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Dragon's Dogma Gameplay: Engaging Action/RPG Fare

We have to admit, Capcom's Dragon's Dogma has piqued our interest.

A game that combines hardcore role-playing elements with satisfying action mechanics is intriguing. The promising adventure got some attention at this year's Tokyo Game Show; here's a great look at someone playing it on the show floor. It shows off a field quest and we get a good idea of the action/RPG gameplay; it sort of reminds us of Dragon Age crossed with White Knight Chronicles. It might be a little lighter than that, though.

So what do you think? Is Capcom capable of producing such a game? Will it appeal to the hardcore role-playing fanatics, or will those purists have to make some exceptions for the action parts? And what sort of review scores do you see it pulling down?

Tags: dragons dogma, capcom, dragons dogma gameplay

9/16/2011 8:56:11 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (24 posts)

Warrior Poet
Friday, September 16, 2011 @ 10:00:18 PM
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Exactly what is meant by "hardcore?" Anyway, Capcom is capable of just about anything. It just depends on the effort they put in. They made some weird RPGs before like Mega Man Battle Network and those were alright too ;)

I would like to see a Street Fighter RPG. Yes, that would be nice.

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GuyverLT
Friday, September 16, 2011 @ 10:01:59 PM
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I looks great I can't wait.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 1:31:20 AM
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That's what I like about new IPs, there's nothing for this game to ruin by taking an action RPG stance from the get go instead of changing a long running series to suit people who weren't fans to begin with.

The only thing that is certain is the setting alone makes it worth it to me.

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lupus
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 2:39:13 AM
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Finally a RPG which looks good.

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PSN French
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 5:06:32 AM

I have a hard time thinking Skyrim and Dark Souls don't look good, but I am definitely interested in this game. It's on my radar, and I hope Capcom does it justice. Action and RPG games seem to be my niche, so when they come together I have to keep an eye on them.

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Beamboom
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 5:28:55 AM
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Why on earth must 9.9/10 rpgs be about bloody dragons. Just, why.

Why is it that in Role Playing Games (of ALL genres!), there is just one single role to choose from?
- "... And you, my son, You shall be... A dragon hunter."
What happened to every other role that can be imagined? Are they already taken? By whom? Certainly not by other Role Players!

How about a modern day rpg? A barock age rpg? The French revolution rpg? rpg in a 60s mods setting? A cold war rpg?
Why not hunt deer in the Canadian woodlands? Sharks in the Caribbean? Beasts under your bed? The Loch Ness Monster? Bigfoot? Or a living statue of liberty?
Place me on a science station on the north pole for that matter, complete with ice bears and cute seals - just some place without those damn dragons, is all I ask.

I mean, come on! Why not develop a game where you just for once have to do some research and create something unique?
No. Dragons. More dragons. Keep on slaying DRAGONS.

The dragons are even the exact same across all games too. They fly, they spew fire and they hunt. Period. Most of them even look the same. They have no history, no soul, no personality. They are just big lumps of meat that we must hammer with blades and arrows over and over and over, and that's it.

And when we beat that dragon hunter game, oh blimey whatddayaknow, there's a new rpg in town! This time you are... A dragon hunter! Yess! You hunt huge dragons! Look at the size of THIS dragon! It's large! It spews fire! It can fly! It is furious! And it will hunt YOU! Come one come all, there are dragons to be hunted!


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frostface
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 7:34:02 AM

Really enjoyed reading your post. I don't mind all the dragons but loved your suggestions for new settings for rpg's.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 10:13:22 AM

First of all, there are plenty of RPGs that don't involve dragons. Mass Effect and Deus Ex are absolutely RPGs in my eyes, for instance. There are also titles like Eternal Sonata, Lost Odyssey, and many other JRPGs that don't have anything to do with dragons. Even Final Fantasy has always been about a lot more than dragons.

WRPGs often do because they have Dungeons & Dragons roots. As such, fantasy settings like Elder Scrolls will place a strong emphasis on dragons.

I should also point out that saying that dragons have "no history and no soul" is completely incorrect. If you did some research, you'd find that the dragon is one of the most discussed and considered mythological creatures ever. It's also universal; the Chinese have been worshiping the dragon for over 3500 years, and there is evidence of some sort of dragon in hundreds of different cultures down through human history.

If there's one fantasy creature that DOES have "history and soul," it's the dragon.

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Beamboom
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 10:49:08 AM

Well yes of course, the *myth* dragons do, but I mean the dragons in these games. Just like our local version of dragons here in Norway, trolls. They do indeed have their historical/cultural/mythical roots, but most trolls in games I've encountered are simply punching bags, just like these dragons.
Well, I've not played neither this or Skyrim yet of course, but I'll be *very* surprised if they are anything more than just targets. And as such, extremely like the dragons in other games. I mean, there's *no* surprises here! It's like if you want to create a rpg with dragons then you end up making the same game that others have made before you.

