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Posted by digi_demon

I like Dragons Dogma - its a little difficult to pin-point the exact reason why - but its a very playable and refreshing change of pace for a Japanese developed RPG

Posted by dabobsta

This game is the definition of a flawed gem.

Posted by debrislide

Dragon's Dogma is the best rpg since Skyrim. I have put more hours into this game than I can count. I was certainly skeptical, I did my research...even the people at gamestop tried to keep from buying it new. I did anyway and I cannot stop playing it. I started a mege class the switched to sorcerer. The game rules and is largely under appreciated.

Posted by nimbil

I respectfully disagree, to each their own. I would argue dragon's dogma has a much more realised world than skyrim because the environments aren't so cut and paste, animation isn't stilted and the character interaction doesn't make me want to throwup. But I suppose it depends on what you're looking for in a game.

I give this game 5 wet kisses. XXXXX

Posted by darkjester74

Thanks for the review Patrick! Going to wait til it drops to around $20 or so, have plenty to play atm.

Posted by Napalm

Skyrim gave me plenty of dragon action, so I'm good.

Edited by Kosayn

We're at a very dragon-friendly time in videogame history - again. I remember around the middle years of the NES, every fucking game had dragons, usually in a 'waiting-at-the-end-of-the-game' capacity. And we loved it.

Anyway, with talk of a weak plot I'm keeping an eye on this one for price drop - that's my primary requirement. Speaking of dragons, I'm hoping for a new Breath of Fire announcement at e3. I've always thought the series was great. 2 was dark, 3 was jazzy and lighthearted, and quarter was urgent - in ways that no other RPGs have really pulled off. I think they could still have a mainstream breakthrough like FF did with the right kind of game. Between Game of Thrones, Skyrim, and Demon's Souls, I'd say there's never been a better time to try.

Posted by s10129107

Patrick needs his review pictures like the rest of the crew.

Posted by Patman99

Im playing the game right now and I totally agree with the review. Fundamentally the game is pretty intriguing but it is on the "fluffly" parts of the open world RPG that it does not exactly shine. The story quests are not really marked so it is a little confusing if: One, I am doing a story mission, or Two, if this quest will advance the state of the world. While I am still playing it, more often than not (or should I say naught), I will do a quest thinking it is a side quest but it will end up being a main quest. No big deal except that when you advance a little in the story some of your side quests disappear. The real downer about this is that most are multi-faceted (e.g. talk to NPC, gather information, collect materials, kill group of monsters, save the princess, collect reward) and having completed half of the side quest then only for it to be wiped of the edge of the earth because you went and spoke to another NPC completely kills my completing self.

But yeah, it's a game for those who really like RPGs and the mechanics that come with the genre.

Posted by kealivio

i ppl, i just what to say that i have the game and i dont recomend this review of the game. this game is a 4 stars game.

Posted by primalmaster

Played this game a lot yesterday, having so much fun. Also really liking the atmosphere some of the dungeons give, Like the Water God temple. And offcourse the epic fights.

Posted by Klei

Skyrim and Dragon's Dogma are opposites, so why compare? One is piss-easy, the other is fucking hardcore. One has horrible combat, one has awesome combat. One has fucking lame dragons, one has great dragons. One has horrible, bland textures, one has great textures ( when modded ). I could go on and on. Neither Skyrim or DD are better than the other, it's more a question of picking your poison.

Posted by Godak

@Video_Game_King said:

@Godak:

That's...almost an entirely different issue from what I was talking about. Maybe I should have been clearer. I'm saying that the comparisons can't be made because you can't be certain that the reader is going to understand them. Had I read this review earlier today, I'd have no clue what the fuck putting Dragon's Dogma in terms of Skyrim means. That is the uncertainty I refer to: not knowing if I, the reader, have even played Skyrim.

No, I got what you were saying. I think I should have organized my statement so that it had better clarity - the first paragraph should come later on in my keyboard ballet (in my defense, I was kind of in a hurry while I was typing), and it needs to be fleshed. As it stands now, it's just kinda floating above the second paragraph without a segue to be found.

I am saying that if an author wishes to describe gameplay mechanics in terms of another popular game, that's fine, and might even be the best option in many cases. An online video game review can probably count on a lot of its audience who have a passing interest in a game being familiar with the more popular games of the genre. Yes, those comparisons may not mean anything to some individuals, but that doesn't bias the ignorant reader one way or another, and they should still be able to read the rest of the review and gauge the author's view with clarity (if they cannot, something has gone wrong).

