So, Dragon's Dogma isn't all daisies and butterflies. Pawn AI could've used an improvement, like a simple "IGNORE EVERYTHING AND FOLLOW ME" order. Would've saved me some pain a few times. A lot of pain. Because it has the worst checkpoint system I've ever seen. You died? Then you can restart in the spot where you last autosaved, which was probably 15 minutes ago. You didn't die, but still want to reload? YOU HAVE TO GO BACK TO AN INN, WHICH WAS AN HOUR AGO. Seriously, what?
Escort missions are a pain, too. I didn't run into any big monsters, but even harpies and bandits were a pain, when they all suddenly decided to gang up on the girl I was escorting.
It went better the next time, though. And the game is sort of redeemed by moments like when you've been on the road all day, night falls, and you come up on an encampment but can't tell if it's friendly or hostile, so you sneak up slowly and ... to your eternal relief it's a camp where you can stock up on badly needed supplies and rest.
And the best part of it all is that one plot character, Mercedes. She has a French accent. That is all.