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Dragons Dogma: Dark Arisen Review

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Rising from the ashes is a re-release of an already quite accomplished RPG title from Capcom. This new edition not only includes the original full game but new additions you would expect from any DLC, and some you may not; new enemies, locations, quests, character customisation, weapons, armour and more. The Xbox 360 version comes with 2 disks, 1 for the original Dragons Dogma with the Dark Arisen expansion added (including some smaller tweaks and bug/glitch fixes) whilst the second disk contains a HD texture pack and Japanese voice over files.

ThisisXbox have already reviewed the main game, and you can read what Neil Bason thought here.

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So firstly, let’s talk about the freebies. For those of you who own the original Dragons Dogma and purchase Dark Arisen, you will receive 100,000 Rift Crystals, unlimited Ferrystones (lucky buggers!) and an armour pack consisting of 6 new costumes. That should help you out on Bitterblack Isle, the location for all the action in Dark Arisen.

Bitterblack Isle is situated outside of Gransys and can only be accessed by talking with a mysterious stranger on the Cassardis Pier during night time. If you don’t like the dark, then this additional content isn’t for you. Dark Arisen is set in a massive underground realm, so be prepared to use your lantern continuously and manage your oil supplies accordingly, this is no walk in the park.

With over 25 new enemies and a pretty impressive, if not butt-ugly, new final boss added, the content is genuinely quite difficult to progress through. I remember reading reviews of the original game and loving the idea of food rotting (in your back pack) if not eaten in time, serious preparation needed for even the shortest of journeys due to fear of ambush etc. The game was described as a semi-hardcore fantasy RPG set in an open-world, a difficult open world at that. Well this hasn’t changed in Dark Arisen.

A warning to you… Don’t try to be the hero and attempt Dark Arisen if you are below level 40, it just won’t work out. My advice is to finish the main game and ensure your main and 1 other Pawn is at least twice your current level. Only then are you likely to stand a chance.

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Do you remember the mysterious stranger I told you about? Well her name is Orla and she has a tale to tell about the evil that has awoken on Bitterblack Isle and of course the only one capable of stopping this evil is the Arisen. Bet you didn’t see that coming, hey? Agree to lend a hand and she will whisk you away to a pier and open area outside of the underground entrance on the Isle. Orla stands guard outside the entrance alongside a Notice Board with some quests attached. Ensure you have interacted with both before proceeding.

Once you have entered the subterranean bowels of the island you are smashed in the face with the realisation you are now far removed from the holds of Godly men you once knew in Gran Soren. Watch out for Elder Ogres, the Necrophaegus Beast (who is attracted to death!) and Death himself. Yes that’s right the Grim Reaper is traversing the sepulchral gloom of the island and will keep you on edge and continuously looking over your shoulder. He can appear at any given moment and is a complete pain in the ass and a lot harder to fight than the Dragon in the earlier game. Oh and just because you are busy dealing with a patrol of goblins in one room, don’t think the Reaper will wait for you to finish – he strikes whether you are in combat or not.

But you aren’t alone and occasionally will encounter allies on the island. They are few and far between however and don’t go a long way towards helping you understand what exactly has happened here. Everyone maintains an evil streak just bubbling below the surface, including Orla whose ability to remove curses from items is questionable. Unfortunately the writing in Dark Arisen is no better than that of the main game. There are funnier moments involving a small number of interesting and morally ambiguous NPC’s, but generally you’ll still find yourself beset by the same overuse of ‘ill’ and ‘aught’ and annoyingly poorly scripted Olde Englishe.

Throughout your adventures on Bitterblack Isle there’s a definite sense that you’re running some kind of gauntlet, a test of skill, courage and – occasionally – endurance. The enemies come at you thick and fast and, while the first few areas are filled with the usual blade-fodder you’d find while wandering Gransys’ backroads, later on you’ll find yourself repeatedly thrust into a world of hurt. You can, thankfully, find a few broken Riftstones to repair – and you’ll need them.

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You have to hand it to Capcom as they have really surpassed themselves with this additional content. It has a sense of focus, purpose and is centered well. It doesn’t just aim to deliver another run-of-the-mill DLC pack with quests, loot and enemies, it delivers instead a test to new and experienced players alike, somewhere those who stand victorious at the end of the main game can go and face a genuinely tough challenge. When you combine all the content and tweaks together then Dark Arisen should be on every Dragons Dogma fans shopping list. Congratulations Capcom – have 9/10 on me.

