Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen
I’m going to start this review off in a manner befitting of Capcom’s latest behemoth offering on the Nintendo Switch, go and buy Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen NOW. If for some reason you are still here, then let me take five minutes of your time to divulge exactly why this expansive, detailed and beautifully crafted open world role-playing game is worthy of your attention.
Dragon's Dogma is a rare and special title that, even when removed from its initial launch, continues to enthrall, surprise, and delight.
What you essentially have here is a definitive edition of one seriously amazing action RPG. Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen manages to live in the same vein as the Souls, sporting the darkness and challenges so many players have come to desire, yet forges an identity all its own.
With an interesting story, a very good combat system and the pawn sharing, Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen is a must-play game for those who love RPG and adventure. Although the remastered version doesn't seem to be much better than the original one, and doesn't bring any kind of novelty, it's its content that makes the game one of the best of its genre.
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Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen is not only a great role-playing game, but also one of the best ports to PC I've seen in some time. From an unlocked frame rate to perfect performance, the game hits all the right marks. It also helps that the game itself is enthralling because of its many departures from genre norms by providing players with a true sense of danger around every corner. Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen truly feels at home on PC with its in-depth gameplay and beautiful world.
While technically the game may not be as impressive as others, Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen is special.
Character customization, combat, and the weird story and brilliant end-game all make this one of my favorite action-RPG's of all time. Meanwhile, the Dark Arisen changes make the game somewhat more traversable and streamlined, turning a fun but frustrating game into something far more enjoyable. There's nothing really new here, but it's great to finally have the game on PC.
Dragon's Dogma is a role-playing game that deserves to be appreciated. With so much content and depth, Dark Arisen is just as impressive as ever in the gameplay department. Few would've expected a Japanese developer like Capcom to release a "Western-style" action-RPG that could hold its own against the Elder Scrolls and Witcher series, but that's exactly what happened.
Smooth performance makes all the difference for this game, exposing its true brilliance.
This is a game that very much stands as having its own identity, leaving us with just one question: When is Capcom going to get around to making the next one?