I Played Dragon’s Crown On Vita, Fried A Harpy With The Wizard

By Spencer . July 18, 2013 . 12:29am

I got to play a second round of Dragon’s Crown at Comic-Con. This time I went with the Wizard and played Vanillaware’s game on PlayStation Vita.



Vita screenshot




PlayStation 3 screenshot


I made a new adventurer and started Dragon’s Crown from the very beginning where your character meets Rannie, the thief. Rannie assists the player in dungeons by opening treasure chests and unlocking doors. Just like Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara, there are rooms for players to find in Dragon’s Crown like a treasure stash guarded by orcs in the first stage.


Before you can head off to a quest, you need to prove yourself to Guildmaster Samuel by fixing your broken staff. And, to do that you have to visit Morgan who runs the magic item shop and repairs equipment. Basically, the tutorial gives you a tour of Hydeland, the town in Dragon’s Crown.


Your reward for joining the guild is a quest and my Wizard was off to fight lizardmen. The Wizard’s strength is his use of fire magic. You can shoot fireballs by pressing circle. Hold circle down and the Wizard lets out an explosion of flames straight in front of him. The Wizard can also unleash a circular fire blast (down + circle) and an upward cone of fire (up + circle). Spells drain magic points and the Wizard can recover magic power by using his standard staff attack. This doesn’t do nearly as much damage, but you can play keep away by jumping and using the staff to shoot magic missiles. You can also recover MP by holding the square button down.




The Wizard’s most useful move is teleporting (R button on Vita). It’s faster to teleport forward than walk plus you can disappear right before an enemy strikes and appear behind it. That’s probably the best way to take down the Harpy, the boss at the end of the first level. The Harpy attacks by throwing three quills that fan out at the player and dashing forward with its talons. Before I fought the Harpy I ate an apple. Like all of Vanillaware’s games food plays an important role and the apple boosted the Wizard’s HP to 150%. I used the teleport/counter strategy to defeat the Harpy and won a new A-rank staff.


A narrator tells Dragon Crown’s story and Rannie has a few voiced lines too. I noticed in the options menu the English version of Dragon’s Crown has an option to choose between English and Japanese voiceovers.

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  • Kevadu

    This game seems perfect for the Vita.

    • psycho_bandaid

      Seems like a good fit, yes, but for me personally I think playing with someone on your couch would be better. Might just be my childhood speaking.

      • Dominic Hunter

        You can do both, if one of your pals has the console version. The game doesn’t support cross-buy, but it does support cross-save, so you can export/import your character for a round of dungeon-crawling with your friends~

        • SigX

          All for the low price of $90! :)

          • Dominic Hunter

            Plus tax! Like I said, “if one of your pals…”

          • SigX

            Lol. I’m probably going to sucker up and get both :( But Vita first to enjoy that online experience while it’s at its peak.

    • Hector Velar

      this game seems perfect for ME! Already pre ordered…cant wait just a few moar days :D

  • Pockystix

    gonna play the hell outta this on my ps3~

  • PoweredByHentai

    Damn it Spencer. You KNOW we WANT to play this game. XD

  • AndyLC

    Wish you had a video too!

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    Totally jealous but I can hold it in. Only a few more weeks to go though. August ho!

  • X_Bacon

    August can’t come soon enough.

  • Nitraion

    Can’t wait to play on my TV :)
    can’t wait to spam magic spell i like how it looks

  • Cometsu

    it sounds like the game was made for vita first but visually it seems like ps3 gets 1080 over the usual 720?

  • TheExile285

    My Vita is ready

    • Testsubject909

      My multiple pre-orders have been long set.

      • ShadowDivz

        both platforms? it supports cross save?

  • Solomon_Kano

    I. Can. Not. WAIT.

    I had no idea he could teleport though. Just reinforces him as my main. <3

    • AkuLord3

      His trailer only show it for a quick bit, but not too much…its pretty cool looking

  • Demeanor

    I am enduring the wait thanks to Momohime-sama and her many many demon blades! Come at me, Ninja of Iga!!! XD

  • Guest

    Does PS3’s Dragon Crown also have a few voiced lines in option?

  • Guest

    Does PS3’s Dragon Crown also have a few voiced lines in option? (English version)

  • colorblindnightmare

    Sounds like quest integration into the overall story was not over looked :) Sounds like a lot of fun to me.

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