Dragon’s Crown Pro on PS4
Five years later, Dragon’s Crown still has lost none of its charm. Presented as a side-scrolling brawler with RPG elements, the game looks and sounds like a beautiful interactive work of art, where every backdrop sparkles if you look closely, and your characters blend beautifully into their surroundings when they play. stop moving. Dragon’s Crown Pro brings all that fantastical glory to the PS4, this time with 4K support and enhanced character graphics and artwork. That’s wonderful.
Just in case you’re new to Vanillaware’s fantasy epic, Dragon’s Crown Pro puts players in command of a budding adventurer. Right off the bat, you can choose from a variety of different classes, including Fighter, Amazon, Witch, Elf, Sorcerer, and Dwarf. Each character has their own moveset and skill tree, and you can switch between them whenever you want, but keep in mind that you’ll have to level them up from scratch. The fighter is big on melee attacks and can deal massive amounts of damage with ridiculous combos once you start unlocking new moves from the skill tree. If you prefer to use magic with a more deliberate style of play, Witch and Sorceress can offer that as well. I went with the Elf in the end for his ranged abilities and his ability to attack faster.
The story of the game is told to you by an omniscient narrator who describes the events, Dungeons & Dragons style. It’s worth noting that Dragon’s Crown Pro comes with all previously released DLC, and that includes the Storyteller Pack which lets you change the voice of the narrator. The vocals are all pretty well done, though I ended up with the default narrator for maximum game master vibes. The soundtrack has also been redone with a live orchestra, which only serves to make the world even richer and your adventure grander.
The biggest difference comes from the graphics update. With 4K support on PS4, Dragon’s Crown looks even better than ever. George Kamitani’s world and character design were already pretty enough on their own, and the enhanced graphics certainly do them justice. The storybook fantasy world looks absolutely stunning on a 4K display, and there’s no better way to experience Dragon’s Crown Pro on consoles.
Unless, of course, you’re on the go. Ahead of the release of Dragon’s Crown Pro, Atlus rolled out an update for the PS3 and PS Vita versions of the game to include the latest fixes, as well as PS4 support for cross-play and cross-save functionality. This means that if you own the game on Vita, you can transfer your save files to the PS4 version and play it on the console when you’re at home. Online multiplayer works the same way, and Vita owners will have no problem playing with PS4 owners via crossplay. It’s a good way to ensure the player base isn’t split, and it’s certainly a welcome update for fans who have already put hundreds of hours into the game when it premiered. exit.
The core gameplay elements remain the same in Dragon’s Crown Pro. You’ll spend time in town, talking to various NPCs to advance the story, and take on a few guild quests, then head to a dungeon to start beating enemies. Each dungeon has a unique boss, and when you unlock the fairy in the story, you will be able to start accessing secret areas and hidden treasures. At the end of each dungeon, all your loot and treasures are compiled. Each piece of loot has a letter grade, and you can spend gold to rate them and see what they are, or just sell them for quick cash if the grade is too low for your level. Even after playing this game several times to the end, I still found myself caught in the dizzying loop of overwhelming treasures and fervently praying for rare gear every time I pressed that rating button.
Dragon’s Crown Pro rewards the player hugely for completing quests, and it certainly helps that the combat system is still smooth and intuitive to this day.
While the main story is relatively short, allowing you to complete the game with one character in around 10 hours (or less, if you know what you’re doing), Dragon’s Crown Pro offers great replay value with B-routes in the dungeons. These unlock new enemy types and even tougher bosses which, in turn, offer even more valuable loot. Even after completing the B routes, which will take some time, it’s even more fun to start over with a new character and learn a whole new playstyle.
If there’s one major gripe with the game, it’s that it doesn’t offer anything new in terms of content. Yes, there’s a lot to see and do in the game, but all of this content was already available in the original release five years ago. It would have been nice to see the addition of a new dungeon or a handful of new sub-bosses, like Vanillaware did with Odin Sphere Leifthrasir, but that’s not the case here. It’s even more of a shame considering that the Japanese version comes with an amazing Dungeons & Dragons DLC pack, where you can play through the game with character sheets and roll virtual dice to battle monsters. monsters. Sadly, that’s not a thing in the English version, and it would have added so much more to an already fantastic experience.
Ultimately, Dragon’s Crown Pro is only for newcomers and hardcore fans. As beautiful as the world of Tales is in 4K, that’s just not enough to justify a second purchase for those who have already played it on PS3 and Vita. But if you fall into the camp of people intrigued by this charming world, or just want more Dragon’s Crown in your life, there’s no better way to play this game than on the PS4.
Rating: 4/5 – Excellent
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