Dragon’s Dogma 2 review: An honest take

Dragon's Dogma 2 strikes a chord similar to Sam Raimi's Evil Dead 2 in its approach to revisiting and reimagining a classic
The image is a poster of Dragons Dogma. — Dragons Dogma
The image is a poster of Dragon's Dogma. — Dragon's Dogma

Dragon's Dogma 2 strikes a chord similar to Sam Raimi's Evil Dead 2 in its approach to revisiting and reimagining a classic. Much like Raimi enhanced his original vision with a larger budget, Dragon’s Dogma 2 builds upon the foundation of its predecessor, a cult-favourite action RPG, by polishing its exceptional action design and the mystique of its expansive world. 

It retains the challenging nature of the original, throwing players into the thick of things with formidable foes and unpredictable encounters, reminiscent of a delicately balanced Jenga tower, teetering yet miraculously stable amidst its quirks and peculiarities.

The game's sprawling dark fantasy landscape offers a different but equally compelling environment as its predecessor, replete with uncharted paths and hidden secrets. Exploring this world is a high-stakes venture, filled with perils and predatory creatures that make every journey an adventure. The night in Dragon's Dogma 2 is notably more perilous than in most games, heightening the sense of danger after dark.

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In terms of combat, Dragon's Dogma 2 maintains its robust system, praised for its diversity and flexibility. Yet, it also seems to struggle with similar issues as the first game, including technical glitches and a somewhat repetitive quest structure. However, the combat system, touted as one of the finest in real-time RPGs, holds the experience together.

Navigating through this world is a blend of danger and excitement, with minimal fast-travel options adding to the game's immersive experience. The game's sense of mystery is palpable, urging players to push through adversity and explore its vastness. The lack of explicit guidance and markers for side quests adds a layer of authenticity to the adventure, making the player feel more like an explorer than a mere quest-completer.

Dragon's Dogma 2 also brings back the concept of Pawns — unique NPC companions who provide invaluable assistance both in and out of combat. Their enhanced functionalities and specialities add significant depth to the gameplay. The game's asynchronous multiplayer aspect, where Pawns can learn from adventures with other players, remains a distinctive and innovative feature.

The combat system in Dragon's Dogma 2 is a standout, offering a deeply satisfying and tactical experience. It's enriched by the game's class system, which introduces new vocations that add freshness and versatility to combat styles.

Despite its strengths, Dragon's Dogma 2 is not without flaws. The AI can sometimes be inconsistent, and technical issues like frame rate drops can hinder the experience. Additionally, the game's climbing mechanics and camera movement can be problematic, particularly during intense battles.

Dragon’s Dogma 2, therefore, is a blend of old and new — it captures the essence of its cult classic predecessor while introducing new elements and improvements. It's a game with a rich, dynamic world and a combat system that stands tall among its peers. For those willing to embrace its idiosyncrasies and immerse themselves in its open-world design, Dragon's Dogma 2 offers a unique and rewarding action RPG experience.