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Lost Planet 3 Details Found!

The extreme and unpredictable conditions that characterized the Lost Planet series return, harsher than ever before. Lost Planet 3 reveals new truths about the foreboding planet and the colonial history of E.D.N. III.

lost_planet_3_logoLost Planet 3 introduces Jim Peyton, a Utility Rig pilot who leaves Earth to take on a hazardous but lucrative contract on E.D.N. III. Working for Neo-Venus Construction (NEVEC), Jim is one of a select few pioneers at the Coronis base surveying the uncharted terrain and obtaining samples of the planet’s natural energy source – Thermal Energy, which NEVEC believes will save Earth’s energy crisis. As the months pass, it becomes apparent that things are not as they seem on E.D.N. III. Who is the mysterious figure that seems to be tracking Jim’s every move? What is NEVEC base chief Braddock hiding and can Dr Roman help Jim uncover the truth before it’s too late?

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The title delivers a mix of action both inside and outside of Jim’s utility rig vehicle. Acting as a home away from home and offering protection from the ever changing climate, Jim soon discovers the utility rig’s array of tools are just as useful at taking out Akrid in the rig’s first person perspective as they are at helping him fulfill his contract work. Outside the rig the action switches to third person with Jim at the mercy of the elements. He’ll need to battle against hostile enemies with a mix of gun and melee based combat whilst surviving all that is thrown at him.

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While under attack from E.D.N. III’s indigenous Akrid, Jim’s Utility Rig falls down an icy fissure, leaving him unconscious and injured. Jim wakes to find himself in what appears to be a secret base, hidden beneath the planet’s frozen surface. On discovering he was rescued by one of the base’s inhabitants, Mira, the daughter of So’ichi (the Snow Pirate leader), he soon realizes that  NEVEC are no longer the only occupants of E.D.N. III. With this encounter with the Snow Pirates new truths about the foreboding planet and the colonial history are set to be unveiled.

Lost Planet 3 is out on August 27th this year. As always, keep your eyes on ThisisXbox for more news and of course a full review.

Keep reading for more screenshots and a list of new and exciting features!

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FEATURES

  • Return to extreme conditions – Taking the series back to its roots Lost Planet 3 returns to E.D.N. III, delivering a dynamic game world that’s more dangerous than ever before.
  • Brave the terrifying – Play as blue collar worker Jim, risking assignments in treacherous conditions to earn his hazard pay and return home to his family.
  • Home away from home – Protect yourself from hostile Akrid and the unpredictable ice storms on E.D.N. III with your utility rig. Equipped with an assortment of tools, including the new winch that can grab your enemies at range and the drill that can destroy creatures of any size, players will need to learn to use the rig to their advantage in order to survive.
  • Gameplay Variety – Take to the extreme conditions on foot or utilize the safety of the rig for first person combat sequences.
  • Stormy weather – The ever changing weather system of E.D.N. III affects the way you play with conditions that create an imposing environment players will need to adapt to
  • Intense, cinematic experience –Developed with the Unreal Engine 3, Lost Planet 3 presents a visually stunning and unique terrain that impacts the gameplay.
  • Killer enemies – The Akrid are back, bigger and angrier. The new Carrier Akrid unleashes smaller defender organisms at its attackers. The Carrier is also able to get up and close to impale foes with its powerful front legs. Using Jim’s weapons or his Rig to uncover the core hidden beneath a hard outer shell will be the only way to take this beast down.
  • Save your energy! – Harvest energy by planting thermal posts and use the supply to upgrade your weapons. The longer you leave your post in the ground the more energy you’ll source but this reward brings with it the threat of increasing Akrid reproduction, adding even more risks to the unstable environment. Will the reward be worth the risk?
  • Reveal the hidden truths of E.D.N. III – The uncharted world has many secrets locked away. What is E.D.N. III hiding? All will be revealed in Lost Planet 3.
  • Lonely Planet? – Lost Planet 3 will support a full set of multiplayer modes that enhance players experience of the Lost Planet world.

ThisisXbox Top Ten: Video Game Companions

After having spent some time playing the astounding Bioshock Infinite (which we scored a staggering 10/10), it got us thinking about about Elizabeth’s character. Is she the perfect companion? We thought we’d run through gaming’s most extravagant companions to see how she would stack up to the rest. We define a companion as either an AI controlled partner or just someone talking down a headset to help enhance the story and your objectives.