Thus, authors should be allowed the certainty/assumption of, say, every RPG lover having played Skyrim. Is that true? Absolutely not! I still haven't gotten around to it. However, when I see reviews referencing Skyrim, that doesn't turn me off - it merely puts the game into a certain context. It may be a context that I do not completely understand, but it does not taint my impression of the review. However, if someone HAS played Skyrim, a quick comparison in a review may give them a clearer idea of what the game is all about.

For example: "Like Monster Hunter or Dark Souls many of the skills lock players into animations (though there is a skill for some classes that can actually break the animation), so combat becomes a shifting risk/reward proposition. Do you enable your supremely powerful dagger attack but chance missing and being stuck flailing in the wind for a few seconds?"

A comparison is made, but even those without MH and Dark Souls experience understand the jist of what is being said; combat animations are binary proposals (save for some special cases) that you must commit to. The assumption that people have familiarity with Monster Hunter and Dark Souls does nothing to harm Patrick's point, though it certainly helps people who have played them put things into perspective. Comparisons are, overall, helpful to the reviewing process as long as they are used to support a statement and are not the statement in and of themselves. And I'm pretty sure I wanted this paragraph in my last post, but whatever. XD

Posted by Video_Game_King

@Godak:

That's...almost an entirely different issue from what I was talking about. Maybe I should have been clearer. I'm saying that the comparisons can't be made because you can't be certain that the reader is going to understand them. Had I read this review earlier today, I'd have no clue what the fuck putting Dragon's Dogma in terms of Skyrim means. That is the uncertainty I refer to: not knowing if I, the reader, have even played Skyrim.

Posted by Godak

@Video_Game_King said:

@patrickklepek said:

@Godak said:

@Xeirus said:

I'm pretty sure Jeff has said 10000000 times, games are not to be compared to each other. That's not how this website does their reviews.

I think what's actually being argued is that you shouldn't necessarily pit our reviews of products against one another, not that games shouldn't be compared. When Brad reviews Diablo III, that's Brad reviewing Diablo III, not Patrick reviewing Diablo III. So when Patrick reviews Dragon's Dogma, his opinion of Dragon's Dogma can't be compared to Brad's opinion of Diablo III -- apples to oranges. Also, stop talking in the third-person, me.

Actually, I'd still say that games shouldn't be compared in reviews, at least not in a normative fashion. Doing so treats a lot of unknowns as certainties. (Descriptive comparisons are just fine, if used carefully.)

This is purely my view (opinions are en vogue), but I see a review as being necessarily filled with certainties - that is, the reviewer is certain that this is how they feel about the game. I think it is important to be absolutely authoritative when it comes to your views on a game and, yes, to treat those views as certainties. And, honestly, would you enjoy reading a review where the reviewer was constantly making notes about how your experience might be different?

If they find the combat to be on-par with Skyrim's (whether that's a pro or con), while the exploration is on par with Final Fantasy XIII's (...that's mostly a con) that can be valuable knowledge for a reader. Even if the reviewer presents it a certain way, you can still make the ultimate judgment on the matter - perhaps a reviewer hates X game's combat, and compares it to game Y's combat. You just so happen to LURVE game Y's combat. So, the reviewer has still done their job - they have given you the knowledge to better equip you to make a responsible purchase.

Posted by Video_Game_King

@patrickklepek said:

@Godak said:

@Xeirus said:

I'm pretty sure Jeff has said 10000000 times, games are not to be compared to each other. That's not how this website does their reviews.

I think what's actually being argued is that you shouldn't necessarily pit our reviews of products against one another, not that games shouldn't be compared. When Brad reviews Diablo III, that's Brad reviewing Diablo III, not Patrick reviewing Diablo III. So when Patrick reviews Dragon's Dogma, his opinion of Dragon's Dogma can't be compared to Brad's opinion of Diablo III -- apples to oranges. Also, stop talking in the third-person, me.

Actually, I'd still say that games shouldn't be compared in reviews, at least not in a normative fashion. Doing so treats a lot of unknowns as certainties. (Descriptive comparisons are just fine, if used carefully.)

Posted by Kino88

looks badasss!!

Posted by Kino88

the monsters look amazing so.....yeah Im sold

Posted by Godak

@patrickklepek said:

@Godak said:

@Xeirus said:

I'm pretty sure Jeff has said 10000000 times, games are not to be compared to each other. That's not how this website does their reviews.

