Dragon's Dogma Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Dragon's Dogma RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 6 Nostalgic Game Openings and Theme Songs https://www.gameskinny.com/8267i/6-nostalgic-game-openings-and-theme-songs https://www.gameskinny.com/8267i/6-nostalgic-game-openings-and-theme-songs Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:47:17 -0400 chopchamen

When we were young, we all had our favorite games to play -- complete with awesome video game music. Since then, growing up and developing an understanding for music has definitely upped the nostalgia factor when it comes to sitting down and enjoying a piece of the good ol' days. 

Whenever you first boot up whatever game filled your childhood, you're met with an opening and theme song that you'll just never be able to forget. Whether they're iconic for all gamers or more personal, some theme songs will always stir up that sense of nostalgia. Here are a few of the games and opening themes that do just that. Enjoy!

1. Dragon's Dogma 

Starting the original game and seeing an epic pan view take you around the world of Dragon's Dogma was a great experience. Seeing a dragon perched in a tower, or roaming around in a lake....this song playing in the background supported the visuals well! Unfortunately, I was unable to find the original opening with this song attached. You'll just have to play the game again for the full experience.

2. Zone of the Enders: HD Collection

The opening on the HD Collection for this "high speed robot action" game depicts some epic battle scenes and offers vague sense of the story for both games in the collection. It's epic to begin with, but you can also enjoy it much more when you know what the series is all about!

3. Silent Hill 3

Who can forget this psychological horror game? With some slightly disturbing visuals from the game, the rock song "You're Not Here" has been on the opening for Silent Hill 3, and has also been on the credits for the Silent Hill movie, and it's even been featured on the game Dance Dance Revolution Extreme!

4. Chrono Cross

The song accompanying the opening sequence for this fantasy game has been performed by a few orchestras and has always sent a chill down my spine. Chrono Cross has a very distinct soundtrack that is properly epitomized by this track. 

5. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

This opening scene has got some pretty cool effects in the video, and is very similar to a 007 film -- mostly because of the game being set in 1964, a couple of years after the first 007 movie. You can't deny that you want to sing along with this every time you hear it!

6. Red Dead Revolver

Most people recall Red Dead Redemption, but its predecessor Red Dead Revolver has a classic opening like an old western movie. This might even seem similar to a Quentin Tarantino film to some (but came before Django Unchained)!

There you have it! There are many, many games that deserve a spot, but these are just a few honorable mentions.

Do you remember any games from the past that had awesome openings, or were just awesome in general? Let us know in the comments!

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Best Fantasy RPGs You've Never Heard of But Should Play https://www.gameskinny.com/26t1b/best-fantasy-rpgs-youve-never-heard-of-but-should-play https://www.gameskinny.com/26t1b/best-fantasy-rpgs-youve-never-heard-of-but-should-play Wed, 24 Aug 2016 02:00:01 -0400 Captain Booya

The theme of Fantasy and the RPG genre have gone together like bread and butter since tabletop games--before it even became a gradually growing niche in video gaming. There's a seemingly timeless appeal to adventuring beyond the real world's boundaries, putting on your robe and wizard hat, and swinging that huge Buster Sword at anyone who dares provoke your wrath.

Though the other ingredient of a grand fantasy RPG is not only the setting, for avid gamers like myself, but the core mechanics--how it plays, and whether that makes the overall experience fun and engaging over a reasonable period of time. The key to nailing it in this department, is to give the player a multitude of viable choices and customization; whether it be combat, gear, classes, stats allocation, group setups, or freedom to choose where and what you do, as famously delivered in The Elder Scrolls series.

With that point in mind, below is an informed list of a few titles that have successfully built and improved on the formula for an intriguing RPG, whilst making it their own--Though perhaps hasn't gone recognised for that feat in the way The Witcher 3 has.

1. BattleHeart (iOS, Android)

Occasionally, there's a mobile game that is simply fun, innovative, and honestly good enough to be on any platform. BattleHeart ticks those boxes. While it does lack a story outside of the generic 'fight back against the dark forces' and the setting is the archetypal swords and wizards, it oozes personality with just its colorful 2D art style and soundtrack.

It plays like an RTS of sorts, in which the touch-screen controls aid the flow, but if it truly was of that genre, I'd have no business mentioning it here as an RPG. The big difference here, and also what makes it a unique RPG experience, is that you're 'limited' to commanding a party of 4 characters, from a gradual choice of 10 or so which you can recruit at your leisure, swap in/out, manage equipment, and level up. These characters generally fit into the roles of Tank, Melee, Ranged, or Support; all are interesting and have their quirks.

 

Eduardo the bard appears to be a cheeky nod to FF4's Edward.

Each stage presents you the simple goal of holding off the waves of monsters with your preformed team, in real-time. You have full control over all 4 characters, commanding them to move there, attack that guy, and most importantly using each character's several cooldown abilities, which are unlocked gradually as they level up between stages.

Battleheart has since had a spiritual sequel, Battleheart Legacy, which took many familiar tropes and abilities from this first game and made it into an incredibly solid single-character RPG.

Why it's awesome:

BattleHeart. They named their game perfectly. It's all about the battles. After a bit of a warm-up and recruiting a full party, these stages start to demand your full attention. There are not many times you will simply sit and watch your team and the enemies auto-attack each other.

