles can't sully this shapely treat.

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GameSkinny
Oct 3, 2015

The explosive battle of shapes shoots into the third dimension with flying neon colors.

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CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
CGMagazine
Jason D’Aprile

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Dec 22, 2014

Geometry Wars: Dimensions isn't a complex, deep, or particularly meaningful game. It doesn't need to be.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Nov 30, 2014

That aside, Lucid Games has nailed everything else about the game. For such a simple formula, it's a testament to Geometry Wars' ability to do it better than anyone else that it is still the premier dual stick arcade shooter, even after so many releases and clones on the market. That the latest has been able to introduce enough tweaks to make it an even more pure arcade experience is impressive. And for Activision, this is a truly awesome rebirth for its Sierra brand. This game is worth your money, assuming you do enjoy a healthy challenge.

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Video Chums
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 26, 2014

If you enjoy twin stick shooters even slightly then Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is a must-download with its fun and challenging gameplay and boatloads of content.

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SelectButton
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 2, 2014

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is a worthy successor and a natural evolution of the series. Lucid Game has included the best parts of the previous games and blended them together into a single game bursting with content.

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PushStartPlay
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 3, 2015

The king of twin-stick shooters makes it triumphant return with Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions, only this time it arrives on the Xbox and PlayStation consoles, as well as for PC.

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TrueAchievements
Dec 1, 2014

A game meant for few to master but all to enjoy, Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions has brought the best of its storied history with it and by is a series that won't be going away any time soon. Enter a novice, leave a legend and be sure to enjoy every moment along the way. The grid awaits.

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Softpedia
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 1, 2014

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is a great new entry in the series. It offers plenty of things for all players, as the Adventure mode draws in new fans, the Classic mode appeals to veterans, and the leaderboards manage to fuel their competitive natures.

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GameZone
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 24, 2014

Something for everyone. Hardcore purists can spend days perfecting their scores in Evolved mode, while new players will certainly like the allure of a single player campaign that teaches them how to play the game

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Readers Gambit
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 12, 2014

Lucid Games have literally added new depths to a frantic and ever so satisfying series with Geometry Wars 3. You'll fall in love with the speed of the wonderfully fluorescent design and fall in to a vortex of bettering your scores long in to the future with this one.

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PC Gamer
86 / 100
86 / 100
Dec 2, 2014

Difficulty spikes aside, this is a great PC edition of a fantastic arcade shooter.

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GamingBolt
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2014

Geometry Wars 3 is basically digitized crack. It's challenging, it's visually amazing, and it's soundtrack should be available to purchase separately. Take my Money!

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Xbox Achievements
85%
85%
Nov 28, 2014

Lucid has succeeded in bringing Geometry Wars back with an almighty bang. A more than worthy successor to Bizarre Creations' originals, Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions makes the formula work in 3D, while providing the same kind of engaging gameplay that made the previous games so addictive. Finger pain and scorched eyeballs might be side-effects, but screw it. It hurts so good.

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God is a Geek
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 27, 2014

This really is "more Geometry Wars", but it's been quite some time since we've had a new game. The campaign level design offers something new, but the classic mode is where it's really at.

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Worth Playing
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 9, 2014

Despite the long wait between entries, Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions ends up being a very solid game in the franchise. The core shooting mechanics remain tight, and the addition of new powers doesn't cheapen the experience. The level designs add a fresh feel to the shooting, and the various modes cater to those with specific preferences. Though the presence of progression gates can be frustrating and encourage too much grinding, the various leaderboards and pure addictive nature of the high score hunt mitigate that just a bit. For arcade style shooting fans, it feels almost mandatory to have this in your gaming library.

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Gaming Nexus
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2014

After six long years, Geometry Wars has finally returned. Now set on three-dimensional stages, this sequel delivers a host of fun game modes. Unfortunately, the level designs sometimes make seeing enemies difficult and the single-player campaign is more frustrating than it needs to be. Regardless of whether you like the three-dimensional shift or not, there's enough content in Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions to warrant a look.

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GameCrate
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 3, 2014

A worthy add-on to a franchise that we'd never thought would return, Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is a twin-stick shooter that's well worth the recommendation. The online multiplayer may not feel like much, but single player and co-op have a lot to offer, and the gameplay and presentation gel nearly perfectly together. It's good to have a little Geometry back in our lives.