If you think 37 hours is the "bare minimum" you seriously are clueless. Patrick's feelings have been stated by tons of people on the net, do some research and grow up man, seriously... it's an OPINION, calm down

Just out of curiosity, what else does one compare games to? Movies? Books? The arbitrary and completely subjective concept of fun? Sure, in an ideal world all things would exist in a vacuum where they don't have to be judged against by the standards of their competitors and, instead, only on their own merits. But that is not realistic for a review - something that should, in theory, help consumers find and purchase products that are the best monetary value for them. In order to do that, games should be (perhaps MUST be) compared to other games in the genre. Relating information in terms of popular games in the genre will give readers a better mental image of what they can expect from the game, thus fufilling the purpose of a review. It's, like, science!

Also, just as a footnote, average review scores would seem to put Dragon's Dogma at more of a four star level, making Patrick something of an anomaly.

YOU ARE AN ANOMALY, PATRICK (please don't have your fuzz-iferous follices devour me).

I think what's actually being argued is that you shouldn't necessarily pit our reviews of products against one another, not that games shouldn't be compared. When Brad reviews Diablo III, that's Brad reviewing Diablo III, not Patrick reviewing Diablo III. So when Patrick reviews Dragon's Dogma, his opinion of Dragon's Dogma can't be compared to Brad's opinion of Diablo III -- apples to oranges. Also, stop talking in the third-person, me.

If that's the case, then I pretty obviously misunderstood. My apologies Xeirus (whose name begins with a "X", the most unpronounceable of the letters). I honestly wasn't trying to be party pooper. I'm just internet-incontinent sometimes.

A wee-bit off-topic, but...Do you guys think it would be kosher for one reviewer to make note of what other reviewers are saying about a game to support their own argument? For example, if (in some bizzaro Biant Gomb universe) Patrick and Brad both had to review Large Beast Finder/Killer for the Atari Jaguar 720, would it be appropriate it for one of them to make note of the fact that another reviewer shares a similar view on a particular mechanic, for better or worse? One of the issues I constantly see is people in the comments yelling, "LOL, lies, no 1else is saiyan thowse things!"

One could argue that this will be a problem regardless of what the reviewers do - you cannot, afterall, please all parties, and some individuals will complain no matter what anyone does. However, I do find that this particular sub-set of commenters have some small shred of validity to their arguments, and that, at the very least, cross-refrencing other reviews might very well do something to shut them up. Now, I have no clue as to the logistics of implementing such a program. Would mere citations and credits be enough, or would some sort of financial recompense be in order?

Ow, my head.

Posted by Xeirus

@patrickklepek said:

@Godak said:

@Xeirus said:

I'm pretty sure Jeff has said 10000000 times, games are not to be compared to each other. That's not how this website does their reviews.

If you think 37 hours is the "bare minimum" you seriously are clueless. Patrick's feelings have been stated by tons of people on the net, do some research and grow up man, seriously... it's an OPINION, calm down

Just out of curiosity, what else does one compare games to? Movies? Books? The arbitrary and completely subjective concept of fun? Sure, in an ideal world all things would exist in a vacuum where they don't have to be judged against by the standards of their competitors and, instead, only on their own merits. But that is not realistic for a review - something that should, in theory, help consumers find and purchase products that are the best monetary value for them. In order to do that, games should be (perhaps MUST be) compared to other games in the genre. Relating information in terms of popular games in the genre will give readers a better mental image of what they can expect from the game, thus fufilling the purpose of a review. It's, like, science!

Also, just as a footnote, average review scores would seem to put Dragon's Dogma at more of a four star level, making Patrick something of an anomaly.

YOU ARE AN ANOMALY, PATRICK (please don't have your fuzz-iferous follices devour me).

I think what's actually being argued is that you shouldn't necessarily pit our reviews of products against one another, not that games shouldn't be compared. When Brad reviews Diablo III, that's Brad reviewing Diablo III, not Patrick reviewing Diablo III. So when Patrick reviews Dragon's Dogma, his opinion of Dragon's Dogma can't be compared to Brad's opinion of Diablo III -- apples to oranges. Also, stop talking in the third-person, me.

Word

Posted by Stimpack

@Karkarov: Nail on the head, and I couldn't have said it better myself.

