After 40 hours of Dragon’s Dogma 2, I’ve barely scratched the surface of this fun adventure

Dragon’s Dogma 2 is a ridiculously fun game, but I had a blast when I received a review copy. So I’ve only gotten about 40 hours into the title, and I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface. With that in mind, consider this ‘part one’ of my review of Capcom’s latest fantasy adventure role-playing game.

In my time with Dragon’s Dogma 2It’s hard not to compare it to titles like Alden ring Or Baldur’s Gate 3 (I have more than 100 hours in both). Don’t get me wrong, I understand that they are all very different, but at the same time, they are still fantastic RPG games. But, while Alden ring Has my favorite combat, and Baldur’s Gate 3 offers the best role-playing, Dragon’s Dogma 2 offers a full and unique world that took me back to when I first played Skyrim.

That’s not to say that the game is dated, though. Instead, it feels like a world I’ve encountered in games like Fable Or Dragon’s AgeAnd since we haven’t gotten an entry in the series for almost a decade, I’m happy to visit this type of fantasy world.

The rise

in Dragon’s Dogma 2, You play as the ‘Arisan’, a character whose heart is taken by a dragon. Your goal is to recover your heart, which seems straightforward, except the dragons in this game are extremely difficult. In all my time playing this title so far, I still have not been able to kill a lesser dragon.

After creating your Arisen, you select between four ‘vocations’ (the game’s classes), and you’ll be able to discover more over Dragon’s Dogma 2. I wasn’t sure if I would like this system, but it turns out I’m a big fan. While playing this game, I have maxed out the thief profession and learned all the possible skills. While I’m still looking for the master to teach me the Mystic Spearhand profession, I recently found the Magic Archer and switched over to that profession.

Right after switching vocations, I tried my hand at fighting a dragon, and while I was new to the class and lacking the skills gained by leveling the Magick Archer, I still stood my ground and got the beast down to only two life bars left. I like that changing classes doesn’t make me feel like I’m starting all over again. Although you may be new to a specific profession, your character levels apart from his class, so you can experiment and learn new professions. You won’t have all the skills, but ranking in your profession is easy and doesn’t take too long.

I also loved the character creation in this title. You can make your character fat and short, tall and thin or whatever you want, but it impacts your stats in game. If you want to be very thick, you will have a larger equipment load, but you will move and gain stamina more slowly. On the other hand, if you want to be thin, you will be faster, and your stamina will recover faster, but you will not be able to carry a lot.

Dragon’s Dogma 2 Features a wealth of character creator options, including eye color, pupil size, lip thickness, and a variety of hairstyles. There are even skin tones for black folk, and you can change waist size, chest size, and so much more (I’ve seen people make familiar characters like Lae’zel from Baldur’s Gate 3Kratos of God of warZuko of Avatar: The Last Airbender and more with the extensive character creator.)

Pawn to E4

Which is unique about Dragon’s Dogma 2 is its pawn system. When you first start the game and create your own character, you also create your own pawn. Your pawn is your NPC-controlled companion in the game and will be there throughout your entire adventure. However, in dragon’s dogma 2, You have a party of four: yourself, your main pawn and two other pawns created by other characters. So, while you play with your pawns, they will also be in other worlds simultaneously. You can find favorite pawns you’ve gotten used to, see what abilities they have, and view their equipment. Before you send a pawn on their way, you can give them a gift. I like to see the pawn ranking system; At the time of writing, mine was in eighth place (just a little humble brag).

I like the pawn element of Dragon’s Dogma 2, but I’m not a huge fan of managing party abilities, so it’s nice to be able to grab someone else’s pawn and use them. And when they no longer suit my needs, I throw them to the side and grab a new one.

The pawns are also pretty useful, as they open treasure chests and collect other materials. Furthermore, if the pawns have done something in another world, they will know how to guide you to your specific goal or mission. I like this because it feels a little more grounded than always relying on points on a map.

Monsters everywhere

In my time with Dragon’s Dogma 2, I have come to expect to always be ready for a fight. There are saurians (lizard-like people), goblins and wolves around every corner. It is almost a Jaws– As element to the experience, but instead of being tired of the water, I am often looking up, as you never know when a griffin is going to swoop down and attack you and your party.

Although there are common themes with the monsters you fight, the four types I’ve mentioned are pretty much everywhere I’ve explored so far; Just when I’m tired of seeing the same enemies, new ones emerge, and I’m excited all over again. Sometimes, the monsters just differ a little due to their area, like saurians with rock-like weight or hobgoblins instead of goblins, but other times you will find yourself face to face with minotaur, chimera or drake. This is when the monster-fighting gets intense, and you’re fighting the big beasts with multiple life bars and climbing and stabbing their weak points, like in Shadows of the Colossus.

I love the intense fights because they require thought and precision, and you can’t just stab the monsters like you would with a goblin. Instead, you need to try to hit them with different elements, target weak spots and try your hardest not to die. You can only collect your pawns when they fall in battle, so you need to be ready for this. Always keep an eye on your stamina, because keeping up with monsters is not an easy task. All this makes for epic battles that can surprisingly last a long time.

For example, I legitimately spent 20 minutes fighting a singular drake, only to die and be heartbroken. It is also worth noting that monsters seem to scale with the player. In one cave I found a chimera. It was too hard for my team because we weren’t healthy, so I went back to the cave about 15 levels later, and instead of the chimera I left there, it changed to a ‘gorechimera’, a type of chimera that Can also put players to sleep.

So much to explore

It’s worth noting that I found that the game sometimes randomly drops frames, which can be a bit disorienting. I play on a PS5, and while frames will drop, I never have the title crash or have any significant glitches. Dragon’s Dogma 2 looks good but isn’t as pretty as some of the better-looking PS5 titles like Devil’s souls.

Dragon’s Dogma 2 Seems like a huge game, and I have so much more of the map to explore and the story to go through. It’s hard to stay on track with missions because you can easily get distracted. At one point, I was on the way to my next story mission and then got a little lost; I thought, “While I’m here, I should check it out.” A few hours later, I found the Magic Archer Master, a completely new area of ​​the map that I didn’t even realize existed, and fought (and lost) a dragon.

After all my hours in the game, I haven’t even encountered the giant statue Talos seen in the trailers, nor have I encountered any elves. I’m excited to continue playing, and after completing the game, I’ll share more about my experience.

Dragon’s Dogma 2 Releases on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X on March 22 for $89.98.

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