How I Touched My Vita Screen A Lot.. AKA Dragon’s Crown Review
Warning! The Following Review was done by someone that might be Insane.
It is also horribly put together! It also might contain some mild spoilers..
Not like I’m listing bosses but.. you should at least guess what
the last boss is by now.. Read the title of the game… Read IT!
You have been warned?
Dragon's Crown.. The 100 Million Yen game made by Vanillaware is finally out... So before we get this "Review/Me beating up a keyboard like I am murdering it"... You Will Have Two Paths to Pick! You may pick Path A... The Real Short Path... Or you may pick Path B... The Long Path... Wait.. This is Like that game I played.. What was it called... PATH A! You Picked Wisely! You want to go straight to the point right away! You just Died of Conjunctivitis! Wait.. No your still alive.. Well your on the short path so... I say.. Dragon's Crown is one of the best games to ever be released on the Vita. See.. That was short.. To the Point.. No Violence.. Lots of Dots.. Go Buy The Game.. Or you can continue onto Path B? PATH B! Welcome To Path B! Its a long Path, So be prepared! Dragon's Crown is a hybrid Beat em up meets RPG developed by Vanillaware and Published by Atlus for the Playstation 3 and PlayStation Vita. Most that will read this has heard of Vanillaware.. They made games like Princess Crown, Odin Sphere, GrimGrimoire and Muramasa. If you have played any of those you kinda know the art style that comes with a Vanillaware developed game. George Kamitani art direction has a unique look and style that can be easily spotted out of anything else on the market.. but enough about the developer.. What about the game you ask! The game is being released for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. It has a nice cross save function so you can easily switch back and forth between the two. As for trophies.. The game shares the same list between both releases. Well Let me tell you about my adventure. Dragon's Crown starts off with a normal Story line.. And You get to pick a character from six classes. Those six classes are Fighter.. Aka A Knight Amazon... Aka A Brute Fighting Woman.. Wizard... Aka A Guy That Uses Magic.. Elf...... Aka A Woman With a Bow... Dwarf.... Aka A Short Brute Fighter.. Sorceress Aka A Woman that does Magic.. So you have a choice of Fighter, Magic or Long Range. Three Guys and Three Gals Some are for Normal players.. Some are for experienced players... As for me... I went with Dwarf for my play through for Normal. Now you might ask.. " Why Dwarf?" And I will respond with... Why not.. Dwarfs need love don't they! So you start the game off in a town. At first it guides you around to a few spots. You visit the the Adventure Guild to get quest and to learn skills. You visit the castle for assistance to the queen.. aka the story line.. You visit Morgan's Magic Item Shop to buy spells, sell stuff, repair items and to appraise items.. Appraise items you asked.. Well I will get to that in a bit.. Imagine a picture of the gate.. Until I can screen cap-one.. You have Imagination! Before you know it your at the Gate! And so your adventure begins! You get dropped off in stages and fighting bosses in no time. Along your path you will find treasure chest and doors that you can select with your right stick and L1 or on the vita by just touching them.. your thief buddy will unlock them in a few seconds and you will rack up coins and Items in no time... You go through the stage and you come across some bones..First thing that will pop into your head is " Don't touch them.. they might be evidence!" No.. Touch them.. Collect them.. You will need them.. You may die and notice that you have a set of lives for each stage. Once these run out you can pay to be revived or get the game over screen. This can be costly if you die a lot in one stage. Once you are done with the stage, you will get a bonus from what ever type of score you racked up. Now you will also see what items you picked up.. but guess what.. They don't really say what it is.. Just what Rank.. What lvl you need to be to equip and who it is good for.. This is where the appraisal system kicks in. The higher the rank the more your going to have to pay to get it appraised.. Or you can just sell it "as is" for less. Well you get to go back to town after your first stage and what shows up? A Temple! The Temple is a very important part of the game.. This is where those bones come to use. You can pay a small fee and resurrect! You will get all information about the character also.. So you can pick and choose who you want to bring back from the dead! You can also bury bones.. But if you do this.. They are long gone... Another neat function of the Temple Is the Pray selection.. You can purchase a boost for your next stage. This is helpful all throughout the game. Once you have resurrected the bones, You can go into the Inn and use these characters to help you in battle. You can also mark the characters to Join in or Join Off. This will be explained in a bit. If you appraised any of your items you can now select them to use with your character. This is where the RPG elements really