It's not just a game of blasting through all your cooldown abilities ASAP to do more damage but using them thoughtfully in a way that keeps you afloat on the tide of battle. Characters can't take hits forever, and even a tank will need backup heals or buffs to survive.

It all feels very tightly-knit, in a way that makes classes, gear, ability usage and your personal micro-management all matter; And that is a sin in many RPGs and MMORPGs--that you're often given the choice of so many complexities that ultimately don't matter because the game is too easy to consider them. Which leads me to: 

2. Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen (Xbox 360, PS3, Steam) 

Another strong RPG that makes your choices of combat preparation matter. It's not the lowest-profile game on this list, but this party-centric RPG by Capcom seems to have remained a sleeper hit--perhaps a side-effect of Skyrim hype dominating the fantasy world through 2012 when the game was originally released.

At the time it was given only average reviews, with too much emphasis given to what it lacks, and nowhere near the recognition it deserved for its ambition to try something new, and for what still makes it stand out to this present day.

The basic gist is you create a character. (And my, the options available there are a doozy. Want your legendary hero to be a fat, black dwarf with blue hair? Your wish is granted!) You then also create your lifelong 'Pawn' companion in the same creation screen, who will always be one of the 3 AI Pawns that will follow and battle alongside you throughout the adventure.

After some intro, you are placed in the home village and tasked with seeking out and killing a huge Dragon that stole your heart. But not in the romantic way, as this isn't an eastern visual novel.

Of course, the objective to go murder the tower-size dragon is only an overarching, long-term goal, with main quests leading up to the inevitable stand-off. For starters, you'll just be choosing a class for yourself, and later for your 'Main Pawn' too. So begins the quest, where you'll chat to NPCs for tasks, recruit other player's pawns (If you're online) to fit your party's needs, find and combine items, and slay a heck of a lot of monsters, big and small, as you explore caves and the countryside.

Why it's awesome:

The combat style and party dynamic make this game stand out a mile from other open-world RPGs. First off, it's all real-time, complete with opportunities to dodge, block, or cause enemies to stagger due to high damage. Secondly, the ability to literally climb all over large enemies. Nope, it's not a scripted quick-time event, and yes, there are tactical reasons to do this, depending on the enemy. The Strider class, in particular, is most adept at climbing, which, for example, allows him to quickly scale a Cyclops and play one-eyeball-fillet on its face.

He's upset and it's not even happening yet.

The use of elemental attacks can also make a huge difference in your encounters, which are mostly delivered by Mages or Sorcerers. The class you choose to play for yourself and your main pawn affects what you'll desire from the other two you'll recruit--and your criteria will change as you learn more about your enemies, progress to new foes, or change your own class.

Initially, your choice is only 3 classes, or 'Vocations'. But once you hit the big city, Advanced Vocations are available to buy with the Discipline points you earn from killing stuff - Over time, you can switch between, and rank up, all of these classes on your character, and your AI companion, too. This system continues to keep you intrigued for quite some time, and there are benefits too, because you can equip traits earned from ranking up one class to help buff up your build for another.

This might sound like too much depth, but it's all unlocked gradually so as not to be a bombardment to the brain. Half of the fun is discovering what nifty moves each vocation has as you rank them up, and as you pick and choose which abilities to equip before you head out for another outing.

 

The nature of the vocations also feel less stereotypical for an RPG, too - familiar concepts, (Mages, Rangers, Knights) yet they feel fresh, due to the way Capcom has presented the combat. For example, I personally tend to avoid ranger-types like the plague because it can often be the simple 'pew pew endless arrow spam' experience. When I first fired up this magical game, however, I was intrigued by the Strider vocation, who can not only wield a Shortbow, but employ ninja-like skills with dual daggers, double jumps and dodge rolls.

All of this, wrapped in a world full of dark fantasy creatures like Chimera, Lichs, and Cockatrices. Speaking of dark, Dragon's Dogma also boasts a great atmosphere through it's environmental lightning--And the fact that not keeping your character's lantern alight results in darkness that actually hinders your visionI have yet to experience a lantern-lit trek in a dark forest the way I did with this game, squinting at the shadows of Hobgoblins just beyond the reach of the light.

 

Rounding off an already excellent package was the re-released version, Dark Arisen, which adds many hours of end-game-oriented challenge, and new beasts to conquer. Given the fact it took 3 years for this to come to PC, it really says something about a lack of these kinds of games, in that it still doesn't feel at all dated now.

3. Valdis Story: Abyssal City (Steam)

In a nutshell, a 2D Metroidvania-inspired platforming ARPG, albeit with a title that appears to just be words with a colon between them. But how much hides under that nonsensical title?

You take control of Wyatt, a gruff, sword-wielding half-demon guy. The game takes place in a strange underwater city, with various zones, which holds some significance in the ongoing war between Angels and Demons. But there are people living there too, which is awfully convenient when it comes to your gear shops and upgrades. 

Why it's awesome:

This is a lovingly crafted indie game. The art style has some anime influence but is unique in its own right. The music is also a salve to the ears, from melancholy exploration tracks to hyped-up boss themes, it always fits the pace and mood of the game.

