Published on July 16th, 2013 | by Lucy Niess, Reviews Editor
First Thoughts: Atlus’ Dragon’s Crown at EVO 2013
Do you wish to be a knight? How about a ranger? Mage? Amazon? This all sounds like the beginning of a D&D campaign, and Dragon’s Crown does give it that feel.
Altus had a demo station set up at EVO this year, and I was able to get my hands on a controller and play for a little bit. Upon first glance, I can say that the graphics are amazing — everything is so crisp, clear and detailed. Rumor has it that Japan uses the game to test HDTVs.
The colors are vibrant, almost like it came out of the imagination of a dungeon master and the players in the world. It shows creativity in how intricate the world is; from the character outfits to the environments, I could just imagine myself playing a D&D campaign and seeing this game in my mind’s eye.
As for the controls, the game utilizes the entire controller so it gives the player the full experience. Every button and analog is accounted for, yet it is not confusing. It is very intuitive and although we jumped straight in, we were able to understand what was going on.
The only thing that was hard to keep up with at first was collecting the treasure with the right analog stick. It wasn’t hard to find the shiny sparkle that indicated something could be interacted with, but moving the pointer towards it while other things were going on was a little difficult. It wasn’t like walking up to something to pick it up like most other games — that was reserved for some other items like arrows for the ranger.
The team that I demoed the game with consisted of a knight, ranger (me), mage and amazon. Each character has their own specialty which makes them useful on any team. We went on our adventure, collected lots of treasure (although our end score was pathetic) and defeated some monsters.
The monsters were not bad for our level, so there were no issues with the enemies being too powerful or too weak. At the end of the demo, we were able to take a look at the treasure we collected. With certain goodies you can get them appraised to see what they are in the hopes that they are enchanted or powerful items. You also have the ability to level up certain stats and equip your character with items that would boost their power. It is similar to other RPGs, only this one has the four player capability, so you can play with several of your friends.
This is just a small part of what the game is capable of. Dragon’s Crown is set to be released on August 6.
Stay tuned for a full review of this game and more coverage of EVO 2013!