Dragon's Dogma

 
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Mature role-playing adventure with action, blood, and gore.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This role-playing game is about defeating evil -- and while that sounds noble and "positive," there is so much violence, blood, and gore in the game, along with other mature themes and imagery, that it doesn't have a positive message overall. Note: it's possible to kill civilians, but you're penalized with lower "charisma" levels.

Positive role models

Not much is known about the protagonist but you play as Glynn, a warrior on a quest to kill an evil dragon that is ravaging the lands and killing innocent people. You can customize your character in a number of different ways to tweak the look and abilities of the hero. You can also play as a woman, which makes your female love interest a same-sex relationship. There is no option to play as a woman and have a male love interest.

 

Ease of play

Despite some camera issues that can plague your view, the game is fairly easy to control -- especially for those who've played other third-person Capcom games. The game eases you in slowly, though, and teaches you the core mechanics before the action intensifies.

Violence

DRAGON'S DOGMA is quite bloody and gory, as the character takes on various enemies throughout the game. You can use swords, a bow, and magic attacks (such as fireballs) to kill humans and creatures. It's possible to dismember an enemy, plus some cut-scene sequences are gory, like a dragon taking your heart out and eating it, or a man strangling a woman.

Sex

The game has some partial nudity, including topless women (harpies), plus there is some suggestive dialogue with references to having sex, accessing someone's "privates," and bedding someone's wife. If you choose to play as a woman, you will have a same-sex love interest.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Capcom is using this game to advertise for other upcoming games.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some safety concerns. While there's no multiplayer to speak of, players can share their companions, called pawns, with others via Xbox Live or PlayStation Network. You can change the pawn's look and skills in a number of ways.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dragon's Dogma is a role-playing game designed for mature players, primarily because of the intense action, blood, and gore. Both the in-game and cinematic scenes can be very violent, including limb dismemberment, impaling, and even a dragon who can rip your heart out and eat it. Players use all kinds of weapons and magic spells to kill enemies, some of which are human; it's possible to kill unarmed civilians but there are repercussions for doing so. Some scenes also have partial nudity and have sexually suggestive dialogue in some of the sequences.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • problem solving

Collaboration

  • teamwork

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct
  • learning from consequences

What Kids Can Learn

Dragon's Dogma wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • problem solving

Collaboration

  • teamwork

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct
  • learning from consequences

Dragon's Dogma wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

What's it about?

An all-new franchise, Capcom's DRAGON'S DOGMA is an action-heavy role-playing game (RPG) set in a huge and expansive open world. The single-player adventure has you venture out to find and destroy an ancient dragon that has awakened, and along the way you will meet friends and foes, overcome obstacles, use might and magic to defeat baddies, and \"level up\" your character over time and experience. Unlike most other single-player RPGs, this game employs a \"pawn\" system, where you're adventuring with a party of three A.I. (artificial intelligence) characters, who fight independently of you, and they can be created by other players and downloaded to your console.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

While far from perfect, Dragon's Dogma is a compelling fusion between RPG and hack-and-slash action games. The stylized fighting is reminiscent of other third-person Capcom games, like Resident Evil and Devil May Cry games, but with a fantasy RPG backdrop, leveling up mechanic, and an interesting pawn system to help defeat enemies (including the option to download a friend's pawns). While the combat is quite fun, albeit very tough at times, three cornerstones of a good RPG -- story, characters, and dialogue -- are all lacking terribly in this game. All three are uninteresting, to say the least, so hopefully future versions of this game will make you care more about the world and its inhabitants (like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim or the Mass Effect franchise). But the open-ended world, intense action, and clever pawn system make this an interesting pick for fans of Japanese RPGs.

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Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Capcom
Release date:May 22, 2012
Genre:Role Playing
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Partial Nudity, Suggestive Themes, Violence (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Adult Written byBestreviewerever123 January 12, 2014
 

Great amazing game.

This is one of the best medieval games out in the video game world! It's basically a Japanese Skyrim. It does have some blood and gore but its a medieval game so there is going to be some hacking and slashing and cutting etc. There is a little be of nudity just because when you are dressing or putting armor on they have only underwear on ( male ). The women characters have a bra and underwear when you are dressing them or putting armor on them etc. (women). You are basically defending the city from a raging killing dragon that is trying to kill all the citizens in the city. If you kill a citizen or hurt or grab a citizen etc. you will be punished by the guards by going to the dungeon or paying a fine of 5000$ dollars. Overall it's a great and beautiful game. 12+ maybe 13+
Teen, 14 years old Written bypopcar2 August 9, 2012
 

not THAT great.

its actully not for kids. 18+ is recommended. its filled with bloody gore and death, but even though. i recommend anyone not purchasing the game. (why?) because the game has a CRUSHING difficulty. anyone would easily die.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent Written byTomBoyGuy September 2, 2013
 

Playing as a Female, and Choosing Love Interests

There are some incorrect comments on the details of playing as a female character. One says that, while playing as a woman, you "will", have a same-sex love-interest. This is not quite true. This is referring to a side-quest, that to be initiated, you have to go strongly out of your way to make progress in, over a long-period of time across the main quest. No one is forced into this side-quest, it doesn't need to be done to complete the game, and it is completely optional. The comment under positive role-models may also be confusing the ability to have a main love-interest for the plot of the game with the above mentioned quest, or the actual NPC characters available to fit a love-interest role for the main-story cut-scenes. The way this works is, you as a player can increase affinity with non-playable characters in the game, by talking to them a whole lot, or by giving them specific gifts they like. You can also do things to make characters not like you, so ending up with a certain character as your love-interest is in the control of the player much more than the game. So playing as a male or a female, you as the player have the freedom to influence whether you become romantically involved with males and females alike, and nothing of concern happens without the players manual influence on the matter. Overall the game is very mature, obviously taking place in a medieval, dark environment. If your kid is interested in this kid of thing already though, I think as young as 13 would be mature enough to handle the things this game has to show. Nothing nightmare inducing, but maybe not something you want to expose to your kids if you're very protective over them seeing magical violence or PG-13 sexuality.

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