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  1. A recent video of the PC release in an early build was found by a colleague of mine: For those who are unaware, Dragons Dogma (and its expansion-queal Dark Arisen) was released May 22-24, 2012 for the 360 and PS3, barely months after the overpowering release success that is Skyrim. It is an action role-playing game with a solid combat and grappling system combined with a party-centric focus (you + 3 other very smart and solid AI Pawns) with classes and class mechanics meant to compliment each other, on top of the Pawn system itself, wherein you take care of your main Pawn, train them, equip them, and letting them out into the wider world via the game's own mechanics, and in return they may return with gifts or more knowledge and thus more capabilities or better fighting capacity. The last two spots on your party of 4 are usually filled by hiring Pawns of other players for the duration of your expedition. Combine all the above with a unique story that arguably is 4th-wall aware and is a fascinating peek into the depth of lore behind its world and explanations of what the player can do (even after the "end" of the game, and then the next one) and you have my personal pick of Best Dragonslaying Game above Skyrim. Yes, you read that right. I consider Dragons Dogma to be the superior dragon-slaying and party combat RPG over Skyrim, mainly because you havent really dragonslayed until you hang by your fingernails onto a dragon's scales as you continually slash at it as it tries to fly away with you on it. It is the sole reason why I wore out 2 PS3 controllers. One by just pure usage, and the other in equal measures of rage and joy at how challenging and awesome this game is. Dragons Dogma: Dark Arisen expanded upon both the lore and challenge of the game by adding a whole new location to the game, with even more challenge, more story, and even more reason to delve deeper into the mysteries that you will find in this game and be compelled to find answers for, whilst containing the base game as well. The only negative comment I'll say is the extreme level of challenge in the expansion may not be to the taste of some, and the fact that it was yet again another full-price release. It does however contain the base game though. It however suffered being on the consoles. Low FPS combined with low resolution and graphical fidelity did take some away from the game, of which I'm really glad to see the PC release is giving it a shot at true 1080p/60fps. I'm not really surprised at the rest of the fidelity woes (being a game from 2012), but just experiencing this game at 60fps is worth me putting down another $30ish (expected street price) for it. Yes, I'm buying this game again for the third time. Its just that good a game IMHO. A gem hidden under the rough that got thrown up when Skyrim busted onto the scene. Dragons Dogma: Dark Arisen is set for a PC release on January 15, 2016. EDIT: Angry Joe's review of the original console release back in 2012 here:
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