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  • Summary: Dragon's Crown thrusts you into a fantastical medieval world packed with labyrinthine dungeons to explore, vile monstrosities to smite, and nearly endless online adventure. Your mission is to dive into the dank underworld, uncovering treasure and strengthening your mettle as you unlock theDragon's Crown thrusts you into a fantastical medieval world packed with labyrinthine dungeons to explore, vile monstrosities to smite, and nearly endless online adventure. Your mission is to dive into the dank underworld, uncovering treasure and strengthening your mettle as you unlock the secret behind the ancient dragon threatening the world. Simple, easy-to-learn controls allow anyone to dive into the fray and enjoy the breathtaking sword-and-sorcery action. In addition to long-lasting gameplay, the game also features a vast array of character customization features - with six wildly different classes to play as, raiding the catacombs for epic loot remains fresh and engaging. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Jul 31, 2013
    95
    The lack of half-naked men aside, it's impossible not to see what a superior, rewarding effort Dragon's Crown turned out to be—it looks great, it feels great, it's smart and deep, and it utterly revitalizes a genre that went stale years ago. Without overstating the case, this game is a must-play tour-de-force that surprised the hell out of me, and I couldn't be happier about it.
  2. Jul 31, 2013
    90
    A breath of fresh air, Dragon's Crown proves that arcade beat-'em-ups still have a lot of fight left in them.
  3. Jul 31, 2013
    88
    I could not have dreamed of a game like Dragon's Crown in my younger years, mostly because it could not have existed on anything but modern hardware. It's a little odd that the game hides its best features under an inconspicuous, slow-paced introductory period, but everything beyond the first few hours is excellent.
  4. Sep 1, 2013
    80
    The missions can be repetitive and the levelling system simplistic, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a well-crafted RPG that is sure to keep you entertained for hours on end.
  5. 80
    Works splendidly on the PS Vita and fits the format wonderfully, as it’s only in the later parts of the game that missions last more than ten to fifteen minutes. The artwork is ludicrous, but other than that, this is a solid dungeon crawler.
  6. Jan 16, 2018
    70
    It's quite possible that I would have been even more taken with this game had plenty of friends been in the area so that we could cooperatively slaughter the forces of evil. Even as a solo experience though, Dragon's Crown is a blast to play. Fiddling around with all of its inventory is sometimes bothersome but it never overshadows the entertaining thrill ride of smashing things to a bloody pulp. Whether it's this original or the enhanced one coming in 2018, anyone with an affinity for beat-em-ups mixed with RPGs who hasn't tried this should do so poste haste.
  7. Aug 30, 2013
    60
    Dragon’s Crown’s unique beauty goes a long way. But it doesn’t go quite long enough.

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  1. Aug 6, 2013
    10
    Wow Does this game pop.. I'm so excited at just how badass it turned out.

    The artwork is phenomenal, and with the Vita screen it's just
    Wow Does this game pop.. I'm so excited at just how badass it turned out.

    The artwork is phenomenal, and with the Vita screen it's just mesmerizing. I've got my first character started and already have my eyes on my character for my second playthrough.

    The loot system is really good... driving but not cheesy or used as a constant crutch against the player. I don't like games that make the grind tedious.

    Wow... this game is awesome.
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  2. Oct 20, 2013
    10
    Before I say anything, let's just get the ridiculously overblown discussion of big women out of the way. Yes, large breasts, but put it intoBefore I say anything, let's just get the ridiculously overblown discussion of big women out of the way. Yes, large breasts, but put it into perspective, by acknowledging that everything is larger than life in Dragon's Crown, and the "big deal" is swiftly quashed. Gamers who dwell on the issue any more than that, need to grow up and stop trying to appease the PC (politically correct) crowd. A group that continues to grow as more people who have nothing better to do and almost want to be offended just so they can have a moan at something and/or someone jump on the wagon of gloom.

