DRAGON'S DOGMA is an unashamedly difficult role playing game that ticks every box in the hardcore gamer's handbook, boasting intense combat and a fresh take on party building.
The game's set in a world being torn apart by dragons and sees you take the role of a newly "Arisen" - a type of special person that's had their heart stolen by a dragon.
Arisens are joined by a strange immortal race of beings known as Pawns who play a central role in the story, and act as your companions throughout the game.
One of the story's central hooks is finding out what an Arisen actually is and how they and the Pawn Legion relate to dragon kind. We have to say the Dragon's Dogma storyline is one of its best features, it's well paced and makes you want to find the answers to your questions, meaning you're more likely to go forth and explore the game's lush world.
Before jumping into the action, Dragon's Dogma requires you to create your character. In doing so, Dragon's Dogma offers a host of different customisation options, letting you pick everything from your character's height and weight, right down to mouth and eye shape.
In terms of classes the game sees you pick from the basic, mage, fighter and strider (rogue) classes. Once into the game, Dragon's Dogma also has its own leveling system, which is slightly different to those seen on other more traditional RPGs, like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
The dynamic of having to return to a central hub to improve your character is reminiscent of Namco Bandai's Dark Souls, which had the same feature, except with bonfires as opposed to inns.