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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: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  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 13, 2019
    10
    For the price, this classic is a steal. Played it on PS3 originally, and got the HD remaster on PC. Glad to have this on my Switch. Great forFor the price, this classic is a steal. Played it on PS3 originally, and got the HD remaster on PC. Glad to have this on my Switch. Great for all RPG fans and even Monster Hunter fans (because of how you have to approach and prepare for boss fights). No performance problems on my side. Highly recommended. Expand
  4. May 11, 2019
    10
    Played the game through the night. Next thing i know I'm headed to work. Game is addicting real quick
  5. May 12, 2020
    8
    This game is middle ground for me. It’s only $30 though and it is worth every penny of $30.
  6. Apr 24, 2019
    7
    Let me start with performance:
    The game performs well in docked, but undocked it can really slow down and decrease in FPS if there's too much
    Let me start with performance:
    The game performs well in docked, but undocked it can really slow down and decrease in FPS if there's too much with fire or magic going on.
    Handheld also has a problem that I don't see mentioned enough: enemies and NPC fade out at a specific distance and pop into view when they come near. Trees and rocks fading out is okay, but not NPCs/enemies... It's annoying. I know it's a sacrifice they had to make, but it still bothers me.

    Now to the game:
    This game is a great RPG. The combat is in my opinion very good once you get the hang of things as well as learning how to climb enemies properly. You can choose from several vocations that you can unlock and later change in the game, there's a vocation/playstyle for everyone.
    The story is maybe not the most deep or unique like you expect from RPGs, but it is in my opinion very interesting still.
    Pawns are the most interesting thing of the game. Your pawn starts off being a very annoying party member but they learn over time and become the best partner you can wish for... They just talk a bit much... I was very surprised when my pawn grabbed me and threw me to safety because I was surrounded... maybe because I did it so often with her she did the same with me?
    Gear matters. When you have weak gear you cannot damage enemies and the enemies do a lot of damage to you, so whenever you're in town you HAVE to upgrade your gear every chance you get.
    The game can be hard... It was hard for me for the first hours, but I learned quickly. The game becomes very easy if you invite other people's pawn to your party, so if it gets too easy, remove the strongest pawn in your party.
    The enemy variety is okay. I wish there were many more different kinds of enemies and not just different types of something. But overall it's okay. Every enemy type has its own weakness so you cannot fight every enemy the same way.
    The visuals are maybe not the prettiest. The world is a bit dull and not colorful, but I think that's because of the style of the game. This is really the only complaint I have about the game, but it's not a big deal.

    Overall the combat and the systems surrounding it are very good. The game is very addicting and I love it. Handheld performance is not the best but you can play just fine with it... However because it's not the best in handheld which I believe is why people will buy this version of the game for, I'll give the game a 7/10 rating. Otherwise I would give it a 9/10 rating.
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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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