    OK, back to business. Dragon's Crown on Vita. Well, for me (and I own/have played pretty much every Vita title) it's the best game the handheld currently has to offer. The visuals, audio and gameplay are all top notch. The balance of side scrolling beat 'em up action and RPG implementation is perfect. The characters all have their unique appeal and most importantly, this game is FUN.

    If you have fond memories of Renegade on the Spectrum, Double Dragon and/or Final Fight on Coin-Op and even later, well made side scrolling fighters, then Dragon's Crown will really do it for you. Even younger gamers, who have no idea what Double Dragon is, will love the simple depth and pick-up-and-play quality. It's pretty much the ultimate culmination of years of RPG side scrolling action all rolled into one superb package.

    I've heard quite a lot of talk surrounding performance on the Vita. I've not seen any drop in frame rate (and I'm a stickler for smooth gameplay) although I only play through the game on my own or with one AI companion. So yes, off or online with three other companions is no doubt the reason behind slowdown. Like I say, I play mostly alone and besides, I think four characters together on the Vita screen would be too much going on anyway. I play with one or two and that's how I like it. Silky smooth.

    The good thing about the Vita version (if you're pondering the Vita or PS3 version due to NO cross-buy) is the excellent touch screen feature. Yes, a game that actually makes good use of what is usually considered a gimmick. In Dragon's Crown, it's perfectly intuitive to touch the screen here and there to send your rogue off to open treasure chests and doors whilst you thrash the enemy. On the PS3, you have to use the right stick and, although not a bad thing, it feels clumsy compared to the quick and easy Vita version. As well as that, the Vita touch controls work well in most areas of the game. Also, in my opinion, the style of Dragon's Crown suits the handheld more than the big screen. Pick it up, put it down, pick it up, put it down.

    Although, saying that, Dragon's Crown is the only Vita game I've played that draws me in so much I've spent hours playing in one sitting. To want to sit and play at home when I've got a PS3 and gaming PC and spend hours at a time playing a handheld game is very high praise indeed.

    I don't like to give 10/10 for anything, because nothing is perfect, but considering the Vita library and the simple fact that Dragon's Crown is hard to put down, a top score is justified.

    Outstanding handheld gaming.
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  3. Aug 8, 2013
    10
    It only took about 1 hour of game-play to get completely HOOKED on this game. It's so difficult to find a single flaw with this game!!!!!It only took about 1 hour of game-play to get completely HOOKED on this game. It's so difficult to find a single flaw with this game!!!!!

    If someone wanted to buy a vita SOLELY for the ps4 remote play, THIS GAME SHOULD BE REQUIRED AS WELL! It's just too awesome.
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  4. Aug 14, 2014
    9
    Excellent game! Great visuals and sound, fun gameplay and very addictive! Also was surprised to discover it has multiplayer functionality too.Excellent game! Great visuals and sound, fun gameplay and very addictive! Also was surprised to discover it has multiplayer functionality too.
    Very recommended!
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  5. Sep 15, 2017
    9
    Dragon's Crown is a fantastic and fun co-op fantasy RPG beat-'em-up.

    Dragon's Crown has it all. Nice hand-crafted 2D graphics, a beautiful
    Dragon's Crown is a fantastic and fun co-op fantasy RPG beat-'em-up.

    Dragon's Crown has it all. Nice hand-crafted 2D graphics, a beautiful art style, easy to understand mechanics, addictive gameplay, 6 heroes with different play-styles, a decent main story with a narrator, 3 difficulty modes (you begin at normal then hard and infernal, each difficulty having a level cap), nice boss battles, up to 4-player co-op (ad-hoc, online or a mix of them), cross-play with PS3 players, a versus mode (named Colosseum), even a mode with randomly re-arranged levels called Labyrinth of Chaos (it's mostly meant for high level players). Sure some heroes have exaggerated body proportions (the Sorceress has huge "bosoms", the Fighter and the Amazon have ridiculously huge muscles), but they are done in a nice, comical way.

    The game has a few minor downsides though. Firstly, battles can become chaotic (especially on 4-player mode) so there can be a feeling of the game being just about mashing buttons and hoping to survive. Secondly, there are just 10 or so levels (they also branch in their final thirds and each branch features different bosses) but you 'll have to replay them a few times each for farming reasons and this process can be tiresome and repetitive.

