Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Catch-All

Crap, that date is coming up quickly.

I think my only pause is that the combat shown is after you have 2 (or advanced) classes unlocked.
I worry that for however long it takes to get those unlocked, you will be stuck with the repetitive janky basic combat that has prevented me from getting much further than 2-3 hours in the first game.

I really want to play this game!
Is it better to play it on a PS4 or on a PS5?

The first game? Shouldn't make any difference.

The second game is only coming to current consoles.

*and PC

I think we see some of the base classes (or at least their abilities) in there. The two knives is likely the thief and the sword and board is the starter fighter vocation. The regular archer shows up later in the trailer (I don't think there's a Ranger vocation in this one, so that archer who is not the magick archer must be the base class archer.)

I'll need to look at it again. It seemed to me like there was a lot of class switching mid fight. Like the mage cast linear frost spikes and then, while it was frozen, jumped and slid down the creature impaling it with a sword.

It's nice to see weapon switching is a thing in this one that seems like a good mix up to how static it could feel to be a mage in DD: The First.

Do our old PS3 pawns show up on PS4 version of the game? Or are servers all different?

Stele wrote:

Do our old PS3 pawns show up on PS4 version of the game? Or are servers all different?

I don't know, but I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for it to happen.

Stele wrote:

Do our old PS3 pawns show up on PS4 version of the game? Or are servers all different?

I believe pawns are locked to their platform. Ages ago when I played Dark Arisen on the PS4, I did not see pawns from the PS3.

Sorry for teh confusion. I mean.. i got the DIGITAL copy for Dragon's Dogma, Dark Arisen installed on both m ps5 and ps4. So wondering if there is an "advantage" playing it on the ps5

I played the XBOne version on Series S and the load times were really fast.

I see.. Well now that I finished Tales of Arise, i am considering this or ff16
I might do Dragons Dogma 1st since it is a much older game

I have this sitting in my PS4 pile, but it still feels too soon after Baldur's Gate 3 for me to start another swords-n-sorcery game. (I also played a chunk of Dragon Age: Origins just before BG3 was released too.)

I think I'm going to have to give this another couple of months, and fish Dragon's Dogma 2 out of the bargain bin sometime in 2025.

I admire those who can 'drive' straight from one of these games to another.

And just like that, I am 35+ hours in.
this game grabbed me like a STORM.

What an amazing game. It has me hoooked.
Anyone on the fence undecided if they should play this game, please -by all means- Do yourselves a favor and go play it.

The game does not -at least for me- feel outdated. The world, combat and everything is fun and exciting.
I am super duper looking forward into Dragon`s Dogma 2

Great game!

Darkhaund wrote:

And just like that, I am 35+ hours in.
this game grabbed me like a STORM.

What an amazing game. It has me hoooked.
Anyone on the fence undecided if they should play this game, please -by all means- Do yourselves a favor and go play it.

The game does not -at least for me- feel outdated. The world, combat and everything is fun and exciting.
I am super duper looking forward into Dragon`s Dogma 2

You nailed it. 100%.

I replayed that game for game club. Then, not long after, I played Dragon Age: Inquisition for the first time (a game that’s been on my backlog for ever). DD is the older game but the traversal in DA:I feels like complete ass in comparison. BioWare should have stuck to what they are (were?) good at.

I do hope the story is as bonkers at the end as the first one. It was fairly standard for like ninety percent of the game, but the ending went sorta crazy and I loved it.

Apparently I am now playing this again. Steam tells me that the last time I played this was in 2016, but I seem to remember having it on PS(3?) and playing it more recently than that..

I never expected to like thsi game so much. I had just finished and 100% Platiumed Tales of Arise and I WAS READY to start Final Fantasy 16. When for some reason or another... I had like 10 - 15 mins before bed and i wanted it "check" Dragon's Dogma out. Well lol here i am now!

