Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen (PS4)
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Set in a huge open world, Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen presents a rewarding action combat experience. Players embark on an epic adventure in a rich, living world with three AI companions, known as Pawns. These partners fight independently, demonstrating prowess and ability that they have developed based on traits learned from each player.
- Includes all content from the original game and its sequel.
- Dynamic combat experience – Cut off the four heads of a Hydra, climb atop griffins and fight airborne, or defeat dragons and other creatures by finding out their weaknesses.
- Features the highly praised combat experience and rich customization, plus a huge underground realm to explore with terrifying monsters.
- Customization options galore – Nine different vocations for players to choose from with a variety of skill options for each, armor that can be upgraded and enhanced, plus Pawn companions that can be trained to fit your desired combat style.
- Stunning visuals – Beautiful high res graphics with increased fidelity.
Best game in my collection
rowan L onReviewed by
Story is boring, graphics are mediocre, open-world not very colourful
Now for the good:
The gameplay is phenomenal !
Smooth, responsive, fluid, just plain fun !
Up to three non-controllable characters, Two of which you can swop for higher level "pawns" as you progress
Example - Three archers at your back, while you bring down lightning on your foes...it's just a legendary combat system!
For all the "Hardcore Gamers" out there who think that Graphics & Story are everything...try to justify Minecraft's success
You gonna miss out if you don't get this game...so don't be so hard on yourself
The Perfect Example Of An Underrated Gem.
MrObie186 onReviewed by
But that changed the next year when the game re-released with the new Dark Arisen expansion which added much appreciated technical improvements and a stellar amount of new content by adding an entire new area to explore in the form of Bitterblack Isle, fans love the improvments so much they go so far as to say the real game only begins when you reach Bitterblack Isle.
By far the most praised and loved aspect of the game is the solid gameplay and the variety of different classes one can choose from, each feeling just as fun in their own right to play as in the form of Vocations. Choices range from the classic Mage, Thief, Fighter archetypes as well as Advanced classes and Hybrid classis tallying up to a total of 9 different Vocations to choose from. Players can grapple onto larger enemies which makes for more intense skirmishes and also adds a slight tactical aspect by allowing you to specifically target certain body parts of an enemy. It's always fun to find a large cyclops, break its helmet off then climb up onto its back to attack the nape of it's neck or the squishy eye area. Combat feels intense and very fun no matter the encounter (except Maneaters, those things can go suck a cactus).
The story is somewhat decent, it's not particularly bad persé but it also isn't something to yell in the streets about. It's serviceable. You are an Arisen who has his/her (you can make you own character) heart stolen by the Dragon and you are destined to face this dragon and stop the coming cataclysm. You are able to control up to 3 Pawns who assist you in your mission to face the Dragon. Pawns are human-like beings who live to serve the Arisen in facing the Dragon. 1 of the Pawns you can create yourself and also share with other players who might reward you with gifts as your pawn joins their games. It's like a fantasy style Pokémon mechanic to be honest which is a good thing.
The music is exemplary and adds to the depth of the game's highs as well as the lows. The orchestral soundtrack really gets going when you're facing off againts giant enemies like cyclopse or ferocious chimeras. Each of the large enemies you face swell with their own crescendos and ebbs and flows as you face them and you'll catch yourself humming the victory tune with the choir after you beat an especially difficult enemy.
One of the bigger flaws besides the story of the previous gen version of the game is the unstable framerate it had especially when there was a lot of things happening on the screen at any time, moreso for the 360 version was had it especially bad, but thanks to the stronger hardware it's possible to enjoy the game in it's full glory at a much more stable framerate and better textures with the added expansion content previously mentioned as well.
If you missed out on this game during the previous console generation then this remaster should give you all the reason to jump in and experience what the die-hard fans of the series have all these years. Dragon's Dogma : Dark Arisen is a sorely underrated gem of a game that is addicting and able to keep you busy for a long while. And considering the price the game it is well worth it for what you get. If you enjoy hack-and-slash fantasy games with epic combat set in a high-fantasy world then you won't be disappointed in this one. I cannot recommend this game enough.
Raaziq M onReviewed by