Posted by jesterroyal

@patrickklepek said:

@Skanker said:

So Patrick, does this mean you're going to play Monster Hunter next? Because you totally should.

Probably not until the next 3DS one. But, yes.

I look forward to it. I think you said in another video you heard the wii one was good. Your source is right on that and the 3ds version is going to be an extended version of the wii one. The psp one is actually really great on the vita since you can map camera to the right stick and not have to claw it up.

Solid review. I selfishly was hoping for a higher review of this game because I know capcom needs tons of encouragement to take risks or make beneficial business decisions on what games to release where. Super enjoying the game right now but I can totally see myself getting glassy eyed running all over creation to do near pointless sidequests.

Posted by biggiedubs

@Karkarov said:

@Brad said:


Who did you think I was calling out...?

Pretty sure he was saying you were calling out who is being the adult in this case.

I have no problem with people calling me out for being a asshole, because I can definitely be one. But the thing is Brad in your reviews of Diablo and even Skyrim you admit the story and most npcs were weak and had issues. However you also acknowledged that maybe the story/npc interactions aren't the "point" of the game and don't significantly detract from what makes those games good.

Patrick on the other hand took a game he clearly had fun playing and enjoyed, by his own admission in the quick look he felt compelled to beat it and "wanted to like the game". Then proceeds to explain how 3-4 fairly minor gripes make the game a 3. Vinny even said during the quick look it sounded like Patrick was making maybe too big a fuss about his gripes. As I am sure you know many open world RPG fans will even argue one of his detraction's (no fast travel) is actually a good thing.

I try to be the adult most times, but sometimes I just feel I've got to stick up for the guy making points in a kind of dick-ish way. I feel like sometimes the smart person who makes an aggressive point is sometimes completely disregarded for the less intelligent person with nice grammar, and I hate that. Someone's got to be angry around here, goddamit.

@Brad: I honestly have never played Diablo, so I can't speak to the story, but I was merely paraphrasing that original post. To be fair though, in my mere spectating of Diablo fans thoughts and opinions, I have heard a lot of 'I don't care for the story, I'm just in it for the loot and / or combat' etc. And that strikes me as incredibly similar to Dragon's Dogma.

This may be the point though, Diablo has the attraction of both the loot and the combat (and the multiplayer and whatever else) to back up a story some may find poor, whilst Dragon's Dogma, from what I've briefly played and seen, doesn't. It makes the problem of a poor story all the lot worse when there's nothing to cover for it.

Patrick may just hold story over gameplay as being more important to the overall game, whilst Brad the opposite. Then there's the whole, 'you can't compare two scores together' argument, and the 'scores don't really matter anyway' argument. I'm sure we've all had this conversation a million of times before; I just hope that people play Dragon's Dogma.

I also have no problems in being called out, or being thought I was being called out. For what it's worth.

Posted by patrickklepek

@Godak said:

@Xeirus said:

I'm pretty sure Jeff has said 10000000 times, games are not to be compared to each other. That's not how this website does their reviews.

If you think 37 hours is the "bare minimum" you seriously are clueless. Patrick's feelings have been stated by tons of people on the net, do some research and grow up man, seriously... it's an OPINION, calm down

Just out of curiosity, what else does one compare games to? Movies? Books? The arbitrary and completely subjective concept of fun? Sure, in an ideal world all things would exist in a vacuum where they don't have to be judged against by the standards of their competitors and, instead, only on their own merits. But that is not realistic for a review - something that should, in theory, help consumers find and purchase products that are the best monetary value for them. In order to do that, games should be (perhaps MUST be) compared to other games in the genre. Relating information in terms of popular games in the genre will give readers a better mental image of what they can expect from the game, thus fufilling the purpose of a review. It's, like, science!

Also, just as a footnote, average review scores would seem to put Dragon's Dogma at more of a four star level, making Patrick something of an anomaly.

YOU ARE AN ANOMALY, PATRICK (please don't have your fuzz-iferous follices devour me).

I think what's actually being argued is that you shouldn't necessarily pit our reviews of products against one another, not that games shouldn't be compared. When Brad reviews Diablo III, that's Brad reviewing Diablo III, not Patrick reviewing Diablo III. So when Patrick reviews Dragon's Dogma, his opinion of Dragon's Dogma can't be compared to Brad's opinion of Diablo III -- apples to oranges. Also, stop talking in the third-person, me.