Let’s run down the top 10 right now.

 

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Rush (Megaman 3, 1990)

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Rush is Megaman’s trusty robotic dog who would appear to help Megaman get past tricky obstacles by using his ability to transform into a submarine and by using his springboard coil to bounce extremely high. Rush has appeared in almost every Megaman game since and has also made a handful of cameos in several Capcom fighters.

 

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Captain John Price (Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, 2007)

Captain PriceIf you were ever asked to name one Call of Duty character, 9 times out of 10 you would name Captain Price. A former member of the SAS, Captain Price is a no-nonsense soldier that alongside Soap MacTavish, goes through hell to stop the man who initiated World War III, Vladimir Makarov. Captain Price’s quick quips and charming British narcissism makes him a favoured companion amongst this list.

 

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Cortana (Halo: Combat Evolved, 2001)

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Cortana is a digitized clone of Dr. Elizabeth Halsey, who became centric to the Halo universe since the beginning. Guiding Master Chief on his journeys through thick and thin. Even having something of a starring role in 343’s Halo 4. Cortana is a fan-favourite amongst the Halo fandom, and it seems that she will be for a long time to come.

 

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Claptrap (Borderlands, 2009)

ClaptrapClap Trap (CL4P-TP) is a Hyperion manufactured general purpose robot that you will often see slumming around town in the Borderlands series. His particular brand of humour which involves outdated pop-culture references and pushing dubstep upon the player, has made him accepted annoyance. Borderlands fans often speak highly of Claptrap, and it’s clear that with the unavoidable Borderlands sequels to come, Claptrap will definitely be involved.

 

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Miles “Tails” Prower (Sonic the Hedgehog 2, 1992)

TailsTails appears to be some kind of genetically mutated fox with two tails (hehe, I get it) that give him the ability to fly. He is one of the most famous sidekicks in history, next to Robin and Luigi, he may be THE most famous sidekick. If you weren’t aware (which I astonishingly wasn’t until I was way into my 20’s) that his name is actually a play on words meaning ‘miles per hour”, you may facepalm yourself into oblivion, much like I did. Tails wormed his way into our hearts with his annoying cries of “SOOOONIIIIIIIIIC”, and he will forever live there. What a guy.

 

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Garrus Vakarian (Mass Effect, 2007)

Garrus VakarianGarrus Vakarian is the popular Turian from the Mass Effect series. A former C-Sec soldier and the most badass member of the Normandy crew, Garrus had military training at fifteen and is the crew’s resident sniper. A character so awesome, that he brushed off horrific facial scars with a witty comment like  “Ah probably for the best. They were all ignoring you and hitting on me. ‘Bout time you got a fair shot.” when referring to the lovely space ladies. Garrus is cool, calm, collective, funny, and extremely badass. It’s a shame he couldn’t be higher up the list.

 

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GLaDOS (Portal/The Orange Box, 2007)

GLaDOSWell this is a first. An antagonist making it as a top companion. GLaDOS is the central core to the inner working of Aperture Science. The Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System lives solely to test. When the protagonist Chell awakens from a coma, GLaDOS is ready and waiting to throw test after test after test at the newly awakened mute. It is truly GLaDOS’ humour that makes this machine a top companion, the writing staff at Valve truly have created a character for the ages in this machine. They certainly couldn’t top it. or could they?

As an added extra, check out this amazing post credits song performed by GLaDOS herself.

 

3.

Otacon (Metal Gear Solid, 1998)

OtaconHal Emmerich, code-named Otacon is a scientist and chief engineer of Metal Gear REX. Also best friend of Solid Snake. This relationship makes for some of the most hilarious codec conversations in the entire series. Listening to Otacon’s conversations with Snake about being trapped in compromising positions and even about Otacon urinating all over himself, means that the bond between the two makes for one of gaming’s best relationships.

 

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Elizabeth (Bioshock Infinite, 2013)

ElizabethElizabeth didn’t quite make it to number one, even though she is gaming’s most perfect companion. Her relationship with Booker DeWitt develops as the game goes on. Her frail naivety develops into a strong independence. Her knack for not just being a damsel in distress is what makes her interesting. Booker wouldn’t survive his journey in Columbia without Elizabeth, and it’s easy to see why she is one of the most popular new characters in the last few years. I would hope that her story doesn’t end with Infinite, and that there are at least some glaring references when 2K make the next installment in the series.

