Dragon’s Dogma 2: A Nostalgic Winner or a Step Backwards?

Dragon’s Dogma 2 with its release has received both criticism and praise, but does it live up to its hype?

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Dragon’s Dogma 2 can be quite fun if you love chaos. | © Capcom

Dragon’s Dogma 2 was one of the most hyped Action Adventure RPG games that hit the gaming market on March 22, 2024. The game was released by Capcom as the sequel to the popular and innovative 2012 title, sparking a new level of interest in the fans’ hearts. But how good is the game, really? Does it live up to the hype and triggers nostalgia or did the studio disappoint its fan base? Let’s find out!

Is Dragon’s Dogma 2 a Nostalgic Winner?

In Dragon’s Dogma 2, you play as Arisen, a fully customizable character who has taken the Dragon’s challenge. When you make your character, you can choose between four classes: Fighter, Mage, Thief, and Archer.

All the classes are rather strong and have their pros and cons. However, once you reach the first area’s hub, you can unlock two more classes that are Sorcerer and Warrior. Chaos is added into every bit of Dragon’s Dogma 2’s gameplay, which is quite fun, to be honest.

From some of the most vicious monsters to interesting bugs, you will be rewarded with an interesting gameplay experience.

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Chaos can be found in every bit of Dragon’s Dogma 2. | © Capcom

Dragon’s Dogma 2 is built in such a way that messy battles are bound to happen. For example, while fighting, I would often destroy half the market stalls but all the NPCs would simply do their job as if nothing happened. Honestly, that’s quite odd to see.

All in all, gameplay-wise, Dragon’s Dogma 2 offers some of the most interesting classes, progressions, and boss battles you will ever see. The action scenes are brutal, nostalgic, and very fun, making it a great action-adventure title even for the modern day.

When it comes to the plot, things take an interesting turn. The game is set in an alternate parallel universe to the original Dragon’s Dogma with hundreds of thousands of characters, monsters, bugs, and little creatures. However, the narrative centers on your journey as the Arisen, just like in the original game. Your main goal in the game is to get rid of the Queen Regent and her weird puppet to get your glory back in the Kingdom’s throne as the most powerful and chosen Arisen. And since the game follows a similar pattern, nostalgia will soon catch you up, as it did to me.

But honestly, if you are playing Dragon’s Dogma 2, you will soon forget the plot and focus excessively on the world. With such well-built elements in every corner of the game, it is hard not to get lost in it. Most of my time was heading out of the town with my sword and just freestyling the game, picking up any random quests that came my way.

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Dragon’s Dogma 2 offers some of the most interesting classes. | © Capcom

But amidst awesome gameplay and a great public response, Dragon’s Dogma has received some negative feedback from users too. For example, the inclusion of 21 different microtransactions. In Steam, you can see that there are 21 contents that you can buy for the game, which is so odd for the play base as they are already paying reasonably to play it.

In India, the game is also priced at quite a premium rate, and players from all over the world are deeming it as an unnecessary inclusion in the game. For the Steam, the Standard Edition is priced at Rs. 4,474 and the Deluxe Edition is priced at Rs. 5,389. For Xbox Series X/S, it is Rs. 4,473 and Rs. 5,388 respectively, whereas for PS5, the Standard Edition is priced at Rs. 4,399 and the Deluxe Edition is priced at Rs. 5,299. This controversy is what’s making a lot of players skeptical about buying Dragon’s Dogma 2.

However, these disappointments are minor compared to the pure excitement of fighting epic battles and going on risky adventures around its massive and immersive universe.

So, what’s the key takeaway? Does Dragon’s Dogma 2 live up to its hype? Well, the game is quite chaotic and if you love chaos, then you’re going to love the mad, fun, and fantastical world with enemies coming at you from all sorts of places.

Tripty Pandey
Tripty Pandey