Pointless Nonsense

Posted in video games by Bill on June 23, 2017

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is Steam Summer Sale game #2, and the first refund. I may have just seen it in a discovery queue or something when I was looking to fill out my wishlist, because it doesn’t sound familiar at all.

It’s an open world fantasy action/RPG from 2013. A dragon attacks your village and you alone try to stand up to it. It kicks your ass, but instead of killing you, steals your heart and does some magic stuff to… curse you? Or bless you maybe? Anyway you’re driven to pick up a sword (or dagger or staff) and go adventuring or whatever.

It does some nice things, the character creation options are pretty extensive, and moving around is pretty fluid, but the interface was clearly designed for a console, and the map is garbage. It does this thing where it Matrixes over to show you something, freezing, rotating, and panning to show you something of note. Which would be great if the rotating and panning wasn’t slightly disorienting. Somewhere nearby, there was a peddler under attack who I needed to rescue. But I couldn’t tell what direction he was in, and neither he nor the enemies appeared on my map, so… fuck that.

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