The gameplay itself is smoothly controlled, platforming and exploration are satisfying. Combat is challenging and varied. Bosses, in particular, are a crazy time, and may well have you retrying several times--But you won't mind, because the fights themselves are a lot of fun, and backed by that awesome soundtrack.

There is plenty of choice in play style as you progress to find weapons and armor in typical Metroidvania style. Leveling up is also more than just a buff to your Health bar--you earn an ability point to spend on one of three skill trees each time. This will quite drastically change what your trump cards are in a fight.

I felt the screenshots didn't do it justice.

Besides that, you also gain access to a whole batch of different elemental magic attacks which you can map to up/down/left/right + a button. These range from offensive combo-aids, to ranged attacks, shields, and one or two utilities to help you reach new areas. Learning to combine these with sword attacks, blocking and dodging, keeps your enemy encounters interesting.

Catering to players who want to master the combat was definitely in the developer's interest, as there are around 5 difficulties to choose, ranging from cake-walk to what the game dubs 'God Slayer' which, given the fast-paced boss combat, most likely gives Dark Souls a run for its money.

Finally, there's some great replay value upon completion, as this unlocks 3 more characters to start up a new game with, and a boss survival arena mode. Though there is some slight crossovers in spells, each character possesses unique attacks and play styles to keep things fresh. A thoroughly packed and polished indie title, that stands up there with the games that inspired it.

4. One Way Heroics (Steam)

 A cute little indie turn-based Roguelike that goes on sale for about $2. The clever naming comes from the fact you spend the entire game moving to the right so that the all-consuming 'darkness' on the left of the screen doesn't kill you. In each new game, you choose a class and some stat traits to shape your journey. You unlock more choices here as you achieve milestones in the game. The idea is simply: Keep going until you can defeat the recurring appearance of the Demon King. Along the way, fighting and grabbing gear and items--Or, at least as much as the ever-chasing darkness allows.

There's a slither of a silver lining in the perma-death mechanic though, as the game lets you shove your more valuable items into a storage box upon death, to be retrieved at the start of a later playthrough.

Why it's awesome:

It has that great retro JRPG feel to it, and manages to keep a light and funny atmosphere despite the dire circumstances in this world. NPC dialogue is used both to educate with hints, and also for humor and goofy antics. I can turn this game on just to enjoy the music, which really sets the pace of it all, and I daresay it hits Final Fantasy levels of catchy.

Final Thoughts

It is my sincere hope that you friendly readers made at least one discovery, reading through this list today. The amount of hours I sunk into each game varies, but all left a positive impression and gave me new insights into what makes a great RPG, if not a great game, period.

If this shortlist has left you with burning suggestions of other fantasy RPGs I missed, let us know in the comments!

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Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen PC mods you'll probably want to install https://www.gameskinny.com/pc002/dragons-dogma-dark-arisen-pc-mods-youll-probably-want-to-install https://www.gameskinny.com/pc002/dragons-dogma-dark-arisen-pc-mods-youll-probably-want-to-install Fri, 29 Jan 2016 06:04:24 -0500 Tobbpitt

Dragon's Dogma (and by extension Dark Arisen) had long been toted as one of the best RPGs on the PlayStation 3 before its migration to PC earlier this month, and now PC gamers are finding out what all the fuss is about. 

Fittingly enough, Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen on PC has one big improvement over the PlayStation 3 release: mod support. And the community is already pumping out a number of graphical and gameplay mods to make your time as an Arisen all that much better. Nexus Mods has a ton of mods for the taking, but some are more needed than others. 

A number of the graphical mods listed here are ENB mods (from the ENB series), which can be tricky to use all at once and is generally not recommended unless you're running a beast of a rig. Each one gives different types and levels of improvements. It's recommended you try different ones to find an ENB that fits your tastes.

Gransys Texture Improvement Project 
Mod link

This one's in its infancy but is slowly being improved. Gransys Texture mod aims to improve the game's most noticeable blurry textures to make it look sharper and cleaner. It doesn't affect performance on mid-range PCs by much, and is compatible with the many up and coming graphical ENB mods. It is best used with graphical mods without innate texture sharpening.

Resonant ENB 
Mod link

This is currently the most popular Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen mod, and for good reason. It packs some well-implemented bloom, ambient occlusion, and other tweaks to make the game look nearly brand new. This certainly isn't the only worthwhile ENB mod, but it is the most prominent and makes the overall lighting much more modern.

wickfutENB Dragon's Dogma
Mod link

Mod creator wickfut created a gorgeous ENB mod for Dark Souls 2 in 2014 and he's come back to give the same treatment to Dragon's Dogma. This mod looks great overall, and there are "lite" and "full" versions for varying PC specs. This one should be used with the next mod, Don't Blind Me, for the best results.

Don't Blind Me
Mod link

This is a must-have mod no matter your specs if only because it reduces the glow brightness of lanterns and some skills so much. It really can get hard to see in the vanilla version of the game and this mod certainly helps with that. There's one version just for the lantern and weapon enchants and another for every skill glow effect. Check it out and get it downloaded, you won't be disappointed.

Jump
Mod link

This is the mod you want to get if you want to explore more freely and have some more maneuverability. Jump increases your characters' jump height by about times 1.6, making the game feel more fluid and faster just by improving your jumping ability. This one can be complicated to install, make sure you read the related posts on the page if you are having trouble.

