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  • Summary: The next chapter in the Dragon’s Dogma franchise delivers a huge brand new area, missions, enemies and more, plus all of the content from the original game.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 62
  2. Negative: 0 out of 62
  1. Jan 14, 2016
    100
    What you essentially have here is a definitive edition of one seriously amazing action RPG.
  2. Jan 14, 2016
    89
    A classic after all these years, Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen has certainly been outclassed in many areas and this PC port shows it, but its peerless combat and peon mechanics are still features that many current day games would benefit from incorporating.
  3. Feb 5, 2016
    85
    A very special gaming experience that no RPG fan should miss, especially this brand new version that improved an already great game.
  4. Jan 14, 2016
    80
    Dragon's Dogma was never prefect, but it was good enough to overcome all its shortcomings and have us playing for hours and hours. This PC version is also the best way to enjoy it.
  5. Mar 1, 2016
    80
    The gameplay is a healthy challenge. It’s good value for money. All in all it’s such a charming and engaging piece of work that as soon as I’ve wrapped this review up I’ll be straight back on it. So farewell.
  6. Jan 21, 2016
    80
    Not perfect, but still a shining example of a stellar RPG and one that fans of the genre should readily seek out.
  7. Jan 29, 2016
    65
    So Dragon's Dogma has worthwhile elements even if it feels dated, and even if I very nearly quit just before hitting the all-important twist that actually made the story worthwhile.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 88
  2. Negative: 16 out of 88
  1. Aug 11, 2017
    10
    i got really hooked on this game. First playthrough was good, but second playthrough- doing all the missions I missed, and finding all the wayi got really hooked on this game. First playthrough was good, but second playthrough- doing all the missions I missed, and finding all the way better augments, skills and classes and gear to use- was absolutely epic. I'm now maxed level 200 magic archer and unstoppable :)
    For me this was a great game, as addictive as the witcher, with battle skills better than shadow of mordor, and learning enemy weaknesses like a souls game. Loved it.
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  2. Jan 29, 2016
    10
    I waited it 3 years and it finally here, BEST RPG GAME FOR PC EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Its better than GTA V, Witcher 3, Assasins Creed
    I waited it 3 years and it finally here, BEST RPG GAME FOR PC EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Its better than GTA V, Witcher 3, Assasins Creed Syndicate and Black Ops 3.
    There is some problems with controls but game is great!
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  3. Jan 15, 2016
    10
    Few hours to official release.

    You may say: 'Why a 10? Maybe its broken like the latest Batman' or 'It was good years ago!'. I say:
    Few hours to official release.

    You may say: 'Why a 10? Maybe its broken like the latest Batman' or 'It was good years ago!'.

    I say: Stop. Get the game. Thank me later.
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  4. Dec 29, 2016
    9
    Bring dragons dogma 2 already capcom what are you waiting for?20 years just like stupid square enix to remake ff7?
    Oh well to the review I
    Bring dragons dogma 2 already capcom what are you waiting for?20 years just like stupid square enix to remake ff7?
    Oh well to the review I will not spoil anything buy this game and enjoy a pure arpg.
    Me and my brother feel this is the most exciting rpg combat ever made and super exciting epic/mythic monsters terrifying the ***t out of you.
    Wait till you see meteors spell falling from the sky.
    Rpg fans this is your game.
    TIP PAWNS ARE AMAZING MECHANIC/IDEA
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  5. Feb 22, 2018
    8
    For every horrendous fault that exists during the journey, Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen redeems itself with an excellent feature that helps itFor every horrendous fault that exists during the journey, Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen redeems itself with an excellent feature that helps it stand out from the rest of the world. Expand
  6. Feb 19, 2016
    5
    I really don't know why people rave about the combat in this game. This is a typical experience playing as a mage: you have fireballs andI really don't know why people rave about the combat in this game. This is a typical experience playing as a mage: you have fireballs and lightning bolts and a staff that can throw projectiles... but your character won't aim any of this stuff until you get within close range of your enemies. Worse still, your spells take time to cast. When you have enough time that can mean that you'll blast your enemies without taking a hit, but if you don't then you'll repeatedly take hits, get stunned, and die. Most fights are all or nothing in this bizarre way, and what you do in them feels like it isn't very strategic or even really under your control. It's a bit like playing dragon age inquisition without the tactical pause, except you could at least execute ranged attacks there.

    The talents are a bit imbalanced. Basic elemental skills are there, along with stuff no one tested and no one would ever use such as the ability to silence or blind your enemies. Or how about the ability to enchant your allies' weapons? This enchanting takes so long and is so cumbersome to aim and has so little effect that I can't imagine a non-NPC ever using it. It's essentially a supporting character's talent only. Long story short: most talents are useless.

    Levelling also feels unsatisfying somehow. You have to go to the innkeeper to "buy" talents? I've never seen something so off key in an RPG.

    The difficulty curve also feels imbalanced. Since enemies respawn (which really takes a lot away from any game), you'll fight and pop the weaker goons very easily, only to be quickly annihilated by similar ones further away from your starting area. This sort of thing was acceptable a decade ago when Gothic did it, but I don't think a modern game can get a free pass here.

    The game contains montages and story telling that sometimes does actually engage a little, but it lacks characters. I consider characters to be one of the central facets of the genre, but the overt blandness of DD borders on the surreal. It seems like half the characters you encounter are "pawns" -- lobotomized cannon fodder with lines of dialogue that are triggered by location on the map or sometimes combat situations. It's nice for others to comment on what happens in a game, but sometimes they get it wrong and they do it so much it gets annoying quickly. (This is especially true when they tell you to block or counter--which you can't do as a mage.) It's like playing a Dragon Age game except half the characters are Tranquil. The other half may as well be Tranquil too, as there's very little to differentiate them from pawns.

    On the up side, at least some of the scenery is nice. Mountains feel big in this game, and so do castles. The graphics are ugly, but the design of the scenery is occasionally worth some exploration time, even if you must do it while fighting the same respawning mobs over and over.

    As some have pointed out, the UI is terrible. I don't usually complain about UIs, but this one is the most shameless console port I've ever seen. Inventory management takes up a third of my time. Exiting the game takes around 20 seconds to do.

    I'll admit that I didn't finish the game... which is a rarity for me. I actually stuck it out with Two World II or Gothic 3 for instance, but I don't know if I'll have the patience for this. If I play it anymore I'll probably turn into a pawn myself.
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  7. Jan 19, 2018
    0
    If you can call game a piece of **** then this is it, Visually game looks like from 2004, but run worse, than any modern photorealistic RPG,If you can call game a piece of **** then this is it, Visually game looks like from 2004, but run worse, than any modern photorealistic RPG, companion system is definately game killing mechanics, AI sucks, controls are dumb, camera lives its own life, autotarget system kills any targeting in game. Idea of the game is nice, but this piece of garbage is nothing more, than Idea. Do you think, that DAI was bad ? Then try this...
    Do not even waste your time and it's not worth even if they will give this trash for free...
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