I love Cavia. Perhaps not as much as my brother, but I’m a close second. Cavia was a small video game company that was established in 2000 and dissolved into AQ interactive around 2012, and helped to make a few games here and there. Their most well know stuff (which is even a cult hit for the most part) is their Drakengard series. So hot on the heels of a Drakengard 3 announcement leak (HOLY SHIT, by the way), I give a bit of a story on Cavia’s baby.I bought the first game on a whim almost 6 years about for about 12 bucks at a GameStop. I bought it mainly because it looked Anime as all hell (gimme a break, I was a kid), and had SquareEnix on the cover.
I did not know what I got myself into with this series.
POSSIBLE SPOILERS ABOUND. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
The gameplay is nothing to write home about, it played like a beat-em-up, the best way to describe it was close to Dynasty Warriors + Panzer Dragoon with the dragon sections. What made an impression was the plotline, which went from kinda crazy to CRAZZZZZZZZYYYYYYYYYYYY really quick. Reading all the back text was required, there was just so much going on they didn’t tell you up front.
Nothing to write home about gameplay-wise.
The plot is simple as this, our lead, Caim, wants power and is close to death when a dragon (Angelus) offers him a pact, that he would be granted life and power for exchange of being bound to dragon and losing something. For Caim, his pact causes him to lose his voice, and mark his tongue. From here he goes on a quest to save his sister from a man who was formally his best friend and a crazy empire, and acquires a few teammates in the process. These teammates are about as crazy as they get.
Main playable characters aside from Caim
Arioch – An elf mother who became a insane murderer after witnessing the death of her family. Her pact gave up her fertility. It’s implied in various writings for the game that she also murdered and cannibalized children.
Seere – Brother of Manah (one of the main villians). Pact gave up the boy’s ability to age, fixing him at the age of 6
Leonard – A man whose hatred of war caused him to constant be tormented by his mistakes. Made blind by his pact. Implied to be pedophile (an act he was committing during the murder of his family)
Inuart – Best friend of Caim who slowly loses it because Caim is better than him at everything, which then turns into a jealous rage.
Manah – Twin sister of Seere, abused by her mother and driven slightly crazy. Main reason the world is in the terrible state it is in during the first game.
Oh yeah, this is a group I want to be behind all the time. The game also had equally crazy endings, ranging from Giant Floating Grotesqueries are stopped by Seere, to Dragonsthings?? appearing to Caim flying into an alternate world which happens to be modern Tokyo.
The last ending is an alternate plotline which leads into the world of Nier. When I found out this tidbit my mind was BLOWN. If you have some time I would recommend lurking for a wiki and reading up on the story of this, Drakengard 2, and Nier. They are worth a read, playing them…ehhh (though Drakengard 2 and Nier play LEAGUES better). I’ll post about those two later, if I put it all in one post it would a whole lot of reading.
On a side-note, I wish they stuck with Drag-On Dragoon as the US name, its so much cooler.