 

Well after all that, who made the number one spot? It’s tough to find a character as whole as Bioshock Infinite’s Elizabeth. But the number one isn’t even a good character, he makes it there for the sole reason of being the funniest character in the history of gaming. So, let’s check out who it is…

 

1. Wheatley (Portal 2, 2011)

WheatleyWheatley is hands down the funniest character in gaming history. Voiced by lanky Western English comedian Stephen Merchant, all of his country charm is transfused with the robot nature of a Portal robot. In Portal 2, GLaDOS is still the villain, but Wheatley is the hero that saves the day. Bringing you through several of Aperture Science’s most rigorous tests to help you defeat GLaDOS and end her reign of terror. But don’t take my word for it, just check this out.

 

Thanks for checking out another ThisisXbox Top 10, come back next week for our next installment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen Mystic Knight Trailer

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If there’s one thing we know about Capcom, it’s that they love an expansion. From Street Fighter to Dead Rising, since the early 90’s, they have been on point with updating their games with more content. So it comes as no surprise that at the most recent Tokyo Game Show, Capcom announced ‘Dark Arisen’. The self-proclaimed ‘huge expansion’ to the well received Dragon’s Dogma. Continue reading Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen Mystic Knight Trailer

Resident Evil: Revelations Story Trailer

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So we’re all aware that Resident Evil: Revelations was once a 3DS exclusive. So the story trailer may not come as anything new to anyone. But there are literally millions of us who have never owned a 3DS. Capcom have used that knowledge to release a trailer with some information for us lowly console owners. Continue reading Resident Evil: Revelations Story Trailer

Resident Evil Revelations – New Info Surfaces

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Some new information, maybe even a “Revelation” (couldn’t help it) has come to light about the upcoming release of Resident Evil Revelations for the Xbox 360.

Resident Evil newcomer Rachel, who made her debut in the 3DS release of Resident Evil Revelations, will be joining Hunk as a brand new playable character in Raid Mode. PAX EAST attendees will be able to play as both new characters for the first time this weekend in the Capcom booth #948.

Resident Evil Revelations features two brand new enemies, including the Wall Blister and a surprise new creature that appears in Raid Mode once players have reached a certain level. Resident Evil Revelations supports Residentevil.net with online events and in-game connectivity planned for after launch. Exclusive dioramas of the game’s characters and enemies can be collected through the online service. Earn custom parts and weapons for use in Raid Mode and items for Campaign Mode.

Resident Evil Revelations will be released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC and Wii U across North America on May 21st and Europe on May 24th.

Lost Planet 3 Returns This June

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Lost Planet is set to return to our consoles towards the end of June 2013 and apparently as described by Capcom “harsher than ever before”.

The trailer released today to announce the news continues the story of Jim Peyton’s time on E.D.N. III as a NEVEC employee seeking out further sources of the planet’s energy supply T-Eng. During one of these missions, Jim comes under attack from E.D.N. III’s indigenous Akrid, causing his Utility Rig to fall down an icy fissure, leaving him unconscious and injured. Jim wakes to find himself in what appears to be a secret base, hidden beneath the planet’s frozen surface. On discovering he was rescued by one of the base’s inhabitants, Mira, the daughter of Snow Pirate leader, So’ichi, Jim realizes that NEVEC are not the only human inhabitants of E.D.N. III.

Will the Snow Pirates welcome NEVEC or will Jim have to face yet another hostile force on E.D.N. III?

For all of the exclusive pre-order details, including a guest appearance by Hunk from the Resident Evil franchise, please visit your local retailers. You can also check out Capcom-Unity and the Lost Planet 3 Facebook page for more information.

DMC: Devil May Cry Review

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Never before has a game been announced that has received as much scrutiny and immeasurable rage as the reboot of the Devil May Cry series. DmC: Devil May Cry is a game that many had seen as an insult to Capcom’s much beloved series about a man and his struggle with his demonic ties. Ninja Theory (Heavenly Sword, Enslaved) have taken the helm and attempted to make this reboot an adequate source for a new direction in Dante’s adventures. The question is, did they get it right? Continue reading DMC: Devil May Cry Review