Dragon’s Crown Pro PS4 Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Dragon’s Crown Pro by Vanillaware and Atlus.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game from Atlus for review purposes but like all of my reviews, this had no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
Dragon’s Crown Pro is a remastered release of a PS3 game called Dragon’s Crown. The new release features Updated hand painted artwork, 4K compatibility, and a live orchestra recorded soundtrack.
The game is a side scrolling beat ‘em up game that feels very much like Gauntlet. There are 6 unique characters to play as including the Fighter, Dwarf, Amazon, Sorceress, Wizard, and Elf. Each character has their own unique attributes, abilities and play style.
Once you choose a character you’ll then be able to customize their appearance by choosing their name, color, voice and your messages for the character. You can also create one (or more) of each character if you so choose. Each character starts at level 1 and you’ll have to level each of them up individually.
After character creation the story will begin and you’ll enter the main city. The main city has various locations for you to visit including the Canaan Temple, Morgan’s Magic Item Shop, Lucain’s Tower, the Adventurers Guild, The Castle, The Stables and the Gate.
The Canaan Temple is where you can pray for miracles, which grant bonuses in dungeons, resurrect fallen heroes that you collect in dungeons, and bury heroes that you don’t need. Any heroes that you resurrect go to the tavern for you to bring with you to dungeons at any time.
Morgan’s Magic Item Shop allows you to appraise, buy, sell, and repair items and equipment. Lucain’s Tower allows you to purchase runes and magic accessories. The Adventurers Guild allows you to take on various side quests to earn concept art, gold, experience points, and sometimes items.
Some of the main quests you encounter take you to The Castle where you meet with the Krincess and/or King. Later in the game The Stables open up which allow you to travel to specific dungeons, for a fee. In the early stages of the game, The Gate outside of town is used to travel to dungeons but it breaks in the late game and then transports you to a random dungeon.
The game features a wide range of different dungeons for you to delve into. Each dungeon has their own unique enemies for you to face as well as their own unique bosses as well. Combat is fast paced and it can require quite a bit of skill depending on the class you’re playing as. I will admit that I’ve found that the computer controlled characters are better at the game than I am, it’s rather funny, and quite impressive how good the AI is during combat. Still, if you want the best experience, you definitely have to play on multiplayer with some friends, it’s an absolute blast.
While inside a dungeon you should keep an eye out for hidden treasures as well. These will sparkle and you can use either the touch pad or the right mouse button to mouse over it to make it appear. You also use the mouse over feature to order the thief to unlock chests and doors for you.
At the end of a dungeon, your score is tallied and you’re given your rewards. All loot you first acquire must first be appraised, thankfully you can appraise it right in the loot screen for some coin. Each item you acquire has a letter rank, this rank dictates the quality of the item you acquire. The higher the rank the better the item is, and will often have better stats and bonus attributes.
Overall, Dragon’s Crown Pro is a superb remaster of a very popular game. The updated artwork is gorgeous and the orchestral soundtrack is superb. The narration and overall story is very good too. To get the most out of this game you should definitely grab a few friends to play with you. It’s incredibly fun on co-op and I can’t recommend it enough. If you’ve never experienced the game, it’s a great time to jump into it because this is the definitive version of the game.
Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks and I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers out!