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Dragon's Crown is an action role-playing game structured like a traditional side-scrolling beat 'em up where players move their characters across the screen into the background or foreground attacking enemies. Players may choose between one of six characters--Fighter, Amazon, Elf, Sorceress, Wizard, and Dwarf--who must travel through a number of environments using standard attacks as well as magic spells to defeat enemies. The title features branching paths in every level which are traveled based on the player's decisions during gameplay, such as choosing to steal an item from a boss character, running instead of engaging an enemy, or searching for secrets, which will lead to alternate areas.Quests may also be undertaken by players which hold specific objectives for each dungeon, which all come with their own rewards.

The game features an online mode over Sony's PlayStation Network which allows up to four players to experience the game simultaneously. The game will also offer local multiplayer, according to a response by George Kamitani on his Facebook wall. When a player's character runs out of lives during online play, another player may gather their bones to trade into special merchant characters who can bring that character back as an AI-controlled partner. Players may also communicate using an in-game pop-up system which can quickly convey simple messages such as "thank you" to another person.

The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions of the game were designed to be identical and compatible with the same save data, which can be freely transferred between both systems. In addition, the PlayStation Vita version uses its touchscreen for item management in place of the PlayStation 3's DualShock analog stick.






Fighter : Male knight clad entirely in plate mail who carry large shields. He have the highest defense of all characters, and though his one-handed weapons have short reach, it can be swung very fast.



Amazon : Brawny female warrior armed with large two-handed weapons and can perform powerful kicks. She boasts high attack power and agility, but have low defense.



Wizard : Erudite male magic-user who wield long staves. Despite low physical strength, he commands a host of destructive magic that can damage enemies in a wide area.



Elf : Nimble female forest-dwelling archer who is much older than her youthful appearance would suggest. She attacks foes from afar using bow and arrows.



Dwarf : Short, stocky male bruiser who wield a weapon in each hand. His great strength allows him to pick up enemies and throw them at others like a projectile.



Sorceress (voiced by : Buxom female mage armed with staves and dark magic. Her spells are used mostly in a supportive capacity, either by conjuring food, summoning skeletal servants to fight by her side, or turning enemies into harmless frogs.



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must resist.... must resist.....


I love Vanillaware, and have basically bought everything they've put out, and in some cases multiple times (Rebought Odin Sphere when in was 4.99 on PSN, despite still having it on PS2, and I've already preordered Muramasa Rebirth)


For me, the only question is whether to buy it on PS3 or Vita ..........................or BOTH!

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must resist.... must resist.....


For me, the only question is whether to buy it on PS3 or Vita ..........................or BOTH!


Preorder bonus:


Vanillaware games have been really deserving of an artbook, and and we’re finally getting one. Along with George Kamitani’s art and concepts, other popular artists have contributed to the book too with their interpretations of the Dragon’s Crown cast. They include Code of Princess artist Kinu Nishimura, Darkstalkers artist Akira Yasuda (aka Akiman), and Street Fighter/MvC veteran artist BENGUS.


The artbook itself is like one big ol’ reunion of sorts for for Kamitani and Capcom. Capcom was the developer and publisher of the D&D games. Dragon’s Crown is practically one big homage to those games, Shadow over Mystara and Tower of Doom, as Kamitani was the director of both games. Kinu Nishimura was the artist for Shadow over Mystara. Plus, she was the touch-up artist for Akiman. To top is all off, both D&D games will be released this June as Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara. This is some pretty cool cross-promotion if I ever saw one.




This game really makes want to play the dungeons & dragons arcade game.


Even the select screen is the same.



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When Atlus confirmed the price of Dragon’s Crown, many complained quite vocally, because what they saw as a small game was sold at nearly full price ($49.99 for PS3 and $39.99 for PS Vita), but today we learn that the game isn’t nearly as small as they thought.

Atlus Japan specified that players are expected to take about twenty hours to complete the story mode with each character. Replayability is also granted because certain elements will be unlocked only after clearing the game once, and by additional features like the PvP Arena. Of course the fact that characters play radically different also helps extending the game’s longevity further.

This may come as a surprise to many considering that side-scrolling action RPGs like this one tend to be a lot shorter than that.

The funny part of this all is that the company added to the message a rather cheeky recommendation:

Please take care not to forget to eat and sleep in real life.


In addition to this juicy tidbit of information we learn that two modes will be available for online multiplayer: With “Friend participation” we can play with our friends only, while with” Random participation” we’ll be matched automatically matched with players around the world with a skill level similar to ours.

Online matchmaking can be used at the same time as local multiplayer with the PS3 version of the game (meaning that you can play with a friend at home and still connect to the internet to recruit more companions), but this won’t be possible with the PS Vita version.

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