Way back in 2013, publisher Atlus and developer Vanillaware released Dragon’s Crown on the PS3 & Vita platforms. Utilizing the same storybook-esque atmosphere from Odin Sphere, it was quite breathtaking to say the least. This isn’t the first time the developer has released a revised remastering this generation, as Odin Sphere got a PS4/PS3/Vita remaster, with the former platform getting an especially nice boost in graphical quality. So with the new PS4 remastering in the form of Dragon’s Crown Pro, how does it compare?
Unlike the Odin Sphere remastering, this is mainly bringing the game to a new generation on the PS4, as well as a graphical update with a boost to 4K for PS4 Pro users. No new adventurers are playable, with the same options as before: Amazon, Fighter, Dwarf, Elf, Sorceress & Wizard. The latter three are more technical characters, with the former three being more suited for new players. And for those wondering if the sexualized designs of some of the classes, specifically the Sorceress with her gag-sized breasts, were altered at all — the answer to that is no. So if you didn’t like the original due to this issue, this remaster won’t change things for you.
While you can play the game to a degree with the “mash attack button” mentality, the utter chaos that envelopes the screen later on makes doing this not recommended at all, especially if you have multiple AI/human companions joining you in a quest. The game also has a callout color it uses underneath each player, which can occasionally get lost in the wild tides of battle. This is why utilizing each character’s strengths and weaknesses properly becomes important, as it makes clearing out enemies and determining where your position is on the battlefield much easier.
While there is a basic story tying everything together, unlike Odin Sphere, this game focuses more on the missions that make up the quests you undertake. If you ever played Odin Sphere, you’ll remember how you could find secret areas off-the-beaten path — this is very similar in Dragon’s Crown Pro except that these side areas are actually where some of the missions are, so you may be entering the same dungeon multiple times but head to different areas based upon the mission’s structure. Or other times, you may re-fight the same boss, but are demanded to take them down in a very specific way to successfully clear the mission. All in all, it makes for an engaging and entertaining mission structure even though you’re entering the same areas repeatedly.
Those who played the Vita version will remember the touchscreen actions that game had in dungeons for opening a chest or unlocking a locked door. These are mapped to the PS4’s DualShock 4 touch pad, although it’s not as precise as the Vita’s control method and is hard to do in the heat of battle.
Since there wasn’t any major changes to the gameplay or mission structure, this allows the PS4 version to play with those on the PS3 or Vita versions online, as well as uploading your PS3/Vita saves to the cloud where you can then download them to your new PS4 version. The music has also been re-recorded for this “Pro” version and sounds breathtaking, although purists can switch back to the original mastering if they so choose.
If you own the original, the only new aspects in Dragon’s Crown Pro are 4K support on the PS4 Pro as well as a remastered soundtrack. Whether that is enough of an incentive to buy is your decision, but for newcomers (especially those with a PS4 Pro) whom the artistic design doesn’t turn off from the game, there’s a great beat-em-up here for you to enjoy.Dragon's Crown Pro was reviewed using a PS4 digital copy provided by Atlus. You can find additional information about Gaming Union's ethics policy here.
|Graphics are breathtaking, especially in 4K on PS4 Pro.|
|Mission structure is varied enough routing-wise to not become monotonous over time.|
|Can be played with your friends on PS3/Vita without them having to purchase the new PS4 release.|
|The sexualized artistic design for some of the characters, namely the Sorceress, is still the same as it was previously and will still be turning off some players.|
|Outside of the 4K visuals and remastered soundtrack, there isn’t much of a reason for those who played the original releases to purchase this one unless the above is enough for them.|