Friday, 11 May 2018 13:35

REVIEW: Dragons Crown Pro (PS4)

Written by Brett Hale
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Another day, another remastered game. Originally released on PS3 only months shy of the PS4 launch, this version has the support of the PS4Pro with 4K visuals and an updated soundtrack.

Dragon’s Crown Pro is for the most part set in the Kingdom of Hydeland. The story follows a special relic & you need to get your hands on it. It's important to get the relic before someone with a sinister purpose uses it with bad intentions.

Dragon’s Crown Pro is a side scrolling game with a mix of action, RPG and beat-em up styles. The combat never felt anything but near perfection. One thing's for certain though, this game isn’t fast paced however, the narrative tells the story in a way that’s easy to follow.

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The game has a mix of enemies to kill & the boss battles are fun & enjoyable. When facing enemies, it's all based on levels, though leveling up your character is a piece of cake once you understand the game, which happens early on.

First thing you’ll do when playing the story is choose your character. There are 6 to pick from; 3 women and 3 men. The classes to choose from are a wizard, an amazon, fighter, elf, dwarf and a sorceress. You can choose a name, and edit colors of your selected character and then it's off to learn the basics in a quick tutorial.

This game can be played alone while eventually gaining some allies to help you out. Otherwise you can play up to 4 player co-op. The purpose is to complete quests, leveling up as you go and unlocking new player skills. Weapons featured in the game are swords & crossbows. And as good as they are, they’ll only work well for so long before you’ll need to repair them to continue using them effectively. This costs money. Thankfully, fallen enemies will drop loot as well as the loot gained from treasure chests that are found frequently.

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Characters and weapons are all based on stats which is quite easy to follow. You’ll venture to many locations, the most notable ones to keep an eye out for is the magic shop where you can have repairs done as well as buying and selling. Adventure Guild is also another important place to remember, it's here you’ll learn new skills as well as finding quests to take part in.

Once you complete a quest, you’ll be shown a range of outcomes such as money earnt, XP gained and showing you how much you leveled up. It’ll also show the time spent on that said quest and any bonuses you may have earnt.

The thing that sets this version against the original is clearly it's visuals. The PS4Pro console can render the game in 4K, and it held up well. Sure, there isn’t ever a great deal going on to cause any issues, but it still looks great. Never did I face any issues which is almost unheard of these days when playing video games. If you ever played the Telltale game of Game of Thrones, you’ll understand the oil based visual design. It really isn’t for all games, but it suited Dragon’s Crown Pro while it also looked this way in the original.

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Anything in the background while walking around is a dead still image, the focus is what’s closest to you. The game looks best on the Pro being clear and crisp, though details aren’t seen everywhere. There is a HUD, and it’ll show basic things like the score, and any active players no matter if they are real players or AI. As for the soundtrack, it even received an update. It’s nothing drastic but I preferred the updated orchestral option, you can choose to keep the original though and change between either at any time.

Controls are simplistic, the touchpad brings up the world map, X is attack, O is a special attack and left stick allows for some attack moves and general moving around, right stick moves a mouse like cursor around the screen for directing someone to open a chest.

This is a game that anyone could pick up and enjoy, it's a super friendly game. It’s a game that ticks most boxes and I highly recommend it to everyone who owns a PS4.


Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.5 / 5.0
  • Release Date: May 15, 2018
  • Platform: Playstation 3, PS Vita, PS4
  • Age Rating: Teen
  • Developer: Vanillaware
  • Publisher: Atlus
  • Genre: Fighting, 2D, Action