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The oddball RPG has sold its soul for more Souls

Whatever else you might like to say about it, Dragon's Dogma was very much its own game. An Eastern take on Western fantasy RPGs, the resulting title resembled a particularly sticky wall after an idea-throwing jamboree. Tactile battle systems, graphical problems, an unexpectedly deep storyline, terrible traversal and Pawns, the brilliant asymmetric multiplayer solution, all shoved at each other to earn the player's attention. And it worked - we still haven't played anything quite like it.... read more

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Xbox 360

Postby Xu En » 22 Apr 2013, 18:30

Some sources are saying that the standard textures in Dark Arisen have been reduced in quality (from DD) so that the whole thing fits on an xbox disc .. and that the "texture pack" is just the old textures for a HDD install..

Or are they actually better..?

Can OXBM confirm or deny this?
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Postby OXM ETboy » 22 Apr 2013, 18:31

I'll give our reviewer a shout and ask. Or alternatively, fire up a retail copy of the game itself as and when we get one in the office.
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Postby Bezza89 » 22 Apr 2013, 18:39

Xu En wrote:Can OXBM confirm or deny this?


Official Xbox Bastard Matt left I'm afraid. :twisted:
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Postby OXM ETboy » 22 Apr 2013, 18:43

I shall strive and inevitably fail to do a Man's Work in his stead.
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Postby Plamsa wing » 22 Apr 2013, 18:46

OXM ETboy wrote:I shall strive and inevitably fail to do a Man's Work in his stead.


Is there aught else you can do sir? :wink:
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Re: Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Xbox 360

Postby SidTheSloth » 22 Apr 2013, 18:58

An 8?!?! Oh jesus, now i'm not sure what to do with my £13 pre-order!? If im forking out that much i expected at least a ten - how bloody dare they...!?

I'd be interested in a texture compare too please Ed, is without the extra bit as good as the first game etc - if so they were perfectly fine, and i've got no interest in making things shinier just to cause the frame rate to go crazy as i'm about to drop-kick Death back to Doncaster*!

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Postby fracturedrich » 22 Apr 2013, 19:00

Chievos or not?
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Postby msbhvn » 22 Apr 2013, 20:22

SidTheSloth wrote:An 8?!?! Oh jesus, now i'm not sure what to do with my £13 pre-order!? If im forking out that much i expected at least a ten - how bloody dare they...!?


Har.

Pre-ordering for £13.62 means if the DLC would have been 1600MSP, then I've paid the same. I also got £9 trade-in on the original at CEX, so in real terms I've paid the equivalent of 480MSP. Getting it for £20-25 from GAME (less the pitiful amount they'd give you for the now-worthless original) would have been asking a little too much and it's good that you've put that as a negative in the review.

The problem I'm facing now is that I'm about 40% of the way through Dark Souls, and with this being similar I'm facing a case of RPG burnout where I'd rather watch a bad Stallone movie (got 5 on Blu-ray for a tenner this week) than play the game. :(
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Postby Grummy » 23 Apr 2013, 02:43

Apparently, now new achievements at all, which is disappointing. So no complete replay for me, instead it's just a single run of the expansion then it's on to ebay with it.
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Postby FishyGinger » 23 Apr 2013, 09:07

msbhvn wrote:Har.

Pre-ordering for £13.62 means if the DLC would have been 1600MSP, then I've paid the same. I also got £9 trade-in on the original at CEX, so in real terms I've paid the equivalent of 480MSP. Getting it for £20-25 from GAME (less the pitiful amount they'd give you for the now-worthless original) would have been asking a little too much and it's good that you've put that as a negative in the review.

The problem I'm facing now is that I'm about 40% of the way through Dark Souls, and with this being similar I'm facing a case of RPG burnout where I'd rather watch a bad Stallone movie (got 5 on Blu-ray for a tenner this week) than play the game. :(


I found out I'd get 15 quid trade in from Game when I did it so thought why not, and ordered this. Not bad says I. And I didn't know rambo 5 was out?
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Postby kronk10 » 23 Apr 2013, 13:46

broken my disc so will be buying it again and i am really really looking forward to it and more items and content can only be a good thing. I really did enjoy playing this more than i did skyrim it just felt more alive and enjoyable and the monster animations were bloody brilliant!!!
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Postby Johnbhoy69 » 23 Apr 2013, 14:48

Looking forward to playing this, never got round to buying it when it first came out but with added content and at a discounted price Ill definitely be picking this up.

So there is no direct co-op option?
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Re: Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Xbox 360

Postby Grummy » 23 Apr 2013, 19:33

Johnbhoy69 wrote:Looking forward to playing this, never got round to buying it when it first came out but with added content and at a discounted price Ill definitely be picking this up.

So there is no direct co-op option?


No, the game isn't designed for it.
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Postby Baryonyx » 23 Apr 2013, 20:34

Wish I'd kept my old disc and save now, this sounds quite good!
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Postby fracturedrich » 08 May 2013, 16:28

Where is the isle,i started again and completed 1st playthrough and i can not find it anywhere.
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