DDDA Save Manager
Mod link

The game is definitely restrictive with its saving, so why not grab a mod that lets you have multiple saves? DDDA Save Manager does just that and it's not hard to use.  Make sure you read the installation instructions carefully so you don't lose your previous save data.

Adjusted stats from leveling up
Mod link

Want your stats to be a little better, more balanced, or totally overpowered? This is the mod for you! This mod changes stat distribution as you level with a class to give you the type of build you want to play through the game with, and lets you tinker with your vocation EXP gains for faster or instant vocation leveling. There's a lot to this mod and it's a great addition for any passionate Dragon's Dogma player. 

Enhanced Vanilla ENB
Mod link

Another day, another ENB. This one striving to keep the game's original look intact while still making it look better for the discerning PC playerbase. This one gives softer adjustments than the other ENBs listed here, but it gets the job done and looks great if you want the game to mostly look the same but be a little easier on the eyes.

E3FX Reshade
Mod link

If you want a shader and color enhancement mod that's not an ENB, this is the way to go -- but it is a ReShade mod by default. E3FX is yet another color correction/enhancement and overall shading improvement mod that also includes texture sharpening. It looks pretty great. There is an ENB version of this mod titled E3FX ENB.

Remove Screenshot Watermark
Mod link

The mod name says it all. This one lets you take screenshots without that irksome Capcom watermark. It's also possible to keep the Dragon's Dogma logo in screenshots should you so choose.

Unlimited Sprinting
Mod link

Another self-explanatory mod that lets you run without depleting your stamina bar. There's an alternative version in the mod's Files section that slows Stamina drain instead of halts it, if you feel unlimited sprinting is a little too strong.

EnVision ENB
Mod link

There are quite a few ENBs here, but this is my personal favorite and it may be yours, too. The colors are bright and vibrant, darks are seriously dark, and everything just looks great. Be sure to read all of the information and choose the version that fits your specs for best results.

The Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen PC community is brand new and it's only going to get better as new modders jump into the fray and current modders improve what they've already created. What's listed here is only a small chunk of what's available, and your options are only going to get better as the game's modding scene grows.

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Dragon's Dogma: Tips and tricks for PC players https://www.gameskinny.com/khirr/dragons-dogma-tips-and-tricks-for-pc-players https://www.gameskinny.com/khirr/dragons-dogma-tips-and-tricks-for-pc-players Tue, 19 Jan 2016 12:14:44 -0500 Sergey_3847

Everything in Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen revolves around your main character and his pawns. If you are completely new to the game, then it is highly recommended you check out this complete class guide first.

At the start of the game, you begin to create your main character and your pawns a bit later in the game. This is where you define if your game will be a success or not. The developers gave us a wide range of choices, so it’s important to understand the basics before you can start your journey.

Understand your main character

Dragon's Dogma main character

In the character creation menu, first define what kind of personality and skill you want him to have.

For example, if you decide to create a Strength-based character, make him large and heavy, as this will complement his abilities. On the other hand, if you choose to go with Magick or Ranged character, then make him thinner and lighter.

You can always change the character’s appearance in the game after obtaining a special item - Secret of Metamorphosis. It can be purchased at the Rift Shop from a pawn named Johnathan. This item will also allow you to change the appearance of your main pawn.

Additionally, you can change your vocation at any time in the game after you reach the central hub. This happens early in the game and, don’t worry, you will lose no progress after changing your vocation.

It is advisable to open up and try all nine vocations that are available in the game. This is beneficial due to the augments you can unlock by leveling up your character. These augments are very useful and the more you can unlock the wider choice of stat growth you will have.

Choose your pawns wisely

Dragon's Dogma pawns

Dragon’s Dogma allows you to build a party of pawns that will assist your main character. However, you may only choose one that will be your primary pawn that stays with you for the rest of the walkthrough, while others will be secondary and can be changed at any opportunity.

Because your main pawn will stay with you for the entirety of the gameplay, it’s important to choose a vocation for your pawn that will complement your main character.

For example, if you choose to be a Fighter, then choose Mage with healing abilities, as Fighter tends to take a lot of damage. If you decide to go with Strider, then make your main pawn a Fighter, who will protect you from heavy attackers.

Pawns, in general, are very useful and not only learn from your main character, but can also give you directions and help you out in situations you yourself may not be too knowledgeable.

When you will be given the right to choose pawns, you will be asked a set of questions that will define their inclinations. This is where your choice will impact the effectiveness of your party, so try not to choose conflicting inclinations.

If you don’t want to dig too deep into the subject of pawns, below is the list of recommended inclinations for each of the Basic and Advanced classes:

  • Fighter: Scather, Utilitarian, Challenger, Mitigator.
  • Warrior: Scather, Mitigator, Challenger, Utilitarian.
  • Strider: Mitigator, Scather, Challenger.
  • Ranger: Challenger, Mitigator, Utilitarian.
  • Mage: Utilitarian, Medicant, Mitigator, Challenger.
  • Sorcerer: Mitigator, Challenger, Utilitarian.

Plan each step of the way and be well prepared

Dragon's Dogma boss fight

Dragon’s Dogma can be a complicated journey for somebody who never traveled this path before. So, it’s very important to plan ahead instead of running into something you simply won’t be able to handle.

