Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Reviews Summary

Summary: Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is a strong entry into the long running franchise. Critics agree that the move to the third dimension works well for the game, but that a unfriendly camera and some uninspired missions do let it down slightly.

Rating Summary

Based on 49 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

84

Top Critic Average

85%

Critics Recommend

Based on 49 critic reviews
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Oct 3, 2015

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

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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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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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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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8 / 10
Jan 9, 2015

Just one more, honest

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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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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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