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Customer Review of the Week: Dragon's Dogma

Dragon's Dogma was Developed and Published by Capcom for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game is an Action RPG that features a persistent Open World.

Story: (Skipping the tutorial) The game begins in the fishing village of Cassardis, with the guards relaying the prophets message about the return of the Dragon, a sign of the end of days. Suddenly the village is filled with panic when the Dragon shows up but with you being the fearless hero that you are, you pick up a rusty sword and challenge the beast. Needless to say the battle ends with your complete and utter defeat when the Dragon sends you flying, rips open your chest and steals your heart. Before long you are back on your feet (time heals all wounds) and you learn that due to having your heart taken, you have been revived as an "Arisen" and are destined to find and kill the dragon that stole your heart.

Gameplay: The Combat is where Dragon's Dogma shines and stands above all else, with you being able to fight in pretty much anyway you want with you able to select three classes, Fighter, Strider & Mage, each with their own advantages and disadvantages, with more being available later on. The Fighters excel at drawing the enemy’s attention and close range combat and with high vitality, attack and stamina they are a force to be reckoned with but they don't have any ranged attacks and have a slow movement speed. The Striders excel at ranged combat and they also have an excellent movement speed that will have you dishing out damage in close combat then dodging at the last possible moment, but considering their low vitality and attack they are one of the most challenging play styles. The Mages are perhaps the most one sided class and yet the most versatile. They have control over the Elemental Magic’s, allowing them to enchant the party's weapons with Fire, Ice, Thunder, Holy and Dark. They can also heal the party, which makes them essential. Mages have Devastating Attacks and High Magic Defence but their low vitality, physical defence and stamina means that they won't be surviving any close encounters.

The main attraction of the game is the "grab" action, which allows the player to can grab or cling to enemies, similar to Shadow of the Colossus. Example, while fighting a Cyclops the player can either grab on to its legs and keep on attacking it till it falls over or climb up till you reach its head then manoeuvre over to its eye for a more lethal attack.

Multiplayer: Yes you did you did read right, Dragon's Dogma does in fact have Multiplayer (kinda). Dragon's Dogma features the Pawn System, enabling the player to summon Pawn's that other people have created to help then on their journey. You can have three in total at in given time, your Main Pawn that you created and two more Pawns that other players have created. Pawns who get summoned into another player’s world will come back with experience, not in the points format but in World, Quest and Monster knowledge.

Audio: The Soundtrack is one of the most immersive I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. During my first play through I only really noticed the theme song and the battle music but during my second play through I use my Surround Sound Gaming Headset and I was blown away with what I heard, I can't really explain it since it's one of the things that you must experience for yourself, but trust me.

Final Thoughts 

Dragon's Dogma is easily one of my favourite games of this generation, maybe ever. The sense of exploration is amazing, the combat is so much fun, the soundtrack is worthy of a physical purchase and the sound design makes the game immersive. All in all I would recommend Dragon's Dogma to everyone and anyone, it's an epic journey filled with adventure. This game really is one of the must play games of the generation.

Words by Peon-Overlord Nox Tan.

Edited On 28 May, 2013

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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Now I can't change my name can I? (Sad Face)
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Joe Anderson (Editor) 3 years ago
You can have your read name in the article if you want. Just let me know what it is :D
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
It's ok, I was only joking. The Costumer Review section changes each time I change my name anyways. (I'll just always keep Nox in my name)
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TruDarkAssassin 3 years ago
summed up perfectly great review might get around to playing it in full again one day
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
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troublemaker 3 years ago
Awesome review mate. Well deserved the win
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J-D 3 years ago
indeed, very nice review, its a title everyone should own
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LFC Bywater 3 years ago
Well done Nox, Great review. Going to pick it up soon now that i have finished with Skyrim
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Thanks Bywater
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ZdravkoN 3 years ago
Congrats Nox, great review :) . I have my eyes on this game for a long time, but you know CAPCOM and their re-releases (I think that they should have released Dark Arisen as a DLC, and not re-release the entire game).
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
It would have been £15 if it was released as stand alone DLC anyway, this way people that didn't buy it first time round (Like me) can get it for a measly price. Also i'm sure every bit of the previously release DLC is included on the disk (If not all then most)

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