Ten years ago today (that's the 22nd May, in case you're reading this in the future), Capcom released Dragon's Dogma on PS3. It was a dark fantasy action RPG that perhaps wouldn't get the praise that it deserved until years later, by which time it had established itself as something of a cult classic.
Indeed, its original launch in 2012 was a bit muted. It dropped post-Skyrim, and those looking for another open world epic in the mould of Bethesda's blockbuster were met with an unorthodox RPG spearheaded by the guy who made Devil May Cry.
With its weird characters, often vague quests, and, shall we say, nuanced narrative, Dragon's Dogma was not your mainstream fantasy escapade. It took heavy cues from the likes of Berserk, revelling in surprisingly twisted story moments and the existence of nightmarish creatures.
But in its unique pawn system and excellent combat mechanics, Dragon's Dogma found its identity. For our money, it's still one of the best-playing action RPGs on the market, absolutely packed with memorable encounters and enemy designs. A typically Capcom masterclass in that regard.
Thankfully, Dragon's Dogma got a well deserved second chance in 2017, when it was remastered on PS4 alongside its fantastic Dark Arisen expansion. The re-release introduced a whole new audience to the land of Gransys, and Dragon's Dogma was given a new lease of life through the magic of the internet, where it quickly became a bit of a meme-making machine thanks to its wonderfully odd tone. Its status as a modern classic was finally solidified.
So now we're here in 2022, and we're still waiting on Dragon's Dogma 2. The sequel has yet to be officially announced, but it's widely believed that it is happening. Dragon's Dogma 2 was a part of the now infamous Nvidia leak, which has proven to be shockingly accurate up until this point. We sincerely hope that the supposed project is still in the works at Capcom as we pen this article.
Are you a Dragon's Dogma fan? Chuck a pawn into the comments section below.
@JudgeDredd didn’t play it until a few years ago
Binged hard on it. Gameplay was so great. Would get a sequel in a heartbeat.
Only criticism I’d say is the story and characters could have been a bit better. But again the gameplay easily made up for it.
A great action RPG for sure.
Much of what people are loving about Elden Ring was present in DD. Tough enemies, great bosses, distinct combat builds, an inventive world that is begging to be explored and a plot that's happy to sit in the background letting you engage with it on your own terms. It baffles me how it sank without a trace.
@MasterEMFG The story is pretty deep if you really pick it apart, same with the characters to a slightly lesser extent. I don't know how the anime missed the mark so badly.
One of the best fantasy Rpg's around, second only to elden ring
Fingers crossed capcom are hard at work at a sequel
Honestly one of the best RPGs to grace my TV screen. Also one of the few with outstanding combat, much borrowed from the Monster Hunter series (which also belongs on the pantheon of action-RPGs). Thousands of hours spent in DD's eternal cycle - the story was actually incredibly deep despite initial impressions.
GIVE ME MORE, CAPCOM!
The it's about time capcom give us a sequel then a brilliant game.
Excellent combat, very intriguing story, great pawns mechanic, tough as nails in some parts, absolutely horrendous romance system.
Really did enjoy the first DD. Despite the pawns yammering on all the time, it was probably my favorite novel mechanic, and I’m surprised the pawn system hasn’t been replicated. I suppose now everything is going toward real life co-op, but some of us don’t want to regularly deal with actual other players and prefer the asynchronous sharing of the different unique AI. More, please!
@Enuo The story is great at that end, but beforehand I’d kind of lackluster. It doesn’t really work as a vague Soul’s style and needed more direct character interaction to tell it, which it had some of, enough to push it away from Souls territory. I’d move to actually see it’s potential fulfilled, especially because DMC games actually have excellent stories that are underrated, or at least DMC3 and 5 do.
@Th3solution I had to restart my game in DD because I accidentally chose the wrong voice for my pawn. It was a bad one too.
I bought it a year after it launched and never played it. Doh!
Excellent game. I hope we can have a sequel sometime soon.
Loved LOVED this game..graphically it was trash but it's exploration and combat was sooo goood
Fantastic game. In my top 5 all time games. Odd possible ending though. Well not the ending itself but what you can do after. I won't discuss it here as I don't know how to black out possible spoiler text.
