After getting a little hands on time with Dragon's Dogma at PAX East, Rock left feeling even more excited about a game he'd already been greatly anticipating. Now that the demo is out, Rock checks back in to get his grubby mitts on the game one more time before it releases!
Dragon's Dogma is the upcoming open world game from Capcom, seemingly cast in the mold of a western RPG. Many have referred to it as "Skyrim and Monster Hunter had a baby", and the comparison seems appropriate. As a huge fan of western RPGs, I've been insanely psyched about this game since I first heard about it at the end of 2011. When I heard that it would be playable at PAX East 2012, I just about shat a brick! The same demo made its way onto our home video consoles this week, and I couldn't wait to jump in!
annoying. I start out in control of a fighter, skilled with a sword and shield. I'm led along a cliff side by a pawn who is also a fighter. Before long, we're joined by a group of pawns. One is a strider, a light, nimble fighter who uses archery and daggers. The other is a mage specializing in.....mage-ing. Some may dismiss the pawns as mere AI simpletons, but they'd be wrong. The pawns add some really exciting moments to combat- on a few occasions while fighting goblins, one of my pawns would grab a goblin from behind, pinning its arms. He'd then yell to me, allowing me to come over and finish off the foe that he'd entangled. At other times, our mage would hit enemies with elemental spells, imbue our weapons with flames, or provide magical healing. All of this is done automatically. Sure, they're still just AI companions, but the scripting controlling them is seriously super effing cool.
|Take THAT! Bad Kitty!|
|Sucks to be you!|
Before long, the griffin takes flight and I get a chance to test my archery skills. I use some special abilities, like firing three arrows at once, while our mage sets my weapons on fire. Know what griffins hate? Fire. That mofo lights up like a candle and before long, one of my pawns is offering to launch me into the air! I oblige him and and chucks me straight into the griffin's path, where I grab hold and proceed to stab the crap out of him. He flies around a bit before finally succumbing to his many wounds. Dammit that was fun!
|There's also a dragon....and its dogma....?|
This demo leaves me feeling incredibly excited for Dragon's Dogma! It releases on May 22nd, so the wait won't be long, luckily!
Rock's ready to...dogmatize some dragons...? What does that even mean..?