|Release Date||NA: May 22nd 2012
JP/AU: May 24th 2012
EU: May 25th 2012
|Platform/s||Xbox 360, PlayStation®3|
|Rating||M: Mature 17+|
|Price||39.99 USD ( on launch )|
Dragon's Dogma is an open-world, third-person role-playing video game developed and published by Capcom for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game featured a focus on combat against creatures from fantasy and mythology and was released in North America on May 22, 2012, in Japan and Australia on May 24, 2012, and in Europe on May 25, 2012. Dragon's Dogma revolves around the player character dubbed the Arisen and their ties to the main antagonist, the Dragon.
Explore vast lands with perilous enemies, and face them in strategical real-time combat with exciting elements and features such as grappling or grabbing enemies, a party system known as the pawn system, engaging quests,s and an intricate class system known as Vocations.
A subsequent stand-alone title called Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen was released which includes all the content from Dragon's Dogma, including most DLC quests, and added a new locale and enemies. The game was a surprise success and as a result, Capcom is planning to develop a sequel. Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen was released for PC on January 15th, 2016, featuring high-resolution graphics. See Console to PC Differences for details.
Dragon's Dogma Story Overview
"Welcome to the vast expanse of Gransys Island. An outlandish adventure awaits, taking you across a dynamic,
connected world peppered with dangerous dungeons--nests to the perilous monsters that lurk in their shadows!"
In Dragon's Dogma, players take control of a villager from the village of Cassardis. When a dragon unexpectedly wreaks havoc on the small fishing village, the character is one of the only people to take a stand against the creature. Acknowledging this, the Dragon proceeds to take the character's heart, marking them as the Arisen.
Without any knowledge as to how they survived the fatal attack or why people labeled as Pawns start to appear before them, the Arisen set out on a journey to find the answers to these questions and to answer the Dragon's call to face them and take their hearts back.
Dragon's Dogma Key Features
In Dragon's Dogma, character classes come in the form of vocations, each of which has its own unique playstyle. Note that the weapons characters have access to are dependent on which vocation they are currently using. Players start off with the choice between 3 base vocations, which they can later on change to either more advanced versions or hybrid versions. Each Pawn can take up any vocation, except hybrid ones, allowing flexible party setups. Here are the 9 vocations you can choose from:
- Fighter - A tanky melee user that utilizes counterattacks to overpower their enemies. Wields swords and shields.
- Strider - A dexterous heavy-hitter that can make the most use of the game's unique scaling mechanics. Wields daggers and bows.
- Mage - A defensive magick user specializing in healing and buffing allies. Wields staves.
- Warrior - A bursty DPS unit that runs straight into the heart of the battle. Wields longswords and war hammers.
- Ranger - A long-ranged sniper able to effectively disrupt and pick off enemies. Wields daggers and longbows.
- Sorcerer - The classic glass-canon offensive magick user able to decimate enemies in a wide area. Wields archistaves.
- Mystic Knight - A melee-oriented magick user capable of dealing damage and supporting their allies. Wields swords, maces, staves, and magick shields.
- Assassin - A unit versatile at any range, able to bolster their already powerful attacks into extremely lethal ones. Wields swords. daggers, shields, and bows.
- Magick Archer - A tactical ranged unit able to imbue its projectiles with magical effects. Wields magick bows, daggers, and staves.
Each player will go through the same story, the same tribulations, however, that doesn't mean you all have to look the same. Dragon's Dogma features a comprehensive character customization system. Upon starting the game, players will be able to customize their Arisen's gender, hairstyle, facial features, body type, height, weight, and more, with some choices affecting gameplay including their Arisen's stamina regeneration and how much weight they can carry before getting encumbered. Besides their Arisen, players have the option to customize their main Pawn with the same amount of detail. These character features can later be changed through 'Metamorphosis. Armor choices also affect how characters look, allowing flexibility in character fashion so that players can save the world in style!
Dragon's Dogma doesn't feature traditional multiplayer modes. Instead, online play comes in the form of hiring other players Pawns. By exchanging player IDs, you and your friends can enjoy the story with each other's created characters, even when you're not playing at the same time. Pawns hired by other people keep any knowledge they gain from the quests they finish, activities they go through, and places they visit and can use this knowledge to aid their main Arisen when they go to tackle the same content in the player's session.
Pawn's keep their original skills, stats, inclinations, and commands which cannot be modified by anyone except their main Arisen. Players can opt, however, to change other players' Pawn's equipment, which will be given to the Pawn's original player as a gift after being dismissed. Pawns can be hired and dismissed in the Rift and players are prompted to give gifts to the other player when dismissing their pawn.