Staff
Posted by Godak

@Xeirus said:

I'm pretty sure Jeff has said 10000000 times, games are not to be compared to each other. That's not how this website does their reviews.

If you think 37 hours is the "bare minimum" you seriously are clueless. Patrick's feelings have been stated by tons of people on the net, do some research and grow up man, seriously... it's an OPINION, calm down

Just out of curiosity, what else does one compare games to? Movies? Books? The arbitrary and completely subjective concept of fun? Sure, in an ideal world all things would exist in a vacuum where they don't have to be judged against by the standards of their competitors and, instead, only on their own merits. But that is not realistic for a review - something that should, in theory, help consumers find and purchase products that are the best monetary value for them. In order to do that, games should be (perhaps MUST be) compared to other games in the genre. Relating information in terms of popular games in the genre will give readers a better mental image of what they can expect from the game, thus fufilling the purpose of a review. It's, like, science!

Also, just as a footnote, average review scores would seem to put Dragon's Dogma at more of a four star level, making Patrick something of an anomaly.

YOU ARE AN ANOMALY, PATRICK (please don't have your fuzz-iferous follices devour me).

Posted by Karkarov

@Brad said:


Who did you think I was calling out...?

Pretty sure he was saying you were calling out who is being the adult in this case.

I have no problem with people calling me out for being a asshole, because I can definitely be one. But the thing is Brad in your reviews of Diablo and even Skyrim you admit the story and most npcs were weak and had issues. However you also acknowledged that maybe the story/npc interactions aren't the "point" of the game and don't significantly detract from what makes those games good.

Patrick on the other hand took a game he clearly had fun playing and enjoyed, by his own admission in the quick look he felt compelled to beat it and "wanted to like the game". Then proceeds to explain how 3-4 fairly minor gripes make the game a 3. Vinny even said during the quick look it sounded like Patrick was making maybe too big a fuss about his gripes. As I am sure you know many open world RPG fans will even argue one of his detraction's (no fast travel) is actually a good thing.

Honestly the only reason I even made my initial post in the end was because Patrick himself compared it to Skyrim. I can't help but feel it was a one sided and unfair comparison because he only looked at what Skyrim did right. If you are going to compare two games in a review it has to be a real comparison, not a cherry picking where you overlook the fact that the "good" game made some of the mistakes the "bad" one made.

Dragon's Dogma is not a 5/5. I would scratch my chin at anyone who gave it more than a 4/5, but is certainly better than a 3. At least in my opinion which of course doesn't really count for anything.

Posted by RedRavN

Great review Patrick. I think that for me I would be able to overlook some of the clunky design and lack of world and story content for the sake of the combat and exploration. I'm one of those people that got burnt out on skyrim because the combat just became repetative and shallow the more I played. A game needs good exiting gameplay to make a world I want to explore, otherwise I'm just not into it.

I can imagine a game that has narrative, writing and characters as good as the witcher 2 but also with the visceral combat in dragon's dogma. I hope someone makes it eventually.

Edited by Mento

Klepek didn't review Diablo III or Skyrim. They were both Brad joints. I'm not sure where all this "you liked x but not y?" belligerence is coming from.

Thanks for the review, Patrick. I still fully intend to play this game, but it's worth hearing your reservations about it as someone who isn't usually into this sort of thing. I'd be happy to provide a second opinion for these "you hate Japanese games rabble rabble" dissenters once I'm done, as someone who is way more into this kind of business.

Talking of which, how are you guys getting on with Jeff's notion of "second opinion" smaller sub-reviews from other staff members? I'm guessing it's in a big folder labelled "Deal with after E3".

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Posted by Xeirus

@Brad said:

@TentPole said:

@Brad said:

@biggiedubs said:

@matti00 said:

@Karkarov said:

Thanks for the crappy score Patrick. Just as an aside all those boring one off NPC's actually show up a number of times if you just bother to stop and do something other than main story missions. With a 37 hour playtime though it is pretty obvious that you didn't do much beyond the bare minimum. Meanwhile that was a great storyline in Diablo wasn't it? I mean I had no idea at the massive plot that would unfold in that game. I am certainly glad to see it was held to the same story microscope Dragon's Dogma was. I also played a little Skyrim earlier today and asked to have a prisoner released that was in Aldmerri custody. What was really funny is like the week before the general had made this speech about how he was honored to fight with me and such right before promoting me to Legate, but when I asked for the prisoner release he talked to me like we had never met and said I was too low rank to request something like that? I guess the NPC's are way more dynamic in Skyrim right?