One of the best "Main Menu" songs ever!
Amazing game. It lives in my head somewhere between Dark Souls and Berserk.
Would love a sequel.
"Tis weak to fire!"
One of the best games ever made.especially playing as a mage/wizard.the magic is the best in any games i ever play.dragondogma is amazing.cant wait for dragon dogma 2.i know its happening.word up son
@Splat wolves hunt in packs! 😂😂 I freaking love this game!
I've just bought a used copy of the game and reading the comments here makes me happy
I hope that sequel is happening!
I don’t get it, I have tried to play it a few times and I find it really boring. I know I am missing something 🤷♂️
Maybe it’s a lot more fun playing as a mage?
Standout moment playing this was one of my pawns repeatedly yelling "It bears the head of a cock" 😂😂
Well for my part, I have been WAITING 10 years for Capcom to announce or release a Dragon's Dogma sequel as I was one of the day one players who fell in love with it (round about 3 hours into the game when I got ambushed by a Cyclops and several Goblins on the road to the Ruins of Heavenspeak Fort, and it had turned from night to day in game by the time I defeated them all... so epic!!! 😁) straight away, and still consider it one of the best RPGs of all time.
I had the pleasure of playing the Japan-only spiritual sequel Dragon's Dogma Online using the ol' VPN via Playstation trick and found a home with the English speaking community on World 13. Dragon's Dogma Online was amazing and exactly what I would have wanted a sequel to be, but sadly I never got to enjoy it to the fullest because I had to use Google Translate all the time in order to figure out which quests were which and what materials I needed to craft certain things etc, so unfortunately a lot of the rich in-game lore was lost in translation quite literally. Sadly despite the awesome experience I had with DDON they closed down the servers about 2 years ago now so my beautiful character and her all her cool crossover gear (Monster Hunter/Street Fighter armor etc) along with her giant chocolate bar shield was lost forever when they pulled the plug on it. I still think that had they opened DDON to the Western markets that it would be a thriving MMORPG to this day.
Anyway I now wait with baited breath for Hidetaki Itsuno to finally reveal that he has been working on Dragon's Dogma 2 since he wrapped up DMC5 and I can finally rejoice at the prospect of diving back into the awesome interesting, eccentric world of Snakeskin Purses and Sultry Pareo's once again... 🤞🤞🤞🤞
Even in numbers, a weakling is a weakling still!
I bought on PS4 some years back and really enjoyed it. Just waiting on Capcom to announce the sequel.
One of my all time favourite games, I come back to it every couple of months. One day I will play as a mage, but I am always a magical archer. 😂
Now would've been a good time to announce the 2nd
This game is such a gem. I especially loved the combat system involving climbing larger enemies and throwing smaller ones. It still bums me out that Dragon's Dogma Online didn't even get localized before the servers were shut down 😣
One of my all time favorite games! Really wish they’d release sequel already.
I put in about 15 hours but it didn't really click for me personally. I'd be down to try a sequel though as I did like some of the combat mechanics.
Dragons Dogma 2 needs to come out already.
@Jaz007 this game was nothing like the souls games..the only thing that is a common theme is that this game,skyrim and countless others is that they are all arpg's..if anything elden ring took this games open world and added the souls formula and ran with it..dragons dogma is a classic in its own right and dosnt need comparing to froms games..
I saw Dragon's Dogma at a friend's house on his PS3, way back when...... I instantly went out and bought a PS3 with Dragon's Dogma 😂
I bad this from when it first released and then fot the remastered version. Both times i didnt get much more than a couple of hours in to it. All i remember was wandering around in the open and getting one hit killed by a lion with a snake as its tail. Maybe i should give it another go 🤷♂️
Best game of the ps3 gen imo. I loved every bit of it and the dlc was even better! I would love a remake for current consoles
@Kidfunkadelic83 it's kind of like elden ring you can wander into areas with enemies high above your level. It's not meant to be linear so it encourages exploration. The pawn system is cool because the more you fight the better they get at fighting enemy types(learning weaknesses etc) you wanna cut the snake tail off first tho if you can.
@Hootnoodle Magick archer is the best. Like using ricochet arrow in the dlc island tunnels stunning and killing death or anything that comes you way feels so good!
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