In Dragon’s Dogma 2 you adventure without guidance. More games should do that | game review

In Dragon’s Dogma 2 you adventure without guidance. More games should do that | game review
In Dragon’s Dogma 2 you adventure without guidance. More games should do that | game review

The long-awaited sequel to cult game Dragon’s Dogma seems like an adventure game like many of them are. But if you look more closely, you will see that guidance is largely missing. That makes adventuring much more fun.

I’m walking through a village, looking for a guy with a package. Just as I am about to enter a promising house, I am approached. A little man asks me, no begs me, for help. His brother went into the wilderness but did not return. Something’s wrong there! Can’t I, a true adventurer, help him? His brother cannot hold on for long.

Of course, I say. I write the quest down on my long, long list of tasks, and continue on my merry way. Looking for a guy with a package. Many wanderings and dozens of quests later, I am finally back in the village, ready to heroically save a brother. But guess what? That brother, he’s dead. Swallowed by the wilderness. The hero who would save him did not come. I didn’t come.

What should you do?

That scenario is Dragon’s Dogma 2 in a nutshell: a role-playing game that doesn’t wait for you. Life goes on. Death too. Are you too busy to save someone? Then he can just die. Too lazy to properly check the area around your campsite? Don’t be surprised if you’re suddenly attacked. On the way to that one guy with a package? There’s a good chance that you’ll be distracted by monsters, people or magic in the meantime. A game for adventurers, more than you are used to from other games.

This philosophy is also reflected in the folders. In many modern open world games you run from icon to icon. ‘Secret’ treasures are neatly indicated, often even with a dotted line for the best route. Dragon’s Dogma 2 holds you less close. Find out for yourself, the adventure will come your way. Although, myself…

Are you really on your own?

No not really. Because you are the Arisen , the chosen one, the one who must slay the dragon. And if Arisen can you pawns, hire pawns. These are warriors who assist you in the many, many battles, but who are also useful in other ways. If one of those pawns happens to know who you’re looking for, he’ll be happy to lead you to him. And if he knows how to defeat that one difficult monster, he gives tips. You can even pawns borrow from other players, who may have had different experiences than you. They even gossip about their master. That he only wants women on his team, for example. Still a bit suspicious.

Will it last long?

It is a huge world that you largely discover on foot. You spend dozens of hours before you understand a significant part. And the combat system remains fun, partly because you can choose from all kinds of styles. Do you keep your distance with a bow and arrow, or do you run at everything with a big sword? Do you like using magic, but do you prefer to be quick and agile with daggers? The choice is yours.

You can easily switch between the different styles, so you will always find an option that you like. Also fun: you can climb large monsters to take them down more efficiently. A Cyclops has tough skin, but its one enormous eye is an easy target. If you can reach it…

Dragon’s Dogma 2 is available for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S and PC. Developed and published by Capcom. Age: 18+

The article is in Dutch

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