Why don't you like what I like?! You just don't get it! Waaaahhh

I think you're confusing 'whining' and 'having a decent point but making it in an aggressive way'.

People who express themselves like children should expect to be treated as such, no?

I see two people acting like children and you calling out the one guy who isn't.

Who did you think I was calling out...?

I'm pretty sure Jeff has said 10000000 times, games are not to be compared to each other. That's not how this website does their reviews.

If you think 37 hours is the "bare minimum" you seriously are clueless. Patrick's feelings have been stated by tons of people on the net, do some research and grow up man, seriously... it's an OPINION, calm down

Posted by Brad

@TentPole said:

@Brad said:

@biggiedubs said:

@matti00 said:

@Karkarov said:

Thanks for the crappy score Patrick. Just as an aside all those boring one off NPC's actually show up a number of times if you just bother to stop and do something other than main story missions. With a 37 hour playtime though it is pretty obvious that you didn't do much beyond the bare minimum. Meanwhile that was a great storyline in Diablo wasn't it? I mean I had no idea at the massive plot that would unfold in that game. I am certainly glad to see it was held to the same story microscope Dragon's Dogma was. I also played a little Skyrim earlier today and asked to have a prisoner released that was in Aldmerri custody. What was really funny is like the week before the general had made this speech about how he was honored to fight with me and such right before promoting me to Legate, but when I asked for the prisoner release he talked to me like we had never met and said I was too low rank to request something like that? I guess the NPC's are way more dynamic in Skyrim right?

Why don't you like what I like?! You just don't get it! Waaaahhh

I think you're confusing 'whining' and 'having a decent point but making it in an aggressive way'.

People who express themselves like children should expect to be treated as such, no?

I see two people acting like children and you calling out the one guy who isn't.

Who did you think I was calling out...?

Staff
Posted by TentPole

@Brad said:

@biggiedubs said:

@matti00 said:

@Karkarov said:

Thanks for the crappy score Patrick. Just as an aside all those boring one off NPC's actually show up a number of times if you just bother to stop and do something other than main story missions. With a 37 hour playtime though it is pretty obvious that you didn't do much beyond the bare minimum. Meanwhile that was a great storyline in Diablo wasn't it? I mean I had no idea at the massive plot that would unfold in that game. I am certainly glad to see it was held to the same story microscope Dragon's Dogma was. I also played a little Skyrim earlier today and asked to have a prisoner released that was in Aldmerri custody. What was really funny is like the week before the general had made this speech about how he was honored to fight with me and such right before promoting me to Legate, but when I asked for the prisoner release he talked to me like we had never met and said I was too low rank to request something like that? I guess the NPC's are way more dynamic in Skyrim right?

Why don't you like what I like?! You just don't get it! Waaaahhh

I think you're confusing 'whining' and 'having a decent point but making it in an aggressive way'.

People who express themselves like children should expect to be treated as such, no?

I see two people acting like children and you calling out the one guy who isn't.

Posted by Brad

@biggiedubs said:

@matti00 said:

@Karkarov said:

Thanks for the crappy score Patrick. Just as an aside all those boring one off NPC's actually show up a number of times if you just bother to stop and do something other than main story missions. With a 37 hour playtime though it is pretty obvious that you didn't do much beyond the bare minimum. Meanwhile that was a great storyline in Diablo wasn't it? I mean I had no idea at the massive plot that would unfold in that game. I am certainly glad to see it was held to the same story microscope Dragon's Dogma was. I also played a little Skyrim earlier today and asked to have a prisoner released that was in Aldmerri custody. What was really funny is like the week before the general had made this speech about how he was honored to fight with me and such right before promoting me to Legate, but when I asked for the prisoner release he talked to me like we had never met and said I was too low rank to request something like that? I guess the NPC's are way more dynamic in Skyrim right?

Why don't you like what I like?! You just don't get it! Waaaahhh

I think you're confusing 'whining' and 'having a decent point but making it in an aggressive way'.

People who express themselves like children should expect to be treated as such, no?

Just boil it down to 'Diablo and Dragon's Dogma both had crappy stories but Diablo didn't get punished for it' and 'the NPC's in Dragon Dogma are similar to Skyrim but you've said there were worse'.

How long is the storyline, by the way? You say he didn't play enough, but I still feel that just playing through the storyline is enough for someone to have a valid opinion of the game. Are the sub-quests easy to come across and fairly engaging?

