Those console mites have been plodding around in Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen's world for years now, but at last Capcom has seen the light and decided to bring it over to PC. It's become somewhat of a cult classic in the ensuring years, with a very Japanese take on western RPGs, which is something to wrap your head around.
Combat in Dragon's Dogma is a lot more involved than you'd normally see in role-playing games, allowing you to actually straddle and clamber over the giant monster, slicing off limbs and being a general nuisance. Before you worry about that though, you'd best see if your PC is going to get stomped by a 30-foot hydra and check out of the official Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen system requirements.
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Minimum System Requirements
- OS: Windows Vista 64-bit
- CPU: Intel Core i5-660 3.33 GHz or AMD Athlon II X4 610e 2.4 GHz
- RAM: 4 GB System Memory
- GPU RAM: 1GB Video Memory
- GPU: GeForce GTX 470 or Radeon HD 5870 1024MB
- HDD: 22GB available space
- DX: DirectX 9.0c
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Recommended System Requirements
- CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz or AMD FX-9590 4.7GHz
- RAM: 8 GB System Memory
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 or AMD Radeon R9 280
- Additional: Gamepad recommended
As a remastered version of a last-gen game it comes as little surprise to see the Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen system requirements aren't exactly stratospheric. A wide range of systems should be perfectly capable of running this game, with Capcom even saying that some high-end integrated GPUs should be able to cope with Dragon's Dogma's demands.
You will need a 64-bit system with a reasonable GPU or iGPU, but there's nothing here to worry gamers who've upgraded in the last couple of years. The CPU demands are definitely a little on the high-side, but we've seen plenty of times lately that older processors aren't really causing many bottlenecking problems in games with limited multi-threading support.
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen does have 4K support so if you've got a rig above and beyond its recommended requirements then this could well be an option. A GTX 980 should be plenty capable of 4K gaming here, and if you haven't got a 4K monitor than you can use DSR or VSR to downsample from 4K for a crisper image.
One last thing and that's gamepad support. A large chunk of Japanese ports tend to work pretty poorly on mouse and keyboard, built as they are for gamepads. If Dragon's Dogma is anything like Dark Souls, Final Fantasy XIII, Tales of Zestiria etc then you're going to get a more seamless experience with gamepad.
Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen benchmark chart.