Originally Posted by Dr Syn
I haven't even seen a Griffon in Dragon's Dogma yet.
I'm currently in the middle of a quest to retake a stronghold that had 2 Cyclops in massive courtyard. a third on a narrow part knocked me off the top and to my death. Gotta plan my assault.
The Shadow Tower, yeah that was a cluster fuck. Manageable if you hide behind that mid-field building to avoid being blasted by the ballista fire and work on the Cyclops 1 at a time. And guess what, there's another cyclops at the top of the tower after you're done clearing the field.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
The building you hide behind has a jail that has the lever you need to use to open the door. You can either clear out the cyclops so the generic soldiers don't get decimated or you can kill them yourself and save some lives, it's up to you.
The long amounts of walking, sometimes a path turn ending in slaughter, takes some getting used to. I was escorting this guy to some abandoned beach (why? just because) that was half-way across the end of the world. I have trouble keeping him alive with wolf/bandit encounters, and just as I reach the last stretch there's an open plain with two armored cyclops, a host of goblins, and a mounted ballista on top of the hill targeting you. Did the only sensible thing and ran through that field and completed the quest before my escort died. For good measure, and because that one outlet only had one exit/entry point, I went back to the clearing, ran up the hill, and literally spent 1 complete day cycle shooting at the two cyclops before exiting that field.
The story aspects seem very minimal. You're mostly escorting or taking long god damned walks across the dangerous countryside. However, once the story stuff kicks in you do want to punch some japanese guy in the face for coming up with some wretched shit, but because that happens so infrequently you don't really notice it. The other thing is the game doesn't tell you what is a story centric quest and not a sidequest, I find that kind of cool not being shepherded point to point, and just do things as I come across them (or feel like doing them). I'm still digging the pawns, seeing the gifts roll in from my Ranger girl. I hired two pawns of my own, a level 45 mage named Gandalf and a giant warrior woman Lady Brienne (complete with husky dude voice).
I don't know if I could recommend Dogma to you Raindog, especially after coming off of Witcher 2 goodness.
Oh and Syn, buy 60-100 empty flasks whenever you're in Grand Soren. Then exit the Field/Pawn section gate. Head to the bridge that takes you to the Catacombs or North Tower paths. Instead of taking either path, just continue walking in a straight line from the bridge over a hill, you'll come across a spring. Fill up your flasks and spread the weight out among your party. Maybe do two runs of this on two seperate days, makes the tougher battles a little more manageable.