Gaming Top 5: Reasons to try Dragon’s Dogma

If you’re sitting on the fence when it comes to getting Capcom’s open world RPG, then here are some reasons to give it a try

While there was a lot of hope and hype riding behind Dragon’s Dogma, it did not quite set the critical world on fire in the same way, say, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim did. That is not to say that the game scored badly (it has a 75 and 79 score on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 respectively on Metacritic), it just came out of left field and left many people wondering what the game is all about, and whether it is worth delving into.

Here are PC World’s top five reasons to give the game a chance.

5. It’s Familiar

Capcom did not attempt to reinvent the RPG wheel with Dragon’s Dogma, meaning that a player should not have too much trouble easing into the game and begin their quest. Controls do what you expect them to do, quests have definable objectives, and interacting with the environment and NPCs is not complicated in any way. This means the player can focus on the tasks at hand without worrying about what does what.

4. It’s Different

At the same time, the game adds new functions and content to make the experience unique and different from other RPG and adventure games that came before it. The pawn system is the standout new feature in the game and adds a new layer of complexity to the game experience, where the player is able to recruit party members and share it with other player online, a very social network style system that was not possible until this generation of consoles.

3. It’s Customisable

Firstly, you are able to customise your own avatar to an unprecedented level. While several games have already incorporated robust character customisation features, most notably Saints Row II and Skyrim, Dragon’s Dogma seems to take it that extra step forward. Secondly, the customisation does not stop with your own avatar, as pawns can also be altered and outfitted with a seeming limitless selection of gear to make them look just right.

2. It’s Big

Dragon’s Dogma is a large game that will not be finished within a few hours, so it definitely gives you bang for buck. The main story quests will take up a significant portion of your time, but when you add in the side quests and all of the trading you can do with your pawns, you might as well say goodbye to your social life for the next few weeks, if not months.

1. It’s Epic

Dragon’s Dogma may be a MMO at heart, but it is also a single player RPG that has been designed from the ground up to be a total console, and not PC, experience. While RPGs may just be focused on questing and “grinding” for the sake of it, Dragon’s Dogma includes a story that imbues your avatar with a strong motive to undertake the main story quests. After all, the reason why you are unable to trade off one of your party members is because they play an integral role in the game’s story.

Want to find out more about the development of Dragon’s Dogma? Check out PC World’s exclusive interview with Capcom video game director, Hideaki Itsuno.

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