Dragons Dogma is an action RPG (role playing game) its set in the same sort of ye olde world of so many RPG's where Thank the maker! ye olde inn is never far away to rest your weary armor clad bones after a day wandering the wilds and friendly yokels wish you good morrow in dodgy accents at every turn.
This arena is not new and generally has me nodding off to sleep but strangely enough Dragons Dogma had me hooked.
Dragons Dogma is familiar but different. It introduces new elements to the RPG arena, borrows bits and pieces from other games and rolls them all up into one immersing and fun package.
Okay, first of the story and the setting aren't that original. You play the arisen a lowly villager who bravely faces up to a fearsome dragon who attacks your village and takes something of yours that well, you just cant live without. So off you go on a giant quest to recover what is yours and the fun begins.
As with most RPG's you create your own character deciding whether you will play a fighter, a warrior, a mage a strider or an archer you can also upgrade your choice during the game you can mix it up a little and become a mystic knight or a mighty sorcerer amongst a number of other choices. There is a lot to choose from in terms of class. You will be able to design how your character looks and their gender. I choose a female mage dabled with being a mystic knight and then became a sorcerer.
I have read some disparaging comments about the graphics however, I personally thought this game looked good and was pleased with the appearance of my character.
If you enjoy creating your characters as I do you will be in your element with Dragons Dogma as you also get to create a pawn who will be your trusty companion throughout the game.
If on line your pawn can be selected by other players to assist them in their quests and in turn you can enlist other peoples pawns to help you on your journey. Once you are finished with someones pawn you can select another and send the pawn back to their owner with a little parting gift and some comments on their performance. Choose your pawns wisely, I suggest you find pawns that are of a higher level than you or have already completed a mission so they can help you out with some useful pointers. I found this element to be a nice change from purely competitive on line play.
The monsters you encounter during this game and varied and entertaining. Some are immense and frightening. Your task will be to furnish your party with the right range of skills, find weaknesses and battle the beasties.
The combat is hack and slash with a nice range of abilities and skills its fast exciting and fun.
There are plenty of places to adventure and explore and side quests to fulfill. Wandering at night is creepy and brings another atmosphere to the game. There is no fast travel but their are ferry stones that will take you back to the capital city if used.
With the open world you can have the usual fun of finding ways to entertain yourself personally I like to buy silly clothes and walk around town in my pants at one point I threw my pawn off a cliff which amsed me greatly but...moving on.
The only elements I wold like improved in Dragons Dogma are the mage outfits I felt like I was wearing a shabby old sack! And I would like fast travel ... I find wandering the same areas can gets repetitive and perhaps a bit more interaction with the other characters in the game may have made you feel for them more but overall its a great game and I had fun playing it I would highly recommend you give it a go.
Thank you for reading this review and I bid you all good morrow.