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Dragon's Dogma

Pawns And People-Making

Dragon’s Dogma is Capcom’s effort to deliver an action-packed fantasy adventure with RPG elements. The game is quite unlike anything I’ve seen the publisher put out, and a recent TGS 2011 presentation answered a few questions I didn’t know I had. The demo explained more about the pawn system, transportation, and character customization.

The demo started with the developers creating a new character. Crafting a character is a deep process, with more options and adjustment sliders than you’ll ever need to get the slope of your forehead just right. The Capcom developers created a very becoming young lady, going out of their way to increase her bust size. Capcom is confident that players will be able to sink hours into creating characters if they wish.

Your main hero isn’t the only denizen of Dragon’s Dogma that you can create. Pawns, AI partners which accompany you through your quest, can be created and shared with friends. Pawns created by you and your friends will not only populate the game world, but can be recruited by visiting a Rift Stone. This glowing stone will teleport you to a new area, but Capcom isn’t ready to talk about the specifics of the mysterious location yet.

Having allies will come in handy if the mountainside battle I saw was any indication. The demonstrator traveled to the snowy pass by using a Ferrystone, which is a stone that teleports the player in a flash of light when through into the air. White-capped peaks collide with a row of huge Evergreen as a castle looms in the background. The scene reminded me of Isengard from The Lord of the Rings. The crew immediately encounters a huge armored cyclops. The beast’s helmet protects its vulnerable eye, so new non-ocular focused tactics are necessary. The player character, a sorcerer, casts an ice spell which shoots huge tendrils of ice from the ground into the monster. After throwing down a few fire spells, the cyclops is knocked down. The sorcerer’s loyal warrior companions leap on the fallen beast and begin attacking. It becomes clear that this foe can take a beating when it shakes off its attackers an stands again. Changing tactics, the sorcerer moves to a new position, putting the cyclops between her and the steep cliff. A perfectly-timed ice blast knocks the towering creature off the mountain, along with the poor pawn clinging to its helmet. I guess that pawn was interested in taking a shortcut to the cyclops’ loot.

This hands-off demo gave me a good sense of how some important facets of Dragon’s Dogma play out, but it did very little to get me pumped for the day. Everything I’ve seen up until now has gotten me very excited, and I’ve been one of the game’s biggest champions in the Game Informer office. While the pawn system is interesting, I’m looking forward to seeing more about the game’s quests, world, and progression.

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  • Good job for once Capcom.
  • completely and utterly sounds like a game i should own.  period.

  • this IS the japanese skyrim.
  • ooooooo, sounds like this game will be epic...can't wait. Also I can see many gamers making a female character with big breasts and skimpy clothes.
  • I cant wait i (generally) love Capcom!

  • and that ain't not bad in the slightest bit or form. i looks like it can stand up to skyrim and keep it's own. i'm not wanting to say it could surpass skyrim, but at it's best it's on par. let's hope the controls aren't all funky like.
  • Keep it coming Tim. I am very interested in this game and want to everything I can about it
  • Capcom doesn't normally make titles like this, so I am interested to see what they can bring to the table.

    I hope it turns out to be a high quality title, but Capcom has been a bit hit and miss for me as of late.

  • Umm, is it wrong that I clicked on this as soon as I saw "large breats"?
    But on a seriouser note, "when through into the air" seems to be a typo :)
  • Tim Turi 0 - 1 Dragon's Dogma | GOAAAAAAAAL!
  • The more I hear about Dragon's Dogma the more I like it. The smart Pawn is a nice touch. And I'm interested to see more details on the Rift Stones.

  • I like what I have seen of this game so far, I'm looking forward to seeing more of it. I like the sound of creating the NPC's.

  • After Skyrim, I can definitly see this filling my need for a solid RPG.

  • I'm just glad Capcom's at least trying to do something new besides Resident Evil and Street Fighter.
  • Doesn't sound too bad,between the gameplay & trailers I've seen this game is looking pretty good. Any news of this I'm all for. Definitely looking forward to this game.

  • sounds good still but this and reckoning are 2 that i'm thinking i gotta wait for a review on just to make sure you never know theese days

  • Definitely keeping my eye on this, but i will probably still be playing Skyrim. And there is also Kingdoms of Amalur coming out around this time too. Great time to be an RPG fan.
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    Eh, gonna need to see way more as im very cautious of Capcom games anymore.

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  • This games has me intrigued. Hope it stays the course and is a lot of fun when it hits.

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