I've had a good feeling about Dragon's Dogma ever since it was announced, and the recently released demo gives me no cause to revoke that feeling as of yet. While very chaotic, and sometimes a little hard to follow the sheer mass of on-screen information, Dogma's sense of scale and pompous grandeur is entertainingly exhilarating.
Armed with bows, blades, and a cadre of CPU-controlled pawns that can hold enemies in place, back you up with spells, or just join in the attack, players are armed to the teeth with an arsenal that decimates huge mythical creatures. By far the best part is downing a winged creature with arrows, grabbing hold of it while it's grounded, and slashing it in the head as it takes to the air. This game lets you grab onto a Griffon's head and stab it in the sky ... and that's pretty awesome.
The demo gives you two short quests, each with two big monsters -- a griffon and a chimera -- to tackle. You can also fiddle with the character generation for your main character and your lead pawn. It's pretty robust, making use of pre-sets but providing enough options for you to get the character you're looking for.
So far, it's looking pretty good for Dragon's Dogma. It seems to be one of those rare games where the overused word "epic" might actually mean something. I also love the idea of the pawn system, and how you can summon all sorts of different allies, who can grow stronger. Feels a bit like Pokemon. A blood-soaked, medieval Pokemon. I like that.
The demo's on Xbox Live right now and should be on PSN this afternoon, if it's not already available. Be sure to read Dale North's full preview, too!
|1:00 PM on 05.01.2013|
Latest Dragon's Dogma update may destroy your save file
Well, snap, talk about a patch release going horribly wrong; Capcom Unity has put out a warning of sorts aimed at Dragon's Dogma and Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen players regarding a recent patch that was pushed out. Failu...more
|9:30 PM on 03.20.2013|
German PC listing of Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen quashed
Many of you have wondered why on earth has Dragon's Dogma not been released on PC. It would be a great fit, right? Well Christian Svensson, corporate officer and senior vice president of Capcom USA, agrees. However, when a me...more
|8:30 AM on 01.23.2013|
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen launches April 23
Capcom has set a solid date for their expansion for Dragon's Dogma. Scheduled for April 23 in North America (and April 26 in Europe), Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen will be available as either a full game digital download or a ...more
|7:00 PM on 11.27.2012|
Hard and Speedrun modes incoming for Dragon's Dogma
Earlier this year, Capcom briefly spoke of an expansion and new modes that were planned for Dragon's Dogma. The company has since shed further light on the situation, noting that the action-RPG will be given a free title upda...more
|3:15 PM on 09.21.2012|
Capcom teases 'Dark Arisen' expansion for Dragon's Dogma
Capcom has released a few screenshots and a short video for an upcoming expansion to Dragon's Dogma titled Dark Arisen. As expected, we don't know a whole lot about this content yet, but the company specifically calls it a "...more
|10:30 AM on 07.30.2012|
Capcom profits up 290%, Dragon's Dogma to be a series
Well, look at you, Capcom! All in the black, with net profits up almost 300 percent (almost $16.9 million) from last year. Sales are also up about 56 percent. Projections were met. What did the trick for the Japanese publishe...more
|11:00 AM on 07.09.2012|
More Dragon's Dogma DLC is on the way
Most of you were probably holding onto your Dragon's Dogma disc for the recently released Resident Evil 6 demo, but you may want to hold onto it a bit longer. In light of an interview with 4Gamer, it looks like more than a fe...more
|8:00 AM on 06.25.2012|
Dragon's Dogma ships 1 million, is now a big franchise
Dragon's Dogma has shipped over a million copies worldwide, prompting Capcom to put its faith behind the IP and declare it the beginning of a major franchise. Now we can look forward to Dragons Dogma: Operation Gran Soren and...more
|11:45 AM on 06.01.2012|
They're masterworks all, you can't go wrong
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|10:00 AM on 05.21.2012|
Review: Dragon's Dogma
Of all the games announced by Capcom in 2011, Dragon's Dogma caught my eye the most. It boasted visuals reminiscent of Demon's Souls, a winding world of huge beasts in the same vein as Monster Hunter, and huge battles against...more
|7:30 PM on 05.20.2013|
Penny Arcade's Rain-Slick 3 is free on Steam today
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|3:00 PM on 05.20.2013|
Jimquisition: Guns Blazing
Dark Souls 2 is all about going in, guns blazing, and hoping to God it works. Oh dear. Namco Bandai's PR chief recently shone a spectacular light on the broken mentality of "AAA" publishers, describing the promotion of ...more
|10:30 AM on 05.19.2013|
Ghost of a Tale meets funding goal, play your mouse lute!
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