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DLC Talk: Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

DLC Talk: Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

Written by GameFocus

Published on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 20:00


Dragon’s Dogma was released last year on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

While many people considered it to be a simple response to From Software surprise hit in the « Soul » series, others found a genuine appeal to the core mechanics of Capcom’s new baby. So much so, that the giant publisher has decided to double dip with Dark Arisen, which includes the original game, as well as a ton of extra content for those who can’t get enough of it.

If you picked up the original game last year, you may be disappointed to find out that the only way to enjoy the new quests offered in this little package is through rebuying the entire game. Instead of releasing the content through DLC, Capcom opted to release this bundle which has a lot in common with the classic expansion packs of old.  Have no fear, though, as those of you who have a save originating from the previous release will be able to unlock exclusive content in this new adventure.

 

The meat and potatoes of this re-release is the brand new quest line that lets players explore a brand new location known as the “Bitterblack Isle”, which not only features a brand new adventure, but also new NPCs to interact with, new enemies to fight, as well as new weapon upgrades absent from the original game.

If you expect this new quest to be light on content, you’re in for a major surprise, as it offers approximately 20 hours of brand new gameplay, which is more than an entire game’s worth of play time! On top of that, the game introduces brand new features that make the already incredible combat mechanics that much more satisfying. The new enemies are particularly interesting to fight, as their technique will be completely unexpected for veteran players who have mastered the art of DD’s combat. For example, you’ll be able to confront Death itself in a fairly scary fight to the, well, death. Not only are the new techniques spicing up the challenge, but the enemies themselves appear smarter, tougher, and faster than ever before. While the original game paled in front of games like Dark Souls in terms of challenge, this new adventure should satisfy those of you who have a certain hunger for punishment.

Let’s not forget that this re-release includes all the content from the original game, which is quite massive in itself. Several technical improvements have also been made to enhance the experience. The framerate appears to be generally higher and more consistent, while an included second disc (for the Xbox 360 version) allows players to install an HD texture pack, making the game that much more pleasing to look at.

All in all, at $40, this repackaged, improved release is especially worth it for those of you who haven’t played the original game. While it’s disappointing that Capcom couldn’t offer a downloadable add-on containing only the extra content, it’s worth noting that the added quest could almost be its own game in the first place! With technical improvements, tons of new content, and gameplay refinements, Dark Arisen is well worth your time.

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