    PS Vita specific notes: there are some frame rate issues when battles become hectic, and there is no local co-op on the same device. However, for the solo player the Vita version is the more user friendly because you can collect all the loot or interact with items on the screen by simply tapping the touch screen, whereas on PS3 you have to first guide a "hand" with an analogue stick and then tap the item with a button.

    All in all, Dragon's Crown is a great game. I hope it also comes to PS4, and I 'd want a sequel.
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  6. May 20, 2018
    8
    Dragons Crown Pro
    Worth going back for
    Dragons Crown Pro is a 2D action RPG that supports up to 4 player co op and a remaster of 2013s
    Dragons Crown Pro
    Worth going back for
    Dragons Crown Pro is a 2D action RPG that supports up to 4 player co op and a remaster of 2013s Dragon Crown where you play as the class of your choice, some characters more difficult to master than others, and you set off on an 8 hour journey to obtain the dragons crown, a crown being used to control a dragon…
    and im happy to say the game is more than its giant boobs
    Im a very aggressive player in most anything I play as, so I played as the brute tank knight character, all about close ranged combat and defense…
    theres a town area which is a bit of a hub, here you can mess with your part, sell unused items, resurrect new party members, accept quests, and dump skills into your characters skill deck…
    the game at first can seem a bit overwhelming, but that’s just because Japanese games tend to over complicate tutorials.. its actually super simple and straight forward…
    you enter an area, and you kill all of the things in your way…
    you have a thief friend with you that you use your curser using your analog stick to unlock chests and doors.. chests which contain gold and loot, and as you progress them game you’ll run into piles of bones.. these bones can be collected and brought back to town to resurrect a character and add them to your party… a party that can hold up to 4 players, though online isn’t available until deep in the game, so you’re going to be doing this with computer controlled teammates, and at the end of every level there is a boss for you to defeat, then you turn in your progress rinse and repeat…
    and at the end you’re rewarded your xp, and you can either take your spoils and get them appraised for some cash revealing their stats or sell them on the spot
    cash I found to be plentiful in this game, you’ll mostly be using it just for resurrections and appraising, with the occasional repairing items..
    the gameplay itself I found to be pretty easy, no level or boss in the entire game gave me any trouble, but then again I was using a very beginner friendly character…
    your teammates though will die usually during boss battles, and you can use coins to revive them if they lose all of their lives to keep them in the fight… these moments though are where I find my biggest issue with this game.. the curser for whatever reason during these moments of trying to revive a fallen part member just doesn’t want to be responsive… so you stop attacking mid boss fight, trying to get the curser over the character you you can press the touch pad to bring them back..
    you can imagine how many accidental deaths youll take because of this.. but again I didn’t find the game to be all that difficult… though there is a post game challenge after credits roll where the difficulty ramps up to hard and you have to hunt down even stronger bosses
    another issue I had with this game was just keeping track with of my character.. there’s so much going on on screen, I found myself really just button mashing until all of the things were dead, having no idea where I was…
    All in all though Dragons Crown is a really great and addictive action rpg…
    finding hidden chests and juggling your loot is satisfying.. the art style and character design is great, the deliver of this game and its story is so charming as its told with storybook like narration, as the narrator will voice different characters..
    It has slight flaws, but is definitely worth checking out for the rpg fans out there…
    I give Dragons Crown Pro
    an 8/10
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  7. Jan 7, 2015
    3
    This game was really a disappointment. I was excited to try it out after seeing the reviews, but once I started playing, i realized this wasThis game was really a disappointment. I was excited to try it out after seeing the reviews, but once I started playing, i realized this was all about grinding. You're encouraged to keep going back to the same stages you've played through multiple times to level up enough to continue. And the fighting itself is doesn't work - because the screen has so many people/enemies at any one time, you just find yourself spamming buttons. Looks good but plays very blandly. Expand

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