Excerpt: Note: Although I played through Dragon’s Dogma to achieve a high enough level to compete in the new and dangerous lands of Bitterblack Isle, this is a review of new elements introduced with the Dark Arisen expansion. Be sure to read El33tonline’s
Summary: Sometimes, dragons may double-dip I thought Jim was spot on with his review of the original Dragon's Dogma . It had grand ideas, but in many areas, it failed to execute them, and was marred by some fairly glaring design choices.
Excerpt: * Line added in regard to trading items (4/25) The original Dragon’s Dogma is well worth playing thanks to its developed sense of adventure and discovery, imparted by perilously long journeys and harrowing fights against foes with distinctive behaviors and exploitable weaknesses.
Dark Arisen adds some great new content to the excellent Dragon's Dogma, though the new dungeon's unbalanced difficulty turns fun into frustration.
24 April 2013
Summary: On Bitterblack Isle, there's always something nasty lurking in the darkness. Perhaps it's a ferocious wolf that snarls and charges, forcing you to run to safety or block its substantial weight.
Pros: Bitterblack Isle features lots of great battles with fearsome foes, Ominous atmosphere and pensive story enhance tension on the isle, Eternal ferrystone eases the burdens of long journeys, The main game remains a special thrill
Cons: The grueling final third of the new dungeon lacks any sense of balance or fun, Pawns require more babysitting than ever
Conclusion: Concept: Re-release the action/RPG with a host of extras including additional endgame content
Graphics: Bitterblack Isle has its own unique look, but the rest of Gransys is varied and full of surprises
Sound: The pawns are still chatty, though you now have the option of hearing their original...