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Platform 360, PS3 Publisher Capcom Developer Capcom Release Date 2013-04-23

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Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen review: beggar's bargain

Most of Dark Arisen's "new" foes are stronger reskins of encounters from the original game Dark Arisen takes place on Bitterblack Isle, an area latched onto the mainland of Dragon's Dogma by way of Olra, a mysterious new character who ferries you to the zone and provides (very minimal) plot motivation. Unlike the sometimes too-vast open world of Gransys, Bitterblack Isle is a single, linear, self-contained dungeon. You start at the top and have to hack your way to the bottom level. The best part of Dragon's Dogma was the post-game dungeon. It cut out all the tedious overworld travel and focused on a long series of the battles against massive enemies that made the game unique in the first place. Based on that, a new series of descending catacombs sounds like a great idea....

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Dark Souls 2 and South Park: The Stick of Truth on offer in PlayStation RPG sale

Sony has announced a sale of PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita role-playing games, for the week ahead. Among the offers are Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, down from $19.99 to $4.99. Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen is down from $39.99 to $19.99. Ubisoft's recently released South Park: The Stick of Truth is now $41.99 instead of $59.99 while Dark Souls 2 is down from $59.99 to $38.99. Mass Effect, Final Fantasy and Tales games are also on offer. "We're putting some awesome games and add-ons on sale as part of our newest sale," stated a Sony post at PlayStation Blog, which is running a full list of deals. "Never played an RPG before? Now's the perfect time." The sale runs from now until Friday June 6 at 12:00PM Pacific.

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Monster Hunter 4 boosts Capcom's full-year profits

Capcom released its financial results for the year ended March 31, 2014, revealing both sales and profits were up for the company in part due to the success of Monster Hunter 4. The game publisher noted sales of 102.2 billion yen (roughly $1 billion) for the full year, with profits of 3.4 billion yen ($33.8 million), an increase of 15 percent compared to the previous fiscal year. Capcom highlighted the "explosive popularity" of Monster Hunter 4 as well as strong sales for Dead Rising 3 and Resident Evil Revelations for its successful year. Monster Hunter 4 launched in September 2013 in Japan and has since sold 4.1 million units, making it Capcom's sixth best selling video game. Likewise, Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen was said to show "firm sales" while Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Dual...

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Soul Sacrifice is latest free game on PlayStation Plus

Soul Sacrifice is the final addition to the stable of free games added to PlayStation Plus in November, Sony announced today. The PlayStation Vita action role-playing game from Comcept, Marvelous AQL and SCE Japan Studio regularly costs $35.99, but will be available free to PS Plus subscribers once the PlayStation Store is updated tomorrow, Nov. 26. Soul Sacrifice was originally released this past March in Japan and in April in North America. PS Plus users will also be able to pick up two Dynasty Warriors titles at a discount: Dynasty Warriors 6 (reg. $19.99) will be on sale for $11.99, while Dynasty Warriors 7 (reg. $29.99) will be available for $19.99. PS Plus members interested in Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen should download it soon — it will leave the Instant Game Collection Dec....

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November on PS Plus begins with Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, the expanded version of the original Dragon's Dogma, is the first game to go free for PlayStation Plus subscribers in North America this month, Sony announced today. Dark Arisen, which regularly costs $39.99, will be available free to PS Plus members after Sony updates the PlayStation Store tomorrow, Nov. 5. Plus subscribers who want to pick up a free copy of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning must do so before the PS Store is updated, since it's leaving the Instant Game Collection tomorrow. And there's one week left for PS Plus members to get Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee HD, which will no longer be available free after Nov. 12. Six other games aside from Dark Arisen will be available free as part of the PS Plus Instant Game Collection this month.

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PS Plus' first month on PS4 is even better for PS3 and Vita owners

Next month, PlayStation 4 games will join the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection for the first time, along with five other titles for Sony's existing platforms, the company announced today. Two PS4 titles, Housemarque's Resogun and Compulsion Games' Contrast, will be available free to PlayStation Plus members as of Nov. 15, the day the console launches in North America. The latter title is a replacement for the PS Plus Edition of DriveClub, since publisher Sony Computer Entertainment delayed the racing game into early 2014 earlier this month. PlayStation 3-owning Plus subscribers will be treated to free downloadable copies of ibb and obb from Sparpweed and Codeglue (regularly $9.99); Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen from Capcom (regularly $39.99); and Binary Domain from Sega...

