I think I must have missed something, because I thought this game played like one of those first-generation hack-and-slash crapfests from the early days of Xbox 360. The whole thing is absurdly dark (even at max gamma) the graphics are just bad, and the combat is like a really bad "Kingdoms of Amalur." (but in pitch black)
Maybe I just didn't give it enough time, but if you can't hook me in the first 20 minutes, I'll pass.
Dragon's Dogma was one of the best games I had played in years - it was up in my list next to the Elder Scrolls series and a few other RPGs. The combat was excellent, the quests were clear, the character creation was very customizable and everything about the game was awesome. The final boss took me 9 hours to beat (because I died a few times - my party hated me) and it was exactly how EVERY final boss battle should be. Taking your time, surviving on the last of your life, epic cut scenes that were playable as well. LOVED this game, but what happened after the "final boss" really disturbed me and almost made me break my controller. I'm sure most others who have gotten past that point know my trauma. I'd like to replay the game and maybe take the remaining 40 hours to complete it.