Summary: " Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen " doesn't improve the original game's content, but it's still a great world to travel through. Add to this the expansion that focuses solely on what the game does well, and you have a game that offers a massive experience at a bargain price.
Conclusion: Still credit must be given to Capcom for striking out in a new direction with Dark Arisen, though perhaps it would have been well suited as a separate DLC release. However for those who enjoyed Dragon’s Dogma for the variety and unique nature of its mix of gameplay styles it can also be seen as something of a misstep. It lacks some of the offbeat charm of the original game and as such its flaws tend to stick out further.
Summary: Newcomers to the Dragon’s Dogma universe should buy Dark Arisen . The additional skill tiers, gear-enhancing system, enemies, loot, and quests expand an already great game. Veterans, however, should bear in mind that the many technical hiccups from the original are still present, and that several of the enemies they fought so often prior have returned, only reskinned and revamped with status-affecting attacks.
Summary: Dark Arisen adds some great new content to the excellent Dragon's Dogma, though the new dungeon's unbalanced difficulty turns fun into frustration.
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
Excerpt: Developer and publisher Capcom released a brand new series to the world last May with the release of Dragon's Dogma for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game cast you as a warrior who awakens as a powerful being known as the Arisen after a dragon attacks the hero's village, ripping out his or her heart and killing them in the process.
Excerpt: In the wake of Japan's dwindling games market, Capcom's been courting the West for most of this console generation. For a while, the publisher concentrated on ideas that might appeal to us Brits and our American cousins. Then the published handed a torrent of its properties to lesser-known Western developers, with the assumption that these guys would know what they're doing because they're from round here.
Conclusion: Fighting the ultimate boss multiple times is a huge grind and is necessary to get all the achievements. Can be a huge pain to buy enough weapons for one achievement. Overall ... A good game if you like to explore and really invest yourself in the world. Not nearly as much fun if you're the type that simply runs to the next objective. I'm the second.
Mature role-playing adventure with action, blood, and gore.
Common Sense Media
10 September 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Dragon's Dogma is a role-playing game designed for mature players, primarily because of the intense action, blood, and gore. Both the in-game and cinematic scenes can be very violent, including limb dismemberment, impaling, and even a dragon who can rip your heart out and eat it.