Monday, 16 October 2017 09:06

REVIEW: Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen (Xbox One)

Written by Brett Hale
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Dragon’s Dogma was originally released in 2012, the following year the DLC titled "Dark Arisen" was released shortly before the Playstation 4 and Xbox One both debuted. Now it’s 2017, 5 years since first being released and Capcom thought they would release a remastered edition for the Playstation 4 and Xbox One which does include the Dark Arisen DLC.

I quite enjoyed the story of Dragon’s Dogma, I had never played it on the last gen consoles so this was a completely new game for me.

The game begins with a knight named Savan. He makes his way through a canyon to eventually making his way to a temple. He gets into a fight with a Chimera, which he then makes his way through some doors to confront an unknown beast. The story then skips ahead of time by a number of years until the beast is seen again, the beast that is the sign of end of days. The plot of the game is mostly about the rebirth of an ancient dragon, who like any dragon in most stories causes havoc no matter where it goes. The start of the story that lays the way for the rest of the game is after having your heart ripped out and eaten by the dragon, you are then reborn into the arisen and you want your heart back.

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So, it’s hard for me to believe Capcom had something to do with this game, i’m so use to Dead Rising and Street Fighter and Resident Evil, but back in 2012 they changed it up and it’s great for those who didn’t manage to play it the first time around to now be able to play on their Playstation 4 or Xbox One. So as I said this includes the Dark Arisen DLC, which adds into the game mostly ring sets, character packs and a couple of other things. So what genre does Dragon’s Dogma fall into? Well that’s easy, hack n’ slash/action role playing. You can play either normal mode or easy mode for the difficulty, but there's also a separate difficulty mode which is called hard mode. You’ll choose between a male or female character, you’ll name them etc, and once the game starts and is in motion from the pause menu you can check character stats for defenses, offense, skills and their condition and current level, rank and experience.

This is where I was disappointed. It’s a remaster, it’s only a 5 year old game, but on the Xbox One it looks not much different from footage I looked at on Youtube of the same game running on PS3 and X360. However the Playstation 4 version does look to have more noticable improvements. All in all, the game does run smoothly, whilst you’re wandering around you’ll hear birds chirping, and the wind will blow trees and plants around making the world very much alive. To top off the sounds, voice acting is decent and the overall soundtrack of the game is fitting to the time period.

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The game's controls use all buttons, both sticks and triggers, you’ll use buttons to draw weapons and to perform light and heavy attacks and you can jump and grab things among being able to do other things aswell. Dragon's Dogma auto saves often which is helpful. Something else to do with saving is photos, what do I mean? Well in the game itself you can save gameplay images. There are game options that can be changed if you aren't happy with things such as sound and visual options, as well as turning off or on subtitles, choosing whether to connect online or offline, though there is not actual online multiplayer. What else can you do from the pause screen? Well another thing is being able to check what quests you have to do as well as looking at ones already completed. It would be pointless to have armour and weapons in the game if you couldn't change them up, but this is possible too.

I’m a fence sitter when it comes to old games being remastered, some I understand why they were brought to the newest generation of consoles whilst others I think whose idea was that, that's just a waste of time, but seeing i’d never played Dragon’s Dogma before it didn’t bother me the least. It’s not the greatest remaster out, but it’s not the worst, I played a fair bit and i’m glad I was able to check out the game even if it was 5 years late. But now i’ve played it, I want more so let’s try getting Capcom to make a sequel.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.5 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Genre: Action / Adventure, Role-Playing