Choose the right quests

First, figure out if the quest you’re taking is worthy of your time. Some of them can be interconnected, so you have to be prepared to do all of them in the proper sequence.

Second, evaluate the possible outcomes of the journey and try to understand if the reward and possible loot will be of any value to your party.

Lastly, check once again if you haven’t missed any important quests, so that you don’t lack some important items or pieces of information.

Prepare as well as you can

Make sure that you have all the necessary equipment for the chosen quest.

Let your party rest well beforehand, so that their HP levels are at maximum. Also, make sure that you have enough healing items for your journey.

Try to get as much information about the forthcoming boss fight as you can – these sometimes can be extremely frustrating.

Plan ahead

Taking on quests in Dragon’s Dogma is like swimming in the ocean – you can go just as far and then you need to leave some energy for your way back.

So, before entering an unknown territory, scout the location to make sure that your party can leave the place quickly and safely.

Make sure that you have your Ferrystone, in case you need to quickly traverse back to Gran Soren.

Manage your loot

Dragon's Dogma equipment

You will find a lot of cool items in Dragon’s Dogma. Most of them will be quite useful, but if you feel that your party can’t handle any more of loot, you will have to get rid of some of its parts.

You should always use special items for upgrading your armor and weapons at the central hub; this will reduce the burden on your hero and pawns. You can also store your items at the Inn.

At times you will be overburdened, when you still need to make your way back. On your path you could encounter foes that you will not be able to counter effectively while overburdened, as excess loot consumes much of your stamina.

Thus manage your loot properly and save as often as you can.

What is Bitterblack Isle?

Dragon's Dogma Bitterblack isle

Bitterblack Isle is definitely the hardest area in the game and it is highly recommended that you enter this area only after you finish the main game. You have to be at least level 50 before you can even attempt at going there, but the most suitable level is 70 and higher.

In order to get to the Bitterblack Isle you have to accomplish an early quest at the Encampment and create your main pawn. From there on you need to return to Cassardis at the night time. You can then follow the purple marker on the mini-map to the dock area and talk to Olra.

The easiest class to play with in Bitterblack Isle is Strider. You also need to have three specific skills to feel relatively safe there - Hundred Kisses, Mighty/Full Bend and Double Vault.

Secrets and other hidden stuff

Dragon's Dogma Daimon boss

There are some non-obvious but important things in the game that new players need to know about. And, you definitely don't want to miss these secrets in Dragon's Dogma.

Cursed items

On your way through the Bitterblack Isle you can pick up various cursed items that you need to purify at Olra for a certain amount of rift crystals. Usually, these items are very powerful, but you will know what kind of items you picked up only after purification.

These cursed items can also give you secret augments, such as Acquisition, Facility, Grace, Tenacity and others. All of them are highly valuable and otherwise not available in the rest of the game.

Final boss' secret form

There is also a hidden ending of the game. The final boss on Bitterblack Isle – Daimon actually has two forms. As you defeat his first form expect a lot of changes in the enemy spawns, their locations and the loot from chests.

In order to see his second form, you need to unlock the whole of Bitterblack Isle and fight him the second time. This is when you have to fight him twice with his awakened form in the second phase of the battle.

Additionally, here are some other secret tips you should be aware of:

  • If you stand close to a Rift Stone, it will replenish the health of your pawns.
  • If you happen to fall from great heights, one of your pawns can save you from taking damage by catching you in the air.
  • When fighting with Metal Golem, Sorcerer can reposition the talismans using Maelstrom skill.

You will find a lot of other things like hidden caves, shops and all sorts of references to other games in Dragon’s Dogma. But for now it should give you the taste of what’s coming and prepare you for the entirety of this grand adventure.

Share your thoughts about Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen in the comments section below!

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Dragon's Dogma: Complete class guide https://www.gameskinny.com/tz0tb/dragons-dogma-complete-class-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/tz0tb/dragons-dogma-complete-class-guide Mon, 18 Jan 2016 10:01:50 -0500 Sergey_3847

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen for PC is the same great game, which was released on PS3 in 2013, but now with a number of visual enhancements. Those who haven’t played Dark Arisen before will be able to experience one of the best action RPG games in the recent years.

In the very beginning, the game offers you to create a character. You can choose one of the three basic classes, or vocations as they are called in the game, and then learn new, more exciting and challenging classes. After you learn the basics of the gameplay, you will be able to switch between classes at any time.

The game has three Basic vocations: Fighter, Strider, and Mage. These can be changed or improved to Advanced vocations: Warrior, Ranger, and Sorcerer. The last tier of classes is called Hybrid vocations, which includes Mystic Knight, Magick Archer, and Assassin.

As you accomplish quests and various tasks, you will earn discipline points (DCP) that will allow you to upgrade your characters to Advanced classes. However, Hybrid classes are only available to your main hero Arisen.

You can learn all the most important features of each vocation in the following class tier list.

Basic vocations

Fighter

Dragon's Dogma Fighter

Primary weapon: Sword
Secondary weapon: Shield
Primary stat: Strength
Primary type of armor: Heavy

Fighters are excellent defenders for the whole party due to their heavy armor and shield. Use this character to protect your Mages and Rangers.

Best skills

If you want to have an effective Fighter in your party, then be sure to invest in his Sheltered Assault skill. This ability allows your character to protect himself using a shield and at the same time deal a series of super strong attacks.