And thank God there are exceptions, but don't you agree that we can basically separate the rpgs into two bags: "The dragon age", and "the rest", and that the dragon bag is the biggest of them and with the most similar games?
Like, the above dragon attack, doesn't it remind a lot of that attack we've seen from Skyrim? Yeah it's first person versus third person, but that's a formality, really.

I dunno... I'm just tired of dragons. :(

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 11:53:11 AM

No, I don't think we can separate them. Because Mass Effect and Eternal Sonata would be in different categories, and neither has anything to do with dragons. If it's a fantasy RPG in a medieval setting, it'll likely have dragons, but that's a given. I'm also not sure they're a big focus, either; in Skyrim, for instance, maybe you'll see one or two in twenty hours of gameplay, but you're hardly out there fighting dragons all day.

I'm sure designers can expand on basic ideas, though. There are other myths and mythological creatures out there that deserve attention. One could just look at Heroes of Might and Magic, pick a town, and design a game around those creatures and that set of mythology.

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Beamboom
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 12:22:26 PM

I just feel like there is this giant stockpile of rpgs with dragons in them that are more or less built around the same thing, and then you got "the rest" that has much more each their own identity - much like you point out with ME and ES. That's how I tried to label these two bags.

It would be nice if just some of these dragon themed games sometimes would, for instance, let you get to *know* a dragon. Maybe even defend one. Or a game where a dragon was something different than this traditional, almost cliché version of this nameless flying monster. I dunno... I just feel that as soon as there is a game where you are supposed to fight dragons you all of a sudden can start listing everything else we will find in that game too.

But hey - it may all be in my head. Admittedly, I never was a fantasy fan to begin with.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 1:21:52 PM

Dragons are fine. If you want to ride one there's the fun old series Panzer Dragoon, if you want to get to know one personally there's Dragon Riders Chronicles of Pern for Dreamcast (although it wasn't that great).

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Alienange
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 2:00:54 PM

But ... that's not a dragon.

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Beamboom
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 3:39:07 PM

A griffin is a dragon to us that are not scholared in the world of fantasy, Alien! Hehe

(And I'll admit right away that I picked up the word "griffin" from your post further down here. :) )

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sirbob6
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 6:44:02 PM

I sorta have to agree with you. We need other things to hunt to extinction now.

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___________
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 7:12:33 AM
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are crapcom finally on the turnaround!?
this, neverdead and asuras wrath look really good!
wow, a crapcom game actually looking good?
blasphemy!
bout f*cking time!
so, maybe, $E can finally come around.........
nah, who am i kidding!

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lupus
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 10:36:19 AM
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skyrim will be lag fest on ps3 im sure - well maybe not lag fest but I can't deal with lag or frame rate at all im disgusted by it period. thats why i should go on PC cause games run smootly there. but i prefer playing on consoles so not many games i play lol anyways - dark souls im worried about as it's *open world* devs cant make rpg's run smoothly on ps3 well I havnt seen one yet - demon's souls was ok. but im worried about dark souls as it's open world so it will be laggy as again ps3 just can't do it :(

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Clamedeus
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 12:22:27 PM

Skyrim will run fine I'm sure. Oblivion when I was playing it only had a bit of lag when you visited a new place or a certain area of the map where it needs to load, it ran great for the size of the world though.

I'm not sure how Dark Souls will run though, I'm sure it will run great, From Software is making Dark Souls so this time around they will know how to use the PS3 better, so just have a bit more faith in them.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 1:25:07 PM

Hopefully Bethesda has had some time with the PS3 now this long after Oblivion to get frame rates down. You should not play Dragon Age Origins.

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Alienange
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 2:02:14 PM
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I gotta be honest. It looks a LOT better than a cross between DA and WKC. For one it looks mature. The bloodied up griffin at the end is hella cool.

Being a Capcom game though, I'll wait for the reviews.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 5:41:28 PM

DA has lots of blood

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lupus
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 3:32:43 AM
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ha **worldendswithme** I bought DA origins I never been so angry in my life lol.
how can you make a game run that bad... I mean I would be embarrassed if I sold a game running that bad. it ended in the trash can lol I swear to god i'll never use money on a Bioware game ever again.

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Underdog15
Monday, September 19, 2011 @ 9:49:28 AM

It runs badly? Explain.

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lupus
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 @ 9:34:34 AM

if you can't see that game runs very F word bad you need glasses!!!

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