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Dragon's Crown!

Launching you into a fantasy world where you are forced to hack and slash your way to victory, Dragon's Crown is the latest in the dying genre of aggressive hack-and-slash titles and is looking to reinvent the tired genre.

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A Tale Of Adventurers: The narrative of Dragon's Crown is one that will seem familiar to many old school gamers, as it revolves mostly around you coming to the town of Hydeland as an "adventurer" and looking to take on various dangerous challenges out in the world.

Within the small town is a guild, shop, and more but generally the brunt of your adventuring will be done out in the world. Throughout the kingdom there are nine locations that are rife with a couple alternate routes and hidden rooms in addition to the main path as well as, of course, monsters and bosses that are begging to be smacked.

The storyline tries to offer a passable explanation as to why you are going from this place to that place, doing favors for this person or that person, but as a whole it is easy to not only ignore the storyline, but that may even be a favorable option for gamers.

The narrative is mediocre at best and while smaller time developer Vanillaware tried to put together a decent plot, it becomes painfully obvious fairly early on that there is little use paying attention to it.

Arcades Reincarnated: The actual gameplay of Dragon's Crown is likely to be very familiar to anyone who would consider themselves an "old school" gamer, as Dragon's Crown is essentially a 21st century version of classic brawling, hack and slash titles from the past...and pride itself on it.

Dragon's Crown does not try to be anything more than it is, and what you see is what you get with this title. Revolving around mauling your way through swarms of enemies, the gameplay is taken straight from old (as) time titles like River City Ransom.

For some, the gameplay will provide a strong sense of nostalgia but as soon as those reinvigorated memories fade of drinking Coke out of glass bottles and trying to beat the high score of your friends on the arcade machine, it will become very obvious that this is simply an old title.

Rent vs. Buy: The graphics are nothing special and quite honestly there are many games like Dragon's Crown that were made years and years ago, and continue to be made today by small time, indie developers.

This is not a title worthy of the price tag associated with truly new releases and while this would fit in nicely on the online marketplace, there is little chance many will see eye to eye with the inflated value of Dragon's Crown.

Report Card

This is not a title worthy of the price tag associated with truly new releases and while this would fit in nicely on the online marketplace, there is little chance many will see eye to eye with the inflated value of Dragon's Crown. (Krakrabbit.com)


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