At long last we have a PC port of Dragon’s Dogma, Capcom’s 2012 RPG masterpiece. Well, actually we have a port of the 2013 release of Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, an expanded and improved version of the base game that includes more areas, monsters, and gear and more.
I won’t go into great detail about the game itself. If you missed it, now would be a good time to pick it up. A lot of people compare it to various other games, from Skyrim to Dark Souls to Shadow of the Colossus, but really none of those comparisons do the game justice.
Dragon’s Dogma is its very own beast with some of the best action combat you can find in any game, putting titles like The Witcher 3 and Skyrim to shame, at least in the combat department. It’s nothing at all like Dark Souls, either. Combat is fast and fierce and includes a suite of special powers and abilities, as well as monster scaling so that you can strike from above.
Graphically, the PC port gives us a few more options than before, and the game looks a bit crisper than it did on PS3 and Xbox 360. An unlocked framerate certainly helps make the game feel more smooth this time around as well. But don’t expect it to look discernibly better on PC than it did on consoles. This isn’t a remake, it’s a fairly straight port, and satisfyingly solid in a no-frills sort of way.