come in with equipment that needs certain lvl and classes. Some items can be used with everyone.. some are just only for one. You can easily do this by hitting start and going into Equipment. You use bags that you can custom load with clothing and items for your character. Sadly you can not edit or fix found characters items.. Also reviving a character in a stage will not fix broken items or anything also. You go back to your adventure with help and a new set of tools to use. You travel to the gate and it shoots you off to your next stage! As a Dwarf.. I was a up front brawler. I would hack and slash and unleash my special with the circle button. Once your special is used your weapons will be thrown down on the grown for a few seconds. During this time you be fighting with your bare-hands until your weapon can be picked back up. You can also pick up special use weapons in the stages.. from cross bows..bombs.. torches and other items. Now once you are done.. Something new happens Now you can continue on your journey or go back to town. If you continue on your journey you will go straight to the next stage. Your health and lives will be the same as where you left off.. You also will reach a cooking mini game sometimes after stages.. This is where you can cook and get coins/health. After awhile you will have to go back to town to fix your items.. Other places slowly open up on your first 9 stages. Like Lucians Tower and the stable. In the Tower you can buy magic items. The stable is where you are finally allowed to have online play. You can wait in the stable for friends to show up... Jump in to a random player game or even just go on like normal and if you have a character that is under Join In.. Randoms and friends can join in. The game also has couch co-op from the start on the PS3.. Now on the vita has ad-hoc.. but that only unlocks at the stable. By the time you get all of this unlocked you should of also ran into these "Runes". Runes are used to unlock special power ups and hidden items/rooms in stages. You get a few for free and a total of 3 you must buy in Lucians Tower. These runes are located in random spots in stages. To select them on the vita you just touch and hope you get the correct combination. On the ps3 you use the right stick with L1 to select. I found this on the PS3.. not the best and prefer the touch. Runes are a nice touch but most online players do not mess with them and they can be a distraction when enemies are around. Once the first 9 stages are done.. Your warp gate goes crazy and your faced to pay to travel by the stable or use that crazy gate and be randomly taken to a stage. You also get to pick out where you want to go now.. because guess what.. You have 9 more stages to go through to get some talismans.. And now you have a B Path to go through to unlock these... These bosses are all new and a Lot Harder! To Unlock these Talismans you must also complete the B Path under a certain time.. Basically you have to take down those bosses quick before they get to what I like to call" stage 2" ending. This can be from events in the stage that wraps the boss battle up.. You want to take them down yourself before this happens. Once you have done all of this... You get to fight the Boss Dragon! This is no easy task.. You will die.. You will die a lot and you can not be revived passed your set number.. The goddess can not help you here.. Once you pull off this Miracle.. You would think.. Game over man.. Game Over... But No.. you just completed Normal Mode.. and your being sent back to HARD NOW! You have 9 more talismans to get.. a goddess to free and another dragon that will kill you like your a cockroach.. WHAT DO YOU DO! Do like you do in any RPG.. Grind.. Grind..Grind! Most Enemies in hard mode are in the Level 40 to 60 Range.. This is a massive jump from the mid 20's that you are use to fighting. You can go into the temple and switch difficulty at any time but be reminded once you do this.. your talismans are gone! Playing through on Normal again might be a good idea to some.. Normal does have a level cap of 35. You can go over this level in normal but it will act like a level 35. Hard has a higher level cap.. and if you can beat hard.. you have another difficulty Infernal. Imagination Time... THE END!...... Wait your still here! Fine then.. Here is a conclusion! In Conclusion...Dragon's Crown is a solid Bralwer/RPG that will give you hours and hours of game play.. As for me I have put a good junk of time in already and I am still going strong..Some even say it takes around 130+ hours to finish with all characters... I believe them... I believe them.. It is also one of the best games to play on your vita.. Your vita needs this game! Should you buy it right now... YES! Should you pick it up for the PS3 or Vita? I preferred the Vita.. But watch out cross play isn't in this game.. It is best to get the release most your friends will be playing! Dragon's Crown is for The PS3 at $50 and the Vita for S40 Developed by Vanillaware Published by ATLUS
Disclosure? I was supplied a code for a digital copy for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita from the Publisher.