RPGamer: " Dark Arisen is definite a play to Dragon's Dogma's strengths and it turns out well for it. There is still work to be done for the series, particularly in bulking up the story and world, but there's lots of highly addictive fun to be had from exploring Bitterblack Isle's depths. This is a brilliant opportunity to delve back into Dragon’s Dogma’s thrilling gameplay, and certainly recommended for those who enjoyed the original release. Some, however, may be turned off a bit by the price for what to them is an expansion pack; the pricing at the time of release varied quite heavily between regions despite the simultaneous worldwide release. But for new players, this is an excellent opportunity to get the definitive version of an already great game."