Pawn Porn with Dragon’s Dogma 
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Geoffrey Tim
May 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm

DDPawn

Capcom’s trying something different – for Capcom anyway – with Dragon’s Dogma; an open-world western fantasy RPG with eastern sensibilities and a focus on visceral combat with ridiculously large monsters. Its other interesting hook is the use of soulless, but particularly mindful Pawns, a mysterious race of humanoids who exist solely to aide the Arisen (that’s you, by the way) as you slash away at big beasts with a pointy sword, nimble arrow or magical staff.

In the latest developer diary for the game, Capcom’s detailed just how Pawns work; how their skills will develop through the game and how the three pawns you choose to serve you on your quest will not only help with battle, but also incessantly dish out combat tactics and other bits of repeated information you’ve heard from their over-spoken dialogue. From my time with Dragon’s Dogma, I’ve found it to be both frustrating and fantastic – and wholly addictive.  There’s a demo available on Xbox Live and PSN to help you make up your own mind- though I must say the demo’s hardly indicative – giving a mere glimpse at the game’s pretty incredible scope.

Dragon’s Dogma coming later this month, 25 May to be precise, for PS3 and Xbox 360.

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