Dragon's Dogma Gameplay
Dragon's Dogma Playthrough: Part 1
Interested now in Dragon's Dogma? Watch us play the enhanced version, Dragon's Dogma Arisen. One can still observe the original content of the previous version with expanded content like new dungeons, items, equipment, characters, and more. Lastly, let us not forget the sweet performance upgrade of the game that can support up to 4k Resolution and 60 FPS on PCs nowadays. This playthrough covers early character progressions and basic combat.
Dragon's Dogma Playthrough: Part 2
While we had a blast in our Part 1 playthrough, let's jump into the next events. In this playthrough, have a glimpse of how the basic party system works, items, and equipment management. uncover one of the added dungeons from Arisen, the Bitterblack Isle. What secrets does this realm hold? Together let's find out.
More Information About Dragon's Dogma
10th Anniversary Celebration
Dragon's Dogma is one of the largest hits by Capcom and celebrated its 10th anniversary on May 2022. Along with this celebration, was the announcement of its sequel, Dragon's Dogma II. Many fans rejoiced as the first installment of this series that garnered a lot of praise. A message for every fan was forwarded by Hideaki Itsuno, the director himself.
Dragon's Dogma, first released in 2012, is celebrating its 10th anniversary!
Thank you, Arisen, for taking up arms and braving through the impossible challenges laid ahead of you. We are forever grateful for your support throughout the years and hope you will join us in this momentous celebration of Dragon's Dogma! - Hideaki Itsuno
Dragon's Dogma Overall Reception
On Dragon's Dogma's release, it was well-received by both Western and Eastern audiences. Due to its well-designed combat, unique classes or vocations, intricate pawn system, Breathtaking bosses, and imaginative open world, and sold more than 1 million copies. Its overall gameplay catered to different types of players ranging from casuals to hardcore making a journey worth remembering even in today's standards. Game critiques and reviewers across all platforms had a positive take on Dragon's Dogma with a general review score of 8 out of 10. Ultimately, Famitsu gave one of its highest awards, which was the Hall of Fame: Gold" award.
What Exclusives Does Collector's Edition Include?
On April 2019 Dragon's Dogma Arisen was later ported to Nintendo Switch with a shining Collector's Edition exclusive to Japanese audience. At the price of 247 USD, one can enjoy and receive the following exclusives.
- Copy of the game
- Mini Soundtrack CD ( includes five songs from the game )
- U-Treasure Wax Seal Necklace
Is There Any Published Official Guide?
For book lovers, an official strategy guide of the older version of the game has been published on May 25th, 2012 by Brady Games. An elegant paper-back guide that contained the game's nook and crannies. Additional details of the official guide.
- Print length: 384 pages
- Language: English
- Dimensions: 21.62 x 1.52 x 27.61 cm
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Anime Adaptation of Dragon's Dogma
Due to its popularity, the game had an anime adaptation debuted on Netflix last September 17, 2020. This rendition received mixed feedback from the general audience giving the material a score of 39% while critiques gave it an 83% score at least on Rotten Tomatoe. An efforted rendition that retells the original game in a series of episodes. One can expect a faithful retelling of events from the game along with familiar game combat, spells, and elements that make Dragon's Dogma unique. Fans will catch all of these in an instant. This is a good way to shine a light on Dragon's Dogma's lore, its world, and its characters if gaming is out of your league. As of now, the main chunk of the lore or events that happened in the game was presented in Season 1. It is unclear if a possible continuation is needed, only time can tell if it will return.
Who Are The Characters In Dragon's Dogma Anime?
A brave individual who resides in the village of Cassardis. A husband to Olivia, and a guardian to Louis. Mainly hunts to provide for his family and later on plays the role of the Arisen and starts his grand venture. Wields a sword and shield, adept in close-range combat.
"The Dragon beckons me... Mark my words. The Dragon will die by my hand."
Played the role of Ethan's main Pawn in the series. A mighty companion, and loyal to the cause of the Arisen even if it cause her life. Wields a bow and arrows, a sword, and can imbue the arisen's weapons with elements. Pawns are drawn to the Arisen, and should not question the Arisen's judgment.
"I am a Pawn, and I shall be your protector."
The main antagonist of the series, that altered Ethan's destiny. Firstly appeared in the village of Cassardis and wreak havoc on the villagers. After the encounter with Ethan, it flew to The Tainted Mountain and asked Ethan to settle the score. It is known as Grigori in the game however, the adaptation did not mention the said information.
"Brave human, heed my words. If thou desires thine heart returned... Come to my lair. I await thine arrival."
A loving and faithful wife of Ethan and looks after her family's needs on a daily basis. She also bears Ethan's firstborn.
"Live honorably and just my love. If you do that, even destiny cannot stop you."
A light-hearted child that loves Ethan and Olivia's company. An orphan that wields a bow and arrows for hunting.
"You know what? I can eat that horse in my own home."