TGS 2011: Dragon's Dogma Updated Impressions Preview - Customization

Dragon's Dogma includes a character customization slider that runs from "ladylike" to "macho." What more do you need to know?

Dragon's Dogma, the upcoming fantasy role-playing game from developer Capcom, is putting a Japanese spin on a traditionally Western genre. The house of Street Fighter and Devil May Cry hopes to apply the tight combat mechanics to an open-world setting. The developer's presentation at this year's Tokyo Game Show, presented by Dragon's Dogma producer Hiroyuke Kobayashi, focused on the game's suite of character customization options, as well as a brief combat demonstration.

If you've ever drafted a rogue, warrior, or any other fantasy video game character, then you'll be familiar with the character customization system in Dragon's Dogma. All of the options were divided into four categories: gender, name, build, and voice. Within those categories, there were options galore, as you could choose from dozens of facial and body features. Numerous sliders were also available, should you need to tweak your character's eye width, weight, or bust size.

There was even a posture slider that ranged from "ladylike" to "macho" depending on how you want your character to stand.

Once finished, your character will appear in the game's cinematics exactly as you created him or her. Kobayashi demonstrated this by loading the game's opening cinematic, which featured a sudden dragon attack on a sleepy coastal village. And just as it was getting good, he skipped ahead to a later portion of the game to show off a large castle town. Our character was now a sorceress, an upgraded version of a mage, who didn't have any pants. With our two warrior pawns in tow, her first task was finding some new clothes.

Moving around town wasn't far removed from other open-world, role-playing games; she followed the minimap past all the icons for shops and quest givers until she found an armor store. After buying and equipping a cloak, which was automatically displayed on our character for easy reference before purchase, she circled back to the quest giver and was charged with finding an ancient tome.

"Treat every shadow as through a monster lurks within."--Dragon's Dogma Loading Screen

Because hunting for books is boring, Kobayashi opted to pit our heroine against a cyclops for fun. Using the game's quick-travel system, he transported her to a cliffside and spotted the creature not far away. By pressing up on the controller's directional pad, he ordered the pawns to attack, thus buying him time to cast the sorceress's devastating spells. He could also press down to have them regroup or use left and right to have them assist his heroine with enchantments, healing items, or other bonuses.

The demonstration came to a mid-battle end with the sorceress laying down sheets of fire and torrents of stone. Dragon's Dogma will be released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on March 27, 2012.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Did you enjoy this article?

Sign In to Upvote

11 comments
contraigon
contraigon

@Mariner32 I was thinking the same thing.

Mariner32
Mariner32

Between this and Skyrim, it looks like I'm going to be in RPG heaven for a while. Looking forward to this with great anticipation!

isshiah
isshiah

"After buying and equipping a cloak, which was automatically displayed on our character for easy reference before purchase," ^ +10 customisation + epic fantasy + rpg = i'm sold. ...although i will attempt to make my character look less like a traditional japanese vg character that looks 12 years old.

winder207
winder207

Its "Treat every Shadow as THOUGH a monster lurks within" not Through a monster

SimulationStim
SimulationStim

I love in-depth character customization in my videogames. I always seem to design, and role-play my first-time through character as close to Robert E Howard's version of Conan as possible, warts and all. Now I can have my Conan of Skyrim, and Conan of Dragon's Dogma. Horned Helmet, chain armour, broadsword, and scarlet cloak (It looks like they'll all be in the game too).

ironcreed
ironcreed

This game has the makings of something fantastic. Let's just hope they can drive it home. Looking like it will be a great way to kick off next Spring.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

Macho Mage...........does that NOT sound awesome?

soulless4now
soulless4now

Doesn't sound like anything special, but I guess I need more info on the game before I decide if I want it or not.

Barighm
Barighm

Sounds more generic in this preview. I liked the idea of L4D-style gameplay in a fantasy world, but with more epic fights a lot better. Hope that doesn't change.

roganth
roganth

Caption under the image reads- "Treat every shadows as through a monster lurks within."--Dragon's Dogma Loading Screen Good to see it is written in poper Engrish

008Agent
008Agent

Interesting, slightly reminds me of Demon's Souls without the "Prepare To DIE!" part and more colors :)