Update 23rd April 2019: Dragon’s Dogma is out now on Nintendo Switch, so we’re repromoting Sam’s excellent piece on how the cult RPG’s character creator changes the game.
The fantasy world of Dragon’s Dogma is pretty darn unremarkable isn’t it? It’s a collection of Google image results. You want a griffin? Here’s one exactly as drawn on a fantasy novel cover from when you were a kid. Cyclops? Just like the one in The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad. There’s so little of the Dragon’s Dogma world that feels unique or standout. It’s as if everything was borrowed from the most typical version of itself. The world has a name but it might as well be called Ye Olde Fantasy Place.
But that’s okay, because Dragon’s Dogma does have one ace up its sleeve: the character creator. Aside from being flexible in terms of the kind of character you can create, it also lets you create your very own sidekick, called a Pawn. You can also have two other pawns to make a party of four, but these pawns must be borrowed from other players in an online sharing system – you can’t create them.