Dark arisen

     
The most wonderful thing about a successful handheld and home console hybrid is that it receives a whole bunch of ports, especially those that have never appeared on a Nintendo console before. While many independent games receive a “Switch tax” in order to cover the cost of the physical cartridge, many high-profile ports get a discount, offering a classic or celebrated title at fraction of a normal full retail pricing. Case in point, Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, a title released in 2012 và given a substantial downloadable nội dung campaign, both of which are now available on Nintendo Switch collectively for thirty dollars.

While price rarely tends to be a major factor in the way I đánh giá games, it’s hard not to lớn make a favorable comparison here, as Dragon’s Dogma stacks up well against other full-priced Switch titles despite being half their price & years older than them. It’s surprising khổng lồ think that large-scale enemy encounters were done justice in this title long before Breath of the Wild had players fighting Lynels và Hinoxes, that warp points and meaningful traversal could be better executed than in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. While not without its own quirks và odd kiến thiết choices, by the over of this review, you’ll see why Dragon’s Dogma ranks among the vị trí cao nhất RPGs on the Nintendo Switch, and why it is an essential purchase for genre enthusiasts.

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Gameplay


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Dragon’s Dogma is a game that features impressively consistent performance, even when multiple enemies of varying sizes are taking shots at the player character. Although I experienced one slightly horrifying “face slingshot” at the start of the game, these occurrences became infrequent to non-existent in a matter of hours. The most punishing aspect of the trò chơi itself doesn’t come from inconsistencies in design, difficulty, or balance, but rather, how the save system works.

Despite the amount of quick travel teleports you make, or the amount of landmarks you pass, Dragon’s Dogma is a bit unforgiving when it comes to lớn autosaves, meaning you can thua trận around an hour and a half of progress if you should forget lớn save while charting unknown territory. In the process, you’ll thua whatever you mapped or collected and be booted to your last true checkpoint- wherever that might be.

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This means prolonged expeditions are risky at every point in Dragon’s Dogma, especially because larger beasts can & often vì appear out of the blue to royally screw you up.

There is one other element that may draw some ire from role-playing enthusiasts, & that is the natural aging process of most consumable items. When a player strips meat from the hide of a beast, or gathers herbs and plants for usage, each thành công can exist in the inventory for a certain span of time before aging và eventually rotting, meaning the player will need khổng lồ either preserve them or make use of them as soon as possible. The result of eating rotten materials is often a poison affect, though there are other results for certain combinations, as well. This pressures the player lớn utilize recovery items whenever possible, which can be seen as either a smart thiết kế choice, or a baffling element of realism that doesn’t make the trò chơi enjoyable. This reviewer leans more towards the former.


In the end, it’s this odd, grounded energy that sets Dragon’s Dogma apart from most other RPGs on the Nintendo Switch, but it earns its keep due lớn these chất lượng factors. The story is a slow drip that favors a committed player và the combat is increasingly rewarding due to lớn the way skills transfer from one class lớn the next. The world of Gransys is varied in a way that is gloomier than the desolate Hyrule of Breath of the Wild, yet also significantly more varied. Additionally, its Dark Arisen nội dung adds brutal và high-level endgame challenges to the mix, offering hours of content to those who have conquered the foes of the base game. Dragon’s Dogma is a rare và special title that, even when removed from its initial launch, continues lớn enthrall, surprise, & delight.