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  • Summary: An epitaph speaks of another's demise...

    A mysterious island known as Bitterblack Isle appears off the coast of Gransys. Its depths have claimed the lives of many Arisen their voices still haunt the labyrinth that lies deep beneath its surface--a labyrinth ripe with secrets waiting to be
    An epitaph speaks of another's demise...

    A mysterious island known as Bitterblack Isle appears off the coast of Gransys. Its depths have claimed the lives of many Arisen their voices still haunt the labyrinth that lies deep beneath its surface--a labyrinth ripe with secrets waiting to be discovered.

    The time to take up arms has come once again. Delve into the isle's depths and uncover its dark secret!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Apr 24, 2019
    91
    In a nutshell the quality of a port we got with Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen on the Switch is very much what fans could hope for. The whole game is here and plays great and for $30 is a steal even today because of the quality hours of content here. For those looking to revisit the game they will be happy with Capcom’s effort and those looking for a world to rival the playtime of their biggest Switch selection will find a very fun and rewarding gem they can dig into.
  2. Jun 21, 2019
    85
    Even though the spectacular combat in Dragon’s Dogma makes it seem like a successor to other Capcom fantasy beat-em-ups, the depth of its world design and surprising story twists make it one of the more fascinating games of its era. With a fantastic port for the Switch audience, it’s as if Capcom made a deal with a dragon and somehow came out the winner.
  3. Apr 29, 2019
    81
    If you liked the game in one of its previous releases, you’ll like it here as well. If you didn’t, well, the portability of the Switch might help, but if not, there’s no reason to look at the Switch version any closer. Many would agree that this is one of the best open world RPGs in the last several years, so if you haven’t played it yet, this at least gives you another reminder to consider moving it to the top of your backlog.
  4. Apr 22, 2019
    80
    There’s no denying that it is rough in parts and really could have done with a full remaster rather than a straight re-release, but Dragon’s Dogma nonetheless remains a fantastically gripping role-playing experience t hat manages to straddle the divide between exhilarating real-time action and stat-based adventuring.
  5. Apr 29, 2019
    80
    I’d even go so far as to say that it feels like the definitive version. It doesn’t add anything to the base game besides the expansions and DLC elements that were already there on other consoles, but it’s still worth picking up if you’ve never hunted a Cockatrice in Gransys before.
  6. 80
    Before playing it on Switch, I always understood Dragon’s Dogma as one of the most underrated RPGs around. Having played it now, I really hope it doesn’t get overshadowed by the big RPGs, whether ports or original content, that are coming out around it. Dark Arisen has some of the most unique systems in modern RPGs, and great combat to go along with it. It’s a great adventure, and if they can improve the loads after the inns it’ll be essential.
  7. Apr 22, 2019
    60
    It's always a nice feeling to wander across the vast plains and the ominous dungeons of Gransys during a large amount of hours, for the first time on a portable device here. Sadly, the low visuals and the technical issues of the handheld mode are kind of a bummer, the TV experience being as enjoyable as the previous editions of the game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Apr 28, 2019
    10
    This game is very good for 30 dollars and is also graphically good as wellll
  2. Apr 30, 2019
    10
    The next greatest port right up there with Darksiders. The game itself is a well-balanced open world fantasy RPG with addictive combat. NoThe next greatest port right up there with Darksiders. The game itself is a well-balanced open world fantasy RPG with addictive combat. No exaggeration, it's a steal for $30. Expand
  3. May 11, 2019
    10
    Played the game through the night. Next thing i know I'm headed to work. Game is addicting real quick
  4. Jul 12, 2019
    8
    Fun game. But very overrated. Pawns are ok, good for healing and tanking. No story, just something to provide a sense of why your characterFun game. But very overrated. Pawns are ok, good for healing and tanking. No story, just something to provide a sense of why your character exists. Open world is small and seems big because you walk everywhere...and you will tread the same roads and areas many times as quests recycle locations. Best part of the game is the 'post game" and DLC. DLC feels like the game Capcom wanted :-) a western style monster Hunter. I really enjoyed the post game and DLC. Expand
  5. Apr 26, 2019
    8
    I was on the fence about this game for a bit. i had seen all the hype from everyone on the internet and said there's no way this game is thatI was on the fence about this game for a bit. i had seen all the hype from everyone on the internet and said there's no way this game is that fun....then i played it! yes the game has its problems, and can be a bit janky, but overall i cant stop playing it. the combat is great and the big battles are awesome. and that pawn system is just wonderful! if you were on the fence about this game, i say JUST BUY IT! its $30 and has a ton of content to keep you busy. its worth the money Expand
  6. May 30, 2020
    7
    I would only recommend this game to someone who LOVES medieval fantasy rpgs, has already played the better ones to death (Skyrim, Oblivion,I would only recommend this game to someone who LOVES medieval fantasy rpgs, has already played the better ones to death (Skyrim, Oblivion, Witcher 3, Dragon Age, etc.), and needs something new in this genre.

    Main plot quests are fairly straightforward, but side quests are a major pain. I just started, and you want me to go kill some skeletons in an area I've never heard of, which is not indicated on my map, and it also happens to be across the continent? And god help you if you accidentally wander into one of the game's many, many areas that out-level you because you will get your ass kicked time and time again with no warning. Oh, and there's barely a fast travel system, so you better be ready to cross and recross the map over and over again.

    That being said, the combat is fun, and better than what you'd find in a lot of rpgs, there's plenty of loot, and you've got some flexibility in terms of class switching. The pawn system is interesting too - you're always traveling with a party of followers who help you in battle and shout random things at you.

    If you haven't played Skyrim, The Witcher 3, or some of the Dragon Age games, do those first. But if you've gotten through all of that and still need to scratch your fantasy rpg itch, and can ignore some of this game's outdated design, you might enjoy it!

    When I was trying to do all the side quests, I was frustrated and bored out of my mind. But when I just focused on the main stuff, I had fun!
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  7. Jun 22, 2020
    3
    I love how obsessed people are with this game and I wanted to experience that for myself, but I found the combat too chaotic (noI love how obsessed people are with this game and I wanted to experience that for myself, but I found the combat too chaotic (no z-targeting??) and difficult to follow, and this was it's big selling point. I also think the pawn system is kind of gross. Expand

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