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Dragon’s Crown Pro Review: The Gorgeous Action RPG Still Holds Up

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It’s hard to really deliver something as memorable as Dragon’s Crown was back when it released in 2013, especially considering the genre it’s in. It’s an action RPG through and through, but everything from the jaw-dropping visuals, unique characters and addictive gameplay were so spot-on that it truly was more than the sum of its parts. Now here we are nearly 5 years later with a remaster, and it hasn’t lost any of its luster.

While those of you who own the original version of the game won’t find too much to warrant taking a double dip here, Atlus has nevertheless done an admirable job of porting this to new hardware. The game’s visuals and audio have both been beefed up, easily making it the definitive way to play. While longtime fans might not want to bother with this release, this one shouldn’t be missed by newcomers.

Dragon’s Crown Pro is a 2D side-scrolling action RPG, with very retro gameplay that is nevertheless action-packed. You can play with up to three other players from a selection of six classic fantasy character types, and it’s your mission to traverse new lands and lay waste to whatever is in your path. While it seems simple enough on the surface, there’s so much going on in each stage that it never becomes repetitive.

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As you make your way through the game’s gorgeous levels you’ll regularly have treasure to sniff out, bones to pick up that can be revived to add new characters to your roster, and hidden paths leading to great loot. There’s also plenty of traps to avoid along the way, and it all ends in a unique boss fight that really tests your skills. It’s a retro brawler without question, but there’s deep mechanics at play to keep it interesting.

As you make your way through the various levels you’ll constantly be acquiring new gear like weapons and armor, and each character type has a unique skill tree that you’ll gradually make your way through that adds some nice perks to your playstyle. Replayability is high here, as the six different characters each have their own unique play style. Those who prefer close-range hack ‘n’ slash will want to pick the Fighter, whereas those who like to play a little flashier will want to go with the Wizard.

Boss fights are regularly memorable throughout the experience, typically being large beasts with move sets and patterns that must be memorized in order to avoid taking massive damage. There are also some unique encounters that shake up the more standard formula, such as a battle with a band of pirates. A magic lamp is on the battlefield, and whichever side picks it up and rubs it will be able to summon a genie to deal massive damage. This leads to an absolutely chaotic bout where you’re not only beating each other to a pulp, but also trying to control the magic lamp that’s being perpetually tossed around.

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It’s good that the gameplay here is so solid, because the plot isn’t really going to do much to really suck most players in. It’s a very classic-styled plot with royal conflict and dragons, though there are some fun characters along the way to keep things interesting. It serves more as a vehicle to get you into more chaotic battles, which is more than fine with me.

Those who play the game on PlayStation 4 Pro will be able to make use of the new 4K visuals of the game, which will make an already gorgeous game look even more gorgeous. The vibrant colors pop even more, and all of the little flourishes like magic effects look even better. The true stand out upgrade here is the soundtrack, which has been re-recorded with a full orchestra this time. It all sounds magnificent this way, but those of you who wish to hear the soundtrack in its original form (for whatever reason) will be able to do just that.

While Dragon’s Crown Pro might not be worth picking up for those who already own the original version, it’s a must-buy for newcomers with even an inkling of interest in the game. Five years have passed since the game originally released, but it has aged beautifully in that time. The new visual and audio upgrades are just the cherry on top, as Dragon’s Crown has a lot to offer regardless of the new coat of paint.

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Amazon’s great Fallout TV show is nominated for 16 Emmys

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Critics and fans alike went crazy for Amazon’s take on the famous role-playing game series Fallout. There were a lot of nominations for 16 Emmy awards, including Best Actor and Outstanding Drama Series. The show was able to reach audiences outside of gamers and got a lot of attention from the industry.

Eurogamer has been keeping track, and now that all the votes are in, Fallout is tied for fifth place with 23 nominations for the 76th Emmy Awards, which are put on by the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With 25, The Bear has the most nominations, followed by True Detective: Night Country with 23, and Shogun with 19.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Walton Goggins is up for Best Actor for his performance as The Ghoul. Although games will always be our first choice, it’s great that adaptations of games don’t have to be awful, and we can’t wait for the next season of the shows.

Are you surprised by how well Amazon’s version of Fallout has done in the mainstream? Is the curse of movies based on video games finally over? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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