Dragon's Dogma - Watch us play the demo in new video

Out today on XBLA and PS3, the Dragon's Dogma demo is different, that's for sure. While exploring the demo we got a chance to play around in areas as opposite as a dungeon and a huge open field. In both we found beasts big and small, where fighting the huge monsters reminded us warmly of Shadows of the Colossus as we stabbed fiends to death. Watch as we experience the demo for the first time in our new video...


  • Shadow Of Death - April 26, 2012 4:35 a.m.

    I've tried the demo, and definitely didn't care too much for the warrior. I didn't realize you had to HOLD grab to stay up. I thought I needed to weaken the enemy more first or something. Lesson learned. But Henry (that was you playing, right?)....Why did you not press RB? It will reveal other skills (LB and RB reveal different special skills). In the Warrior it uses up stamina, but not so much with the Strider. At least the RB+X skill for the strider didn't. Rather liked that one. You can attack very rapidly with it, at the expense of damage per slice I assume, and having to be very close. Get behind it and just whirl away. Pity they didn't let us try the Mage class.
  • robotdickens - April 26, 2012 1:03 a.m.

    Not really impressed with the game so far but it has potential. Not going to write it off just yet.
  • FauxFurry - April 25, 2012 7:35 p.m.

    The lack of women built like tree trunks made of meat in this video is somewhat disappointing as is the complete absence of the Start menu which shows all of the controls. Saving that for the review of the full game,no doubt.
  • samsneeze - April 25, 2012 8:28 p.m.

    1. It's a demo that features the main staple of the game: Combat. Of course it isn't going to have the full menu up for since there is no need for it. 2. You can fully customize your own character be they male or female. They can be old, young(Literally, like a kid.) tall, short, and fat.
  • Hydr0ponicK - April 25, 2012 10:51 a.m.

    The demo fights end so quickly I still don't really know what to think of it.
  • Evanesco - April 25, 2012 9:42 a.m.

    Needs polish.
  • trent-power - April 25, 2012 9:40 a.m.

    I can't wait for this game. I totally feel a sleeper hit on the way. I loved the demo. I would have liked to see more depth but what can I expect from a demo?
  • trent-power - April 25, 2012 10:07 a.m.

    As for the character customization, you guys didn't open the advanced editor.
  • boondocks50 - April 25, 2012 8:51 a.m.

    holy shit i wasnt interested in this game before but after playing the demo and fighting the griffin im deff getting it, still have to beat koa and witcher 2 tho
  • patbateman17 - April 25, 2012 6:48 a.m.

    Gotta be honest - played the demo and it seemed like a shoddy game to me. Fighting the Chimera was a drag and the Gryphon (sic?) required just pelting it with arrows until it landed. Am I playing wrong? Didn't like it one bit.
  • samsneeze - April 25, 2012 4:23 p.m.

    "Fighting the Chimera was a drag." I had a bit of fun with the Chimera. I'm not sure if it happened because of the game script or not, but when I jumped on the tail end of it and started whacking it, the snake head was cut off. And attacking certain bits of it did more damage than just hitting its feet. Plus, your companions weren't complete dumbasses which is always a plus. "the Gryphon (sic?) required just pelting it with arrows until it landed. Am I playing wrong? Didn't like it one bit. " That's how you fight the dragons in Skyrim, so I don't think people are going to have a problem with it. Unless the fanboy vision decides to kick in.
  • patbateman17 - April 26, 2012 6:36 a.m.

    I'm a PS3 owner - so admittedly I didn't buy Skyrim after being unbelievably pissed at the released product. Admittedly I'm missing out on a great game for now, but I still have a ton of backlogged games and currently Skyrim isn't a draw for me. I think I'll reinstall the Dragon's Dogma demo and try again and take a bit more time on it to see if I like it - maybe I just couldn't sort the bow and arrow controls out. Thanks!
  • radiodeaf - April 25, 2012 6:24 a.m.

    did not look interesting... the camera is very wonky...and graphics looks sad. oh well.
  • inkyspot - April 25, 2012 3:09 a.m.

    The demo sold me on a game I was already sold one. Although the controls, are a little wonky (or take soem getting use to)
  • BladedFalcon - April 25, 2012 12:13 a.m.

    Finished watching the video, and it looks pretty promising. the way you could grab onto bigger enemies was pretty frigging cool. And seeing things such as cutting the chimera's tail that way was awesome, hopefully the game will keep adding more things to challenge players when they grab onto an enemy aside from the occasional enemy shaking throw you off into the floor. Only thing that worries me is that the story might lack any real depth of personality. Seeing as not only is your Main character undefined and customizable, but so are all of your AI squadmates, so any chance of actual character development feel nil. Meaning the story's going to ride solely on the world itself, peripheral NPCs, and villains... Hopefully something decent can come out of that. Will wait for final review, although the combat system alone shows plenty of promise.
  • samsneeze - April 25, 2012 4:26 p.m.

    "Only thing that worries me is that the story might lack any real depth of personality. Seeing as not only is your Main character undefined and customizable, but so are all of your AI squadmates, so any chance of actual character development feel nil." Hopefully this won't hold the game back any since another game was exactly that.
  • BladedFalcon - April 25, 2012 4:36 p.m.

    Hah, back to your old avatar, are you? XD And excuse my denseness, but what's the other "game" you're referring to?
  • samsneeze - April 25, 2012 4:47 p.m.

    Yeah, I got tired of the other one. It's kind of hard to find Debora fan art that fits into these tiny squares without destroying the pictures quality. I was referring to Skyrim. It got a ten in spite of that, but I got a feeling that people are actually going to hold that against this game.
  • BladedFalcon - April 25, 2012 5:18 p.m.

    Aaaand, you've changed it again! XD I kinda like this one better, actually. And aaah, gotcha, it just confused me a bit because in skyrim your potential squadmates aren't exactly customizable... Yet they don't really have any kind of personality, so they might as well have, I guess. Another reason why I didn't think of skyrim: AT least here the protagonist still talks. I'm thinking he'll be more like a protagonist akin to the saint's row III protagonist. But somehow I suspect he won't be nearly as fun :P And well, I think the flaws in the story and characters will be a problem depending on how big and expansive the world and creatures are to make it matter. If the world's not nearly as big, i can see the complain being more legit.
  • IceBlueKirby - April 24, 2012 11:43 p.m.

    This could be fun as long as the AI can handle itself pretty well, or at least doesn't require me to heal it every five minutes. The only good thing about an AI party in action RPGs is it gives the monsters something else to go after while you kill them.

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