The fighting in these missions is repetitive and tedious, and you just hit the square button repeatedly to perform the same short combo in hopes of hitting any nearby enemies. If you take too much damage while on your dinobreaker it will overheat, which for some reason means you have to get off the machine and run around trying to avoid enemies, since you take more damage when in your regular human form. If you take too much damage this way, you'll die and have to start the area over again. The fighting is awkward enough, but it doesn't help that the dinobreakers move like clumsy mechanized drones. Granted, that's how a huge robot dinosaur probably would handle in real life, but it's just frustrating because you're constantly fighting the controls to get your dinobreaker to go where you want it to. To make matters worse, some levels have you clunking around on ice. So in addition to being slow and clumsy, you also slide all over the place. But that isn't even the worst of it. There are actually some platform-jumping sections in the game, which is the last thing you want to see when you have a hard enough time controlling these dinosaur mechs on the ground.
As mentioned earlier, there are some vehicle challenges as well. Sometimes during a mission you'll have a simple driving challenge like hitting a switch and then racing along a precarious path to an open door before it closes. Other than that, you'll also need your vehicle form to participate in some actual races. The races seem like an interesting idea (even if they don't make any sense in the context of the game), but they are so poorly executed here that you'll actually look forward to getting back into combat. For one thing, the top speed of your vehicle is about equivalent to that of your average riding lawn mower, and the engine sounds about the same. You do have a boost button at your disposal, but there are rarely any good opportunities to use it, as the tracks are so poorly designed for racing. The racetracks are filled with 90-degree turns, and since there are no side rails and your vehicle has a terrible turning radius, you'll often fly right off the edge of the track even when you don't use the boost. When you do fly off the track, you'll spawn back onto it, and then immediately you'll be thrown off your dinobreaker as it begins to overheat. As you not only have to wait to get back on track, but also to get back on your vehicle, a single crash will cost you several seconds and, in turn, will usually cost you the race. Most likely you'll fall off the track several times each lap, which turns the whole racing experience into a frustrating mess.
The production values for D.I.C.E. are entirely unimpressive, even for a game based on a C-grade anime series. The textures are smeared and flat, and the environments are empty and full of hard edges that give the world a completely generic sci-fi look. There are only a few types of enemies in the game, and none of them look cool or menacing. You'll see the frame rate drop frequently when you're fighting several enemies at a time, though it does recover fairly quickly. The dinobreakers look shiny and detailed, and their swinging tails and bobbing heads animate fairly well.
The dinobreakers look pretty cool, but everything else just looks dull.
The sound in D.I.C.E. ranges from weak to annoying. While racing you'll hear the same tire-squealing noise constantly, even if you transform into your dinosaur form and try to run the track. You'll also hear the same grunts and gasps from the characters as they fight, and all of the weapon noises are generic and subdued. The dialogue in the game is fully voiced, but the voices don't lend any personality to the characters. The music sounds like something you've probably heard in an elevator before, and you could play this game all the way through without ever noticing it.
Even if you are the world's most dedicated D.I.C.E. fan, you'll want to avoid this game. It is obviously intended for a younger audience, but there are a ton of other, much better games that cater to kids, which is all the more reason to leave this one on the shelf. It will take you five or six hours to complete the game, and you can replay the missions to collect coins and purchase new satellite bots and training missions. But none of that is worth the effort. There's a two-player versus mode available, but sharing the problematic gameplay with a human opponent doesn't make the experience any more appealing. If you're a big fan of the anime then you'll get much more satisfaction watching reruns on the Cartoon Network than you will playing this game.