Dragon's Dogma could have been a great game. It does a few things very well. The combat is very fun,very responsive, and (at times) very difficult. This is an action RPG with an emphasis on the action. The controls are responsive. There's little delay, abilities work just as the tool tips describe, and the controls are mapped in a very sensible way. It's also difficult. Whether you're wading into a group of Goblins or scaling the back of a Chimera death is always one misstep away. It's not as brutal as Dark Souls, but it does pose a good challenge. The class system is a treat. I was impressed with how differently each class played. Strider and Ranger may share some abilities, but combat strategy changes greatly when choosing one over the other. Things get even more interesting when choosing one of the hybrid classes. The Assassin, Magick Archer, and Mystic Knight all hold some of the benefits, and weaknesses, of two archetypes while adding new and exciting abilities and weapons to the equation. Where this game is lacking is the story. It felt to me like an action game disguised as an RPG. Things start off interesting and the stage is set for a compelling role playing experience. In the end it falls flat. Most of the game you'll find yourself wandering through the wilds killing monsters. The real question is why? Not long into the game I found myself wondering why the Goblins needed to slaughtered? Why did Mercedes need an escort to that fort? Why do I care if a family gets evicted from their lands? Many questions with few answers. I spent many many hours questing and killing, but none of it seemed to matter. Overall I would say this is a game worth playing. It's fun, it's difficult, and there are quests upon quests to keep one busy for hours. Just don't expect much in-game motivation to do so.
posted by Billybobbilly (ABINGTON, MA) Aug 15, 2012
Member since Jul 2012
lets start by saying this game has it all good mechanichs graphics sound quality, the quest line is a bit lacking but one can get past that slaying drakes and chimeras to no end every creature has a respawn timer and there is a ton of awseoe rwarding loot to hunt down. there is also the online ur dragon which the community battles its pretty sweet if youare looking for a game to toss a 100 or so hours in get dogma great adventure.