Dragon Nest: Warriors' Dawn - Reviews

Alt title: Long Zhi Gu: Jingling Wangzuo

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Deago's avatar
Jun 18, 2023

As a former Dragon Nest player who is familiar with the game's story, lore, and characters, I have to say Dragon Nest: Warrior's Dawn is yet another failed video game adaptations. It's a Chinese-American animated 3D animated moviethat attempts to capture the essence of the popular video game Dragon Nest, but ends up falling flat on its face.

The story, or lack thereof, is a convoluted mess that takes place before the events of the game. Apparently, there have been countless wars between races like humans and elves (because wars are always more interesting when they're never explained, right?). Suddenly, a big black dragon awakens, and a chosen few warriors are tasked with eliminating it. Each of these warriors conveniently represents their respective race. But here's the kicker: among these so-called 'elite' warriors is an untrained newbie. Yes, you heard that right. A complete and utter amateur somehow manages to weasel their way into the mission of a lifetime. The writing in this movieis as poor as it gets, and the plot is about as predictable as the sunrise. Characters meet by chance or are magically placed in convenient situations.

Argenta, Geraint, and Velskud, beloved figures from the game, are reduced to pathetic shadows of their former selves. Their personalities are butchered, their motivations are shallow, and their overall portrayal is just downright embarrassing. It's like taking iconic characters and twisting them into unrecognisable caricatures. Bravo, Warrior's Dawn, for successfully ruining the characters we once held dear.

Now, let's talk about our 'hero', Lambert. Oh, Lambert, you energetic battle maniac with no backstory, no development, and no discernible purpose. Unlike the protagonist of Dragon Nest: Shungeki no Sedo (because one Dragon Nest adaptation clearly wasn't enough), Lambert is a two-dimensional husk with about as much depth as a puddle. We have no idea where he came from, why he's swinging a sword around, or why we should care about him at all. But hey, who needs character development when you can just throw in mindless action, right?

Ah, Liya, the token 'developed' character in this mess. She's related to the elves' hatred of humans, which could have been an interesting exploration of discrimination and its consequences. But alas, Warrior's Dawn prefers to skim the surface and avoid any meaningful exploration of themes. Instead, we're treated to a predictable romantic relationship between Liya and Lambert because apparently, saving each other's asses is the quickest way to fall in love.

And let's not forget the side characters, or as I like to call them, cannon fodder. They exist solely to fight, talk trash, and scream at each other, because unity and camaraderie are overrated, right? Who needs compelling side characters when you can just have mindless brawling and incoherent shouting?

Moving on to the technical aspects of this train wreck, the English dub is mostly decent, except for the screaming. As for the background music, it's adequate. Nothing memorable, but at least it doesn't actively detract from the already abysmal experience. But hey, it's not all doom and gloom. The art is stunning, I'll give it that. The backgrounds and towns look exactly like those in the game, which is impressive. The character designs, especially for the main characters, are fantastic. It's a shame that the story and characters couldn't live up to the artistic prowess on display. And let's not forget the thrilling action scenes, because mindless spectacle can sometimes make up for a lacklustre narrative, right? Oh, and let's not overlook the occasional comedic relief and lame accidental boob grabs. Because nothing says quality storytelling like juvenile horny fanservice humour and objectifying women.

Dragon Nest: Warrior's Dawn is a shining example of how to butcher a beloved game and turn it into an incoherent mess of a movie. It's a showcase of missed opportunities, lazy writing, and characters that are mere shadows of their former selves. While the art and action scenes may provide fleeting moments of entertainment, they can't save this train wreck from being anything other than a disappointment. Save your time and sanity, and steer clear of this cash grab. Your love for the game deserves better.

0.1/10 story
5.6/10 animation
4.4/10 sound
1.1/10 characters
2.2/10 overall
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