Diablo's story isn't terrible, but it's a poor comparison to begin with. I was never, ever bored in 40 hours of playing Diablo while it sounds like DD left Patrick wishing there were more for him to do in between the major enemy encounters.

Staff
Posted by Agent47

@ItBeStefYo said:

@Karkarov said:

Thanks for the crappy score Patrick. Just as an aside all those boring one off NPC's actually show up a number of times if you just bother to stop and do something other than main story missions. With a 37 hour playtime though it is pretty obvious that you didn't do much beyond the bare minimum. Meanwhile that was a great storyline in Diablo wasn't it? I mean I had no idea at the massive plot that would unfold in that game. I am certainly glad to see it was held to the same story microscope Dragon's Dogma was. I also played a little Skyrim earlier today and asked to have a prisoner released that was in Aldmerri custody. What was really funny is like the week before the general had made this speech about how he was honored to fight with me and such right before promoting me to Legate, but when I asked for the prisoner release he talked to me like we had never met and said I was too low rank to request something like that? I guess the NPC's are way more dynamic in Skyrim right?

You make a fair point, and for the record I always tone down Brad's Review scores by 1 star! (Brad reviewed Diablo 3 and Skyrim)

Yeah Diablo III was defintely not a 5, it's great fun but again it's pretty much the same, a 4 is more realistic seeing as how it's fun enough but it hasn't really changed much.But of course they got someone who loved the series(Brad) so a 5 is expected.Similar to if Dragon's Dogma was a series and they had someone who liked the series to review it, it would be higher than normal.

Posted by Agent47

@zombie2011:You can't fast travel, but you can teleport using ferry stones similar to Dark Soul's system.

Posted by cwdawg1224

@thehuntsmen5434 said:

Next time they will get it right.

I thought the same thing about Dead Rising 2. I was wrong.

Posted by StriderNo9

Great review!

Posted by zombie2011

After watching the QL i'm definitely passing on this. The world just looked so boring to be in, which is made worse by not fast travel.

Posted by bearshamanbro

Patrick, I'm going to say that I think you hit upon some good points. I have been watching a lot of this game and it does seem like the combat is pretty interesting but like you said the world seems pretty boring. During the quick look I didn't think the Skyrim comments were relevant, but I think I get what you were trying to get at. What's the point of this big world if you don't do anything interesting with it. For Skyrim, that is having the towns and NPCs that give the illusion of a living/interactive world. Another approach, like the Souls series, would be to make every area have an extremely different personality and going to each new area is a different experience. Basically the best games in genre do multiple things well like Skyrim (world, NPCs, interactivity) Souls (combat, level design, bosses).

Posted by dropabombonit

Seems a fair review from what I played of the demo and watched of the quick look. The combat does seem super fun but everything surrounding it seems kind of janky

Posted by Winsord

@Sammo21: Whenever I've needed to be healed I just hit the "help" command and typically, at least in my experience, the AI was pretty good at figuring out that if I had gray in my health meter to heal me. Using the help command when attacking a certain enemy or limb of a bigger monster will also get your teammates to attack specifically that, so you can direct them somewhat better than you're making it out to be. You can also adapt the pawn AI in the knowledge chair before hand, so typically you'd want to have maybe your main pawn be heavy on healing and then one of the sub-pawns heavy on damage spells or buffs. The system's not perfect by any means, but if you learn how to, it can be used pretty effectively; the triggers are really context specific, but they're not hard to pull off.

Posted by probablytuna

Looks interesting, but not interesting enough for me to purchase it at full price I guess.

Posted by thehuntsmen5434

Not bad for Capcoms first try at a western style game. Next time they will get it right.

Posted by kagato

Ive got the game coming today and im glad to see this review if nothing else to set my expectations appropriatly. I fell in love with the demo and had the whole thing hyped up in my head, now reading some of the downsides i wont feel myself totally disapoined and can enjoy the aspects of the game that work well. I really hope this sells well and prompts Capcom to make a second game for next gen consoles with co-op play. I love the idea of the pawn system but id also like to be able to team up with friends to take on some of the games more difficult to defeat monsters.

Posted by Tennmuerti

Great review Patrick.

People need to remember that 3 stars is a good score on GB especially if you are into that type of game in the first place.

Will be picking this up as soon as I stall out in D3 Inferno.

