I had not heard of Dragon's Dogma until it was announced that the full game would include early access to the Resident Evil 6 demo. Being a fan of the RE series, my interest was peaked, and I awaited a demo to be released so I could play the upcoming RPG. The demo includes two separate quests for players to try out: The Prologue Quest and the Countryside Quest.
The Prologue Quest description claimed that I was to "face the dragon or die by its hand" and that it was time to "bring this cycle to an end". I started playing and was surprised to see that no story or even a cutscene was given to inform me of what was happening, making me question, what was the cycle the main menu mentioned? All I knew was I was in a dungeon-like area accompanied by a follower. I started to proceed down the one-way path in front of me and was met by a fire-breathing dragon. I thought I was to fight the beast, but my follower led me away into a cavern. I continued along, fighting a few goblins and other creatures, until I met up with other humans my follower described as "survivors". Upon joining them, I fought a Chimera. After vanquishing the mythical beast, the quest ended.
The Countryside Quest was much more simple. I found myself in, what else, the countryside and was thrust into a battle with a Griffin. I fell the beast; roll credits.
Overall, the quests left much to be desired. I was shocked at the lack of story and did not understand why the dragon was mentioned in the Prologue Quest, even though it didn't have much of any presence in the gameplay. The game looked up to par with current-gen standards, but was nothing to brag about, and the mini map was fixed rather than rotational. Most glaring was the game's inability to teach the player. In the Griffin battle, I was firing arrows at the beast but was not informed that I could ground the creature by aiming for its wings until the fight was nearly over. The screen was also very cluttered, as the useless dialogue spewed by the NPCs took up much of the real estate of the left side of the screen.
The early access is definitely not worth the purchase of Dragon's Dogma.
With the promise of the Resident Evil 6 demo, I had high hopes for this game and wanted an excuse to purchase it. If this demo is any indication of how awful the finished game will be, I will be severely disappointed that I ever considered buying it. Needless to say, I will be waiting for the Xbox Live Marketplace release of the RE6 demo.