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COGconnected
85 / 100
85 / 100
Dec 14, 2014

When it comes down to it, Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is a blast – no pun intended. Fans of the series will love it, and gamers with a competitive streak who are new to the series should take to it instantly. This is a definite buy for your Xbox One as it will bring back memories for veterans of the series while introducing the franchise to those who've never played it.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Nov 29, 2014

An enjoyable entry in the Geometry Wars franchise that manages to add new life into the series, but keeps fans happy with returning classics.

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VideoGamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 4, 2014

Geometry Wars 3 makes big changes, but retains the excellent core gameplay and delivers another addictive blaster.

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ZTGD
8 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Dec 5, 2014

While it might not light the world on fire the way Retro Evolved and its sequel did, Dimensions is a the next evolution of the series, and a really fun way to waste time on the new consoles.

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games(TM)
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 9, 2015

Just one more, honest

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 1, 2014

3D twin-stick shooters are nothing new as there have been quite a few released since Geometry Wars 2 hit the scene, but the series' eventual progression to offering this kind of gameplay mechanic is very much welcome. Geometry Wars 3 brings the tight twin-stick feel of the series to the modern gaming era while also paying homage to the series' roots. Just steer clear of its online multiplayer game modes.

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High-Def Digest
Dec 19, 2014

In the limited field of shoot-em-ups, 'Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions' couldn't be more welcome, especially as the franchise's future was in doubt after the end of both its publisher and developer. It is a great, inexpensive twin-stick shooter that has a few mild design issues, but nothing that would dissuade me from recommending it to anyone.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 25, 2014

Geometry Wars 3 is yet another great game in this dual-stick series that will leave your brain buzzing and your fingers numb.

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Giant Bomb
Dec 1, 2014

Dimensions recaptures enough of Geometry Wars' thrills to stand as the best new dual-joystick shooter in quite a while.

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We Got This Covered
Dec 7, 2014

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions isn't a perfect representation of the formula, but at the end of the day, it's still a lot of fun.

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Game Informer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2014

One of those experiences that I would call addictive in that "just one more attempt" way

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Game Revolution
Jan 12, 2015

Despite a few issues with the camera and the absence of a customizable mode, Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions proves that the multidirectional twitch-based shooter is still a blast.

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Polygon
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 24, 2014

Tallying its original content on its own, Dimensions offers a very replayable, highly varied take on a too-long dormant modern classic.

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PCMag
Jan 23, 2015

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is a superb minimalist shooter that will have you saying "just one more game" every time.

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IGN
7.9 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

7.9 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2014

Geometry Wars 3: Dimension is a fun twin-stick shooter that's easy for anyone to pick up and play.

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Kritiqal
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 17, 2016

The first question with a sequel like Dimensions Evolved is not "what's changed" but "did they ruin it?"

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GameSkinny
Nov 30, 2014

Geometry Wars returns, but without the original developer and plenty of changes which alter the basic formula, rendering this sequel almost unidentifiable.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 13, 2015

It's nice to see a developer try and re-imagine the Geometry Wars formula with varying worlds, but it's not entirely paid off this time round. The vast majority of the game is great fun, it plays brilliantly, and there really is mountains of content on offer for a fairly cheap price. It's a shame that a good chunk of these new, rotating worlds are painfully frustrating to play on because of the player's lack of vision.

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Eurogamer
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 30, 2014

For a game I've complained about a lot, I was pretty engaged with it at three in the morning yesterday, of course, shoot-'em-up headache setting in and an annulus of empty teacups starting to form. The problem, ultimately, is a philosophical one. I'm not sure if Lucid really gets the mentality behind this series, and that makes for a perfectly serviceable shooter when the lineage requires something more.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Dec 1, 2014

The problem with reviving such an excellent series is that comparing it to past games is both completely fair and also a bad idea.  It's easy to look at all the things Geometry Wars 3 leaves behind while neglecting that it's a still a fun, challenging shooter.

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GameGrin
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2014

There really isn't a lot to this game, past the flashy visuals and leaderboards, so if you're looking for more depth than the original Geometry Wars, you'll be disappointed.

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Paste Magazine
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jan 7, 2015

You can destroy your smile again with the game modes of old in a new graphical package. If you're looking for the next big, huge, mind-blowing iteration that jumps us forward fifty years in shape-on-shape violence, then it isn't here. I don't need to navigate a three dimensional pomegranate with my mine-laying drone in order to enjoy myself. In fact, it takes away from that enjoyment. You might feel differently.

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