Posted by biggiedubs

@matti00 said:

@Karkarov said:

Thanks for the crappy score Patrick. Just as an aside all those boring one off NPC's actually show up a number of times if you just bother to stop and do something other than main story missions. With a 37 hour playtime though it is pretty obvious that you didn't do much beyond the bare minimum. Meanwhile that was a great storyline in Diablo wasn't it? I mean I had no idea at the massive plot that would unfold in that game. I am certainly glad to see it was held to the same story microscope Dragon's Dogma was. I also played a little Skyrim earlier today and asked to have a prisoner released that was in Aldmerri custody. What was really funny is like the week before the general had made this speech about how he was honored to fight with me and such right before promoting me to Legate, but when I asked for the prisoner release he talked to me like we had never met and said I was too low rank to request something like that? I guess the NPC's are way more dynamic in Skyrim right?

Why don't you like what I like?! You just don't get it! Waaaahhh

I think you're confusing 'whining' and 'having a decent point but making it in an aggressive way'.

Just boil it down to 'Diablo and Dragon's Dogma both had crappy stories but Diablo didn't get punished for it' and 'the NPC's in Dragon Dogma are similar to Skyrim but you've said there were worse'.

How long is the storyline, by the way? You say he didn't play enough, but I still feel that just playing through the storyline is enough for someone to have a valid opinion of the game. Are the sub-quests easy to come across and fairly engaging?

Posted by MachoFantastico

Still have the urge to get this game, the combat fascinated me. Which goes to show it's strengths consider a lot of the game seems pretty awful to me. 

Posted by XenoNick

Think I will wait for a price drop. Had some fun with the demo but not enough to drop £40 for it.

Posted by matti00

@Karkarov said:

Thanks for the crappy score Patrick. Just as an aside all those boring one off NPC's actually show up a number of times if you just bother to stop and do something other than main story missions. With a 37 hour playtime though it is pretty obvious that you didn't do much beyond the bare minimum. Meanwhile that was a great storyline in Diablo wasn't it? I mean I had no idea at the massive plot that would unfold in that game. I am certainly glad to see it was held to the same story microscope Dragon's Dogma was. I also played a little Skyrim earlier today and asked to have a prisoner released that was in Aldmerri custody. What was really funny is like the week before the general had made this speech about how he was honored to fight with me and such right before promoting me to Legate, but when I asked for the prisoner release he talked to me like we had never met and said I was too low rank to request something like that? I guess the NPC's are way more dynamic in Skyrim right?

Why don't you like what I like?! You just don't get it! Waaaahhh

Posted by ItBeStefYo

@Karkarov said:

Thanks for the crappy score Patrick. Just as an aside all those boring one off NPC's actually show up a number of times if you just bother to stop and do something other than main story missions. With a 37 hour playtime though it is pretty obvious that you didn't do much beyond the bare minimum. Meanwhile that was a great storyline in Diablo wasn't it? I mean I had no idea at the massive plot that would unfold in that game. I am certainly glad to see it was held to the same story microscope Dragon's Dogma was. I also played a little Skyrim earlier today and asked to have a prisoner released that was in Aldmerri custody. What was really funny is like the week before the general had made this speech about how he was honored to fight with me and such right before promoting me to Legate, but when I asked for the prisoner release he talked to me like we had never met and said I was too low rank to request something like that? I guess the NPC's are way more dynamic in Skyrim right?

You make a fair point, and for the record I always tone down Brad's Review scores by 1 star! (Brad reviewed Diablo 3 and Skyrim)

Posted by Nettacki
@Karkarov said:

Thanks for the crappy score Patrick. Just as an aside all those boring one off NPC's actually show up a number of times if you just bother to stop and do something other than main story missions. With a 37 hour playtime though it is pretty obvious that you didn't do much beyond the bare minimum. Meanwhile that was a great storyline in Diablo wasn't it? I mean I had no idea at the massive plot that would unfold in that game. I am certainly glad to see it was held to the same story microscope Dragon's Dogma was. I also played a little Skyrim earlier today and asked to have a prisoner released that was in Aldmerri custody. What was really funny is like the week before the general had made this speech about how he was honored to fight with me and such right before promoting me to Legate, but when I asked for the prisoner release he talked to me like we had never met and said I was too low rank to request something like that? I guess the NPC's are way more dynamic in Skyrim right?

Er, what's your point? Diablo was reviewed by Brad, not Patrick.
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