Dragons Dogma: Dark Arisen
It was good? Kinda. The game is very ambitious and actually succeeds in individual mechanics far more then you would expect from game as big as this (more so then Skyrim) and it's actually pretty absorbing at times. I got caught spening a lot of hours just questing. Buuuuuut, quiet a few elements ended up falling totally flat.
The climbing all over big enemies thing feels cool at first, but on the long term (by the time you fought your fourth cyclops in the exact same manner) it's just kinda dull and repetitive. There's been a few games that have done this climing over things ala Sotc and it's never worked well since there's not enough mechanical focus on it to make it play good and they never capture the same degree of scale and awe that game did.
The plot is total drivel. Save a few clever bits, it's just mostly very vanilla western fantasy stuff with a punch of Berserk references for good measure. Characters have very little character, vast majority of them really just feeling like quest dispensers. It falls totally apart at the end, with a pretty disappointing dragon fight (which was hyped to me a punch, but it ended up just being kinda tedious), bizarrely showing your character into a totally empty and arbitrary chosen romance and everything from everfall forwards is just boring.
All that aside, I had a fair amount of fun. The great degree of character customization for both your Arisen and Pawn did lend of degree of fun self styled fantasy adventures (Milf barbarian and sassy 4 feet elf sidekick. Together they fight
crimemonsters). They combat is fun enough and there's usually something neat around the next hill. The ability to grab and throw almost anything and the physics engine lend itself to some good old videogame slapstick comedy.
I think my biggest issue with it, more then any of the above, is just how fucking boring it is visually. Played a bit of Dragon's Crown with my friend during this playthrough and it really is just crazy how much more interesting Crown is to view in motion. It's not exactly a fair comparison and im not saying this game needs Vanillaware level visuals, but as is it's just boring fucking 3 models and boring designs throughout the whole thing with absolutely zero sense of style.
"Multiple exclamation marks are a sure sign of a diseased mind."
"Okay, okay. So you put a Nazi on the Moon. Fuck you, Moon."
Last Edit: July 13, 2017, 03:11:48 am