Additionally, you need to learn how to use Perfect Block with your shield that also deals damage while protecting you.

Dragon's Dogma Sheltered AssaultStrengths

  • Fighters can be sent right into the battle with their heavy sword that can deal a lot of physical damage.
  • They can also effectively deal with flying enemies by luring them with their shield.
  • Their defense stats can be upgraded very quickly, thus making them extremely resistant against all sorts of melee damage.

Weaknesses

  • Fighters are very vulnerable to Magick attacks, thus it’s important to have a healing-focused character in your party.
  • This type of character has absolutely no way to deal a ranged type of damage.
  • Heavy armor and weaponry make them very slow, so dodging won’t be too effective with Fighters.
Strider

Dragon's Dogma Strider

Primary weapon: Daggers
Secondary weapon: Shortbow
Primary stat: Strength
Primary type of armor: Light

Striders are extremely fast, dangerous and versatile characters. Their weapons are very light and can quickly deal a lot of physical damage.

Best skills

Sometimes it’s very important to distract your enemies from damaging your party, so it is highly important to upgrade Strider’s Dazzle Blast skill.

Another great skill to have is Ensnare and its upgraded version called Implicate – they will allow your character to reflect multiple attackers simultaneously.

The last most important skill is Master Thief, which makes item stealing quick and easy.

Dragon's Dogma Dazzle Blast

Strengths

  • This class is very agile and has plenty of dodging tricks up his sleeve.
  • Striders, unlike other characters, can climb up giant enemies and hit them in their weakest spots.
  • They can move quickly and shoot arrows at the same time, which makes them both a hard target and a dangerous foe.

Weaknesses

  • Unlike Fighters, Striders are vulnerable to both Magick and Melee damage.
  • Striders are not very strong against powerful enemies; however they can effectively deal with a whole group of smaller enemies.
  • Because this is a basic class, the ranged abilities of their Shortbow are still quite limited in comparison to other classes.
Mage

Dragon's Dogma Mage

Primary Weapon: Staff
Primary stat: Magick
Primary type of armor: Spellcaster

Mage is a perfect choice if you wish to control the battlefield with powerful Magick abilities.

Best skills

One of the most important skills for Mage class is Levitate that allows you character to freely ascend and descend from greater heights. This will become very useful, as you will find yourselves in places that are hard to reach, but not when you have Levitate.

Another one is Anodyne -  it’s a health recovery spell that will come in handy during battles.

Dragon's Dogma Levitate

Strengths

  • Mages specialize in healing abilities, which may be of great benefit to your other party members that absorb most of the damage.
  • Their healing ability also deals damage to undead enemies.
  • They can enchant the weapons of other party members and make them deal more damage.

Weaknesses

  • Physically, Mages are extremely weak and can be killed with a few strikes.
  • They also have a very low health and the lowest stamina of all other classes.
  • Mages become super vulnerable when they get enchanted with the Silence spells or weapons, and as a result, they will not be able to cast spells of their own anymore.

Advanced vocations

Warrior

Dragon's Dogma Warrior

Primary weapons: Longswords, Warhammers
Primary stat: Strength
Primary type of armor: Very Heavy

If you want to deal damage… a lot of damage, then you should pick up a Warrior vocation.

Best skills

One of Warrior’s main skills is War Cry - a wave of energy that attracts enemies from afar. This should be used to distract enemies from other, more vulnerable party members and instead make them attack your Warrior that can easily withstand most of the threats.

Dragon's Dogma War Cry

Strengths

  • Warriors can wield massive two-handed swords that inflict excruciating damage to a number of foes simultaneously.
  • Their armor is so strong that even the hardest of the hits won’t be able to knock them down.
  • This class has the highest level of health of all other classes.

Weaknesses

  • Just like Fighters, Warriors are very slow due to their heavy armor and weapons.
  • They also can’t utilize any sorts of shields, which makes their defense abilities arguable and they have to solely rely on their health points.
  • Warriors have a very low reach and can’t deal with flying enemies unless they decide to float down.
Ranger

Dragon's Dogma Ranger

Primary weapon: Daggers
Secondary weapon: Longbow
Primary stat: Strength
Primary type of armor: Light

Rangers mainly use longbows that can hit hard and far away. They can also effectively use their daggers against a group of melee enemies, just like Strider.

Best skills

This class has a lot of really valuable skills, so it’s important to upgrade Ranger’s abilities as much as you can. For example, Comet Shot is his most essential skill, as it allows the character to zoom in and hit the target with maximum precision.

Another one is Great Gamble, which lets you perform one super shot that basically consumes all your stamina, but may result in a complete defeat of a strong enemy.

Tenfold Flurry is also worth investing in, as it allows your Ranger to simultaneously shoot 10 arrows, thus dealing tons of damage.

Dragon's Dogma Comet Shot

Strengths

  • They can equip a wide variety of arrows, such as Oil, Poison, Blast, Sleeper or Petrifying – all these have different effects and can be used in different situations for the best effect.
  • Warriors have the highest level of health, but Rangers have the highest stamina growth of all other classes.

