Dragon's Dogma 2: A Journey of Challenge and Reward

Dragon's Dogma 2, despite its technical woes, offers a deep and rewarding open-world experience for players seeking a challenging and immersive action RPG

by Sededin Dedovic
Dragon's Dogma 2: A Journey of Challenge and Reward
© Dragons Dogma / YOutube channel

Dragon's Dogma 2, the long-awaited sequel to the cult RPG from 2012, is finally here. After 12 years of waiting, fans were excited to return to Gransys and face new adventures. But the launch of the game was not without problems.

Numerous technical difficulties and controversial design decisions cast a shadow over this otherwise promising title.

Launch issues

One of the biggest problems the game faced was the introduction of microtransactions. Many considered them unnecessary, considering that everything in the game could be obtained through normal gameplay.

Another controversial decision was the removal of multiple save slots and the inability to start a new game with an existing character at launch. These bugs were eventually fixed, but left a bitter taste for many players. The use of Denuvo anti-tamper software has also caused outrage.

Although its purpose is to prevent piracy, Denuvo has caused performance issues, especially on consoles. Players have reported framerate drops, freezes, and even crashing. Despite all these issues, Dragon's Dogma 2 offers a deep and satisfying experience for those willing to look past the issues.

The game retains the basic game mechanics from the first part, but improves upon it in many ways.

Story and characters

The story follows a similar structure to the original. Players take on the role of an Arisen, a person chosen by the dragon to be its champion.

Arisen must regain his heart by defeating the beast. The narrative structure is more nuanced this time around, with choices that can have long-term consequences. Players have more control over how they approach various situations.

Dragons Dogma 2 Gameplay© MKIceAndFire / Youtube channel

Dragon's Dogma 2 boasts a robust combat system with ten different character classes to choose from. Players can switch classes at any time, allowing for experimentation and strategic team building.

Pawns, AI companions created by other players, are another key aspect of combat. Pawns can learn from their experiences and offer tactical advantages. The open world of the game is vast and wild. Unlike some other open world games, Dragon's Dogma 2 does not lead the player by the hand.

Quests are not marked on the map, and exploration is strongly encouraged. The world is full of secrets to be discovered and dangers to be overcome. The day-night cycle adds another level of depth to the game. Not only does the world visually transform, but different enemies also appear at night.

It keeps players on their toes and adds to the atmosphere.

Dragons Dogma 2 Gameplay© MKIceAndFire / Youtube channel

Graphic design and soundtrack

The graphical style of Dragon's Dogma 2 retains the realistic aesthetic of the original game.

The environment design is impressive, with rich details and diverse biomes. Mountains, deserts, forests and cities are convincingly realized, encouraging exploration. Animations are fluid and realistic, especially in combat.

The movements of the characters are natural and believable, and the fight is dynamic and exciting. The visual effects are also impressive, adding to the spectacularity of special attacks and spells. The soundtrack is less impressive.

The music is quite generic and doesn't make a significant impression. The sound effects are solid, conveying the atmosphere of the world and the power of the fight well. The quests are also unmarked, so important NPCs will randomly approach you when you pass in their immediate vicinity.

As much as the world is spontaneous and realistic by design, so much is the music harmless and imperceptible by the same. Unfortunately, the tracks do not stand out too much, except maybe a couple of iconic ones from the previous game, which are actually maybe too repetitive, especially in combat scenarios.

Dragons Dogma 2 Gameplay© MKIceAndFire / Youtube channel

Artificial Intelligence

Pawn's AI has been significantly improved over the original game. Pawns now behave more intelligently in combat, making strategic decisions and using their abilities effectively.

They are also capable of interacting with the player and the environment, which contributes to a more realistic experience. Enemy AI is also solid. Enemies adapt to the player's tactics and use their abilities in a variety of ways.

The fight against them is dynamic and requires a strategic approach. This game is absolutely not for everyone, especially not for players who prefer a more guided experience and requires a certain amount of immersion, engagement and, shall we say, slower enjoyment from the player himself.

Dragon's Dogma 2 has optimization issues, especially on consoles. The frame rate is often unstable, and freezes and crashes occur. The PC version of the game has fewer issues, but performance issues may still occur depending on your computer's configuration.

Dragon's Dogma 2 is a complex and deep game with a lot to offer. Although it has problems with the technical execution, it offers a rich and exciting world to explore, a dynamic and strategic combat system, and a lot of additional content.