For those who are complaining about the graphics.... Yes, they suck. However, if that is your measure of a great game then you are missing out! Dragon's Dogma is a great, but flawed RPG. First off it is hard. Early on the game can be frustratingly difficult (which is probably why they patched in an easy mode) and can be off putting.
Adding to the difficuty is the fact that this game will NOT hold your hand to and from objectives and quests. Many times you may feel lost or unsure of what to do next. But in a world of go here then go there fast travel all over the place RPGs this is refreshing! It injected a sense of exploration and fun. Of course if you don't like exploration and want to be told where to go everytime then this is NOT the game for you.
While the world is very large I don't think it's as big as say Skyrim but it does take a second play through at least to see it all, mostly due to the way the story plays out.
Some people are claiming the story isn't very good but I disagree. The main premise of the game takes its cues from the Wheel of Time series (there's even a trophy called 'The Ever Turning Wheel') and once you play through the entire game and you explore the different choices put forth you start to get the whole picture. You simply cannot get a good sense of the story by one play through!
The Pawn system is the most novel part of the game and works tremendously well. You can create your own pawn and players on the network can hire them to fight for them. This works to everyones advantage in that pawns gain knowledge of quests and the bestiary. So when you hire pawns that have fought enemies or completed quests you have yet to do they can actually be of help! You can also rate pawns for their appearance, combat worthiness and their helpfulness. The class system even allows you to change your class at anytime. Best party system in any RPG hands down!
Bottom line is if you get past its flaws you will find a very fun and satisfying RPG.
I just paid $17 just to get a chance to play Dragon's Dogma, solely for this game, after being off Gamefly for half a year. I heard it was like Dark Souls, but much bigger and with a story and quests. Man was I so wrong!
The first thing that broke the game for me was the graphics. It literally looks like a blurry PS2 game. Actually most PS2 games are sharper looking than this. There are permanent black bars on the top and bottom, and everything is so blurry and muddy I thought I had screwed up the video settings or my PS3 was broken. Nope! I thought I was going blind because it was so blurry and unfocused. Even the text is blurry. The graphics themselves are no better than budget fare, with really bad animations. The story is terrible, dialogue and grating pawn chatter is terrible and has a highly degraded audio sound, popping objects and clipping everywhere, menu system is terrible, combat is repetitive and has no impact.
For a game Capcom boasts as being their biggest staffed in development, this is worse than disappointing, it should've never existed in the first place. No amount of R&D can fix it. Need to start from scratch. I can't believe Capcom could create something so terrible.