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Capcom profits drop in Q1 with lack of big releases from publisher

Capcom's profits dropped by 37 percent in this first quarter to 828 million yen (roughly $8.4 million) according to its latest financial results — something the company expected during a period lacking any major releases. The publisher recorded net sales of 17.4 billion yen (or $178.7 million), down 6.2 percent compared to the same period last year. Similarly, performance of its games sector fell by 9.4 percent with operating profits down by 82.4 percent. Resident Evil Revelations and Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen achieved projected sales, according to Capcom, while Monster Hunter Frontier G performed steadily. Capcom also successfully made headway in breaking the Taiwan market with browser game Onimusha Soul, while Smurfs' Village has provided stable income.

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Dragon's Dogma title update corrupting saves, Capcom counsels user backups

A recent patch to Dragon's Dogma, Capcom's fantasy themed role-playing game, is corrupting save files, and Capcom urged players to back up their data in a post on Capcom-Unity today. The corruption stems from a recent title update and affects both Dragon's Dogma and the recently released Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen expansion. "To prevent the possibility of permanent loss of your data," Capcom's community liaison GregaMan wrote, "please copy your existing save data (whether it be [Dragon's Dogma] or [Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen) to an external storage device or cloud whenever possible — especially if you are picking up the game for the first time in awhile or switching over to Dark Arisen for the first time." GregaMan also suggests playing the game offline as the company...

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Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen enemy showcase teases living armor and giant eyeballs

Capcom has released an "enemy showcase" trailer for the upcoming Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen featuring a trifecta of baddies awaiting would-be adventurers and their parties. The first of three enemies shown is the Strigoi, a flying beast that grapples adventurers before impaling them with its scorpion-like tail. The Strigoi is vulnerable to fire, however, and using a self-immolation spell before being attacked will trick them into harming themselves. The video also shows an enemy dubbed the Living Armor, who fights with a massive sword and shield. When the armor is destroyed, the narrator warns that the spirit becomes something else entirely and will necessitate a switch of strategy. The last of the new baddies is a giant eye monster called the Gazer, which shoots eye beams, attacks...

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Why Western-style RPG Dragon's Dogma wound up being such a big hit in Japan

Dragon's Dogma, released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 last May worldwide, was a semi-orthodox role-playing game with very unorthodox origins. Produced by Hiroyuki Kobayashi and his internal team at Capcom, the game was portrayed to Western gamers as a Japanese Skyrim, an attempt by a Japanese developer to create a serious Western RPG that can compete with the big boys. So why did it wind up selling half a million copies in Japan and, well, not quite so much anywhere else? "When we launched this project, we had a mountain of issues we needed to tackle," Kobayashi told Famitsu magazine in a postmortem published in this week's issue. "One, will we really finish this title and all the new things we're trying to do with it? Two, what do we have to do to attract the attention of...

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Capcom heading to PAX East with games, teases a 'surprise or two'

Capcom's PAX East attendance this weekend will feature games like Capcom Arcade Cabinet, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and more, including "maybe an additional surprise or two," according to a press release from the company. Capcom's booth (#948) will feature: Capcom Arcade Cabinet Darkstalkers: Resurrection Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Players can also get their hands on Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate at booth #1092.) Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Resident Evil Revelations Remember Me Lost Planet 3 The company will also be sponsoring the "World of Capcom" panel, to be held at the Phoenix Theater on Friday, March 22, from noon to 1 p.m. ET. Capcom producers and product managers will discuss upcoming games to be released later this year as well as "some new product announcements." PAX...

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Releases
North America
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 04/23/2013
    • Publisher Capcom
    • Developer Capcom
    • Score 5.0
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 04/23/2013
    • Publisher Capcom
    • Developer Capcom
    • Score 5.0
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