Happy Bank Holiday folks! Just before you venture forth to nab a pleasant sip of cider in the sun, here's a chance for you to nab yourself a sparklingly new promo copy of Capcom's Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen for Xbox 360.
If you have no idea what that is, or if it's any cop, check out our review from earlier. But trust us, it's good. Really good.
All you have to do to get your name chucked into the proverbial hat is to write a comment in the box below explaining how you'd go about killing a dragon. The more outlandish the better. We want to be tickled pink with laughter. Whichever entry makes us laugh (or cringe, because we're mad for terrible puns) the most shall receive a free copy of the game.
And if we can't decide that way, we'll write a shortlist of names onto individual steaks, chuck them into our office shark tank, and see which steak gets eaten last.
A few things to bear in mind:
Death is your faithful companion beneath Bitterblack Isle.
It's soaked into the very walls of the gothic demesne that ensnares your party, permeating the bones and bodies that litter the bleak labyrinth sprawling ahead of you. It glints in the eye of werewolves the size of people carriers who rip your pawns to tatty shreds, or cannibalistic necrophagous beasts gorging themselves on charnel. Death stalks you constantly, literally calling to you from the shadows, lashing out of every booby-trapped chest and dripping from the teeth of countless over-levelled horrors. At your lowest ebb, death itself appears to you as the grim reaper, a horrific persistent adversary who kills with a single touch and hounds your every step.
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen is out to kill you, but with enough patience and skill, you can bring death to its knees.
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Public service announcement: A new title update for Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen is corrupting a small but significant number of save files, especially for existing Dragon's Dogma owners who are transferring their saved progress over for the first time. Capcom urges you to back up your saves to the cloud or a USB drive just in case, and play the title offline if you run into problems as a temporary workaround.
I'm currently working on a Dark Arisen review of both the complete package and new content. Early impressions: tough, satisfying, melancholy and very reminiscent of another dark and soulful game that's just on the tip of my tongue.
All change please. In one of the most disruptive weeks we've seen in ages, no less than four new titles have stormed onto the UK charts, three of which grace the top five.
Chief amongst them is Dead Island: Riptide, which demonstrates that shock and awe marketing can work wonders, and suggests that many of us critics might be a little out of touch. Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen has risen to third place in its opening week, an amazing feat considering the minimum of publicity. I'm working on a review as you read this. Elsewhere we have the new Star Trek tie-in, which is widely considered to be complete toss, and the 3DS Lego City Undercover companion game getting better first-week chart position than its Wii U counterpart.
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Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen is out this Friday, acting both as an expansion and a GOTY edition that also contains the original game. In terms of new content, players will descend into the Bitterblack Isles, a grim new environment with ferocious enemies and a hundred new pieces of equipment. New class skills have also been included, along with an entire disc of HD textures that you can optionally install to pretty things up.Click here to read more...
We frequently urge you to only pre-order things if you can guarantee a decent saving on RRP, and thanks to ASDA, this is certainly the cheapest way of reserving Dragon's Dogma's sort-of-expansion-and-also-a-re-release. Instead of releasing the new content as DLC, Capcom decided to package it with the original game at a budget price tag, and £13.00 is almost certainly worth a punt for new players. I'll be picking this up myself with an eye to reviewing it for existing Dragon's Dogma fans (if we don't receive promo materials before April 26th, that is).
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If you're yet to play the original Dragon's Dogma, it's worth waiting until April 26th for this version as it's the same price, but comes with a huge expansion that you can't buy separately. This action-RPG lets you recruit and train followers to help you out in combat and you'll need them as you'll be taking on huge mythical creatures like hydras and griffins. The game's world is massive and features lots of missions to lose yourself in for weeks on end.
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen will offer players new high level skills to slaughter their myriad foes with, and there's no doubt that Sorcerers will have some of the flashiest spells on the battlefield. This latest trailer shows a battlemage and her party laying waste to a horde of undead using copious amounts of fire and lightning.
Dark Arisen isn't so much an expansion as a Dragon's Dogma special edition, as it includes all of the content from the original game plus a new underground realm, gear, monsters and abilities. Existing Dragon's Dogma owners can transfer their save files over and receive some in-game rewards for their loyalty, but the decision to not release the new content as a traditional DLC expansion is proving controversial to say the least. I'll let you know whether Dark Arisen offers genuine value for money when it releases on April 26th.Click here to read more...
Capcom seem to be following in Revengeance's footsteps when it comes to trailer strategies, with Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen reeiving yet another video this morning, displaying more monster hunting and adventurous spelunking.
The game is slated to release on April 26th for PS3 and Xbox 360.
We've got yet another trailer to bring to your attention on what is currently a bit of a slow news day, this time looking at the new monsters and enemies that players will encounter in Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen. This weighty expansion is apparently so big that it will only be available as part of a brand new edition, including the original game as well as the extra content for £19.99. Existing Dragon's Dogma owners will get a few bonus goodies to thank them for the dedication - more details here.
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen is slated to release on April 26th for PS3 and Xbox 360.Click here to read more...
Dark Arisen is the name given to the huge expansion pack for Dragon's Dogma, but this disc also includes the full original game. While not released until April 26th, the RRP is £19.99 so it's unlikely you'll find a better pre-order price. The original game is currently selling for around £16, so I'd hang on for this version if you've had the game on your radar for a while. Click here to read about what's new for the Dark Arisen side of the package.
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After being confirmed for an imminent Japanese release, Dragon's Dogma's Dark Arisen expansion has been given a solid European release date.
However, it's so huge that it will release as an all-new special edition that includes the original game - not as DLC. At least existing Dragon's Dogma owners will get some in-game bonuses for the extra expense.Click here to read more...
Capcom have announced a Japanese release date for the HUGE expansion - Dark Arisen - that will be arriving this Spring for Dragon's Dogma.Click here to read more...
Dragon's Dogma, the severely addictive open-world RPG from Devil May Cry's producers, will be receiving a "major expansion" entitled Dark Arisen. Details are thin on the ground, but they've confirmed that you'll be able to transfer your save data into it, suggesting a standalone storyline.
A Speedrun and Hard difficulty mode will be patched in soon via free updates.
Check out the teaser trailer after the break. I'm in the current again. I feel the blood in my veins.Click here to read more...