What a great game. Not perfect by any means, but a very very enjoyable game!
I am a total noob on this and I imagine -certainly know- that i have bad abilities and a bad setup on my character. Heck... 38 hours inn and I JUST learned that I can become a Ranger from a Strider. Even with that, i was having a blast

Go play it !

BTW, I admit that I am -AS WE SPEAK- and in the last few days trying to fool, convince, justify and cheat myself into buying Dragon's Dogma 2 as soon as it comes out. But no!!!!!! Aside teh $70 tag, My will power, resolve and commitment to my backlog have to prevail. Once I finish Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen, it will be FF16 ..... I think

.... i hope hehe

"The game does not -at least for me- feel outdated. The world, combat and everything is fun and exciting."

I am very much enjoying my time with Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen. But I think we must agree to differ here.

A few things really stand out to me:

The game is staggeringly poorly tutorialised. Indeed, after the opening section which explains broadly how to make your character perform actions, I'd argue that it's barely tutorialised at all. This is particularly important when it comes to the Vocations, Skills and Augments 'bit', where it really isn't clear what the pros and cons of the various choices may be. And its not clear that there are no choices for the Pawns that you hire.

Also, what is the relationship between my Character Level and my Vocation Level. One seems to go up a lot faster than the other. The game doesn't tell me.

Also, UI for the character screens is deeply untidy. Not least because there are two different sets of UI screens relating to the player character, depending on what the player wants to do.

The map (and the mini-map) are really poor in the early stages of the game (when you don't know where things are). I had to look up how to find one mission destination - Witchwood - because the 'turn' for it was nowhere near where I reasonably expected it to be. On another, the mini-map directed me to almost, but no quite or really the right spot to end an escort mission. I had to bumble around a bit to find the precise patch of grass that triggered completion.

The game is also very basic. A friend was watching me play yesterday, and noted that it seemed to be about running around bashing things. I couldn't really offer much to counter that observation.

But, as I said up-top, I'm really enjoying it. And I particularly love one thing about it: the fact that when you fail an encounter it offers you the options of 'Retry' and 'Retry In Easy Mode'. I am prepared to forgive the game a lot when it makes this particular option so clear. I will absolutely dial it down for the tougher encounters after two attempts. My Pile is very large. And the next Dragon's Dogma is less than a month away, after all.

Edited: to make it easier to read

I played a few hours of it at the weekend, and detroit20's comments seem spot on.

I agree with detroit20's comments yes! However, I guess that my enjoyment and excitement over the game made me overlook or forget about those issues. Yes the game is far from perfect. And there are some additional things I can mention, like escort quests being permanently failed.

Regardless of the issues that were mentioned, the game has been a pleasant surprise for me

This might be a strange question but would you guys recommend playing DD1 with DD2 so close to release or just jump into DD2? I'm not asking in a story sense but whether it's worth the time investment and $30 when I could keep myself busy with other games until DD2 drops.

I’d wait and just play DD2. Simply for QOL and UI improvements.

And I would imagine there’s going to be a pretty deep discount on the first game in the near future.

Keep in mind you can get the first game for under $10 quite frequently.

Yeah, just wait for DD2. DD1 is great but 2 looks like it's gonna be a huge improvement in nearly every way, and since you have other games you can play in the meantime I think that'd be a better use of your time.

93_confirmed wrote:

This might be a strange question but would you guys recommend playing DD1 with DD2 so close to release or just jump into DD2? I'm not asking in a story sense but whether it's worth the time investment and $30 when I could keep myself busy with other games until DD2 drops.

I bought DD1 for $5 on XB1 so you can just be a little patient. If you're tight with money you could go that route and then just buy DD2 down the line. I'm hoping to Game Pass it myself so I'll wait a bit.

I got it for super cheap, that is why i got it.
Once I finish DD1 I will move on to FF16. So ill be patinet with DD2

I’m wondering if the quality of life improvements might sanitize the weirdness that made the first game amazing.

Not basing this off anything, I just always get leery when a game series becomes less focused and more focus tested.