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Dragon's Dogma hands-on preview

Felling the aforementioned griffin represents just one of many quests that pepper the landscape. As an open-world game, you’re free to pursue only the story missions, but as with games like Oblivion, you’ll undoubtedly miss some of the best stuff by staying on track. We were told huge creatures, such as the perpetually regenerating hydra, will ransack villages, consume AI partners and generally run amuck. Should you choose to intervene and save the town, the spoils are yours. If not? Ehhh maybe next time. Either way, Capcom said each mission you complete (or fail to complete) affects the story in some way, leading to one of “a number” of endings.


 
Above: Oh man oh man oh man… can’t wait to fight this thing

Further details are light, but Capcom made this point very clear: it has a lot of faith in Dragon’s Dogma, with Hiroyuki Kobayashi (producer for RE4) saying it could be “the greatest action game we’ve ever made.” We obviously can’t verify that just yet, though the pieces we saw and played were assuredly chock full of action. Not the usual Capcom-style action, mind, with DMC-style combo counters or the head-exploding gore found in Resident Evil, but something comparable to a ramped-up, story-driven Monster Hunter that doesn’t hinge on multiplayer. The non-monster-climbing combat was a tad bland, but then again, we’ve only seen one area in isolation and not what the full game has to offer.


Above: This is apparently the main overworld field, where we also fought the griffin. Looks full of adventure… 

This brief introduction to the basic mechanics has our interest piqued. We’re specifically curious about multiplayer – will the whole game support co-op, replacing pawns with human characters? Will there be multiplayer-specific dungeons? We expect E3 will expand on this ideas put forth in this demo and subsequent trailers, and perhaps paint a fuller picture of Capcom’s big 2012 release. Look for more during the first week of June.

Apr 12, 2011

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16 comments

  • Bluefox - April 15, 2011 8:41 p.m.

    Very good, I'm currently playing Demon Souls but I want something with a little bit more action in it, Dragon's dogma looks like it's where its at.
  • ElGrinchoid - April 14, 2011 3:25 a.m.

    Seeing all 4 characters reminds me a lot of monster hunter on the Wii. I wonder if Capcom would consider the multiplayer that they did for MH, because that was excellent. No more than 4 in a team and can be made up of anyone and you all need to work together. Could be massively awsome!
  • philipshaw - April 13, 2011 2:58 p.m.

    The game looks a bit ropey in the trailer but the climbing and killing of creatures reminds me SOTC so this could be cool
  • sumrandomgeezer - April 13, 2011 2:45 p.m.

    A few more videos of this and i may have to go and purchase a lute and a robe.... looks friggin sex-ay
  • BladedFalcon - April 13, 2011 4:24 a.m.

    This looks very promising. I like the art style, the animations, the monsters, I even dig the read headed Faramir lookalike protagonist. What i really hope though... is that whatever they bring in for multiplayer, won't detract in any way from the experience if you choose to play it on your own... So in other words, make the single player campaign top notch, and it's a day one sell for me. Also, the way they describe magic should work? That has me excited as hell, should be interesting!
  • ChiefLethal - April 12, 2011 9:42 p.m.

    I stopped watching that trailer once the guitars started wailing. *sigh* Game might be good, but please stop trying to sell me a high-fantasy setting with guitar solos. Does nothing but take me out of the experience.
  • insertdisk - April 12, 2011 8:08 p.m.

    I've not been waiting for a game like this to come out but you know im intrigued. sigh that's more money I need to put aside, im meant to be going on holiday soon too. Goddamn
  • Gameguy94 - April 12, 2011 7:43 p.m.

    finnaly! An open world Medieval game that's not an RPG!
  • TheManTheMythTheCountryKerzikstan - April 12, 2011 6:37 p.m.

    Damn, this is the third Capcom boner I've had today and it's not even noon! Thanks Brelston.
  • TheCanuck - April 12, 2011 6:25 p.m.

    Looks awesome, I'll be keeping my eye on it!
  • JuliePeesgood - April 12, 2011 6:06 p.m.

    That trailer was amazing. Except for the weird guitar solo in the middle (wtf?). This game looks very interesting, to say the least. This is definitely a game I'd love to see succeed.
  • GuinnessGamer3 - April 12, 2011 5:12 p.m.

    WANT!!!!!!!! wow really cant wait for more of this to show up. Hats off to Capcom this year
  • dcbernman - April 12, 2011 4:41 p.m.

    I wish this was coming out on the PC as well T^T
  • Swindleton - April 12, 2011 4:08 p.m.

    To me it looks something in between what I imagine Dark souls and Skyrim will be, with a bit of Drakengard, capture that macabre atmosphere and combat as fluid as that of DMC and you've got what could be my favourite open world game. I'll keep an eye on this one.
  • clubsandwich - April 12, 2011 4:07 p.m.

    I love that jump animation too much.
  • Yaro - April 12, 2011 3:17 p.m.

    Shadow of the Colossus meets Dragon age meets Oblivion meets Demon's Souls? FUCK YEAH!

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