Weaknesses

  • Due to their relatively light armor and inability to protect themselves, Rangers tend to be vulnerable to heavy physical attacks.
  • Surprisingly, this class is not very fast and cannot properly evade both melee and ranged attacks, unlike Strider.
  • At times this class consumes too many stamina points.
Sorcerer

Dragon's Dogma Sorcerer

Primary weapon: Archistaves
Primary stat: Magick
Primary type of armor: Spellcaster

Sorcerers are highly skilled and powerful mages with a wide set of abilities and tricks.

Best skills

The skill that is most worth investing in is Focused Bolt – a powerful charge of Magick that can deal huge amounts of damage.

One of their most powerful skills is Maelstrom that casts a dark whirlwind.

The other two worth mentioning are Gicel, which casts a spike of ice from the ground, and Bolide that makes meteors fall from the sky.

Dragon's Dogma Focused Bolt

Strengths

  • Just like Mages, Sorcerers can empower other characters’ weapons and debuff those of their enemies.
  • They have a high resistance to any kinds of Magick damage inflicted on them.
  • If you have more than one Sorcerer in your party, they can use an ability called Spell Synching, which allows them to synchronize their spells for a bigger impact.

Weaknesses

  • Sorcerers can’t heal or use any kinds of recovery abilities, which is unfortunate.
  • All their other stats except Magick, such as Health, Stamina, and Defense are very low.
  • All their spells take a lot of time to cast, so take this into account.

Hybrid vocations

Mystic Knight

Dragon's Dogma Mystic Knight

Primary weapons: Sword, Mace, Staff
Secondary weapon: Magick Shield
Primary stat: Magick
Primary type of armor: Medium

Mystic Knight is a combo of Warrior and Sorcerer, meaning he can both cast powerful spells and deal a lot of physical damage.

Best skills

His most useful skill is Reflect that allows Mystic Knight to counter spell damage and use it against the opponent.

Other great skills for Mystic Knight include Perilous Sigil that hits multiple enemies with a powerful wave of energy; Magick Cannon that casts a huge ball of energy; and Holy Furor that deals damage to all enemies within its range.

Dragon's Dogma Holy Furor

Strengths

  • Notice that other Magick based characters in the game cannot wear shields, unlike Mystic Knight. His shield protects both from Magick and Physical damage.
  • Just like Mages and Sorcerers, Knight can enchant the weapons of other party members.
  • This class is very versatile and can be used in almost any kinds of situations due to its wide range of abilities.

Weaknesses

  • Despite his great power, Mystic Knight’s Magick powers can be silenced.
  • Even though his armor is not considered heavy, his movements are still quite limited in comparison to the classes wearing light types of armor.
  • Spell casting is just as slow as that of the Sorcerer class.
Magick Archer

Dragon's Dogma Magick Archer

Primary weapon: Daggers, Staff
Secondary weapon: Magick Bow
Primary stat: Magick
Primary type of armor: Any

Magick Archer does what the name of his class suggests – he shoots Magick arrows. On top of that, Magick Archer can equip almost any type of armor in the game, which is very convenient.

Best skills

For an impactful damage use Ninefold Bolt skill that allows you to shoot nine Magick arrows at a single target.

Scension is another great skill to have – it casts a wave of energy, which saps the enemy’s health.

Ricochet Seeker increases the power of an arrow as it ricochets off of a number of targets.

Dragon's Dogma Ninefold Bolt

Strengths

  • If there is a need to use daggers in close combat, then Magick Archer can wield them like no one else. Plus, his daggers are always enchanted.
  • This class can be very agile and fast on the battlefield, effectively utilizing double jumps or levitate ability.
  • Magick Archer is the best class for dealing with Living Armor – a huge enemy that most other classes will have trouble with.

Weaknesses

  • Unlike Ranger, Magick Archers can’t use any special types of arrows available in the game.
  • Due to Magick based abilities of their Longbow and Daggers, they deal Magick damage instead of Physical, which makes their effect quite limited.
  • The fire rate of arrows is also slower in comparison to other ranged classes.
  • The arrows shot from the Magick Longbow have the ability to track the target, but it is still less accurate than the precise aiming of the Ranger class.
Assassin

Dragon's Dogma Assassin

Primary weapons: Sword, Daggers
Secondary weapons: Shield, Bow
Primary stat: Strength
Primary type of armor: Light

Assassin is the most versatile Hybrid vocation. This class can wield swords, daggers, shoot arrows and protect himself with a shield.

Best skills

Invisibility is Assassin’s most useful skill. In addition to a full invisibility mode, your character will be completely immune to all types of damage.

Wind Harness allows Assassin to achieve a high speed of movement providing a massive advantage during attacks.

This in combination with Showdown skill makes the character both super fast and strong.

Dragon's Dogma Invisibility

Strengths

  • Assassin has a rich set of tools, such as toxins, explosives, poisons, etc.
  • Their main stat is Strength, and it has the highest Strength growth in the game making it a truly powerful class as you progress.
  • This class can effectively utilize Strength-based augments that can increase its power up to 80%.

Weaknesses

  • Due to a wide range of abilities this class sometimes can be the hardest to play with.
  • Just like most Strength-based classes, Assassin is weak to Magick damage.

The combat in the game is action-oriented, and every battle is very dynamic, which requires the use of different approaches against your opponents. Thus, choose your character class wisely and always be well-prepared.

Tell us about your favorite class in Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen in the comments section below!

