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Dragon's Crown guide: very quick tips photo
Dragon's Crown guide: very quick tips
by Chris Carter

Dragon's Crown can be a pretty tough game. On top of some devilishly difficult boss fights, you need to fulfill your role, as well as practice good party synergy to really best some of the hardest encounters.

Odds are if you have a technical question about Dragon's Crown, I answered it in this article here in the comment section. But for everything gameplay related, you'll find it here.

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Jimquisition: Dragon's Frown  photo
Jimquisition: Dragon's Frown
by Jim Sterling

Oh yes, it's another video about reviews and things. Not quite the usual flavor, but certainly something that cannot be repeated enough.

If you're a fan of Vanillaware, you may not be helping by pouring excessive scorn on a reviewer who may not agree with you. In fact, nobody's helped when you stop the party just because one person isn't enjoying it as much as you are. Who wins there? Nobody.

Least of all those who threw the party.

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5:45 PM on 08.02.2013

Dragon's Crown had a strong opening week in Japan

The marvelous Dragon's Crown hit shelves in Japan last week and sold more than 175,000 physical units. The PlayStation 3 and Vita title appears to be a hot commodity, with Atlus apologizing for shortages at ret...

Kyle MacGregor



Review: Dragon's Crown photo
Review: Dragon's Crown
by Chris Carter

Dragon's Crown has had an ... interesting development cycle over the past few years, to say the least. After controversy sparked due to the art style Vanillaware has been employing for over a decade now, many people began to wonder if there was actually a game under the distinct, polarizing art style.

But you won't find any controversy here. At long last, Dragon's Crown is finally out, and we can judge it on its own merits -- as a videogame.

And it's fantastic.

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12:30 PM on 07.29.2013

WonFes brings stunning Persona, Dragon's Crown figures

Wonder Festival kicked off over the weekend, giving us the first look at a deluge of new anime and videogame character figures that will be heading to market in the coming months. Our friends at Tomopop were in attendance at ...

Kyle MacGregor

7:30 AM on 07.25.2013

Dragon's Crown is Vanillaware's most expensive game yet

In an announcement today on Twitter, Vanillware's George Kamitani celebrated the Japanese launch of Dragon's Crown with some art, and an interesting factoid -- Dragon's Crown is Vanillware's most expensive project to date. Sp...

Chris Carter







The first 10 hours of Dragon's Crown are action packed photo
The first 10 hours of Dragon's Crown are action packed
by Chris Carter

All things considered, Dragon's Crown is one of my most anticipated games of the year, if not the most. As many of you know, I'm a massive fan of action games as well as brawlers, old-school games, and of course, Vanillaware.

Everything about Dragon's Crown looked great, but as we know, there's nothing quite like actually playing something to really judge whether or not what sounds good on paper holds up in practice.

If the first 10 hours are any indication, I don't think I have anything to worry about.

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9:30 AM on 07.18.2013

Dragon's Crown confirmed for European release

Dragon's Crown is officially coming to Europe, NIS America has announced. The Prinny overlords will handle distribution duties for the PlayStation 3 and Vita title across the pond, as with other Atlus properties like Etr...

Kyle MacGregor

2:00 PM on 07.13.2013

NIS America publishing Dragon's Crown in PAL territories

A rating for Dragon's Crown has emerged from the Australian Classification Board, indicating the PlayStation 3 and Vita title will be released in PAL territories. The listing suggests NIS America will distribute the title for...

Kyle MacGregor

1:00 AM on 07.11.2013

Get hot and bothered with Dragon's Crown art book preview

Dragon's Crown. The mere mention of once recondite game seems to inflame impassioned arguments over the title's character art. Still, it's a Vanillaware game. And, like everything else the studio touches, it looks absolutely ...

Kyle MacGregor

2:45 PM on 07.03.2013

Atlus reveals more character options for Dragon's Crown

As we already knew, Dragon's Crown will feature different character palettes for each class, but Atlus has just revealed that names, outfits, and English/Japanese dual audio customization are confirmed for the US version of t...

Chris Carter

12:30 PM on 07.03.2013

Dragon's Crown will feature some form of PVP

We already knew that Vanillaware's upcoming Dragon's Crown will feature raw four player cooperative action involving six classes, and a robust leveling system to encourage multiple playthroughs. But according to Siliconera, F...

Chris Carter



Review: Muramasa Rebirth photo
Review: Muramasa Rebirth
by Chris Carter

Muramasa: The Demon Blade was probably Vanillaware's most uneven game. Alongside of the expected spectacular visuals, a beautiful soundtrack, and surprisingly simple yet enjoyable combat system, came a fairly uninteresting story, and a lot of repetitive gameplay elements.

Although Muramasa was great on paper and on a canvas, it didn't always follow through with its premise, which was disappointing. It looks like not a whole lot has changed in 2013,  because other than adding in some gorgeous visuals, Muramasa Rebirth on the PlayStation Vita doesn't change much.

The repetition sure is a lot more manageable on the go in shorter spurts, however.

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3:00 PM on 06.26.2013

Muramasa is reborn on the PlayStation Vita this week

Although Muramasa wasn't my favorite Vanillaware game, it still had the signature style of the developer, and ultimately was an enjoyable experience. It looks like I'll be giving it one more shot this week on the Vita, in th...

Chris Carter



I'm down with Dragon's Crown photo
I'm down with Dragon's Crown
by Jayson Napolitano

Dragon's Crown is easily one of my favorite games of E3. It's been on my radar for years, back when it was being published by UTV Ignition, but I've kept my distance lately with the visual style controversy. I had the opportunity to really dig in here at E3, and I like where it's headed.

There's a lot more to this game than its polarizing visual style, so let's check it out.

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10:30 AM on 06.07.2013

Feast your eyes on the full Dragon's Crown intro

Atlus Japan has shared the full intro for Dragon's Crown, and it's looking great. It has pretty much everything you'd expect, from character vignettes, to a general look at the world and its riches, to actual dragons. Well, ...

Chris Carter