Dragon’s Crown Pro Review
I remember the first time I played a tabletop game and I was excited to finally play the whole experience with a game master an fellow adventures. Sadly the games always ended up with people getting mad easily with the Gamemaster or being called out for cheating when we are on the same team. It was a weird experience, but they were not all bad. This time around we get a similar experience, but without all the mess with the game being the Gamemaster and all you have to do is pick the warrior to go off and conquer. Welcome back to the PlayStation Pro version of Dragon’s Crown Pro.
This is somewhat your story. You are the adventure with five different classes to choose from. It is up to you to take on the task of the town and progress to level up and conquer. There is not much to go on other than dealing with corruption, betrayal and your own honor. Set your path and venture forward without fear.
I stated in my video review below that this is my first time playing Dragon’s Crown since I passed up so many opportunities for the PS3 and Vita. I had the artbook and was amazed by the visuals and style at first. I am a huge fan of dungeon crawl beat’em up games. It reminds me of the days of Golden Axe or Gauntlet. The first thing you do is pick your class and then choose a name, designated messages and you are on your way. I started with the Fighter class as a safe bet since the Sorceress and Wizard are for expert players. The Dwarf, Amazon, and Elf seem to be a safe choice as well.
In your first mission, you are alone and that is fine it gives you a feel of what to expect. This is the tutorial portion of the game which you were told in the Guild Hall about finding dead allies to bring back. I ran into my first set of bones with a funny message attached. As you complete a quest and find bones bring them back to the Chapel to be resurrected and boom, you get your first set of comrades after a tribute to the Goddess.
The combat is simple and gets straight to the point. You don’t always need complicated combos, especially when it comes to a 2D side scroll world. You just need a dodge button, down with Square for ground attacks and an upswing Square into an ariel attack for huge damage. You will also have menu items that will give you a boost of power like the lightening ring I have a limited use, but effective. You will have a lot to do thanks to main quest and side quest. There will be extra things for you to do that you can either accomplish while on a main quest or return to an already explored area.
Depending on how well you do in each level you will level up and given skill points that you can spend on in the Guild Hall. Each player will have two options between their class and common skills. There will be a few things locked out until you get to a certain level.
Visually it is all around appealing as if being in an interactive manga or comic book. Exploring the worlds and enjoying the different locations are part of the fun. I mostly enjoyed the commentary from the Gamemaster which has an amazing personality to drive the story. He will even do some voice-overs of other characters. The music score is strong and when you get into boss battles you really feel the adrenaline from the sound effects of spells being cast or metal hitting enemies. There are even eerie situations when in dark places that make you want to be cautious.
- Visuals Fit for an Ancient Dragon – With beautifully-refined artwork and 4K resolution support, Vanillaware’s signature art style will come alive as you bludgeon, cleave, shoot, and loot through the dungeons of Hydeland.
- A Rousing Adventurer’s Soundtrack – A newly recorded soundtrack by fabled composer Hitoshi Sakimoto, supported by a live orchestra, will accompany daring treasure hunters on their search for the Dragon’s Crown.
- Glorious Presentation – Rejoice because English and Japanese audio options will now be available! Plus, game text will be localized in French, Italian, German, and Spanish.
- All the Royal Bells and Whistles – If you already own Dragon’s Crown, your saves won’t go to waste. There will be online cross-play & cross-save compatibility with existing PS3 and Vita versions. Oh, and all patches, features, and the Storyteller Voice Pack DLC from the original game will be included!
- Four Player Frenzy – With the fun local couch co-op and online multiplayer you remember, up to four players can experience countless hours battling together.
I don’t mind selling the items that are not useful to me, but I would not mind being able to give allies that I brought back from the dead some enhanced gear to help them out. All you can do is have players join your party, but can’t touch them. They are just there until you find better players to resurrect. It keeps it simple I guess. The touchpad can be a bit weird at times where I noticed the cursor moves on its own, but the touchpad is not a new feature, but it is new to the game. I expected some glitches with it and it is not too bad where one will be too annoyed.
I am not too upset I missed out on the first time playing Dragon’s Crown, but glad I got a chance to check it out with the remastered version. It feels solid and definitely gives me the mixture of old style with new gameplay. I love beat’em ups and dungeon crawlers with rich locations, unique characters, and a simple leveling up system. Everything a gamer needs with the online co-op to boot. I am looking forward to going into dungeons with my colleagues and getting some funny commentary while we are kicking enemies around. Definitely will be fun to play together and in that, I give it 4.5 paws out of 5.
Thanks to Sega and Atlus for giving us an early review copy and be sure to check out Dragon’s Crown Pro which will be available both digitally and physical for $49.99. The physical copy will be for the collectors sporting a hard case and 7 collectible skill cards. Be sure to purchase your copy over on Play-Asia.com and yes we are affiliated and it helps out with the website. I hope you enjoyed the review and I shall see you next time. – Beast Out –
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