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Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen is rising up with a PC debut https://www.gameskinny.com/ks9zf/dragons-dogma-dark-arisen-is-rising-up-with-a-pc-debut https://www.gameskinny.com/ks9zf/dragons-dogma-dark-arisen-is-rising-up-with-a-pc-debut Tue, 08 Sep 2015 20:17:19 -0400 Steven Troya

While it's already been release for consoles (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3), the popular game is about to satisfy PC fans.

The open-world game will be coming for PC on January 16 and it's going to be a heck of a ride until we get there. Since the game was released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 awhile back, players will be able to use the very controllers that come with said consoles to control their character and if you're not really up for doing that, then you can use the keyboard and mouse.

You will be able to share pawns with other players and acquire your own as well to help you out on your treasure grabbing quest. Pawn's are NPC companions that fight alongside you and gain unique skills to aid you in battle. They only develop their skills and power based on you, so being able to acquire other pawns should really open up some doors for people.

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen releases January 2016 on PC.

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Dragon's Dogma Going F2P Multiplayer https://www.gameskinny.com/9og9y/dragons-dogma-going-f2p-multiplayer https://www.gameskinny.com/9og9y/dragons-dogma-going-f2p-multiplayer Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:14:54 -0500 Lampstradamus

Back when Dragon's Dogma originally released in 2012 on the last generation's consoles, many gamers were surprised by the action-RPG, not expecting it to be as popular as it was.

Since the original 2012 release, western fans of the game haven't seen much love from Capcom for the series besides the Dark Arisen expansion released in 2013. With the game not seeing a much clamored for PC port and a spin-off for the PS Vita only available in Japan, many of the western fans of the series have been quiet. Luckily fans of the series now have something to look forward to.

In this week's Famitsu, Capcom announces a free-to-play, multiplayer Dragon's Dogma: Dragon's Dogma Online. Stated in a post on Gematsu, Dragon's Dogma Online will be an open world game that is free-to-play with micro transactions. The game will come to PS4, Xbox One and PC. So PC users clamoring for that Dragon's Dogma PC port will be able to join in on this instead.

The gameplay of Dragon's Dogma Online will still include the ability to climb on top of all the gigantic monsters you come across. Players will be able to group up in parties of four, either human controlled or AI controlled.

The online action-rpg includes an upgraded version of the original's character creation system. Players will be able to choose between one of four classes: Fighter, Hunter, Priest, or Shield Sage.

Capcom plans to support the game post-release with major updates to expand the open world with new areas and new missions. Some of the updates planned include eight-player missions and limited-time quests.

Currently Capcom plans to release Dragon's Dogma Online in 2015 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC in Japan. It's unknown whether they plan to release the free-to-play title in the west.

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Next Dragon's Dogma Title Will be Free on the PS Vita https://www.gameskinny.com/jusog/next-dragons-dogma-title-will-be-free-on-the-ps-vita https://www.gameskinny.com/jusog/next-dragons-dogma-title-will-be-free-on-the-ps-vita Wed, 05 Jun 2013 16:32:25 -0400 Kazemusha

According to Fumitsu magazine of Japan, the next installment in the Dragon's Dogma series will be a free to play online RPG titled Dragon's Dogma Quest.

Dragon's Dogma Quest will feature 2-D online gameplay, and focus more on strategy than action combat. Players will be able to chose from over 150 different job types, "issues commands" (whatever that means), and view battles. Additionally you can team up with your friends, each selecting four pawns, to tackle dungeons, explore towns, and venture through sub quests.

Upon release in Japan the game will be complete free, relying on a cash shop for a revenue stream. Historically I have not been a fan of the cash shop model, but we'll see how it goes.

No information has been released discussing a North American or European release of Dragon's Dogma Quest, however given the franchises popularity I could see one coming to us down the line.

Dragon's Dogma Quest will be released as a PS Vita Exclusive in Japan this fall.

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Capcom Assures Dragon's Dogma isn't Coming to PC https://www.gameskinny.com/vno8y/capcom-assures-dragon-s-dogma-isn-t-coming-to-pc https://www.gameskinny.com/vno8y/capcom-assures-dragon-s-dogma-isn-t-coming-to-pc Sun, 25 Nov 2012 15:02:10 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Dragon's Dogma was one of the more unique RPG experiences this year, and it's understandable that PC gamers would want a piece of the action. Unfortunately, Capcom has completely and officially driven it home that we will not be seeing the game on PCs anytime soon.

A tweet on the Capcom UK Twitter had stated "It's coming" in response to a tweet asking if a PC version was coming, Eurogamer reports. Unfortunately this was a mistake.

A tweet came from Capcom UK not too long afterward, saying "Sorry for the false alarm folks, no Dragon's Dogma on the PC anytime soon :(".

A Capcom representative spoke to Eurogamer saying that there are no plans for a Dragon's Dogma PC release.

This is a disappointment, but isn't surprising considering Capcom's stance on keeping Dragon's Dogma on consoles. The game only came out on consoles this year. We may still have hope to see it in a year or two considering Capcom's track record of bringing console games to PC.

Source: Capcom reconfirms no plans for Dragon's Dogma PC after Twitter gaffe
Source 2: Twitter / Capcom_UK: Sorry for the false alarm folks

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