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By Sato . July 26, 2013 . 3:30pm
Atlus’ upcoming 2D fantasy action game, Dragon’s Crown, will feature six different characters, all with unique play styles. However, you may wonder the difference is between some of them, such as Fighter and Dwarf, or Wizard and Sorceress. Dengeki recently took the time to play about 10 hours of each character and summarized their notable features, along with their in-game stats.
* STR = Strength, CON = Physique, INT = Intelligence, MGR = Magic Resistance, DEX = Technique, LUC = Luck
Recommended for beginners.
STR: S CON: A INT: D MGR: C DEX: B LUC: B
The Fighter is a balanced character with plenty of physical abilities to go with defense that can guard most attacks. He specializes in power and is an easy-to-use orthodox character. While he is recommended for beginners due to his simple actions, he has skills that can be used to protect his teammates, so he has plenty to offer players who prefer to play a tanking role.
In addition to being able to defend allies using his shield, he’ll also have other useful abilities such as “Attract,” which allows him to momentarily keep the enemy’s attention, and “Sacrifice,” a cover skill that allows him to take damage on behalf of his friends.
After playing as the Fighter, Dengeki felt a sense of freedom, as he can freely move around, hit with powerful attacks and defend himself from enemies; however, he lacks in long-ranged attacks, so most of his action will be face-to-face with his foes.
Recommended for intermediate players.
STR: A CON: B INT: C MGR: C DEX: B LUC: A
According to Dengeki, the Amazon is a “Berserk” style character with continuous attacks. She boasts high power and the reach to go with it. By pulling off consecutive hits, you can activate a Berserk Mode of up to three stages that further increases her speed. Once it reaches its peak, her combo attacks will be much quicker; however, if you don’t keep attacking, she will revert back to normal.
In addition to having class skills that enhance the Amazon’s Berserk ability and support allies, she’ll also have the “War Paint” skill, which momentarily allows her to pull off multiple attacks, and the “Immortal” skill that boosts for a short while in exchange for some HP.
During their playthrough as the Amazon, Dengeki felt a sense of ease for doing aerial attacks. She also has the ability to to change direction from left and right for some attacks, making her a great character for crowd control. She is more of an offense-minded character, and lacks a little in the defense department, so you might need to play a hit-and-run style from time to time.
Recommended for intermediate players.
STR: S CON: S INT: E MGR: D DEX: C LUC: B
The Dwarf is a specialist when it comes to close-ranged combat, boasting excellent power in addition to an ability called “Pump Up” that allows him to increase his defense simply by holding down the square button. The fun part about playing as the Dwarf is being able to attack enemies without having to concern yourself much with their attacks.
His class skills come in many varieties, with effects such as increasing his attack and throwing moves, defense boost, ability to use bombs, and being able to add a fire-attribute to his attacks. He’s a versatile combatant with many skills that allows for various play styles.
His most powerful attacks are his grab moves. He can grab enemies that are on land or in the air, and can follow up by smashing them into other foes or exploding bombs on the ground upon impact, which can also be followed by further combos.
The only downside to the Dwarf’s powerful grab moves, is that it requires having to approach enemies, which isn’t always an easy task. A good tactic which most Dwarf players will be using is by starting out with “Pump Up” to increase defense, then grabbing enemies while taking less damage. This will often be followed by throwing them into a mob of enemies. According to Dengeki, the Dwarf was one of the most fun and offensive characters in the game.
Dragon’s Crown will be available on August 6th in North America from Atlus. NIS America will publish the game in Europe.