‘Dragon’s Dogma 2’ game review: A must-play for fans of the original

Dragon’s Dogma | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Capcom branches out with an ambitious project, Dragon’s Dogma 2. In this RPG with an olden-days flair, players are treated to an exceptional mix of dungeon exploration and innovative party dynamics – all amounting to an engaging playthrough.

The storyline of Dragon’s Dogma 2 offers a new saga distinct from its predecessor, crafting a narrative that feels more akin to a fresh start. As the Arisen linked by fate to a grand dragon, you undergo a figurative rebirth following the dragon’s capture of your heart. You gain the unique ability to beckon pawns from another dimension. With the world falling prey to a devastating dragon affliction, your quest is set: to defeat the dragon and claim your place as the ruler of Sovran of Vernumd. The pawns, bound to your will, are ready to aid your crusade.

The game won me over right from the character customization stage, which features a delightful option: the creation of anthropomorphic cat characters called Beastren. The customization, though not as intricate as that in Baldur’s Gate 3, still offers extensive detail. My personal odyssey began by crafting avatars of my own cats, Boba and Miso, as the heroic Lord Bobaton and his companion, Lady Miso-ya. Together, we embarked on a grand quest to fell dragons.

Dragon’s Dogma 2

Developer and Publisher: Capcom

Price: ₹4,500 for PC and ₹4,399 for Playstation 5 and Xbox

The game’s outset pits you against a colossal serpentine beast, signaling an array of epic foes and mythical creatures akin to those of ancient legends. The combat system truly shines here, offering fluid melee combos reminiscent of Devil May Cry, as well as captivating ranged and magical attacks. Starting with a selection of basic vocations, the game eventually reveals advanced classes like the Mystic Spearhand. This particularly thrilling vocation equips you with dual spears, allowing magic-infused attacks reminiscent of a medieval fantasy’s take on Darth Maul.

Returning with significant improvements, the pawn system enhances gameplay, providing AI and player-created Pawns as critical assets during battles. These Pawns now demonstrate expanded skills, such as loot identification and tactical suggestions, and their varied personalities lend an element of levity and depth to the game. This encourages thoughtful party selection and skill optimization for maximum effectiveness.

As you traverse the dangerous realms of Dragon’s Dogma 2 and delve into intense battles, your strategic finesse and flexibility are put to the test. Although the story may not dazzle, the enthralling game world is full of exploration and conquests, fueling an addictive cycle of Pawn recruitment and character development.

Graphically mesmerizing due to the powerful RE Engine, Dragon’s Dogma 2 suffers from performance setbacks on PC and PlayStation 5 platforms. These technical hiccups are frustrating but the essence of the game remains compelling, standing as an evolved and advanced follow-up to its forebear. As Capcom addresses these technicalities, patient gamers might choose to wait before joining this otherwise gratifying journey. Yet, even with its imperfections, Dragon’s Dogma 2 reflects the makers’ dedication to bringing their artistic vision to life, ultimately providing an experience that outshines the original game in numerous ways.

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